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Ontario Swim Officials


    Welcome to our OFFICIALS portal!    

You will be kept up-to-date here with all things officiating!


Effective Sept. 1st, 2015 the national registration procedures changed. The new requirements yielded that all Officials who wish to officiate at a sanctioned competition must be registered annually on the Swimming Canada registration site within two weeks (fourteen days) of commencing activity as an Official. 

An "Official" is defined as an individual pursuing officiating certification in order to volunteer qualified officiating services at sanctioned swimming competitions. 
There are three categories of Officials: 1) New Official; 2) Returning Club Affiliated Official; 3) Independent Official (New or Returning).



In order to officiate in the province, you will need to submit a Vulnerable Sector Police Records Check and submit a copy to Swim Ontario.  Please Click Here!

In order to officiate in the province, you will need to adhere to the Comprehensive Code of Conduct and Ethics, sign the agreement, and submit to Swim Ontario.  Please Click Here!

In order to officiate in the province, you will need to submit the Officials Registration Consent Form, acknowledging and consenting to the terms of the Personal Information Protection & Electronic Document Act (PIPEDA).  Please Click Here!

Swim Ontario has created an Official Registration Guide, a comprehensive explanation and tutorial on registering on the Swimming Canada registration site.  Please Click Here!

Swimming Canada has outlined the certification pathway in detail that all provinces are aligning with!   Please Click Here!

Swim Ontario has specifically detailed the education and development pathway for officials. Please Click Here!

Information outlining the roles of the Club Officials Chair (COC) and Club Officials Administrator (COA) has been posted!  Please Click Here!



There are several different clinics offered in certificiation program!  For reviewing purposes, you may access the PDF documents and quizzes for each, as well as review some videos!  Please Click Here!



There was an Officials Seminar in Toronto in September.  If you were unable to attend, you may view the presentation & materials, as well have access to info from previous seminars.  Please Click Here!



This is the home of Swim Ontario Officials!  Listed here are the members of the Swim Ontario Officials Committee (the SOOC)!  You will find communications and Swim Ontario Officials Bulletins posted, which are full of useful and exciting information!  Please Click Here!

If you would like further clarification of any point, we invite you to explore the FAQ reference material. You will also find detailed information regarding the Strategic Realignment  of Committee Structures!   Please Click Here!



All competitive swimming clubs in Ontario are required to provide officials at Swim Ontario sanctioned swim meets! As GCAC continues to grow, we must ensure that we meet Swim Ontario expectations in terms of the number of officials and the required minimum of officials at each level. This will become a very important requirement to be met in order for GCAC to host sanctioned swim meets in the future!     

With this in mind, we ask that all GCAC competitive swim families take  the opportunity to volunteer and participate in at least one session at every meet!

Being on deck is a great vantage point as it makes swim meets much more exciting for spectating your child's races, and it's a fantastic way to make new aquaintances! You will also learn a great deal more about swim meet operations.

Please keep in mind that swimming is unique in that the sport heavily relies on volunteers to organize & run the forum in which the athletes compete. Your athletes!  By taking part in competitions you're fulfilling a valuable role for all athletes! While they may not say it enough -or at all- they do appreciate it... and the coaches do too :)  GCAC would like to extend a special thank you for all you do for our athletes in the sport, and the team!!!


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