About The Club

Overview of Coaching Staff

We are fortunate to have an experienced and well-qualified coaching team supported by a number of volunteer coaching assistants, including a number of our senior swimmers. They contribute a huge amount of time preparing training sets; maintaining Club records, selecting teams; attending competitions with swimmers; communicating with parents; attending professional development courses; contributing to the development of the Club as well as swimming in East Lothian & Scotland more broadly.

Lead Coaches

Demi Borthwick
Head Coach, Lead Coach Minnows & Skills Squad

Demi is a qualified ASA/UKCC Level 2 coach. Previously a coach at Islay & Jura she brings with her the experience of being a swimmer herself (in California, USA) and coaching experience from Islay.

Demi works with the kids to develop the skills they need to become strong confident swimmers and incorporates skill progression to help them compete. Demi was appointed Head Coach in February 2019.

Mitchell Anderson
Lead Coach Blue Fins

Mitchell joined us after retiring from performance swimming, having swam for Tranent ASC & ELST. He is a licensed UKCC Level 2 coach and NPLQ qualified, and recently studied Sport & Exercise Science at Abertay University.

He has been a poolside helper and assistant coach since age 13 with the current ELST head coach. Mitchell works with the kids to building their technique and stamina. 

Mitchell Anderson
Lead Coach Blue Fins

Mitchell joined us after retiring from performance swimming, having swam for Tranent ASC & ELST. He is a licensed UKCC Level 2 coach and NPLQ qualified, and recently studied Sport & Exercise Science at Abertay University.

He has been a poolside helper and assistant coach since age 13 with the current ELST head coach. Mitchell works with the kids to building their technique and stamina. 

Andrew McKnight Lead Coach Jack Macks and Marlins

Andrew is a licensed UKCC Level 2 coach and qualified lifeguard. Andrew is an ex-performance level swimmer having joined Haddington at the age of 8.

With many years of experience swimming and his focus on technique he is an essential part of the Coaching team.

UKCC Level 1  Coaches

As accomplished swimmers themselves, some of our older members (14 – 18 yrs.) assist on poolside, going on to qualify as Level 1 Coaches. They are excellent role models for the younger swimmers and enable the coaches to provide each swimmer with more individual attention. It is an excellent way to develop the older swimmer’s coaching skills and encourages them to remain active within the Club as they move into adulthood.

Club Captains

Every year, the swimmers elect their club captains. Captains are an essential and important link between the swimmers, the coaches and the parents and are often involved in organising events and in-house competitions.

“Both our girls absolutely love swimming for Haddington and have worked their way through the squads from minnows to Jack Macks and blue fins respectively, all the coaches are wonderful and although they work them really hard they have good fun at the same time, thoroughly recommend anyone to be a part of such a great club”

HDASC Parent

Club Committee

Our committee is made up of enthusiastic parents, who help deal with the finances, membership services, governance, organise Club competitions and complete external competition administration. The Club’s success is built on their dedication as well as the significant contribution of the parents who get involved, either on poolside or in other ways.

Parents and Guardians

To remain vibrant and successful, the clubs needs participation from all our parents. Those already involved are committed to the welfare of the swimmers and the club as a whole. But they also have an incredible sense of belonging. Like all clubs, we achieve more as a team with the contributions of the parent/guardians and so we ask parents of swimmers to help out.

There are many ways to get involved including fundraising, marshalling at competitions or helping out for specific projects and events being run by the club.  These roles are all great ways to get to know other parents/guardians of the club and other parents/guardians from other clubs and it’s a great way to see up-close the achievements of the swimmers as you will be poolside or even on the finish line.