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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Interpret and apply rules and regulations to effectively officiate a swimming competition at club, provincial, national, continental and international level 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264555  Interpret and apply rules and regulations to effectively officiate a swimming competition at club, provincial, national, continental and international level 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Sport, Recreation & Fitness 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Sport 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for learners who participate as swimming technical officials serving as timekeepers, judges, starters and referees. The acquisition of competence against this unit standard will add value to one's function, capability and an insight into swimming laws to enable them to perform their official responsibilities and duties effectively. Learners acquiring this unit standard will be able to fulfil their roles to ensure the fairest possible competition.

Practical experience will determine whether the learner can advance to continental and international level officiating duties.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Interpreting and applying rules and procedures of swimming in a competition.
  • Assessing the environment for the swimming competition.
  • Using communication skills to communicate with swimmers and spectators.
  • Officiating at swimming competitions. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.

    It is also assumed that learners accessing this unit standard may have acquired subject matter expertise and experience in officiating. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Laws of swimming refer to all laws as set out by FINA Rules and Standards. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Interpret and apply rules of swimming in a competition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The philosophy, procedures and intent of the swimming rules are explained within the context of competition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Protocols of swimming officiating are explained to ensure compliance by swimmers in relation to the rules and regulations during competition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Knowledge of the rules of swimming is demonstrated in relation to a variety of contexts. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Variety of contexts refer to but are not limited to timekeeping, judging, starting and refereeing.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The role of a technical official in a swimming competition is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The powers and duties of officials are explained within the context of FINA rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Different swimming styles are identified and described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The actions of the swimmers are observed in order to verify conformity with the rules and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Knowledge of various structures operating within the field of swimming are demonstrated in terms of their roles, responsibility and accountability. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Assess the environment for the swimming competition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An assessment is conducted to determine the availability and adequacy of fully equipped first-aid treatment facilities at the venue. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Safety elements at the swimming competition are observed in terms of the competition rules and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An assessment is conducted to determine the availability and competency of lifeguards on duty. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of ensuring that warm-up exercises are undertaken by swimmers is explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Use communication skills to communicate with swimmers and spectators. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Various communication strategies applied in swimming are identified and explained within context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Lines of verbal and visual communication around the pool before commencement of the event are established to ensure effective communication with officials, public and swimmers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Judgements are communicated at the appropriate time to relevant people according to rules and regulations of the competition. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Officiate a swimming competition in a specific environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Various levels of swimming competition are identified and described in terms of significance, prominence and differences. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Various levels refer to club,provincial, national, continental and international level.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An understanding of procedures to effectively officiate a swimming competition is demonstrated with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Procedures include but are not limited to timing procedures, equipment, judging procedures, check in and seeding procedures, starting procedures, instructions and recording procedures.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Timing equipment used to start a swimming competition are described in terms of their uses and specific applicable rules. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment refers to but is not limited to automatic officiating equipment such as starting mechanism, gun or horn. Automatic timing equipment refers to pressure-sensitive panels or touch pads installed at the end of each lane.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Various electronic timing devices are operated under supervision. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Various electronic timing systems include but are not limited to video camera system, semi-automatic timing and automatic officiating equipment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Signals used by officials to communicate with swimmers and other participating officials are demonstrated with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Starting procedures are explained in terms of FINA rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Starting positions are explained within context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The place/position of each technical official participating in the arena is identified and described to ensure correct positioning. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The competition is adjudicated firmly and fairly in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    Disqualifications procedures are explained and applied in accordance with rules for reporting purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    Protests against judgment decisions are recorded for reporting purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
    The results of the swimming competition are recorded and communicated to the recording office administrators/competition management for verification and confirmation. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise.
  • Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standard as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Learners should have a knowledge and understanding of:
  • Swimming laws, rules, regulations and procedures.
  • Health and Safety.
  • Report writing.
  • Time management. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems relating to players by applying common sense and relevant swimming rules to manage the situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a work team to control the swimming competition. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Planning, organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to ensure own safety and that of others and use a checklist to coordinate the activities with the organisers of the competition. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information relating to swimming logistics and other arrangements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using language skills in the form of oral and non-verbal communication to give vocal and non-vocal instructions including officiating equipment to control the swimming competition. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and others by applying safety standards as required by the FINA laws. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation by consulting with the laws as prescribed by FINA to ensure compliance. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Integrated Assessment:

    When conducting assessments, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text of the unit standards being assessed. Assessors must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge by developing assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the learners are working. These activities and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment. It may be more effective and efficient to assess a number of unit standards together in an integrated way, thus reducing the overall number of assessments and ensuring that commonalities that exist between a number of unit standards are captured in a way that makes sense for assessment.

    Assessment Option:

    Learners could be assessed using the following methods:
  • Oral or written questions.
  • Discussions.
  • Multimedia presentations.
  • Observation.
  • Simulation.
  • Role-plays. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  66809   Further Education and Training Certificate: Sport Technical Officiating  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


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