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There’s great excitement as North Ayrshire Amateur Swimming is poised for the second return to the water in just over a year.

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The long (dry) road came to an end following the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, confirming pools can reopen on Monday 26th April.

We’re resuming with sessions seven days a week across the four pools in North Ayrshire and will be doing all we can to maintain our excellent Covid safety record.

A massive thanks to the support from KA Leisure. We are fortunate to have such an excellent team working with us.

Land training

For our swimmers this latest four month lockdown meant a return to the familiar routine of online meetings,  land training, and a lot of perseverance.

A small relaxation in the rules in March allowed a return to outdoor land training, with Saturday and Sunday mornings spent at Irvine Beach Park and Jacks Park in Saltcoats.

Although it was not ideal time of year for it , the weather was kind to our swimmers, and their efforts were outstanding.

Land Training Coach Sheena Currie says the squads were “surprisingly enthusiastic” and says “their engagement throughout lockdown will see them transition into the pool with ease”.

Once again, the outdoor programme has been pivotal in getting the swimmers in the best shape to return to the water,  and we extend our to thanks to Alan Dickson, and to Sheena,  for how they structured and carried out the programme.

Staying Covid-safe

Our COVID-19 procedures we will be the same as they were before Christmas.

Everyone must complete a health screening and self declaration form.

Return your booking form.  No booking – No swim.

Arrive swim ready.

Check in with the COVID officer before making your way to your athlete area. Our swimmers did an excellent job of this last time round, therefore just keep it up!

Our training plan

The focus of the initial period in the water will be aerobic swimming and re-building the foundations of stroke technique.

These are the essential building blocks for allowing us to look further ahead to opportunities to compete in the summer.

But most importantly we need to live in the moment.

Enjoy training with your friends, racing your friends and swimming your favourite stroke again, because you have certainly earned it!