About Swimming

The district organises competitions and training for East District swimmers and two open swimming competitions each year; the East District open (May / June) and the Edinburgh International swim meet (March).

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Open Water

Open water swimming takes place in outdoor bodies of water such as oceans, bays, lakes, rivers, canals and reservoirs. The activity has grown in popularity in recent years.

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Masters swimming is a special class of competitive swimming and is for swimmers 25 years or older. They compete within age groups of 5 years.

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Diving is made up of many different styles and techniques. It involves a display of perfectly formed body positions while plunging into a pool of water.

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Water Polo

Water Polo is a team watersport. The playing team consists of six field players and one goalkeeper. The winner of the game is the team that scores the most goals.

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Can you imagine swimming for up to five minutes while performing acrobatics, holding your breath, looking graceful and having to keep in time to the music or your fellow athletes?

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U Turn for Ponds Forge?

on Wednesday, 09 September 2020.

Formal Decision 23rd September 2020

A pool closed during the coronavirus outbreak is to reopen after a campaign by swimming clubs.
Ponds Forge in Sheffield was to remain closed until at least April 2021 after the trust which runs it said the £1.5m cost of opening it was too expensive.
Following protests, Sheffield Council has since said it intends to open the pool again.
The issue was discussed in a meeting but a formal decision will be made in a cabinet meeting on 23 September.
The facility, built for the 1991 World Student Games, is used by a number of swimmers and divers who have competed at Olympic games and other international events, as well as the general public.
According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, council officers said they were working on the details and a report would be published next week. 
Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure, told the scrutiny meeting the council was aiming to reopen the pool at the beginning of October.

Hannah Miley - Welcome back to the water

on Friday, 04 September 2020.

Hannah Miley welcomes you back to the water

Scottish Swimming and Scottish Water Learn to Swim Partnership Extended

on Monday, 31 August 2020.

100,000-strong new generation of young, safe swimmers through Leisure Trusts and Aquatic Providers

Scottish Swimming and Scottish Water's Learn to Swim partnership which has helped to create 100,000-strong new generation of young, safe swimmers through Leisure Trusts and Aquatic Providers across Scotland, is being extended for a fourth year, in a move that aims to boost the confidence of children around water.

 Over the last few years, the Learn to Swim Framework has benefitted children from almost every region of Scotland, thanks to the successful partnership between Scottish Water, Scottish Swimming, Leisure Trusts and Aquatic Providers across the country.


Scottish Water’s decision to form an initial three-year partnership was instrumental in allowing the Framework – which has high profile athletes Duncan Scott and Toni Shaw as its Ambassadors - to be rolled out across Scotland more quickly than planned.

 Duncan Scott commented “I am delighted to continue supporting this important programme which will see thousands of children learn to swim, an essential life skill, as pools gradually begin to re-open across Scotland.”

 Toni Shaw said “I am very proud to be an ambassador for Learn to Swim and really look forward to seeing children get back in the water over coming weeks and months as it is so important for kids to learn this life skill.”

 Before the lockdown in early March, it was revealed that nearly 106,000 kids had signed up to the programme over the three years, surpassing the target of 100,000 two months ahead of schedule.

 The move into a fourth year will help highlight the importance of learning to swim and promote swimming lessons across Scotland as pools begin to open and children return to the water to learn an essential life skill that can keep them safer in and around water.


Euan Lowe, Scottish Swimming chief executive officer, said:

“We are pleased that pools finally have the green light to re-open over coming weeks and we are delighted that Scottish Water have continued their support of the Learn to Swim Framework helping us to achieve two incredible milestones this year - extending the Learn to Swim partnership into 2021, and exceeding our target in February 2020 of teaching 100,000 children to swim ahead of our original ambitious deadline.

“Continuing our valuable partnership with Scottish Water means that more children can learn to be confident and competent swimmers, equipping them with the skills needed to be safe around water.


“We are incredibly proud to continue the partnership – I’d like to thank Scottish Water for their ongoing support, and the Leisure Trust and Aquatic Provider partners who will be delivering lessons across Scotland.”


Brian Lironi, Director of Corporate Affairs with Scottish Water, said: “Learning to swim is such an important safety skill and it’s vital the basics are learned at an early age.


“With the outstanding success of the programme, it made perfect sense to continue the partnership for a fourth year.


“Everyone should be able to enjoy Scotland’s rivers, lochs, reservoirs and shorelines safely and with confidence – we’re looking forward to seeing the programme continue to provide young people with a valuable life skill.


“The Learn to Swim programme partners perfectly with our Your Water Your Life campaign – it’s a great way to show how water is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, from keeping hydrated to swimming in your local pool as an ideal form of exercise.”


With pools given the green light to re-open from 31st August , Learn to Swim lessons will return over the coming weeks and months in a phased approach across Scotland.


Lessons were put on hold during the Coronavirus lockdown, but these are set to start up again gradually in each area when pools are able to re-open.


The Learn to Swim Framework is aimed at youngsters from birth to 11-years-old and provides consistently high-quality teaching which progresses through a series of lessons and levels over a number of years.


More information on the National Learn to Swim Framework can be found on the dedicated website: www.learntoswim.scot