Introduction and club history

The swimming club has been running for a number of years, and has had a reasonable sign-up rate number every year, and then as the term progresses, this number dwindles. Though in the past 2–3 years, this has not been the case, and the swim team has gone from strength to strength and this year has been placed in the top of 2 leagues where there has previously only been one league. In recent times, we have had a number of elite swimmers joining our team from the Edinburgh Sprints squad, and one of our swimming girls has recently competed in the Commonwealth games, getting into a final, and coming 7th in the whole of the Commonwealth. We hope to continue our string of success, and come in the top 3 universities this year, alongside those universities which consider themselves “centres of swimming excellence”.

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 season involve?

On Mondays we train for an hour, a typical session would be; a brief warm up, 20 lengths or so, then a sprint session followed by a technical session, namely, turns and starts. Wednesdays we train for an hour and a half, these sessions are more endurance based and improve our fitness more. The sessions times are as follows:

Type Team Day Time Location
Club Team Wednesday 7.45-9.15pm

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Balerno High School

James Gillespies High Schoo

Club Mixed Friday 8.00-9.00am Stu2
Recreational Beginners Monday 9.00-9.45pm

James Gillespies High Schoo

Please meet at the Oriam reception half and hour before training begin, bus leaves 15 mins before stated times above.

We are currently in the top league of the SSS Swimming competition, we compete 5 times against other unis, the competitions are made up of 12 events for boys and 12 events for girls. We also send members to big competitions like BUCS and SSS.

Do I need to be able to swim?

Yes, you need to be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres but the Club and Recreational Sport Programme, 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 contact the Swimming Club directly to register your interest. To attend, you must take out a membership to the club.

How do I join the club?

Join at Oriam reception or online. It's only £10 to join if you already have an Oriam membership.