Welcome to the Halliwick AST website for Swimming for People with Disabilities


Patrick Hastings National Chairman

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  Dr. Joan Martin          President                    

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Dates for your Diary – 2014

Anyone interested is welcome to attend our AGM and meetings of the National Committees.
For more details contact: patrick.hastings@btinternet.com


Sunday 16th November 2014​ Executive Committee - London

Saturday 17th January 2015​ Management Committee - London

Sunday 26th April 2015 ​AGM and Executive Committee - London

Saturday 19th September 2015 ​Executive Committee

Sunday 1st November 2015​Executive Committee - London


Halliwick Concept

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The Halliwick Concept is a way of teaching anyone to swim. It was developed in the UK in 1949 specifically for teaching disabled people to swim and is now used in many countries in the world both for teaching swimming and for therapy. For more details about the Halliwick Concept see the paragraph below. The Halliwick Association of Swimming Therapy (Halliwick AST) is the UK association that promotes Halliwick and organises courses both in the UK and internationally and has developed numerous Publications and DVDs about Halliwick.

‘The Halliwick Concept 2010’ is a paper written by the Education and Research Committee of the International Halliwick Association (IHA). This paper has sections on the philosophy of Halliwick; an explanation (with diagrams) of the Ten Point Programme, (‘the structured learning process through which a person with no experience in water can progress towards independence in the water.’); an explanation of how Halliwick can be used for Therapy (with reference to the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF) – WHO 2001; and a link to the History of Halliwick.
This paper is now supported by video clips.

The February 2014 edition of the Halliwick AST Newsletter is now available

The following is a synopsis of it’s contents

I look forward to meeting many of you at this year’s Annual General Meeting on Sunday – 27th April starting promptly at 11.00 am at the new venue – Barton Community Centre, Underhill Circus, Headington, Oxford OX3 9LS which is very close to last year’s AGM venue at Barton Leisure Centre.

See page 2  for Dates for your Diary – 2014, an article about Regional Gala medals and an important article about  PPL regarding the playing of recorded music at Club Swim sessions.  See page 3  for an article on Transit seats etc

and finally page 4 for Halliwick  Training Courses in 2014  & pages 5 to 7 for Order Forms updated January 2014

Disappointedly, there have been no offers of help following the appeal letter to you from Eric Dilley, our pro-tem Secretary, enclosed with last November’s Newsletter, so the letter is being also sent out again with THIS Newsletter, as an insert.

The pre-Christmas offer in last November’s Newsletter, of the chance to buy our text book “Halliwick Swimming for Disabled People” at the reduced price of £5 plus P&P has now ended and the cost has reverted £10 plus P&P.

As I keep repeating, the ‘Halliwick AST Newsletter’ is the main way in which  we communicate with ALL Clubs & their members, Halliwick ASTRAs and individually affiliated persons.  I would urge all clubs to copy and circulate our Newsletter to all their members. To this end, we are sending 5 copies of this Newsletter to clubs.

Click here to read this Newsletter.

Attached to this Newsletter is again a plea for more volunteers from Eric Dilley, pro-tem Secretary

Click here to read this.

Results of the 44th National Championships – 2013

The 44th National Championships hosted by Halliwick ASTRA 1, were held on Saturday,
October 19th
2013 at Southgate Leisure Centre. Winchmore Hill Road, Southgate, London N14 6AD.

Click here for the full results.

Click her for photos of the Sailfin SC team – ASTRA 8 – Joint winners

Halliwick AST textbook

The 3rd edition of our Halliwick AST textbook entitled: “Halliwick Swimming for Disabled People
is now available.

Go to: Halliwick Publications Order Form

Halliwick Training Opportunities – 2014

If you are interested in our Training Courses, but haven’t as yet attended
a Foundation Course or want to attend  an Advanced Skills Course, there are places available 

Click here for Halliwick Training Courses in 2014

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 to form the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). There is a mountain of information on the Government website at:

For more details Click here to read the article on page 3 of our May 2013 Halliwick AST Newsletter.


The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has announced that the new Update Service will be launched on 17 June.

We suggest that clubs may contact:

the STA – Swimming Teachers Association
where there is no requirement to affiliate, and the cost of each DBS check is £9.99.

Contact details: Rachel Dean - Tel: 01922 – 748 381

Other organisations act as umbrella organisation, so if your club belongs to other organisations       e.g. RLSS, check with them as they may be cheaper.

Halliwick AST – Annual Report and Accounts 2012

  Click here to see the Halliwick AST – Annual Report and Accounts 2012

How to make Donations to Halliwick AST

Halliwick AST is a charity and the work on publications, DVDs, the website, running the charity etc is carried out entirely by volunteers.  If you have found this website helpful and would like to help Halliwick AST with its work by making a donation,
click here for the necessary form.