Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association is a voluntary organisation with Scottish Charity status that are committed to the teaching and coaching of all ages of people to achieve their potential and further their passion for open-water swimming.
They have expert trained ASA qualified Teachers and Coaches who are committed to the future progress of the Association's swimming membership through the use of a 25 metres (short course) pool which has 6 lanes and is based within Dundee City Council's St. John's RC High School Community Sport's Wing.
Over the summer months they operate a summer training programme for swimmers both wishing to try open-water swimming and swimmers to build up to our open-water season at Broughty Ferry Harbour which is supported by the association's many volunteers.
The Association was founded in 1884, and over the years have had various degrees of success in open-water swimming and have continued to promote the highest standards of swimming in Dundee through their affiliation to the Scottish Amateur Swimming Association (SASA) and Midland District Swimming Association (MDSA). The Association is based at Broughty Ferry Pier during the summer months, in their purpose built 'Club House' which is part of the 14th Century Broughty Castle Harbour complex on the Beach Crescent waterfront.
The Mission statement of the Association is as follows:
Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association will become one of the most successful and admired clubs in the world of open-water swimming.
Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association will provide swimmers with a supportive environment for personal growth.
Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association will provide swimmers with first class training opportunities to reach their full potential indoors and outdoors.
Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association will work in partnership with various Dundee based agencies to promote its own open-water aims and objectives through active citizenship and civic responsibility.
Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association will endeavour to be admired as an association through its excellent swimmers and volunteers, fostering a competitive nature where swimmers can train in a safe and friendly environment.
Overall they aim to encourage a passion for open-water swimming and welcome everyone to their events thus gaining friends the world over.
Information and extract of the rules for the Loch Earn Championship are :
CHAMPIONSHIP LOCH EARN
DISTANCE 6.5 Miles
DAY / DATE Saturday 23rd August 2014.
ENTRY FEE £60.00 (£35.00 if supplying own Boat & Crew)
CLOSING DATE Wednesday 23rd July 2014.
AGE LIMITS: Juniors 13 years to less than 17 years in the year of the swim.
Seniors 17 years and over in the year of the swim.
Veterans 40 years and over on the day.
DATE OF SWIM: Saturday 23rd August 2014 at 10.00 hours.
CLOSING DATE: Wednesday 23rd July 2014.
ENTRY FEE: £60.00 (£35.00 if supplying own Boat & Crew).
DISTANCE: 6.5 Miles – The full length of the Loch, likely water temperature 57F/14C.
PARKING: Please use the free public car park and toilets adjacent to the Lochearnhead Watersports Centre to avoid congestion.
BRIEFING: On the day at the Lochearnhead Watersports Centre car park at 09.30 hours prompt.
START: The championship will start approximately 10 minutes after the completion of the briefing, from the Boating jetty in front of Lochearnhead Watersports Centre. Start will be by loud hailer.
COURSE: In a straight line (or as near as you can get) from Lochearnhead the FULL length of the loch, passing to the south side of Neish Island and then continuing to the Drummond Hotel jetty at St. Fillans. Please follow your boat at all times.
FINISH: Your swim will finish as you pass the Drummond Hotel jetty at St. Fillans and will be signalled by a whistle.
The annual category awards are: -
Junior Boys Championship
George McLaren Boys Trophy
Junior Girls Championship
George McLaren Girls Trophy
Senior Gents Championship
Castle Hotel Gents Trophy
Senior Ladies Championship
Castle Hotel Ladies Trophy
Veteran Gents Championship
John S. Don Gents Trophy
Veteran Ladies Championship
John S. Don Ladies Trophy
Senior Gents Breaststroke
In addition to the annual awards 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in each category will be awarded a unique ‘YEAABA Loch Medal’ in Gold, Silver or Bronze.
All finishers will receive a personalised certificate.
For more information see the website at http://www.scottishswimming.com/news-events/events/2014/open-water-yeaaba-loch-earn.aspx
If you are a keen swimmer and will be staying in the Central Scotland area on 23rd August in one of Cooper Cottages self-catering holiday cottages, why not consider entering for this family event which promises to be an extraordinary day out.