Watt is Swimming?

The Heriot-Watt Swimming Club is a GOLD Watt Mark level club and was awarded Club of the Year in 2022. Our club continues to grow with new pool sessions, a dedicated head coach, 2 student coaches and a dryland circuits fitness session once a week.

With weekly swimming sessions and member exclusive socials, we aim to provide all our swimmers with a memorable sporting and social experience whilst at university. We encourage all levels of swimmers to come along to our sessions. Whether joining to improve your swimming skills, for general fitness or for competitive level swimming, our sessions provide different levels of coaching for all goals.

Do I need to be able to swim?

Yes, you need to be able to swim at least 25 metres, but the club provides a designated beginners session to help you improve. 


We provide many competitive opportunities throughout the year for both the competitive team and our rec swimmers including friendlies with other Scottish Unis and our own inter-club Gala at the end of the academic year, which is also open to alumni.

Our ever-growing competitive squad competes in the Scottish 1st Division, for the 3rd consecutive year, against other Scottish universities in ‘head-to-head’ format meets. We also take swimmers to Long Course & Short Course BUCS at Ponds Forge alongside other competitions throughout the year.

We offer our squad a professional Strength & Conditioning program throughout the academic year with a swimmer focused training plan in place.  The competitive squad is selected at the beginning of each year through time trials (week 2 of the semester).


The swimming club has 4 external pool sessions a week, with transport to the venues provided from Oriam reception. Our sessions cater for all levels from beginners to competitive swimmers. In addition to this we run a weekly Wednesday morning dryland fitness session taken by our student coaches.


Picture of Head Coach- Cameron Brodie

Head Coach- Cameron Brodie

Our head coach is an experienced competitive swimmer having competed at the Commonwealth Games on two occasions and won silver in the 4x200m freestyle relay.
Picture of Student Coaches

Student Coaches

Our 2 student coaches are Catriona Sutherland and Jono Brooks, both of whom have competed at national level and have an experienced background in coaching swimmers of varying ability.

Committee 23/24

President – Evie Cuthbert

Girls Captain – Lauren Sandison

Boys Captain – Jono Brooks

Social Secretaries – Kyle Muirhead & Lewis Waddell

Secretary – Jonathan Higgs

Treasurer – Jonah Dahlin

Communities Officer – Erin Crawford

Social Media Officer – Catriona Sutherland


The swimming club provides some of the best weekly social events in the Sports Union. Often hosting joint socials with other clubs, this is a great opportunity to meet new people and explore other sports!


We are delighted to announce that our sponsor for the 2023-24 academic year is Frankenstein & Bier Keller.

Social Media

If you would like any further information about the club or you are interested in joining, please email us at swimming@hw.ac.uk or send us a message on Instagram @hwswimteam.