Red Deer Marlins – Officials

Competitive swimming is a sport that involves both parents and swimmers. This is your chance to become involved! It is very important to the operations and growth of our Club that at least one parent/guardian per family becomes a qualified official. We need many volunteer officials to host our own meet, and to make other meets possible.

All Marlins’ families must officiate as part of their volunteer commitment to our club. Families are asked to fill at least ONE shift during the season. This means actual officiating at a meet(such as safety marshall or timer), not just volunteering on deck in other capacities. Please note that endurance swim volunteers are not officials.  See below for info about how to become qualified to officiate.

Signing up usually takes place the week prior to a meet. Choose your session, and then select your spots! The signup links will be available through TeamApp as well as the Marlins’ members Facebook page. Sometimes you can sign up in person when you arrive at a meet, if there are still spots available. Attending the officials meeting prior to your shift is a requirement at each meet.


Becoming an Official

  1. Create your Officials Account If your family is new to swimming, you will need to ask your OFFICIALS CHAIR to create an account for you in the Swimming Canada database. Please email rdmarlinsofficials@gmail.comto request your account.
  2. Take a Course – access e-learning modules and online clinics HERE.
  3. Mentoring/Evaluation –Once you have successfully completed a course, you will be able to finalize your certification by completing the required mentoring session and deck evaluations. First, you will need to download and print out an Officials Certification Card. After your first 3 sessions, please ensure the certification card is signed and dated by your mentor/referee. THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY FOR EACH NEW LEVEL OF OFFICIATING. Then, submit a photo of your completed card (once each level is complete) to your Officials’ Chair ( to be updated in the Swimming Canada database.
  4. Dress for the Deck – All officials need to wear white tops, black shorts or pants, and deck-appropriate clean footwear.
  5. Stay Current – Please check the Officials Management System periodically to make sure that your status is correct! It is YOUR responsibility to check that your info is current. Let your Officials’ Coordinator know if your info needs updating!
  6. Questions? Please contact your Officials’ Coordinator at


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