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.


Marlins’ families must officiate as part of their volunteer commitment to our club. First-year families are asked to fill at least ONE shift during the season, and all other families need to fill at least THREE shifts. This is actual officiating at a meet (such as safety marshall or timer), not just volunteering on deck in other capacities. We appreciate your help! Please see below for info about how to become qualified to officiate.


Signing up for shifts 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 it is possible to 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. Take a Course – If your family is new to swimming, you will be able to fill a shift as a Timer or Safety Marshall with very little training.
  2. First,  contact your Officials Chair (Jen Walton)to request that an Officials profile be created for you.
  3. Once you have a login for your profile, take the online e-learning module for Introduction to Swimming Officiating or Safety Marshall course. Follow the instructions provided HERE from Swimming Canada.
  4. At the next meet, sign up to be a Timer or Safety Marshall. Be sure to have the referee sign your card for your first sessions to become an “official” official!

If you have already completed your introductory officiating course and have spent one season as a timer, then it is time to move on to Level 2 officials’ courses. Many of these courses are available online as well, but you are encouraged to attend a clinic so you can ask questions and see swimmers in the pool. Check with your Officials’ Coordinator about upcoming course opportunities! You may access any of the Officials Clinics Course Material online at any time.

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. At the end of your first 3 sessions, please ensure the certification card is signed and dated by your mentor/referee. Then, please submit a photo of your completed card (once each level is complete) to your Officials’ Coordinator to be updated in the Swimming Canada database.

Dress for the Deck – All officials need to wear white tops, black shorts or pants, and deck-appropriate clean footwear.

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!

Questions? Please contact your Officials’ Coordinator at

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