Dunoon Amateur Swimming Club was formed in 1968 when the local pool opened as Dunoon Swimming Pool. The Pool opened following a £10,000 donation from provost Angus MacFarlane. Provost Macfarlane donated £10,000 towards a pool fund on the proviso that the pool had to be out of the ground within twenty years otherwise the money would be donated to charity. Following this donation local people raised money through various fundraising events which added significantly to the pool funds. Sadly Provost MacFarlane wouldn’t see the pool as he passed away shortly after providing the donation that would ultimately see the rise of Dunoon Swimming Pool. The Dunoon Amateur Swimming Club (Dunoon ASC) promoted the teaching of swimming and coaching in the Cowal area.
Americans swam for the club during their stay in Dunoon. One swimmer represented Scotland at International Youth level.
A £1 million refurbishment of the pool was completed in 2000 and the Dunoon Swimming Pool was re -launched as the Riverside. Following the refurbishment Argyll and Bute Council provided investment to support the development of swimming teaching in the area. This allowed the Dunoon Amateur Swimming Club to concentrate on the coaching of local swimmers.
The swimmers in the Team travel to various level of competitions from the Mini League(11 & under), Graded meets, District Championships, National Championships and Argyll and Bute Championships. The year culminates with the Club Championships being held in the Riverside in December.
All of these events demand a huge commitment from the swimmers and we regularly have over 15 swimmers at the pool during early morning training sessions which are on from 6.45am – 8.00am three mornings a week. We currently have 60 swimmers training every week with the target of improving their personal best time.