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Edinburgh International Swim Meet 2021

An invitation is now extended for officials from East District to officiate at the Edinburgh International Swim Meet 2021 on the 12 to 14 March 2021 at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.
There will be a maximum of 19 officials per session, ranging from Timekeepers to Referee functions, to facilitate physical distancing requirements.
The EISM will be held in partnership with British Swimming and supported by City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Swimming.
The event will be by invitation only for the "return to train athletes" who have travel and competition government exemption. They will be nominated by the respective home nations performance directors. In addition there will be a representation of around 4 European countries. MC athletes will be incorporated into the morning heats. There will be no more than 150 athletes.
There will be a max of 3 heats per event with 2 additional short breaks to maintain a number and distancing compliance with the facility. There will be no afternoon sessions and the finals will be restricted to an open final with no B or junior final and no skins.
The event is predominately geared towards the competition preparation for the prospective Olympic and European teams.
There will be no accommodation for local officials, normal travel expenses will apply. There will be a health declaration to be completed and signed on entrance to facility and Covid protocols, to be confirmed, to be observed.
If you desire to assist please follow the link below and complete the online form by the 12 January .
Have a good but safe holiday period and all the best for a better 2021.

Covid update and STO training

There are many discussions taking place around issues regarding STOs, potential opportunities for workshops and what will competition look like? Information on the immediate impact on STO training and general and Judge 1 training in particular can be found at


Hopefully some local virtual workshops to come and any timekeeper wanting to move onto J1 training the J1 online course is available at 

East District will pay the course fee for members and guidance on the application process is available here


The clock for completing the poolside sessions is paused until further notice. The process for signing up and requesting a payment voucher from the district is found here

Many would also benefit from doing the contemporary issues (a requirement for J1 trainees and anyone with a BS licence) 

There are a number of BS & SS working groups and STO matters are being raised but with competition not being considered at any point in the near future then no decisions are likely any time soon.

If you have any points you wish me to pass onto the NSTOC or questions for the district STO let me know and I'll see what I can do to get an answer.

Wishing you and yours all the best during these difficult times and if you know any official who is on facebook but not in the group send them an invite.



AOE Operator training

Got a technical mind?

Like problem solving?

Looking to get a little more involved?

Then working behind the scenes may be for you. You would be part of the team that ensures the times of all competitors are received correctly.

Volunteers for this role require a range of technical knowledge and have preferably a good understanding of the swimming discipline, IT and strong problem-solving skills are an advantage to these roles.

We are currently seeking volunteers who would like to undertake training as AOE operators and on successful completion of which candidates will have

  • Knowledge of the components and functions of the AOE system in order to assist in fault-finding during operation and start up.
  • Knowledge of all connections necessary for the successful operation of the equipment with the ability to set up the equipment and, dismantle, dry and store appropriately at the end of the gala.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the FINA rules regarding the use of AOE equipment.
  • Be able to download information from the Meet Management and set up a session when standing alone (operating without Meet Management).

All applicants for training and assessment as AOE operators must have:

  • ØCompleted a Timekeeper course and all related poolside duties
  • ØBe conversant with the operation of a PC under a Windows environment

It is desirable that the applicant is a Recorder or willing to undertake Recorder training during the AOE practical training period

Initial familiarisations sessions will be available at our designated training venue the Mercat Gait Centre, Prestonpans, to prospective applicants by prior arrangement only. These will encompass the installation and removal of the system along with its operation. Most of the practical training sessions will also be held at the Mercat Gait Centre.

The role requires volunteers to be able to;

  •         Attend at least 1 hour before warm up and remain 1 hour after the conclusion of a meet.
  •           Undertake manual handling of equipment into and out of the pool along with fitting cabling       and equipment.

 If you are interested please contact Alistair Shields, East District STO convenor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , to arrange a familiarisation session where the training programme will be explained. 


The format of the examination will be finalised prior to the scheduled date of the 7 November 2020 and will be dependent upon guidance in palace regarding public health requirements.