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The Halliwick Swimming Association of Ireland

27 January, 2014

Welcome to the Halliwick Swimming Association of Ireland

On Saturday the 14th November 2009, the inaugural meeting of the Halliwick Swimming Association of Ireland took place. The location for this event was the very picturesque Castle Oaks Hotel in Limerick. Over 20 participants came from all over Ireland. Physiotherapists, swim teachers, care assistants, volunteers, all with an interest in the Halliwick Concept of swim teaching were able to share their expertise and discuss various ways of using the Halliwick Concept.

Brief History of the Halliwick Concept

Halliwick was first developed in 1949 by James MacMillan was an engineer. He understood hydrostatics and hydrodynamics. This allowed us to understand the problems associated with movement and balance for people with disabilities. The Halliwick concept was developed to teach people to swim and become independent in water with an emphasis on happiness and safety. This is done through the ten-point program that was first developed by James McMillan over 50 years ago and has been constantly progressing and improving since


Philosophy of Halliwick

• To teach water happiness and enjoyment of water.
• To encourage one’s ability not disability.

For 2014 there will be variety of courses available being run throughout the county. If you are interested in becoming trained in the Halliwick concept or would like to have more information about Halliwck. Please contact us or visit our website

Halliwick Swimming Association of Ireland
CARA national APA Centre
Institute of Technology Tralee
Co. Kerry

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