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Swimming Squad Training

We have adult swimming squad training throughout the year at the Casey ARC next to the Fountain Gate shopping centre in Narre Warren.

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 are based at the Casey Aquatic and Recreation Centre (Casey ARC) in Narre Warren, next to the Fountain Gate shopping centre.

Go to the Location page to see maps and directions to the pool.

Normal squad timetable

Outside the summer season, the sessions are at Casey ARC every Monday and Wednesday night from 7:30pm to 9:00pm (on public holidays we start at 6:00pm).

Special Summer timetable

From the start of January to the end of March, our training is at:

  • Casey ARC every Monday night from 7:30pm to 9:00pm and
  • Doveton (50m outdoor pool) on Thursday nights from 6.30pm to 8.00pm.

Training Fees

The training fees for the squad sessions at Casey ARC, 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

This is paid 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 or Casey RACE 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:

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.

Currently he is studying for a sports science degree at Deakin Uni in Burwood.

He was a top-level age-group distance swimmer so he can 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.

Sean is manager of the new 24/7 Anytime Fitness gym nearby at Fountain Gate, 100m away from the pool. Have a chat to him about increasing your strength or fitness - he'll be able to look after you for costs and training programs too.

Stewart Nicoll

Stewart started coaching us (again) on 15 May 2019. He previously coached us from 2004 to 2005.

He was a national level swimmer himself, and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in addition to seemingly boundless energy and enthusiasm. You can't help yourself getting motivation by him.

He has been the Head Coach for a number of clubs and schools, including H2O Swimming Club, Monash University Swimming Club, De La Salle College and Lauriston Girls School. In addition to a number of swimming teaching and coaching qualifications, Stewart is a Royal Life (RLSSA) Examiner for CPR, Bronze Medallion and First Aid.

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 most recently, her 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 is also completing her PhD in Management at Monash University.

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