Welcome to the Halliwick Swimming Association of Ireland website. Here we hope to create a space to facilitate the promotion, application and knowledge of the Halliwick concept on a national level.

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.

Through frequently organised courses and the inaugural National Gala, held in Killarney March 2013, the awareness of the Halliwick concept has increased over the past 4 years.  Large numbers have now been trained in Halliwick.  We would love hear your thoughts on the way forward and how, together, we can improve on what we are doing in terms of support, training and awareness. 

To facilitate us reaching out to a wider community of swimmers, professionals, clubs and individuals we need you to make contact with us.

This year proves very exciting as we are hosting the International Halliwick Association (IHA) Seminar on August 16/17/18 in Galway.  This is the perfect forum to enhance your knowledge, exchange ideas, develop links with your peers within Ireland and beyond and contribute to the future direction of Hallwick.  It aims to be an interactive, practical seminar with contributions from several members of the International Halliwick Community.  Topics include SWIM assessment, Halliwick in pain management, orthopaedic rehabilitation, complex needs amongst others. Should you be completing any research within the field of Halliwick or have an interesting case presentation, from which we can all learn, there is still time to put forward your ideas.  Simply contact us through the site, we would love to hear from you.

Our June and November study days are currently being planned and further details will be posted as they are finalised.  Working with adults is the June theme and assessment for various certificates will be facilitated in November – keep an eye on the website for updates. 

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Yours Sincerely

Judy Mahon

Chairperson HSAI