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Swimming is inclusive to all genders and levels of experience, in indoor and open water swimming, either at university or college level. We welcome enquiries from those with a disability regarding the accessibility of Swimming. 

Our Club | Oxford University Swimming Club

Founded in 1892, Oxford University Swimming Club is the university’s competitive swimming team. Swimming is one of the few Full Blue sports at Oxford and so has a prestigious status in the sporting scene. OUSC is made up of two teams, both of whom compete against Cambridge in the annual Varsity Match, where 2020 marked the 128th anniversary of the event.

Both teams also compete at national BUCS competitions, with a number of our swimmers competing at the highest levels of the sport, making BUCS and national championship finals. The club also has a vibrant social scene with weekly events, ensuring that everyone feels welcome.

Both teams train at Rosenblatt Pool, Oxford. The Blues (1st team) train 6-8 times a week in the pool, alongside 1 dryland session. A high level of commitment is expected, due to the club’s Full Blue status which our members train hard to achieve. Members of this team have usually swum competitively before university, but it is not uncommon for them to have had a break from the sport before joining OUSC.

The Dolphins (2nd team) train three or four times a week with an ever raising standard of competition. With the seconds making excellent progress and the newly introduced Second’s Varsity, they are becoming more selective and improving year on year making it a very exciting team to be on. 

OUSC also offers a number of open water opportunities, including the annual Open Water Varsity Match against Cambridge which takes place in Henley, along the Royal Regatta course. The team also race against Cambridge in the biennial Varsity Channel Relay swim; teams consisting of three women and three men, race as a relay from Dover to Calais.

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Inter-College | Cuppers

Swimming has an annual inter-college competition, held in the Rosenblatt pool, with a selection of races producing an overall college team score. 

Sport Marks

  BUCS Sport
  Competitive Teams/Squads
  Full Blue Sport
  College Competitions
  Accessible Activities 
  Annual Varsity Match


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