Livingston & District Dolphins ASC
Livingston & District Dolphins ASC

Dolphins Swim School - Awarded swiMark

Livingston & District Dolphins ASC

Dolphins Swim School has been awarded the highly acclaimed swiMark accreditation demonstrating they are leading the way in setting new standards for swimming lessons including strong teacher education and development structures.

Thomas Harkins. Head of Dolphins Swim School:

"Over the past couple of years, the swim school has grown from strength to strength; achieving swiMark has demonstrated we are heading in the right direction. From when our swim school status came into effect and the implementation of Scottish Swimming's Learn to Swim Programme we have seen a dramatic increase in our numbers. We now boast over 200 members in our Saturday morning classes that cater for children of 3 years and over. The swim school acts as a feeder to the Livingston District Dolphins ASC"

"Achieving swiMark was very straightforward and I would encourage every swim school to apply for it! Thanks go to our RSDM, Sarah Pryde, for her help through the process; all the teachers and poolside helpers; all the children and of course all the parents for their tremendous support over the last couple of years. Next stop swiMark plus…"

swiMark is Scottish Swimming's national quality accreditation programme for clubs and swim schools, successful achievement confirms recognition that Dolphins swim school has demonstrated a commitment to creating a sustainable swimming development pathway and operates a safe, effective and child friendly learn to swim programme, providing a service in the community that children and young people, their parents/carers, and others with an interest in swimming can trust.

Richard Gordon, Director of Development for Scottish Swimming:

"Scottish Swimming is pleased to recognise the important role Dolphins swim school plays in increasing participation and improving the quality of sporting opportunities within West Lothian"

"I am delighted to see that the partnership work between our Regional Swimming Development Manager and Dolphins swim school has ensured that the swim school has taken steps to create effective swimming development pathways for its swimmers, teachers and volunteers. Congratulations Dolphins on achieving swiMark as part of Scottish Swimming's Swim School Accreditation Scheme"

Sarah Pryde, Regional Swimming Development Manager (East):

"Sustaining a quality learn to swim programme is hard work and takes a lot of time and dedication from teachers and coordinators. Livingston & District Dolphins are the first club to have both their swim school and club sections swiMark accredited. Achievement in both these areas demonstrates Dolphins continue to challenge the operation of the swim school and club, working to create an effective environment for their swimmers, teachers and volunteers to reach their full potential"

To achieve swiMark, Dolphins swim school had to meet criteria relating to teaching and training, administration & management, equity in sport and effective partnerships. swiMark accreditation means that the local community can be assured that the swim school:


Clyde Valley Beavers Gala

Three Members of the Competitive Disability Squad attended the Clyde Valley Beavers invitational this weekend (Sunday 15th April).

Laura Pilkington, Shannon Crosbie and George Forbes competed well against stiff competition.

Laura picked up Silver for her 50m Freestyle, a Bronze for her 25m Butterfly and a 5th place for her 25m Breast. Shannon took gold in her 100m IM, and two Bronze in her 50m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke. George Forbes took Silver in the 25m Breaststroke, 4th Place in the 50m Backcrawl and 6th place in the 50m Freestyle.

Well done guys, keep it going!


LDD 50's Gala

The new town of Livingston is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2012. As part of the celebrations Livingston and District Dolphins will hold a 50s gala on Sunday 15 April 2012 at St Margaret's Academy.

This gala is primarily a fun event and will give both current (Development Squads + SWL) and past Dolphin swimmers the opportunity to compete together.

It will be a fully SASA licensed event and provides younger Dolphins the chance to beat their 50m personal bests and slam the auld yins!

Download Meet Information Here


Dolphins on Form at Lothian Disability Gala

Shannon Crosbie and Robert Dalgleish took part in the Lothian Disability today (11th March) with both swimmers looking on form.

Robert, who was shattered following his time down at the Olympic trials, managed to compete in 4 events, and got a PB in his 100 Freestyle with a time of 1:01.74 taking 1 second off his entry time.

Shannon Crosbie compete in 5 events, as she did last weekend, and managed to get a PB in her 100 IM with a time of 1:58.74.

All swimmers that attended received a medal for competing. Medals were presented by Robert in recognition of his achievement in reaching the Olympic trials! Well done Guys! Keep up the good work!


Medals Galore at Forth Valley

Shannon Crosbie, George Forbes and Euan Sinclair brought home 9 medals between them this weekend (3rd March) at the Forth Valley Disability Sport Gala!

The team entered 9 events all together and took home a medal for each event! Euan Sinclair, a 4 year old who currently swims with the Dolphins Swim School along with his twin brother Robbie, took part in his first ever gala. The youngster took part in the assisted swim and took home a gold medal for his efforts. Well Done Euan!

George Forbes, who also swims with the Swim School, attended his second gala. George took part in three events. Being his first disability gala, George was entered for 25m Breaststroke, 25 m Backcrawl and 25m Freestyle. Tremendous racing saw George take home a Gold for his Freestyle, Silver for his Breast stroke and a bronze for his Back crawl. Excellent work George!

Shannon Crosbie, current Competitive Disability Squad and Scottish Squad swimmer took part in 5 events! Shannon took first place in her 50m Breast stroke race with an edge of your seat finish securing a gold medal. Her second event was the 50m Backstroke and she took home a Bronze followed by another gold medal in the 50m Butterfly. Shannon's forth event was the 50m freestyle and she took another gold for herself. Last event of the day saw Shannon race in the 100m IM and she took home another gold medal for her excellent effort! Think it's safe to say she slept well that night. Keep up the good work Shannon!

The three member team were a credit to themselves, their parents, the coach and the club! Hopefully the medals will keep pouring in!


Shannon and Laura make Scottish Squad

Congratulations to Shannon Crosbie and Laura Pilkington for making the Scottish Disability squad!

The two Dolphins swimmers attended long course training at Stirling last weekend (26th February) and completed a tiring 4000m+ set! Both girls made it into the Scottish squad. The girls currently train with the Dolphins Competitive Disability Squad on Saturday afternoons and attend many galas throughout the year.

This achievement shows the girls are a force to be reckoned with. Shannon and Laura are a great credit to the club for making the squad and more importantly a great credit to themselves!

Keep up the excellent work girls!


Livingston & District Dolphins ASC