This page has been set up to allow interested people
in Colorado to begin the process of certification. CSI meets or exceeds all the minimum standard guidelines for officials
certification as set by USSThe normal process for a beginning
Stroke and Turn Official is to go to a Clinic. These clinics are
taught in most parts of the state. We however can not get
everywhere. We hope to
provide as much of the clinic material as possible online. In
all cases you will still need to go to a clinic and pay your
membership fees to USS to become fully certified as a Stroke and
This page also provides clinic material for
Starters and Referees. There are
also many great articles which
are on the CSI Officials home page.
Once you have gone through the material plus the clinic and
have taken and passed the Stroke and Turn Test, Clerk of Course
Test, and Timers Test you will need 24 hours of deck time to
become fully certified. There is a trainees log sheet on this
page as well for you to use at sanctioned meets to obtain your 24
hours. It must be signed by a certified referee. You will also
find on this page forms for ordering an official's shirt. We
require white shirts and navy pants or shorts and white shoes for
you to be on deck plus your USS membership card. To get your
membership card, print the Non-Athlete Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with a check for the amount you
calculate on the form to Colorado Swimming. The address is on
the form as well. To get started on your Starter or Referee
certification you will need to meet the standard guidelines, pass the appropriate tests, attend a clinic and at
least three sessions as a trainee in that position plus the
recommendations of the referee's for those sessions.
Starting in the Fall
of 2001 all Officials must take the Stroke and Turn Recertification Test.
You can take it online as part of the USA Swimming Officials Certification
Tests at http://www.usaswimming.org/USASWeb/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=690&Alias=R
We strongly encourage you to not only take the Stroke and
Turn Recertification Test but others as well.
The following download is a replica of the first
part of the USS Rule Book. As it can take some time for your
membership to be processed and get the real rules book, this
document will help you get through the tests. If you can borrow
a book from an official do so, this download is about 3.6 meg.
You will need a PDF
to view it and print it. If
you are working on your starter or referee certification, you should already have
a book and do not need the part I. The
full rules book is online and listed below for download.
Reading Material and Forms
The following is the list of training materials and
forms you will need to get started on the certification