About YOSC

The Ypsilanti Otters Swim Club is designated a public charity by the IRS under section 501(c)(3).  Donations to the Club beginning on March 31, 2006 are tax deductible.If you would like to donate financially or equipment (e.g., fins, kickboards, goggles, new 50 meter pool), please contact one of the board members.

Mission Statement (Revised 7/2003)

YOSC is a not-for-profit, multi-faceted swimming organization that aspires to teach, train, and motivate swimmers at all skill levels.  We believe that all children should have access to swimming opportunities that reflect their level of interest, and so we support three interrelated swim programs: learn to swim; recreational and developmental; and competitive.  YOSC strives for its swimmers to reach their full potential not only by teaching the skills specific to swimming, but also through reinforcing strong values that apply to all facets of life.  Members of our team learn respect, goal-setting, team-building, dedication, and sportsmanship, as well as build self-confidence and character, in an atmosphere of encouragement and instruction.  Most of all, our swimmers are proud of themselves and their team, and they develop strong friendships and have fun.  YOSC operates under the sponsorship of the Ypsilanti Public Schools Community Education Department.  To the extent possible, YOSC financially supports those families who would otherwise be unable to participate.

Otters History

The YOSC was originally formed in 1960 by Bud Dornbos as a winter counterpart to the Chippewa Hills Swim and Tennis Club.  It was then known as the Ypsilanti Swim Club.  The club has grown in recent years to about 120 total swimmers and 30 USS swimmers.  The mascot of the YOSC is an Otter and the colors are blue and gold.


Scholarship Program