Thursday, April 9, 2020

Aquatics Community Pool Together

It has been a month since we made our first statement around the global pandemic that is Coronavirus, and since then, day to day life as we know it has changed beyond recognition.

We continue to support the NHS by staying at home whilst the sports we live and breathe each and every day are not currently available. Despite this unsettled period, and with no clear picture as to when things will return to some form of normality, we have been heartened by our aquatics community and their desire to support one another at this difficult time.

The start of April heralds our new membership year and we thank each and every person who has renewed their membership to date - this goes a long way to support the sport and Scottish Swimming as an organisation. Your certificates are being processed and will be with you shortly.

Thanks to you, we continue to develop plans for when restrictions are lifted and we can all get back to the water. At a time when we would have just returned from a busy five days at the Scottish National Age Group Championships and with many athletes making final preparations for the British Para Swimming International Meet in Sheffield (incorporating Paralympic Trials) and the British Swimming Championships in London (incorporating Olympic Trials), we are working closely with performance colleagues at sportscotland to support our athletes and coaches with online training and guidance about maintaining not only their physical health, but their mental health. This information is available to everyone and the details can be found in the key documents area on our website, found HERE.

We continue to work with each of the disciplines and look forward to when we can confirm dates for the resumption of training and rescheduled events. In the meantime we are engaging with them about creating social media content to continue to profile their sports.

During this period out of the water we have also developed online training opportunities, the outline of which can be found HERE. This programme will be available until the end of August, can be accessed by Scottish Swimming members, and includes a Team Manager course. Our main platform for communication of information for clubs and Scottish Swimming registered coaches continues to be HIVE – guidance on how this information can be accessed via contacting the following individuals:

HIVE Group




Club Development

Club Development Manager

RSDM (Central & West)

RSDM (East)

RSDM (Grampian & Tayside)

RSDM (Highlands, Islands & Moray)

RSDM (West)


Paul Donald


Andy Maguire

Alan Reed

Sean Dawson


Colleen Blair


Erin Cummins

Swimming Coaching Matters


Alan Lynn

Membership Secretaries


Melanie Orr


We are also working on “SS Connect”, a new programme of online content and interactive content to keep us all connected during this time; more details will follow shortly.

We are very much aware that members and Clubs may be experiencing hardship during this time and we would like to highlight some information for clubs, including funding strands for clubs to apply to. The details are on the sportscotland website and can be found HERE.

We continue to work closely with Harper Macleod who are developing a Club Hub on behalf of sportscotland, which will be launched in the coming days, and we will of course share this link when it goes live.

This is a tough time for everyone and as we continue to operate remotely we will share information with you about our plans for a return to our sport. While we look forward to this day, it will be done in cooperation with full Government and NHS advice. Therefore please continue to look on HIVE, our website and across our social media channels, and if you do need to speak with us, our staff are here to answer your enquiries. Staff contact details can be found HERE.

Thank you again for your continued support and as always, please stay safe.