One of Swim Ontario primary function is to ensure Ontario Swim Officials receive proper training and receive every opportunity to develop and progress to the highest level possible. Swim Ontario will budget annually for Officials Development that can be applied for by Senior Officials (level 3/4/5) who are trying to advance to a Level 5 or FINA/IPC level.
Group A: Level IIIs and IVs
Support will be available for Level III and IV officials who must gain experience outside of region for the purpose of attaining Level IV and V certification. The candidate must work a minimum of 4 sessions at the competition. Eligible meets are Regional and Provincial Championship and approved Invitational meets. Candidates can request this type of support only once per year and for a maximum of twice in total.
Group B: Level IVs
Support will be available for Level IV officials who must work at a SNC designated competition for the purpose of attaining level V certification. The candidate must work a minimum of 4 sessions at the competition. Candidates can request this type of support only once.
Group C: Level Vs
Support will be available for Level V officials who are working towards advancing for FINA/IPC designation. The candidate must work a minimum of 4 sessions at the competition and must be certified to work the level of meet he/she is planning on working. Officials working IPC designated meets as IPC designated officials in training are eligible. Candidates can request this funding once every two years.
Swim Ontario, with the SOOC, budgets annually for official’s development for Level IIIs, IVs and Vs. Financial assistance will be available to applicants within the limits of the amount budgeted annually and will be prorated to ensure that all candidates are assisted.
Level IV and V Candidates who receive funding may not submit expenses from the same meet to the National Officials Travel Program.
Applicants who are interested in officiating and are eligible to receive funding must make application to Swim Ontario 1 month prior to the competition. Swim Ontario in conjunction with the SOOC will review applications. Complete section A & B for application.
All documentation must be submitted by March 1 of application year for consideration. Dispersal of funds will be prior to March 31 of application year. Any eligible competitions held in April will be funded for the following year (application in March). Amounts reimbursed will be prorated based on total claims submitted of approved applications.