BECOMING AN UMPIRE
Your region needs you!
With a large number of Heads and Regattas in the area, it's obvious why the Thames Region is always looking for new umpires. Becoming an umpire is also a very good way for former competitors to remain involved in the sport.
Once you have the basic umpiring qualification then Multi-lane and even FISA (international) qualification is a possibility. Indeed, the Thames region can boast quite a few FISA umpires who have officiated at international regattas around the world, from the Coupe de la Jeunesse to the Olympic games.
What makes a good candidate?
It is preferable to have rowed, sculled or coxed to Umpire, but not necessarily at the highest level. All regatta and head-race organisers are recommended to obtain their Umpire's licence.
What does it entail?
Training for each year tends to start in January or early February and you could be a fully qualified Umpire before the end of the Regatta season. There is an initial meeting where you can meet the TRUC training and examination panel and the programme for the year is explained.
A written paper will be sat in February/March. Successful candidates at this stage will then attend Head races and Regattas throughout the season.
Training is based on practical experience with final qualification based on continuous assessment and a practical exam taken early Autumn.