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16 July: 41st Frankston Interclub
23-24 July: MSV LC, Ballarat

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Victorian Open Water Swim Training

We've collected information about some of the open water swim training squads and groups based around the greater Melbourne and Geelong area, aimed at developing skills and fitness for open water swimming.

If you're not sure if you're ready for open water racing or your swimming ability is up to the challenge, or if you just want to improve from last year's results, try a few training sessions first before the season starts.

Join one of the open water swimming groups listed below or try a Masters Swimming Victoria club. You'll get far more out of training with a squad.

For more information about open water swim training, the Victorian Open Water Swimming Calendar, Masters Swimming Victoria or any of the Victorian open water swims, please email Greg Chaplin at (no unsolicited commercial emails please).

Training with the Casey Seals

You're welcome to come down to our training sessions with the Casey Seals Masters Swimming Club at the Casey ARC pool at Fountain Gate. Your swimming will improve when training with us and you'll enjoy it much more than by yourself. And on top of that, your first four training sessions with us are FREE - how good's that!?

Are you an Open Water Swim training group organiser?

Our list of OWS training squads and groups is published as a free service to the open water swimming community in Victoria and inclusion in the list is free.

If you would like to add or update the details of your squad or group in the list below, please email us at (no unsolicited commercial emails please).

Masters Swimming Victoria - swimming all year round

Don't just swim in the open water season. Train and compete all year round with one of over 30 Masters Swimming Victoria clubs, including the Casey Seals.

And over the open water season, you can have the added enjoyment of swimming at the open water events with your club teammates.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who may be a bit nervous about competing in open water swimming events, especially if you are new to the sport.

To see what we've got for you or to find a club to join, go to the Masters Swimming Victoria website.

 Event/Squad details  Where  When  Contact
Williamstown Open Water Swim Coaching

Technique and stroke focused open water swim training in the bay with a qualified OWS coach.

This is perfect for pool swimmers and triathletes getting ready for the summer swimming season.

It's at the site for the Victorian Open Water Championships and WOW Challenge in December.

The Williamstown Mussels swim group is associated with the Williamstown Open Water Swim Coaching.

Williamstown beach, Gloucester Reserve, in front of the Williamstown S&LSC. 3 groups on Saturday mornings between 8:00am and 10:30am and Wednesdays after work from 6:30pm.
Check the website or contact Jason for details.


Contact: Jason Bryce 0428 777 727

The Williamstown Mussels

The Williamstown Mussels (aka Melbourne Ocean Swimming meetup) is a fun "swimming at your own risk" group founded in November 2011 for free, fun, friendly ocean swimming in a non-competitive environment.

Please read the information on the website.

Williamstown beach, Gloucester Reserve, in front of the Williamstown S&LSC. See the website for dates & times.


Training at St Kilda beach

The Rip Swim group will be running regular open water training sessions at St Kilda beach on Saturday mornings in 6 week blocks.

When the 6 week block ends there will be a 1 week break and then we will recommence. Casual as well as multi session passes will be available to attend all of these sessions.

Choose 500m, 1000m or 1500m, 2000m (or just have a splash if you like!)

Warm up in the South Pacific Health Club steam room and/or hot pool

Join the handicap race in the final week for a prize!

St Kilda beach Saturday mornings, 7.45am start


Brighton Icebergers

The Brighton Icebergers train year round, based at the Middle Brighton Seabaths and next door at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club (RBYC) .

Check the website for more details.

Middle Brighton Seabaths, Royal Brighton Yacht Club (RBYC)

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00pm

Saturdays at 8:00am

Website: Icebergers at Brighton Baths

Black-Ice Open Water Swimming Club

A group of long distance open water swimming enthusiasts based at Black Rock.

Their aim is to encourage the participation in the sport of open water swimming as well as to promote the benefits of 'ice-berging'. They offer support and advice to anyone preparing for an open water swimming event.

Contact them for training times and details.

Black Rock at Edward St beach. Saturday mornings, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.


Mentone Pink Caps

The Mentone Pink Caps are a community open water swimming group based out of Mentone Lifesaving Club.

Mentone LSC, Beach Rd Mentone.
(opposite Kitchener St)
Saturday mornings from 8:00am.
(check the Facebook page to confirm)



The Bay Open Water Swimmers

The Bay Open Water Swimmers is a "swimming at your own risk" group. We meet up around Port Phillip Bay and various other locations to swim together. We are not a competitive entity. The idea is to swim close together.

This group is for people who want to swim and socialise together for fun, exercise, and to enjoy the considerable beauty of Port Phillip Bay from the perspective of being in the water. It is not specially designed for racing or for people who need to learn open water swimming techniques. It is suitable for people who are strong and confident swimmers in the pool and who want to swim in the open water.

Please read the information on the website.

Various See the website for dates & times.


John Van Wisse

John Van Wisse is a champion open water swimmer with an incredible history of racing.

He runs open water swim training as well as pool squads.

Half Moon Bay, Beach Road, Black Rock Wednesdays 6:30pm to 7:30pm
December to late March



The Boroughcoutas ran the very popular Blue Water Challenge for many years upto 2017.

A number of keen swimmers swim at Point Lonsdale over the summer months on Sunday morning at 9:00am, and often on Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 am.

Meet on the foreshore between Kirk Road and the shops. Swimmers generally stay for a cuppa at Pasquinis after the swim.

Point Lonsdale Sundays at 9:00am


Peninsula Pirates

The Peninsula Pirates are a social group dedicated to open water swimming.

Olivers Hill boat ramp, Frankston Saturday afternoons
Mt Martha Icebergers

A group associated with the Mt Martha Lifesaving Club, swimming all year.

Mt Martha LSC Saturday & Sunday at 8am


Contact: Kaye Jarrott


Casey Seals Masters Swimming Club publishes this list of open water swim training squads and events as a service to the Victorian open water swimming community. The inclusion of a squad, group, event or organisation in this list is not a recommendation by the Club as to the suitability, qualifications or any other aspect of these groups, events or organisations.

All care has been taken to ensure that the information contained on this page is accurate, but Casey Seals Masters Swimming Club accepts no liability for any error or misprint and makes no guarantee of its accuracy.

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