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Frequently Asked Questions

I believe I am ready for assessment what are the next steps?
What Happens during assessment?
I would like to become an Official, how do I do this?
How can I get mentoring?
Who can sign off Mentoring?
Where can I find the latest DQ slips and Fina Rules?
I cannot get my Chief Inspector of Turns Signed off
How many sessions do I need to be mentored on?
How do you need to do to get Chief Timekeeper Signed off?
How do I get a Competency signed off?
What does ‘Separated Hands’ Mean?

I believe I am ready for assessment what are the next steps?
Scan in Page 5 of your workbooks, plus details of the meets/galas you have been mentored at and send this information to the Volunteer Co-Ordinator. They will arrange an assessment date for you. Return

What happens during assessment?
Your assessment will normally be carried during a session at an Open Meet (usually Level 3). You should report as normal to the referee at the start of the gala ready the briefing. The assessment will be 2 part, a poolside assessment where you will be observed by the referee/assessor followed by a question and answer session afterwards. Return

I would like to become an Official, how do I do this?
Read the information about becoming an official under the Officials Qualifications tab. Get your club to arrange for an ASA number for you. Register with the Volunteer Co-Ordinator to attend the next course. Return

How can I get mentoring?
If you are attending a meet. Contact the meet organisor and volunteer your services for officiating and explain that you are training and would appreciate any mentoring they can offer. Return

Who can sign off Mentoring?
Any qualified referee or the following trained and approved Starters who have been ask to assist with training of J1s and J2s. These are: Andrew Kirk, Annette Moss, Chris O’Connell, Christine Rennie, Derek Nolte, Gary Forrow, Gill Cadle, Lizzy Rowland, Michelle Harrop, Oliver Stockland, Shelley Radford and Wendy Randall. Return

Where can I find the latest DQ slips and Fina Rules?
There are useful official documents under the Officals Resources tab. Return

I cannot get my Chief Inspector of Turns Signed off
This is a very difficult competency to get signed off. If you have everything else completed the referee will just ask you questions regarding the role. Return

How many sessions do I need to be mentored on?
Normally 3-4 minimum on each competency. The more sessions you can get mentored on the better and there is no rush. You should ideally get mentored at different level meets as well. Return

How do you need to do to get Chief Timekeeper Signed off?
Make sure you attend a Saturday night gala where manual timing is being used. Ideally you should do at least 2 to 3 sessions as a Chief Timekeeper Return

How do I get a Competency signed off?
Once you have done 3-4 sessions the referee will ask you a number of questions on that competency. When they are happy they will sign Page 5 of the workbook.Return

What does “Separated Hands” mean?
ASA have confirmed that "Separated" means that the hands cannot be stacked one on top of the other. It is not necessary to see space between the hands. Incidental contact at the fingers is not a concern. An example can be seen on the ASA Website