The club has an excellent Development Lead coach, Morag McCarthy.  The Development squad has three specific levels called Development 1, Development 2 and Development 3.  Criteria for all three are designed to fit the FUNdamentals strategy of the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) guidelines:

D1 Squad Objective

  • To continue to develop the swimmers technique and aerobic capacity from Learn to Swim
  • Introduction to competitive swimming training
  • To begin to increase swimmers aerobic base whilst maintaining good quality swimming technique
  • Familiarise the swimmer with good swimming practices, discipline and knowledge


Entry will be from the Stroke Development squads of Edinburgh leisure swimming school or by assessment.

Swimmers must be able to swim all four competitive strokes with adequate technique

Swimmers joining this squad will be given the opportunity to trial out with the club for 2 weeks.  Acceptance to this squad will be at the discretion of the lead coach.


  • Pull Buoy
  • Kick Board
  • Fins (Swimming not Scuba, short blades)
  • 2 pairs of goggles
  • Portobello swim cap
  • 1-2ltr full water bottle
  • Inhaler (If needed)


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