Becoming a Masters Competition Official

Any adult can become a Masters Competition Official.

Gary Stutsel picture here is a keen Aussi Masters Competition Official. Scroll down to see Gary a few years ago.

You do not need to be a member of a Masters Swimming Club, however all members and their family and friends are encouraged to become officials. Those officials who do not want to swim in any Masters activities may become members of  the Molonglo Water Dragons club and Masters Swimming Australia (MSA)  for a fee of $10 per year.

All competition officials’ courses are sanctioned by the MSA National Office and conducted in accordance with the approved curricula.

There are seven technical courses offered by MSA.

The introductory course is the position of Timekeeper. As a timekeeper you operate the timing devices that record the time of the swimmer in the lane assigned to you. After completing this basic, but most essential of all courses, you become accredited as a Timekeeper.

If you then wish to proceed to a higher level you will first be required to read the first three modules of the General Principles of Officiating Course.

Then you may proceed to do any of the following five courses, in any order, namely Chief Timekeeper, Marshal/Check Starter/Clerk of Course, Inspector of Turns, Judge of Stroke, and Starter.

It is preferable to complete each course before starting another.

Each of the courses comprises both a theory and a practical component. The theory section is presented by a Course Presenter, who must be an official with current experience in the position.

The practical component requires pre-arranged attendance at a minimum number of competitions that are usually held on weekends.

You may then wish to proceed to the position of Referee. To do this you must first have completed all of the above courses and then the final module of General Principles of Officiating.

For an outline of the requirements for all of the above, including the number of meets you need to attend, please refer to the document ‘Pathways to Becoming an Official’ at

Swimming Australia accredited officials and officials who have a current accreditation with a swimming organisation other than MSA should refer to the document ‘Cross Accreditation and Re-accreditation’ at

General enquiries contact Gary Stutsel, Molonglo member and NSW Technical Director at


Gary Stutsel cuts a dashing figure at Enfield Pool, Sydney

Endurance 1000 for fitness and endurance


Formerly known as the Aerobic Swimming Program, the Endurance 1000 is a program for swimmers who want to improve their fitness and endurance.

It is used to promote aerobic fitness by providing an incentive (in the form of points and awards) for members to swim longer distances throughout the year. Recognition is given to the aerobic fitness aspect of swimming, as points are awarded according to relative degrees of fitness.



There are two national awards each year:

  • the Vorgee Endurance 1000 Champion Club; and
  • the Vorgee Endurance 1000 Award

The Vorgee Endurance 1000 Champion Club

is awarded each year to the club scoring the highest number of points gained by its members, using the national point score tables and complying with the conditions set out for the award.

The Vorgee Endurance 1000 Award is presented to the club that scores the highest average points per registered member each year. The award is intended to encourage participation and provide an incentive to smaller clubs. To be considered for this award, a club must have a minimum of six (6) registered members.

Masters Swimming NSW also has its own club awards plus swimmers who complete all possible swims also receive an individual award, usually a towel with their name embroidered on it.

Scoring Points

Points for the Endurance 1000 will be scored between 1st January and 31st December of the same year.

Points are allocated for each swim based on the swimmer’s sex and age and the time taken to cover the distance.

It is recognised that aerobic fitness / speed decreases with age therefore the points allocation system has been adjusted to allow for this. Similarly, adjustments for sex differences have been incorporated in the points system.

If a swimmer is a second claim member to another club, the endurance points attained are awarded to their first claim club.

The following information is required for each swim: name of swimmer, age, date of birth, sex, club, registration number, swim style and time swum for 400m, 800m and 1500m events or distance swum for 30 minute, 45 minute, 60 minute swims plus the pool length (SC = 25m, LC = 50m).

All distances must be swum in a pool/swimming enclosure that is no shorter than 25 metres.

For the number of times that awards can be swum in the year, please see the conditions for each award. If a swimmer improves their time for an award during the year so mentioned, only the fastest submission should be entered for point allocation.

All interclub, State and National swims will automatically be loaded onto the Endurance 1000 program by the National Recorder on a monthly basis.

All recorded swim times will also be included in both the National and the NSW Top 10 Times lists.

The Swims

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May be swum in each of the four strokes plus the Individual Medley.

Each stroke and distance may be swum up to five times in a calendar year.

Each of the five swims (of the same stroke for 400m or 800m) must be done in a different month of the specified calendar year. These need not be consecutive months.

Each of the five swims in each stroke scores points.

If a person completes more than five swims of the same distance or stroke, any of the five swims may be included in the Endurance 1000.


May only be swum in Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke.

Each of the strokes scores points.

Times in each stroke will be counted once only in a calendar year.

30 Minute, 45 Minute and 60 Minute Swims

The only strokes that may be swum for these awards are Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke.

The objective is to cover as much distance as possible by swimming NON-STOP for the specified time. (NON-STOP means that the clock shall continue to run for the specified time; however, a swimmer is able to stop then continue, providing they do not push off from lane rope or the bottom of the pool.)

The distance credited is to the nearest completed 25m (i.e. rounded down to the nearest 25m).

Pointscore charts

Are available at  select Programs then Endurance 1000.

If using the charts, find the chart according to sex and age of the swimmer. Then find the box for the stroke and distance of the swim. Finally, look up the number of points scored according to the time/distance for the specific swim.

Recording sheets are also available on this site.

Good luck!