Member Commitment to SUSC YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU!
Swimming is a sport facilitated entirely by volunteers. Everyone you see on pool deck at any meet is volunteering their time to give our kids the opportunity to get official times.
An integral part of having a strong and successful swimming club is having members who get involved in the officiating side of swimming. These accredited officials are vital so that SUSC club nights can be approved and the times considered official. Running a club night takes a lot of volunteers. For times to be official, each lane needs at least two timekeepers. We also need a couple of volunteers in marshalling to get the kids into the correct events and heats. There's a chief timekeeper, recorder, at least one judge of strokes, a starter and a referee. If we're using eight lanes of the pool that's at least 25 volunteers needed to run the meet! And the more volunteers we have the easier it makes everyone's job and the more smoothly the meet runs.
You can become one of those Technical Officials and it's easy to do!
First of all you'll need a current Working With Children Check. Then simply go to the Swimming NSW Training website and work your way through the modules: Timekeeper, Check Starter, Judge of Strokes, Inspector of Turns, Recorder, Starter and eventually Referee! Once you've done some of the online courses you can get pool side experience at our club nights and then arrange with MetSEA to become accredited. It's easy to do and is a great way to support the sport now and into the future.
Feel free to contact any of the committee members for further information or come and see us on pool deck at the next club night.