Media Release: Livingston and District Dolphins ASC to launch new national framework for swimming


LIVINGSTON and District Dolphins, in partnership with Scottish Swimming, will launch the new National Framework for Swimming in Scotland in September ahead of the new swimming season.

Learning to swim is one of the great opportunities a parent can offer their child. Scottish Swimming’s new National Framework is a fun, progressive programme for swimming, which highlights the importance of learning to swim at an early an age as possible.

It showcases the pathway, which encourages the parent and the child to continue in the sport to develop essential life-saving skills, become a strong swimmer while opening up further opportunities in other aquatic disciplines such as diving, synchronised swimming and water polo.

The National Framework is an all-inclusive pathway providing opportunities for everyone to participate in any aquatic discipline they choose at whatever level they aspire to.

Graham Templeton, president of LDD, is looking forward to seeing how the programme will develop young swimmers into strong swimmers.

He said: “LDD have decided to use the new Framework as it directly links to the club’s vision to continue to develop and improve so that we are a strong and competitive club.

“It is important that we achieve this within an enjoyable environment that allows all our swimmers, of all ages and abilities, to fulfil their potential in swimming.

“In doing this, we want our swimmers to deliver high standards of performance and for the club to provide a quality service to all members.

“Implementation of the new Framework will play a big part by ensuring that  swimmers in the Dolphins learn to swim programme continue to receive the best teaching and tuition, while maintaining the progressive pathway from the Dolphins Swim School to the LDD Development Squads.

“It will introduce a club-ready squad within the LDD development squads and provide CPD and education programmes for all our teachers. It will also provide an opportunity to maximise pool space, which is very important in a club environment.”

The Framework is fully endorsed by national coach, Alan Lynn, who commented: “Developing and delivering a progressive learn to swim programme is critical for the continued success of aquatics in Scotland. This new framework develops fundamental aquatic literacy skills before developing stroke technique and proficiency in other water-based activities.

“Swimming is a sport for all and a sport for life and adopting this framework will encourage individuals to remain in the sport, whether as a competitor or for the fun, fitness and friendship element, as well as producing new role models on the world stage.”

Livingston and District Dolphins Swim School and Development Squads are both SwiMark Plus-accredited.

This demonstrates that LDD are following the very best standards and practice in their swimming lessons and development structures.

The club, which caters for swimmers of all abilities from age three-plus, was awarded the Club of the Year accolade at last year’s Scottish Swimming Awards.

For more information on Livingston and District Dolphin’s Learn to Swim programme email:

For more information on the National Framework for Swimming go to:


For further information please contact Fiona Paterson, participation development officer, Scottish Swimming: or 07720 738 020

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Scottish Swimming is the national governing body for swimming in Scotland. Scottish Swimming represents our clubs, swim schools, aquatic disciplines, athletes, coaches and thousands of talented and committed volunteers across the entire swimmer pathway. We are focused on delivering in the following key areas to reach our vision to ensure that everyone can swim: learn to swim, participation in aquatic activities, club development, coaching partnerships and performance.

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