UKCC Level 1 in Teaching Aquatics


South Ayrshire Council is looking to run a UKCC Level 1 Course  in Teaching Aquatics in January 2015.  This the first level of qualification towards becoming a fully qualified swimming teacher. Participants should be 16 years minimum and be a member of Scottish Swimming.  Early indications are that the course will cost in the region of £350.  If you are interested in becoming a swimming teacher and doing this course please contact

West District Swimming Meet – 1 & 2 November 2014 – The Citadel, Ayr

A number of clubs in the West host West District swimming meets throughout the year.  Two such meets are held at the Citadel during the season, with the next on the above dates.
The District are normally self sufficient with volunteers for ‘back of house’ assistance like catering, pay in desk etc but they are now seeking some assistance from host clubs for a couple of people to assist at each session.
I appreciate this is very short notice but I wonder if there are any willing SAST volunteers who could assist  with arranging tea and coffee for the officials in the morning and again at lunchtime.
On both days, the morning involvement would be from 0830hrs to 1030hrs and the afternoon from 1230hrs to 1430hrs. One or two people to assist at each session would be fantastic.  There will be West District volunteers there to provide assistance too and the equipment being used belongs to SAST.
If anyone thinks they can assist please contact me directly by email.
Brian Anderson


Please note that the training alterations previously published has been updated and now includes alterations for all squads.

  • Please click for TRAINING ALTERATIONS October & November 2014-updated 29/10/14.
  • Thursday 30th October – A Nutrition Talk will be available for all swimmers and parents wishing to attend. The talk will be at the Citadel from 5:30pm (approx. 45mins – 1hr).
  • Monday 3rd November – Time Trials for all squads from 7:10pm at the Citadel.

The S.A.S.T ……ONSIES……

Yes you read it here first.

Onesies Are here by Popular Demand

Ideal Christmas Present!

Katie Cosh (one of our Junior swimmers), contacted a supplier and initiated talks and design of a SAST onesie! Thanks to Katie this gave us something to work from.  We now have taken the idea on board and are using a local firm.

We will be taking orders on Monday 3rd November prior to the time trial. PAYMENT MUST BE MADE AT TIME OF ORDER. (Cheque or cash) Switch/credit card machine will  be available. Some samples will be available to try which will give you an idea of quality and sizes.

Approximate Prices

Kids sizes – age range from 7 to 14  – £29 each
Adults – sizes XS, S/M, L – £36 (inc VAT)

Prices will be confirmed on the night.

We have been advised that the onsies should be ready within 2/3 weeks from when SAST place the order.


In Safe Hands Course

In addition to the Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC) course Scottish Swimming will be running an In Safe Hands  Course at Ayr Town Hall on Thursday  November 27th from 6.30pm til 9.30pm.

As a follow on to the SPC course, it goes into more depth and detail on protecting children in a pool environment.

It is another very interesting course directly relating to us all as Volunteers.  If you would like to attend please email before Sunday.

Ayrshire Post Wish Tokens….

A message from Andy Seville,

Ayrshire Post Wish Campaign sponsored by ASDA – a SAST fundraising initiative
The Ayrshire Post has £10.000 to give away – so get set to sharpen your scissors for seven weeks of token clipping to raise money for SAST. And new this year is that everyone who collects 1000 tokens will be given £20. There will also be weeks where each token has a bonus value and counts more, so it is important to not miss these, as they will raise more money for the club. The first batch of tokens will be in the Ayrshire Post dated October 24, which has been on sale from Wednesday 22nd of October. So, please remember not to throw it out and cut out those tokens! The more tokens the more money will be raised for SAST! Half of the money raised will go towards the Warm Weather Training Camp in Lanzarote 2015, with the remainder going towards general club funds.
Andy Seville

A Team For All, But Above All A TEAM