General help

We need lots of help and support from parents at our galas. It takes around 40 people to make sure our galas run really smoothly. Typically we need help with - Door entries, Kitchen & Catering, Marshalling, Medals, Runner, Time keeping, Announcer, Judges & Team Manager.

We welcome your support and would really like you to get involved.  As an added bonus, YOU COULD SAVE UP TO £48 IN ENTRY FEES

As a thank-you for volunteering, HDSC will refund the entry fee for up to 8 events as follows:

Swimming in 1 or 2 sessions, volunteer for at least 1 session – refund up to 4 events
Swimming in 3 or 4 sessions, volunteer for at least 2 sessions – refund up to 8 events
Refunds will be credited to your Swim Manager account after the Meet.



Each season Harrogate District Swimming Club runs a number of Galas. The income we receive from running these galas is not only our main source of income but also is used to benefit all of our swimmers – through paying for entries to county, regional and national championships – and for equipment for the club – computers, the new scoreboard, training equipment for the coaches to name but a few.

One of the largest avoidable costs of our Galas is officials. Any official that we can't provide from within the club we have to seek from other clubs and pay them expenses to attend.

So simply, the more officials we have within the club the more we can keep from each Gala.


Why should you become an Official

Being an official –

  • is fun and satisfying – knowing you have helped many children compete;

  • gives you something to do while your son or daughter is swimming;

  • is a great skill that anyone can learn; and

  • helps you to understand what your child is being taught.

We are well known for the outstanding galas that we run every year. We often receive thanks and compliments from clubs from all over the north of England and further afield.

It is great being part of the team that puts on an event that is so well regarded.


Different types of Officials

Swim England – Our national governing body - recognises 4 levels of official:

Judge 1

Timekeeping and turns judging

Judge 2

Stroke judging

Judge 2S

Starter of races


Overall control of the competition

In addition it is also possible to complete a short course and be recognised as a club timekeeper – however this means that you can only help us at home galas and not normally help at galas at other pools.


How long does it take to qualify

To be recognised as a club timekeeper requires attendance at a two hour training session and a practical review at a gala. For a Judge 1 there are 2 two hour training and a number of poolside sessions, with a final assessment by a qualified referee at a gala. The other levels of qualification require further training sessions and more practical experience.


How do I get involved?

It is easy to be involved. The club plans to hold two or three courses each year. To express an interest please send an e-mail to Ian Law at HDSC Officials Training.

Sessions are normally scheduled to coincide with training sessions at the Hydro and are held in the meeting room which is through the Aquatics Office (to the right of the entrance to the changing area)


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