At Pukekohe Swimming Club we strongly encourage parents of siwmmers to train to be a timekeeper at swim meets, especially club nights. Without your help we would be unable to run our club nights. Once you have qualified as a timekeeper, it is possible to train as an IOT (Inspector of Turns) - again, without parents acting in this capacity, we would not be able to run any Swimming New Zealand ratified meets. Should you wish to further your qualifications, Pukekohe Swimming Club will assist you in becoming a regionally qualified Starter, Judge of Stroke and Referee. All nationally qualified officials from Pukekohe Swimming Club, started out as timekeepers, many of which are still assisting our club today, long after their own children have finished swimming. Please find below technical resources for Swimming NZ and FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation).
Pukekohe Swimming Club have the largest number of qualified swimming technical officials are often called upon to officiate at regional and national meets. Our officials also give back to the wider community by volunteering their time to officiate at Special Olympics swim meets for intellectually impaired swimmers.
It is mandatory for all Technical Officials & Team Managers poolside at regional and national competitions to be police vetted by Swimming New Zealand.Vetting can take up to 5 weeks to be approved by the NZ Police. You will need to be registered on the SNZ database and know your member number to apply. If you are unsure if you are registered or have forgotten your SNZ member number please contact PSC - Club Database Administrator.
The Regional Technical Officials Qualification questions are below. If you would like to achieve a regional qualification, contact our PSC Technical team who will glady assist you. Swimming New Zealand has developed Regional Technical Officials Qualifications for Inspector of Turns, Referees and Starters, to establish consistency across all regions in New Zealand.
The following are the current requirement for national qualifications:
Inspector of Turns - Regionally qualified and completed 5 region or sanctioned meets as an IOT.
Starter - Regionally qualified and completed minimum of 5 region or sanctioned meets as a starter.
Referee - Regionally qualified and completed a minimum 5 centre/region meets as a Referee. To sit the National Referees examination the candidate must have passed the National IOT and National Starter qualifications and held the most recent one for minimum of six months.If a candidate is considered suitable and ready to sit an examination a lesser number of meets or period could be accepted by the SNZ TAC for that region.
Chief Referee Open Water - To sit the National Chief Referee Open Water examination, it is preferred that the candidate has worked on three Open Water appointments (with one position being on a boat). Consideration will be given to those who have worked on two events, and will be at the discretion of the assessor at the time. This is a theoritical examination and not a practical examination.
If you would like to achieve a national qualification, contact our PSC Technical team who will glady assist you.