The club also competes in the BUCS team championships, where the 1st team compete in the Northern Division 1 and the 2nd team in Northern Division 2, having both winning promotion from Northern Division 2 and 3 respectively in the 2012/13 season.
DUSC is associated with Team Durham, and receives funding as well as help in other areas from this organisation. DUSC does not have access to a university owned pool, and instead train predominantly at the Durham County Council owned Freeman's Quay, which opened in 2008, as well as weekly sessions at Durham School. They also have access to gym facilities at the Graham Sports Centre at Maiden Castle. DUSC have recently been able to finance the services of part-time coaches, the first of which was Fred Kirby, who wrote the clubs sessions and appeared on poolside intermittently during the 2008-09 season. He was then replaced by Sunderland ASC coach Paul Hogg, who led weekly sessions on poolside. In November it was announced that Paul was unable to continue his position beyond the end of the month due to a new job offer from the Amateur Swimming Association, and he was replaced by Chris Leighton. As of the 2014-2015 season, Durham student Chris Dove (also a coach at local club Derwentside ASC) coaches the university squad several mornings each week. The club's gym sessions are also monitored by employees of Team Durham.
The BUCS championships at Sheffield twice a year are the most significant event of the club's competitive calendar. DUSC features prominently in these meets, both in the pool and on poolside. In the pool, the club's levels of performance have improved remarkably over the past two years with the arrival of more pool times at the new Freeman's Quay and professionally written sets from both Fred Kirby and Paul Hogg. This has resulted in a large amount of final placings and the majority of the club's records being broken.
The Inter-Collegiate swimming competition, hosted at Durham School on two separate nights (one for Hill colleges, the other for Durham colleges on the Bailey), is also a regular annual event with the winners receiving the Inter-College Cup.
The club has a vast and illustrious history that spans many years, tracing its origins back to the formation of the University in 1832.[verification needed] Notable former swimmers include the legendary Marc Hansen (who has since gone on to join Loughborough University swimming team) and Chris Webber, both former captains of the team, who were instrumental in converting the culture and philosophy amongst the club, making it more success-orientated and socially appealing. Their efforts have helped to expand the member base and improve performances at BUCS. The club has also contained international swimmers who have competed in major international multi-sport games. Caroline Saxby competed for England at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, where she reached the final in the Women's 800m & 400m Freestyle, coming 6th and 7th respectively. Adam Jackson also competed for the Isle of Man in the 50m & 100m Breaststroke at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. The club also contained international multi-eventers, including former U23 EuropeanDuathlonSilver Medalist Matt Gunby, a member of the British Triathlon team, and Nick Zissler, who has represented Great Britain in Modern Pentathlon. The club also had two British Senior Age Group Swimming Champions, James Benson (three-times British Champion in the 50m,100m & 200m Butterfly), and Alex Smith (200m Backstroke).
The 2009 BUCS Long Course Championships saw the emergence of the legendary Men's relay team[according to whom?] who achieved nationwide renown amongst other University teams for there ability to compete against the Universities operating within the British SwimmingOlympic Performance Squads. This team, consisting of Tom Bill, Graham Bruce, Marc Hansen and the controversial James Benson, achieved placings of 5th and 6th in the 4x100m Medley and 4x100m Freestyle teams respectively, and broke the University records in each event by considerable margins (their records still stand today). The great recent history of Men's Relay teams has continued, with Benson and Bill teaming up with Alex Smith and James Norman to achieve an impressive 4th place in the 4x50m Freestyle team at the 2010 Short Course Championships.
2009 also saw the arrival of the Durham B Team amongst the Team Swimming Championships. Starting in Northern Division 3 and captained by Tom Williams, the team finished 4th out of 16 and qualify for the National Team Finals. The original Durham Team, who were relegated from Northern Division 1 in 2008, were renamed Durham A, and came 2nd in Northern Division 2 (with the men gaining 166 out of 180 available points, the most in any league), and also qualified for the National Team Finals. In the first National Team Finals with two Durham teams, both gained promotion, with Durham A coming 4th in the Trophy Final (where they were the highest placed Northern Team), and Durham B finishing 5th in the Shield Final.