Monday 29 November 2021: ENTRY: The Aquatic Centre is open to only fully vaccinated people, those aged under 16 years of age and those with medical exemptions will be able to attend. CLOSED: general recreational swimming, swim school learn to swim and sauna/steam room.
 
Aquatic Centre - Swim School - Squads - Photograph by Delly Carr

Competitive Squads

Competitive Squad Training Schedule - click on month to download

December 2021

January 2022

Squads is a comprehensive squad training program that prepares swimmers for competition at all levels or for those just wanting to maintain fitness.

The squad levels focus on maintaining advanced technique, whilst giving swimmers the opportunity to develop their own competition skills.

NSW Hub High Performance ProgramHeadshot of Swimming Coach Adam Kable

Coach: Adam Kable

The High-Performance program that operates out of the SOPAC pool is the pinnacle of the program. Entry to this squad is via approval from Adam Kable and the NSW Technical Director Ron McKeon.

Training requirements as per direction of HP team and Coach. It is expected that members of the NSW Hub program treat the membership like a full-time job, with part-time university study or part-time work worked around training.

 

Senior Performance Squad

Coach: Matthew BrownHeadshot of Swimming Coach Matt Brown

This squad is for athletes who have achieved National Open qualification or are a senior National Age qualifier. Swimmers will be accepted into this squad via consultation with the Head Coach. This is a performance squad for athletes that devote their full focus to swimming. Athletes will be reviewed annually or when the circumstances warrant a review.

Training requirements
  • Each athlete is expected to maintain a full training load (8-9 sessions per week & gym)
  •  Membership to SOPAC Swim Team

Kit bag: kickboard, snorkel, fins, pull-buoy, paddles, band (All with name clearly marked)

Training times

  Monday Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday Friday Saturday
AM 5am - 7.15am
5am - 7.15am  5am - 7.15am   5am - 7.15am
6am - 8am
PM  4pm - 6.30pm Gym 4pm - 6.30pm 4pm - 6.30pm
4pm - 6.30pm
Gym

Cost: $190 per month



National Age Performance SquadHeadshot of Swimming Coach Ryan Frost

Coach: Ryan Frost

Due to the performance nature of this squad, there is a performance-based criteria assigned. Swimmers in this squad will have achieved multiple National Age qualifying times or are at a training level that is consistent with the attainment of a National Age qualifying time in the near future. 

In addition, swimmers must meet attendance and trainability requirements. Selection into this squad will be in consultation with the Head Coach and National Age Performance Coach. Athletes will be reviewed annually or when the circumstances warrant a review. 


Training requirements

  • Each athlete is expected to maintain a full training load (6-7 sessions per week & gym)
  • Membership to SOPAC Swim Team

Kit bag: kickboard, snorkel, fins, pull-buoy, paddles, band (All with name clearly marked)

Training times

  Monday Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday Friday Saturday
AM 5am - 7am
5am - 7am    5am - 7am5am - 7am 5am - 7am
6am - 8am
PM  4pm - 6.30pm
4pm - 6.30pm Gym
4pm - 6pm
Gym

Cost: $190 per month

 

State Competition SquadHeadshot of Swimming Coach Daniel Benvenuti

Coach: Daniel Benvenuti

Athletes in this squad will be training at a consistent level. Swimmers will have attained state qualifying times. This is a medley-based squad in which swimmers will focus on all strokes.

Training requirements

  • Each athlete is expected to maintain a full training load (4-6 sessions per week)
  • Membership to SOPAC Swim Team

As a rough guide, swimmers should train half of their age plus or minus a session. For example, a 10-year-old should train 5 sessions, plus or minus 1 session.

Kit bag: kickboard, snorkel, fins, pull-buoy, paddles, band (All with name clearly marked)

Training times

  Monday Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday Friday Saturday
AM
5am - 7am  5am - 7am 5am - 7am
6am - 8am
PM  4pm - 6.30pm4pm - 6.30pm 4pm - 6.30pm
4pm - 6.30pm
4pm - 6.30pm

Cost: $180 per month

 

Junior Competition SquadHeadshot of Swimming Coach Daniel Kucheruk

Coach: Daniel Kucheruk

Swimmers in this squad will continue to develop their competition race skills. They will continue to refine their starts, turns and underwater skills. At this level swimmers will achieve a greater aerobic capacity, leading to greater volume in training sessions. Swimmers will also undertake dry land activities in the 30 minutes prior to training in the afternoon (4.30pm – 5pm).

Training requirements 

  • Minimum of 4 sessions per week
  • Membership to SOPAC Swim Team

Kit bag: kickboard, snorkel, fins, pull-buoy (All with name clearly marked)

Training times

  Monday Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday Friday
AM 5am - 6.45am

 5am - 6.45am  5.15am - 6.45am
PM  4.30pm - 6.30pm 4.30pm - 6.30pm   4.30pm - 6.30pm
4.30pm - 6.30pm

Cost: $175 per month 

 

Transition Competition SquadHeadshot of Swimming Coach Alana Francis

Coach: Alana Francis

This squad is the entry level to the competitive pathway program. Swimmers will be required to join the SOPAC Swimming Club. Swimmers will work at developing all strokes, developing starts and underwater skills and learning how to compete in individual medley races. Swimmers will start to develop their aerobic system. Swimmers will be introduced to competitive swimming at club and area meets. 

Training requirements

  • Minimum of 3 sessions per week
  • Membership to SOPAC Swim Team

Kit bag: kickboard, snorkel, fins, pull-buoy (All with name clearly marked)

Training times

  Monday Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday Friday
AM 5am - 6.45am   5am - 6.45am  5.15am - 6.45am
PM    4.30pm - 6.30pm 4.30pm - 6.30pm
4.30pm - 6.30pm

Cost: $170 per month

 

New squad swimmers

If interested, complete Squad enquiry form to express your interest and a trial session will be arranged with the most suitable group.

Trial sessions: $4.50 per session/person (parent and swimmer require to pay on entry)

Enrolment is via monthly direct debit, complete Direct Debit Agreement Form and submit to the Swim School office at swimschool@sopa.nsw.gov.au

 

Entry cards

Once enrolment has been confirmed swimmers and parents will be issued with an entry card. This card enables access to the Aquatic Centre on your child’s designated training day and times.

Entry cards need to be presented at the Service Desk to gain entry for your squad session. Your entry cards cannot be used for access to the Centre outside the training times. Lost or stolen cards are the responsibility of the cardholder and a $5 fee will be charged for a replacement card.

 

Competitive Squad Progression

4.30pm - 6.30pm
4.30pm - 6.30pm