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 FeeAnnual FeeSwim England Fee
Due upon joining the club and annually every January
Monthly Squad Fees
Foundation£20£10Club Compete - £40.00£35.00
Development£20£10Club Compete - £40.00£40.00
Junior Performance£20£10Club Compete - £40.00£43.00
County Performance£20£10Club Compete - £40.00£47.50
Regional Performance£20£10Club Compete - £40.00£49.50
Masters Lite*£20£10Club Train - £20.00
Club Compete - £40.00
£21.50 - Sun AM only
Masters*£20£10Club Train - £20.00
Club Compete - £40.00
£27.50 - Sun AM plus either Fri OR Wed
Master Plus*£20£10Club Train - £20.00
Club Compete - £40.00
£33.50 - All Masters sessions
Masters - Stradbroke£20£10Club Train - £20.00
Club Compete - £40.00
£25 - Sun AM only
Club Support Roles (if not aleady a Swim England Member)--Club Support - £6.50
[Paid for by the club]
Notes: * = not available during Diss pool closure 2024
An annual Swim England fee is also required upon joining the club and every January.
It is National, Regional and County Contribution.