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The Club was founded in August 1886. The Lorne Club - a flourishing Edinburgh swimming club of the day - chartered a steamer and sailed across from Trinity. Their 150 members put on a demonstration of competitive swimming, diving and life-saving in the harbour at the West Breakwater.

The event was so well received that a local club was formed. Within a week B.A.S.C. held their first competition at the West Breakwater for the Captaincy of the Club.

The full title of the Club was, as it still remains today: Burntisland Amateur Swimming Club and Humane Society. The 'Humane Society' reflecting the great interest in life-saving.


The club has seen many changes since that time and now enjoys the luxury of an indoor pool! It is still a competitive club with a strong teaching element and warm welcoming social atmosphere.




Swimmers are led by qualified teachers and coaches (Aileen, Mark, Bridget, Emma, Tahra, Grace and Sarah), poolside assistants (parents and carers) and a pool co-ordinator (Sarah), whom are all volunteers. 


Children are assessed by ability (rather than age) and move up lanes when both their times and stroke techniques improve.  The first session generally has the younger swimmers. Swimmers progress through to second session as their stroke and strength progresses.  After successfully mastering all strokes and taken part in a number of competitions, children are invited to move to the Squads. 

First and second sessions can swim three times a week, not all swimmers choose to swim at all sessions. 

The District & Development Squads have longer and more options of swimming as well as land-training.  


See Swimming Information for more details.



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