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As with all sports, swimming has rules to keep the sport safe and to make sure that no one has an unfair advantage. That is what we as officials do!

Canmore is fortunate to have a wonderful 8-lane pool.  This means we need a large number of officials to make a swim meet work.  Many of these officials come from other clubs who attend our swim meet.  We reciprocate by volunteering at away swim meets that we attend.  This also fulfills our Region E obligation to fill required official shifts based on the number of our swimmers attending the meets.  By volunteering at away swim meets, you also earn volunteer points!

A requirement this year is for each family to have at least one parent take the Introduction to Swimming Officiating Clinic (formerly known as Level 1) on-line or at an offered clinic.  It only takes about 45 minutes to complete, and allows you to have poolside viewing while volunteering at swim meets!

Sit back, relax, and learn about timing, marshalling and general swim meet protocols.

The process is:

  1. Click on 0 Read Me First.docx
  2. Click on  Introduction to Swimming Officiating Clinic.  At the top right hand corner, click on download, and choose how you wish to download (if you don't have a dropbox, choose direct download).
  3. Complete the slideshow.
  4. Click on Introduction to Swimming Officiating Quiz and take the self quiz. 
  5. At the end of the slideshow, click on Officials Clinic Reporting Form link on the slideshow, or click here to complete the clinic reporting form to acknowledge your completion of the course.
  6. Once you get your email confirmation of course completion, please forward the email to so that we can update our database and you get more opportunities to volunteer.
  7. Sign up for a shift at the next swim meet you attend.
  8. Once you have completed one mentor shift and two deck shifts, you are fully certified!  Thanks so much!!!

DRESS CODE FOR OFFICIALS:  As an official, we are expected to wear a white shirt and black bottoms (pants, shorts, short, etc).  It is always HOT on the pool deck, and we suggest you wear cool, comfortable clothing.

If you have already done the Introductory level course (or former Level 1 course), you are ready to take the plunge and complete the next level!  Click here for the Judge of Strokes & Inspector of Turns Course (formerly known as Stroke & Turn).  Follow the steps above to complete the certification for Judge of Stroke & Inspector of Turns.  You DON'T need to be a swimmer to be a Stroke & Turn Judge.  The rules are very clearly defined in the course.  Our goal is to set up a clinic with the for a posting to sign up.

Any parents who have taken courses in the past and are not sure if they are in the system or if you have any questions, please contact our officials chair at to check your current certification levels.

There are many families in the club with years of experience!  Any one of us are more than happy to help you through this process...all you have to do is ask!

We look forward to a great season on the pool deck!

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