Introduction and club history

The Swimming Club at Heriot-Watt has been running for a number of years and has a reasonable sign up rate every year. In the past 3-4 years, the swim team has grown from strength to strength with the highest ever sign up numbers and member retainment last year. We have also have a number of elite swimmers joining our team, with four of our swimmers being selected to represent Scotland at the Celtic Games in Cardiff this year, after their great success at our annual participation at Aberdeen Aquatics and SSS Championships. Our club were also winners of both the SU Development Trophy and the Peter Wilson Trophy for Club of the Year in 2017 at the annual Sports Union Ball! We hope to continue our string of success and make it into the first league when competing against other universities throughout the year at league matches.

Our club charter

We aim to provide the following service to all our members:

  1. To provide an opportunity for any member to swim on a weekly basis.
  2. To provide a range of competitive opportunities to allow members to compete for the University.
  3. To provide an opportunity for members to gain a worthwhile social experience through the sport.

What does a typical session involve?

On Monday mornings, we have an hour-long land training session which involves a variety of different circuits and stretches. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, we train for two hours and one hour on a Thursday. During our Wednesday sessions, we offer a beginners session for those who wish to improve. Our typical training sessions include a brief warm up, sprints sessions, endurance training, techniques, kick and pull, turns and starts. All of our sessions are taken by a fully qualified volunteer coach from our team. Our weekly training times are as follows:

Type Day Time Location
Land Training Monday 08:00-09:00





Balerno High School

Club (Includes beginner session) Wednesday  19:30-21:30 Balerno High School
Club Thursday 20:30-21:30

James Gillespies High School

Bus times to training

Please meet at Oriam reception 30 minutes prior to the session starting time to ensure we have everyone on our provided transport to and from the pool.

We compete five times during the year against other Scottish universities. Home and away meets are made up of 12 events for males and 12 events for females. We also send some of our swimmers to participate at competitions at SSS Championships and BUCS. To involve all levels of our swimmers, we encourage beginners to participate at fun competitions to get a taste for competitive team swimming and a chance to meet people from other universities.

Do I need to be able to swim?

Yes, you need to be able to swim at least 25 metres but the club will be delivering a beginners session on a Monday evening to help you improve. If you wish to come along to this session then you should email us at swimming@hw.ac.uk to register your interest.

To attend, you must take out a membership to the club.

How do I join the club?

First you must join Oriam at its reception or online. After that, you pay an additional £10 to join the swimming club.

Key information

Swimming Club