Unless the individual has a growth mindset, it is highly unlikely they will succeed in reaching their full potential in any walk of life.  Therefore, it is a duty of the Club to promote at all times an attitude that leads to the mastering of both mental and physical challenges.

Fixed Mindset Growth Mindset
Leads to… …a desire to show off talent and therefore a tendency to… …a desire to learn and therefore a tendency to…
Challenges …avoid challenges …embrace challenges
Setback …give up easily …persist in the face of setbacks
Effort …see effort as fruitless or worse …see effort as the path to mastery
Criticism …ignore useful negative feedback …learn from criticism
Failure …reflects a lack of talent …is a learning opportunity
Potential …is measured by current performance (e.g. PB or current skills) …cannot be measured
Success of others …feel threatened by the success of others …find lessons and inspiration from the success of others
As a result… May plateau early and under achieve Reach ever higher levels of achievement



All coaching methodologies should follow from the ASA method of BLABT i.e.

  • Body position
  • Leg action
  • Arm action (entry, pull and recovery)
  • Breathing
  • Timing


Our methodology uses the LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development) pathway i.e.

  • FUNdamentals – this teaches the athlete basic movement literacy, coordination, reflexes, balance etc and is best taught through a variety of sports (BRONZE)
  • Swimskills – develop swim specific skills, strokes, starts, turns (BRONZE/SILVER)
  • Training to train – emphasis on aerobic capacity building (SILVER/SILVER ELITE)
  • Training to compete – more intensity plus strength training (GOLD)
  • Training to win – adulthood, very focused and individualized

Further information on LTAD is available from Scottish Swimming…

Squad Structure

HASC currently runs 7 squads as follows:

  • Fitness
  • Development
  • Copper
  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Silver Elite
  • Gold