Masters Swimming

The English are considered the first modern society to develop swimming as a sport. By 1847 regular swimming competitions were being held in London’s six artificial pools, organized by the National Swimming Society in England.

As the sport grew in popularity, more pools were built and when the Amateur Swimming Association was formed in 1880, it involved over 300 clubs.

In 1896 swimming became an Olympic sport for men with the 100m and 1500m freestyle competitions held in open water. As the sport gained popularity, more freestyle events were added, followed by the backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and individual medley.

Senior & Masters swimming provides an opportunity for adults to compete against others of a similar age. The Senior age group allows Youth swimmers to continue swimming competitively prior to reaching the first Masters age group. For competition purposes, age groups are banded in 5 year age groups – 25-29 years, 30-34 years etc, for Masters Swimming, and a 7 year age band (18-24 years) for Senior Swimming.

Diss Otters operates a thriving Masters section that caters for adults ranging from novice fitness swimmers to serious competitive master’s athletes. Sessions are run in a friendly atmosphere and there is no obligation to attend a set amount of workouts.

Are you training for Triathlon? We can also accommodate you within our sessions.


Swimmers 17+ years who no longer wish to take part in club galas regularly

May move to Regional if qualifying criteria met.

Desirable to attend general masters, Regional, National opens meets.

Squad Fees

SquadJoining FeeMonthly Fee
Junior Development 1£20£32.50
Junior Development 2£20£35.00
Junior Development 3£20£37.50
Performance 1£20£40.50
Performance 2£20£44.00
Masters£20£21.00 Sun AM Only
£25.00 Sun AM & Wed Eve
An annual Swim England fee is also required. This varies year year and depends on the level that the swimmer is competes at.

In 2019 it was £17.50 for Cat 1 (non competition level), and £34.50 for Cat 2 (competition level).