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4 Sept: MSV Long Distance Long Course championships

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Swimming Squad Training

We have adult swimming squad training throughout the year twice a week at the Casey Aquatic and Recreation Centre (Casey ARC) centre in Narre Warren, next to the Fountain Gate shopping centre.

Our training sessions cater for a variety of requirements, including:

  • general fitness
  • pool competition preparation
  • open water swimming
  • triathletes

The only prerequisites are that you are at least 18 years old, can swim a few lengths of the pool and have a love of swimming.

If you're not quite up to swimming with the squad yet, don't worry. Come down and have a chat with our coach to work out the best course of action.

Come and Try

If you would like to try a training session, aim to arrive at the pool deck about 10 minutes before the start of the session. You will find us at the deep end of the pool (closest to the entry to the complex).

You'll need to bring bathers, towel, swimming goggles and a drink bottle. Swim fins are also often used (the shorter swimming type is better, rather than the large diving fins).

Your first 4 swims (within 1 month) are FREE! for anyone interested in joining the squad, as an incentive to come and try us out.

If you are unsure of whether the training is suitable for your level of swimming, come along and have a look, and have a chat to our coach or any of us. Alternatively, call one of the Committee members and we'll tell you a bit more about it.

Where and when

We have been based at Casey ARC since it opened in 2001. Go to the Location page to see maps and directions to the pool.

Current squad timetable

  • Monday nights at Casey ARC from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Wednesday nights at Casey ARC from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Training Fees

The training fees for the squad sessions, still unchanged from 1 Nov 2015 (after holding our fees the same for 6 years before that) are:

  • $5 for members with a 5 or 10 swim prepaid card,
  • $6 for members on a casual basis

The preferred payment method is to do a bank transfer - click here for our bank account details.

Alternatively, you can pay by cash directly to the club Treasurer on pool deck before you get into the water.

Pool Entry Fees

Note that the training fee does not include the pool entry fee.

If you are paying casual pool entry fees at Casey ARC, remember to tell the staff when paying that you're training with the Casey Seals masters squad to get the club discount entry fee.

If you are going to be swimming at Casey ARC regularly, you might find it cheaper to take out Aquatic Membership with the YMCA. It's even cheaper if you have more than 1 person in your family taking out membership.

Full Membership of Casey ARC is also an option, giving you access to all the centre's facilities including a well-appointed health club - a very cheap rate if you want to use a gym as well as swimming.

Ask the pool reception staff for more information and current prices.

Our Coaches

Coaches are an integral part of any club's continued success, and we have been fortunate to have had excellent coaches since our club's inception back in November 2001.

Our current coaches are:

Lee Chaplin

When Jen announced that her weeknight University lecturing commitments prevented her from coaching, we decided that we would not have a paid coach until we were back at Casey ARC and our numbers picked back up after COVID. Lee stepped into this gap as a volunteer until that time.

Lee was one of the founding members of the club and was as a "Lane 8" swimmer for many years in the early days of the club.

She was a qualified swim teacher, so she has a great understanding of what is required to help slower or newer swimmers to quickly improve (as well as having sympathy when they find things difficult!).

Complementing that, she has also watched Kirilee & Sean training for many years through to an elite-level squad, which has given her an understanding of what to look for and correct in the stroke of the faster swimmers.

Jennifer Veres

In 2013, when Frank Haas was unable to continue coaching on Monday nights, Jen Veres stepped up to take on the coaching role. She has a wealth of swimming experience which she is now enthusiastically applying to us from the pool deck.

Having an elite swimming background, Jen has competed at State and National level in 50m and 100m butterfly. After some time off from swimming, she began training and competing as a Masters swimmer, and has set a number of Victorian butterfly and freestyle records.

She has since gone on to complete a number of different coaching qualifications to add to her wealth of knowledge. These include: Masters Swimming Australia Club Coach Accreditation, Swimming Australia Teacher of Competitive Strokes and ASCTA Bronze Licence. These courses have provided her with a number of new skills and techniques which she has been able to apply to the Casey Seals training programs.

In addition to all this, Jen has recently completed a PhD through Monash University.

Jen continues to be available for coaching advice.

Sean Chaplin

Sean filled in for Jen when she took 2 months off over the 2015/16 summer for a well-earned holiday. Sean then took over Wednesday nights from 24 Feb 2016 when Jen needed to cut back her coaching hours because of her other commitments.

He was a sports science under-graduate student at Deakin Uni in Burwood and a top-level age-group distance swimmer so he was able to combine his swimming experience with his knowledge of exercise physiology and nutrition from his studies to provide not just great coaching but also individual advice about gym programs and strength & fitness training.

Whilst his work has taken him away from coaching us, Sean continues to be available for advice on coaching, strength training and physiology, as well as running an occasional session when available.

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