Bon Accord Thistle Amateur Swimming Club are based at the newly opened Get Active @ Lochside and Tullos Swimming Pool, both in the south of Aberdeen.

The swimming club offers coaching for anyone 8 and upwards by fully qualified and dedicated coaches with various opportunities to take part in land training, swimming just for fun or competing for the club: there is something for everyone. Bon Accord Thistle is one of the swimming clubs that works with the University of Aberdeen Performance Team who can coach swimmers and take them up to National Level competitions. We are proud to work with Aquatics Aberdeen who, when you complete their Scottish Swimming Learn to Swim programme, give you the opportunity to continue swimming and join our club.

The clubs history dates back to 1862 which we believe makes us the first properly constituted swimming club in Britain. Bon Accord Club as it was known then used the River Dee to swim, as Aberdeen had no swimming pools. They amalgamated with Thistle Ladies in 1995 and became known as Bon Accord Thistle Amateur Swimming Club.

Bon Accord Swimming Club celebrated their 150th Anniversary in 2012.

For further enquiries including information about the club and memberships please get in touch.


Our club is located at Get Active @ Lochside in the south of the City. We are extremely proud to have this first class facility for all our members.

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Our coaches are fully qualified and most importantly dedicated to the club and its members. They have all achieved various levels of UKCC qualifications.

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You can view our current committee members and also see our constitution, privacy statement and child protection policy.

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At Bon Accord Thistle we believe in delivering the best coaching in Aberdeen and keeping our fees the lowest in the city. We also aim to train our swimmers to their fullest potential whilst creating a safe and inclusive environment to have fun.