Connecticut Swimming

Welcome CT Officials

Become a Swimming Official & Support Your Team!

Whether you are a parent just looking to get more involved, an experienced timer, a former swimmer, or a coach, we hope you will consider becoming an Official to help "America's Swim Team."


As an official with Connecticut and USA Swimming, you will be joining over 300 other volunteer Officials in Connecticut and more than 335,000 nationwide. You will be eligible to officiate at meets across the country, not just in Connecticut.  On average, Connecticut Officials volunteer at 7 meets annually – for one or two sessions each meet. These are generally meets in which their children participate.


Their involvement gives young swimmers the opportunity to compete, and since meets cannot go on without Officials, their service also makes it possible for their teams to host meets, providing an opportunity to give more exposure to their clubs and raise money. As a result, Officials’ registration fees with Connecticut and USA Swimming are often paid for by the teams.


"Connecticut Swimming promotes the pursuit of excellence in swimming and in life through competition and education."


How do I become an official for USA Swimming in CT?

Most officials observe the swimmers as Stroke & Turn Judges. (Wet side!)  Others volunteer at the computer table and perform timing and administrative duties as administrative Officials. (Dry side.)

You could be on deck officiating in a matter of weeks, depending on your availability to attend a clinic for new officials and train at two or three meets.

There are several other requirements:


1.  Register online as a member of Connecticut and USA Swimming

2.  Attend a clinic – usually 2 ½ hours on a weekday evening

3.  Take an online, open-book test 

4.  View an online video and take a short quiz about protecting athletes (APT)

5.  Apply online for a background check -- required of all officials

6.  Train by shadowing a certified official at a minimum of two meets


Officials Committee

Committee Members

  • Chair - Dylan Lee/Margy Sargent (
  • Secretary - Rebekka Palmer
  • Recruitment & Retention - Joe Guenther
  • Clinic Organizer & official Training Coordinator - Gretchen Cahill
  • Web Site Admin & LSC Policy Liaison - Luis Tejeda
  • OTS Coordinator - Lisa Whitaker
  • Minutes
  • Meeting Schedule

CSI Officials Database and List (Connecticut FAST)