Swim deprived Otters delighted to get back in the water

Performance swimmers stick to their lanes under the new restrictions.

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Oban Otters are back in the water for their first swimming sessions after more than seven months.

Swimmers from the performance squad braved the dark and rain to attend the session at Atlantis Leisure in a Covid safe manner.

Further sessions will take place on Thursdays and Mondays for the development, junior and fitness squads.

The return to swimming has been planned in meticulous detail following Scottish Swimming and Scottish government guidance, with support from Atlantis staff.

A walk-through video has been shared within the club informing swimmers of the new Covid safe procedures which include coming to the pool swim ready and leaving damp. Gaps have been included in between sessions to allow for cleaning.

Swimmers keep to their lane ‘bubble’ to help with NHS Track and Trace and have an assigned position within the lane to keep them socially distanced.

Coach and mum Lyndsay Elliott  said: ‘My two girls were buzzing after their first session back.’ This was a sentiment shared by many parents.

Head coach Amanda Coates complimented the swimmers on their positive attitude and said: ‘The swimmers took the new procedure in their stride and put in the work. We’re happy to be back.’