Aberdeen Amateur Swim Club
The Club was formed in 1980 and became a Limited Company in 2005, the year of the Club's 25th anniversary. In the past, the Club has trained swimmers to compete at a very high level, for example the Olympic and Commonwealth Games and our aim is to get back to this level.
About Learn To Swim
The Club's associated Learn-to-Swim moved from its previous locations at Hilton Pool, Robert Gordon's College and Oakbank School to the new facilities a RGU's Sports Centre in August 2005. In August 2010, the LTS moved to the ISA, North Deeside Road, where there are more opportunities to expand the LTS. The Club started running a LTS at the International School Aberdeen, for the students of the school in October 2010.
In July 2009, the LTS became affiliated to Scottish Swimming, as a Swim School and in March 2010, the LTS gained its SwiMark accreditation. Currently, we are working towards SwiMark Plus.
The LTS has two main aims. Firstly, it is there to teach swimmers water safety and the basics of the strokes, so that swimmers benefit through improved health and increased self-confidence. It is acknowledged that swimming is a life skill which every child should have.
The second aim is to prepare swimmers for entry into competitive swimming, if this is their wish. The Club needs new, young swimmers coming up from the LTS to keep the Club balanced. Swimmers are also skilled to participate in other aquatic disciplines, such as diving, water-polo and synchronised swimming.
Aberdeen Amateur Swimming Club is an independent club and it has the tremendous advantage that the LTS can be tailored so that the swimmers develop all the basic skills required for competitive swimming.
Children are invited to join the LTS at any age from 4 years. All swimmers who are not beginners are assessed by the Head Teacher and allocated to a level according to their ability. Swimmers come from all areas of the city and some travel from well outside the city. Most recruitment is by word of mouth and we rely on swimmers bringing friends into the scheme. We do have flyers to advertise the LTS and Club and if you are interested in obtaining a copy, please contact a member of the committee.
All swimmers in the LTS are expected to wear a LTS or Improvers cap and at Levels 6 & 7, the swimmers are expected to purchase some of their own equipment. In Levels 6 & 7, boys should wear trunks, not shorts, as shorts hinder performance. Equipment and swimwear can be purchased through the Club shop. The price of equipment and swimwear is shown in Appendix VII.
The Club gives guidance through the teachers on basic Health & Safety issues and all swimmers are expected to follow the guidelines. The teachers must have the confidence that swimmers will follow their safety instructions immediately and without question, as the swimming pool can be a dangerous environment and swimmers must appreciate this.
Aberdeen Amateur Swimming Club is located at the International School of Aberdeen (ISA) on North Deeside Road, Cults, Aberdeen AB15 9PN.
For further information on how to join Aberdeen Amateur Swimming Club or any of it's other swimming related activities please contact the Head Coach, Alison Low
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