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Stroke & Turn Judge Certification

Certification Requirements

  1. Age - 18 years or older
  2. Attend a PVS conducted or approved Stroke & Turn Clinic
  3. Register as a Non-Athlete Member with USA Swimming
    (must be done before beginning on-deck apprentice sessions)
  4. Serve on-deck as an apprentice with a Stroke and Turn Judge (who has been certified for at least one year) at a minimum of five (5) sessions. The five sessions must be at a minimum of two PVS-sanctioned non-Officials Qualifying meets*. All sessions must include strokes other than freestyle.
  5. Apprentices cannot make unsupervised disqualification calls
  6. Evaluated to have performed in at least a satisfactory manner at each session by supervising Stroke and Turn Judge(s) and Referee and such performance is reported on the PVS Official's Certification Application Form.
  7. Pass the USA Swimming Stroke & Turn/Timer test with a grade of at least 85%.
  8. After passing the USA-S test and completing no fewer than four on-deck apprentice sessions, the apprentice must be favorably observed at the last session by a designated PVS evaluator. The evaluation will be recorded on the Stroke & Turn Evaluation Form.
  9. Complete certification requirement within one year from date of Stroke and Turn clinic.
  10. Certification is good until the December 31 following two years after the date of issuance

Recertification Requirements

  1. Previously certified by PVS, the YMCA or another USA Swimming Local Swim Committee (LSC) as a Stroke & Turn Judge
  2. If from another LSC or the YMCA, fulfill all relevant requirements of the PVS Officials' Transfer Policy.
  3. Work at least four sessions per year as a Stroke & Judge at PVS-sanctioned non-Officials Qualifying meets*.
  4. Attend a PVS conducted or approved Stroke & Turn Clinic at least once every two years
  5. Pass the USA Swimming Stroke & Turn Recertification Test with a grade of at least 85%.
  6. Maintain valid USA Swimming registration
  7. Submit the online PVS Officials Recertification Request
  8. Recertification is good for two years after the date your prior certification expired.

* Excludes observed and approved meets, such as high school, college, and masters competitions