Oban Otters exists in the first instance to teach beginners and improvers to swim to the best of their ability. A great deal of importance is placed on teaching technically correct strokes, often giving the impression that progress is slow. But, at the end of the day, it is hoped that stronger, more proficient swimmers are produced. As swimming is a competitive sport, the Club offers those who show interest and dedication the chance to move to the competitive side of Otters where more advanced training takes place and competitions to suit different abilities are available to those that wish to partake in them.
Children are eligible to enter the learn to swim school side of the Club from the age of 5 years. Complete beginners will start in the learner pool and progress on through tanks 1, 2, 3 and 4 at their own speed. An assessment will take place periodically by the Club Coach and teachers. They discuss each swimmer’s progress and promotion.
Promotion from tank 4 can go two directions, either into the lengths side of the swim school or onto the junior development squad in the competitive club.
Each class is taught by a SASA qualified teacher on a voluntary basis. Because help is always needed, courses are held regularly to encourage new teachers to the Club. If you could help in this way, please contact the committee for more information.
All lessons are held at Atlantis Leisure Centre in Oban on Thursday evenings during school term time from five o clock upwards in 30 - 40 minute sessions as follows
Small Pool, Tanks 1 & 1.5 (30 Minutes)
4:30 - 5.00 5.00 - 5.30 5.30 - 6.00
Tanks 2, 3 &4
4.30 - 5.10 5.10 - 5.50 5.50 - 6.30
Lengths (including seniors)
6.40 - 7.20 7.20 - 8.00
PAYMENT OF FEES
Our membership year runs from August to July. The annual membership fees are decided at the AGM and are payable along with the term fees on a monthly or termly basis. The membership fee covers the cost of club affiliation to SASA, insurance, training of teachers and other ongoing costs.
Term fees should be paid at the start of the term by one off electronic payment, in cash at the Otters desk or by posting a cheque to the Treasurer. A swimmer not attending for five consecutive weeks will forfeit his/her membership – except for injury or illness. Please inform the club if this should happen.
Club Championships - Sunday 29th May 2016
Term dates are 21sr April to 23rd June
If you have not yet received an email with details of your swimming time please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If your child is not returning to Otters next term please email and let us know as soon as possible.
We held our first Oban Otters Ceilidh on the 4th March 2016 in The Argyllshire Gathering Halls. This was organised by two of our senior swimmers, it was very well attended and great fun was had by all. We hope to make this an annual event.
We held our Club Championships on Sunday 29th May, lots of good swimming and good fun!! Ella MacKechnie, one of our senior squad members, managed to break four records on the day, a fantastic achievement!!
If you are interested in helping Otters in any way please contact a committee member to discus or send and e-mail.
E-mail addresses: We are trying to improve the communications within the club by sending out news and information by e-mail rather than paper handouts. It would be useful if parents of all children send their e-mail address to email@example.com