Over the years the Otteson Family participated on other swim teams in the Coachella Valley.  However, while participating with each team, something was missing.  Joshua and Laura held firm in their belief that athletes can train with a focus on technique, racing skills and building endurance while also having fun.  Winning is fun!  Furthermore, they believe that athletes should at all times exhibit "Above the Line Character Traits."  Above the Line Character traits include: integrity, sportsmanship, honesty, kindness, being positive role models and displaying respect for authority. This led to the development of ELITE Otters Swim Team. 

 The ELITE Otters Swim Teams expects all of our swimmers to be ELITE in the pool and in life.  Studies have shown that high expectations lead to enhanced performance.  EOST coaches utilize positive reinforcement and goal setting to improve athlete’s results in the pool.  Just as important, EOST coaches and parents work together to instill the values of leadership, integrity, sportsmanship and citizenship in our athletes.  We strongly believe that these efforts produce champions in life and in the pool.