Oban Otters was established in 1975 to teach, promote and improve swimming skills in the local area. Since then hundreds of children have progressed through the Club. At present the Club has approximately 200 members of mixed ability (and many more on the waiting list) ranging from 5-year-old non-swimmers, to the more confident width and length swimmers, culminating in the senior squad swimmers in the competitive swim club who train five times a week.
Due to a change in the rules of the Scottish Amateur Swimming Association (SASA) from April 2011 the club now has a learn to swim school and a competitive swim club run separately but still within the single club and committee.
Oban Otters Learn to Swim School runs swimming classes on Thursday evenings from 4:30 - 8:00 pm, taking non swimmers through all the various stages to make them confident swimmers and hone their skills in the lengths class.
Oban Otters Competitive Swim Club take competent swimmers who wish to improve their skills and enter the world of competitive swim meets throughout Scotland. This takes a lot more training and dedication with sessions before and after school times. Several Otters swimmers over the years have been selected to swim in the SASA West District Championships, Scottish Schools Championships and the Scottish Nationals.
Otters reaches its annual highlight in May when all the swimmers (from the teaching pool to the squad) have the opportunity to take part in the Club Championships. Despite the club running for over 40 years records continue to be beaten.
Most of the club’s coaches and all of the club's teachers, committee members and helpers are volunteers and the club is financed through swimmer membership, grants and local sponsorship. If you feel you could support the club in any way please contact one of the committee or e-mail email@example.com