Hearts are fully committed to creating a coaching structure that will benefit all of the swimming members in the club. This commitment aims to ensure that all coaches are qualified, not only by way of certification, but also by their own or their childrens' experience in the sport. The coaching staff provide a dynamic, friendly and challenging atmosphere, where swimmers, through their own hard work and dedication, can train and learn the necessary skills to progress and ultimately reach their own personal goals and objectives.

Head Coach / Elite: Phil Potter

Phil Potter Currently in his 11th season at the helm at Hearts ASC after joining the club in October 2001. During his time at the club, Phil, a UKCC Level 3 Coach, has overseen numerous successes at District, National and International level and has been appointed as coach to both British and Scottish National teams at high level international meets, including the 2007 European Short Course Championships and the 2008 Tri Nations Cup. Primarily responsible for the day to day coaching of the swimmers within the Swim Edinburgh programme, Phil also has a role overseeing all of the training squads and their coaches. After graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Physical Education from the University College of Ripon and York St John, and following a personal swimming career that saw him represent England at junior/youth level over his favoured distance freestyle events, Phil turned his hand to coaching the sport, initially as assistant coach at city rivals Warrender Baths Club before moving to Hearts to take on the Head Coach role that he performs with 100% enthusiasm and passion for success. Please contact Phil on 07930 528174 or Email:

FaST 2: Trish Aitchison

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FaST 1: Michal Adamek

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TaSK 3: Jill Muirden

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TaSK 2: Sean Melvin

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TaSK 2: Tracey /Hutcheon (Assistant)

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TaSK 1: Carol Thain

image-Carol Thain The majority of TaSK 1 swimmers will be very familiar with Carol as she has been leading the Hearts Swim School Swim Academy for the last 12 months and has overseen the graduation of more than twenty swimmers into the club during this period - a role that she will continue in. Carol has many years experience of swim teaching and coaching and is a qualified teacher at UKCC Level 2. Before that, Carol enjoyed a very successful swimming career (including a long spell at Hearts), before turning her hand to triathlon and now trains and competes with Hearts Masters section.

SWIFT: Stuart Forbes

Image-Stuart Forbes A UKCC Level 2 Coach, Stuart spent the 2009/2010 season assisting with the coaching of Group A with great success. Stuart takes joint responsibility with Carole and Scott for the combined Group B/C and the swimmers will undoubtedly benefit from his considerable coaching skills and infectious enthusiasm. Stuart is a former British Age Group medallist, Scottish Age Group champion and Scotland Age Group Team member, he joined Hearts ASC from Grove SC in 2007 where he was an assistant coach and masters swimmer. His Masters swimming career has seen him gain 16 Scottish, 5 British and 2 ASA Masters titles since restarting his career in 2006, as well as Scottish Masters records in breaststroke, freestyle and medley.

Auxiliary 2: Melissa Velotti (Assistant)

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Masters: Andrew Maguire and Andrew Hutchinson - continuing the great work with this fast emerging and ever-improving squad of swimmers, the two Andrews are helping Hearts move to the top of the tree in Masters swimming in Scotland and Great Britain.