Officials' Open Water Clinic

Here’s your chance to get training in Open Water officiating!  Open Water is growing quickly and is in need of qualified Swim Officials. Training Clinics are rare. However, Swim BC will be hosting an Open Water Training Clinic during the forthcoming Canadian Swimming Trials in Victoria, BC. Here are the details:

Trainer: Cynthia Pincott

Location: Pacific Dogwood Room, Saanich Commonwealth Place, Victoria, BC

Date and Time: Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1:30-4:30 pm

Cost: Free

Clinic Size: Limited to 30 Officials

Registration: To Register, click here. Spots are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

Swim BC Officials will have until March 27th to register, then the clinic will be opened to all Swimming Canada Officials.

If you have any questions, please contact officials@swimbc.ca

Great Article for Promoting Officiating in your Club

"At the Symposium, we spent quite a bit of time talking about recruiting and retaining swim officials and it got me thinking about why I officiate. I started working on this article a few months ago, but decided to finish it up Sunday night. I've given it to our club and we are sending it out to the Langley/Abbotsford parents this week as a way to try and promote interest in officiating."

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2016 SWIM BC Officials Symposium

Calling all Senior (Level 3-5) Swim Officials, Club and Regional Officials Directors!

Are you passionate about swimming and interested in getting to know other officials in the province, staying up-to-date on changes in swim rules and interpretations, interested in problem-solving or in sharing tips and officiating experiences, finding out how to move up the ladder as a swim official, or contributing to the development of officiating in your club, region or the province as a whole? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please attend the 2016 Swim BC Officials Symposium.

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Notes on Official Splits

Official Splits:  
Meet Management will try to accomodate official splits that are requested by teams, however, in some instances - due to the type of automated timing equipment used (e.g. pads available on turn ends, Colorado timing equipment), or the ability to fill the required amount of timekeepers (Relay splits), as per CSW 13.3 et al.., official splits may not be available to swimmers and coaches.  Meet Management reserves the right to decline requests for Official Splits.

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Message from ISC President - Officiating at Meets

Message From the Board President (ISC)

In every swim club, there’s those parents who volunteer at every meet, including other clubs’ meets. When you become a “veteran volunteer”, you quickly figure out the best meets and the Victoria Masters is one of them! I would like to send a shout out to everyone who inspired me last Saturday.

First, my thanks go out to Hope Milloy, for her tireless dedication to every ISC volunteer AND because she had the brilliant idea in 2015 that our teenagers should give back to their sport as volunteers; to Betsy Dunphy who trained them last year, and came back to train the 2016 wave of teenagers; to Andrea Nugent who took the older swimmers and trained them as Stroke & Turn Judges; to Alan Monks our Referee, who worked with them, giving them the confidence
to be officials; to Cam Ross and Kristen Sinats, who never settle for less than perfection, coming in early & staying late, sometimes when they aren’t scheduled to be at a meet at all; and to the countless individuals who dedicated a full day and the families who put in multiple shifts, together.

The magic of this meet is in the generations. I watched the dedication of our teenagers: how gallantly our timers helped a 93 year old onto the blocks...she could probably do it herself, but she graciously accepted the help; the intense look of concentration of our adult Chief Timers with our teen timers as they prepared for a swimmer in their lane coming in for a World or Canadian record – a few times it was 4 lanes in the same heat! I watched our Stroke & Turn teens, who undertook a challenging job, and brought their DQ slips to Al, with conviction but also compassion, knowing how it feels to be DQ’d.

Two years ago when the Board came up with the slogan #Lane4ForLife, we didn’t fully appreciate swimmers, like “Betty” who at almost 93, swam multiple events, starting the day with the 400 Free and the 90 year old gentleman, who came in at the end of his 800 Free to cheers from everyone!

I would also like to celebrate our ISC athletes at the Masters. I watched many ISC parents compete, as their children volunteered... AWESOME when the tables turns. Congratulations also to of our former ISC swimmers. I’d especially like to congratulate Coach Sarah (Blue Group), former Coach Cindy and Referee Leon, who swam, and we cheered for you!

Saving the best for last, Coach Avila is an inspiration to us all, as a coach to our youngest swimmers; as a mentor to the ISC teenaged coaches she trains; and finally her focus and dedication as an athlete, which I witnessed first hand, she’s amazing. Avila achieved a world record in the 100 Breast, a Canadian record and BC record in 2 other events. Congratulations Avila, you inspire us all.

If you’ve never volunteered for the Masters Meet, we’ll see you there next year, if you sign up early! See you at the next Time Trial next week or May Medley Challenge.

Jody Kitts, President, Island Swimming Club (and volunteer in the booth!) 
iscpresident@islandswimming.com 

IPC Swimming Technical Official Course - Gatineau, QC

To all Para-Swimming Officials, IPC Trainees and IPC certified Officials

Be advised that an IPC Swimming Technical Official (TO) course will be held in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada on July 13 and 14, 2016 prior to the CAN-AM Para-Swimming Championships which is held from July 15 to 17, 2016.

PREREQUISITES:

In order to apply on the IPC Swimming TO course, you need to be at least a level IV official in Canada with deck referee experience, had worked at a National meet, per example Eastern or Western Championships, Age Group National, CAN-AM Championships (doesn't matter the assigned position at any of these meets) AND had attended the Swimming Canada Para-Swimming Officials 1 day clinic.  In addition, IPC is now requesting the certificate of completion for the IPC Introduction to Para-Sports (on-line course free of charge) and for the IPC Swimming Technical Officials Online Programme as a prerequisite.  These online courses are found at: http://www.ipc-academy.org/?academy=1&area=online
and then scroll down to the bottom of the page to access these courses.  Note that there is a cost of 53.50 euros€ (around $80 cdn) for the IPC Swimming Technical Officials Online Programme while the other one (Introduction) is free of charge.  Both on-line courses are required.  Note that if you are selected as a participant to the international course, the cost for the on-line course may be reimbursed.

  If you are interested to apply on the IPC Swimming ITO course and you meet all the prerequisites indicated above, you need to complete the IPC application form for Gatineau Training which can be found on the IPC website at:

http://www.paralympic.org/swimming/education/technical-officials 

under Related Documents ITO Training Course in Canada.  Note that the application deadline is May 12, 2016.

The application form duly completed with all the appropriate documentation (i.e., copy of your official file which indicate your official level and certificates of completion of the official on-line courses) must be sent to paraofficial@swimming.ca as Swimming Canada needs to endorse your application prior sending it to IPC.

Remember that you will have to pay for your own expenses, i.e., travel, accommodation and meals for the period covering the course and the meet, unless a third party may provide you with funding.  You may want to verify with your your Provincial section, region or club to see if they can fund you.

IMPORTANT POINTS:
1) In the Invoice Instructions section, please indicate Swimming Canada under Organisation field, Ottawa, Ontario for the address and paraofficial@swimming.ca in the e-mail field, as Swimming Canada is covering the 50 euros€ application fee for you. 

2) Ensure to attach a copy of your Master Official Card if you have it OR a copy of your official file with your application form as well as a copy of the IPC Swimming Technical Officials online Programme completion and the IPC Introduction

3) Finally ensure to sign the form prior sending it to:  paraofficial@swimming.ca not to IPC Swimming

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.

Jocelyne Mc Lean
Para-Swimming Committee
Swimming Canada

SEEDING OF 400M, 800M AND 1500M EVENTS

FINA’s inclusion of the amended seeding for distance events (Rule SW 3.1.1.5) has caused some confusion as to where this rule is enforced domestically and where it is not.  In Rule SW 3 (preamble to SW 3.1.1.5) it is clearly stated that the rule applies to “Olympic Games, World Championships, Regional Games and other FINA competitions.”  The only meet this would pertain to in Canada is a meet Swimming Canada has registered with FINA as either a World Championship or Olympic Games qualifier.  Even then, Swimming Canada has and will seek dispensation from this rule to allow us to continue to run 3 circle-seeded heats where Prelims are swum (as opposed to Time Finals).  The reasoning behind this is:

·         The FINA rule was determined based on the condition that the events in question do not go to either a semi-final or include a “B Final”.  Therefore, the prelims circle seed only the final two heats to replicate a semi-final condition – ie/ top 16 are placed favourably to compete for 8 positions in the final.

·         Swimming Canada meets include an “A” and “B” final format – therefore we wish to create a prelim condition where 24 swimmers are put in favourable position to compete for 16 final positions (or 30 to 20 where 10 lanes are used).

Rule SW 3.1.1.5 should NOT be considered for meets in Canada.