Metropolitan Swimming, September 2017


Becoming a certified USA Swimming Official


Are you interested in becoming a certified USA Swimming official?  Here is a guide to the steps you need to take to become an official:


Attend an on-line stroke and turn clinic (approximately 90 to 120 minutes) where you will learn the rules of each stroke and how pool decks are set up and run during meets.  To prepare for the clinic, you should familiarize yourself with the stroke rules outlined on pages 19-24 of the 2017 rule book which can be found here:

1.      Check the Metro website ( to find out when clinics wll be held.  All clinics for new officials will be conducted on-line.  The Area Chairs are: Hudson Valley North (Sullivan, Orange, Dutchess and Putnam counties) – Ken Graham (ksg@alumni.caltech.eud); Hudson Valley South (Rockland and Westchester counties) – Steven Kessler (; New York City—Amanda Lister (; Nassau – Rich Brown (; Suffolk – Jacky Spierer (  You can also contact the Metro Officials’ Chair, Mark Amodio ( 

2.      Submit the form to become a temporary member of USA Swimming so that you can begin your apprentice training on deck.  The form can be found on the Metro website ( under the forms link and should be submitted to the Metro office (  The temporary membership is valid for 60 days, providing time to apply for permanent membership and complete your training and background checks as outlined below.  Apprentice officials cannot go on deck until they have attended a clinic and their Apprentice Membership form has been entered by the Metro office into the USA Swimming database.

3.      Complete 6 on deck apprentice sessions (you may start these only after you have attended a new officials’ clinic and obtained your temporary or permanent USA Swimming membership)

4.   Complete a Level II background check - cost will be reimbursed by Metro

Swimming after you complete your six apprentice sessions and an additional three sessions as a certified official.  See the following link to initiate the background check:

5.   New officials will be reimbursed after they have completed their six apprentice

      sessions and have worked a minimum of three sessions as a certfied Stroke and

    Turn Judge. The reimbursement form, which you’ll find on the Metro web site,   

     should be sent to your Area Chair.  Your background check needs to be

     initiated before the expiration of your 60-day Apprentice Membership.   

6.  Complete an online athlete protection training class (takes about 60 minutes).  See the

following link:

7.  Complete the online test for Stroke and Turn Judges, which can be found at the following link: The Test can be found at the following link:


                  5.  You must score at least 80% to pass.  You can re-take the test as many times as