Squad coaching

Please note the below squad schedule changes over the Christmas period.

Christmas squad schedule changes

Squad training will be taking a break from Friday, 21 December 2018 to Sunday, 6 January across the following Swim Centres:

Charlestown Gold and Silver Squad levels Christmas schedule changes

There will be no squad training at Charlestown Swim Centre from 24 December 2018 to 1 January 2019 for Gold and Silver Squad levels.

Training will return from 2 January 2019 to 5 January 2019, at the times below:

Date Morning Squad Session Times Afternoon Squad Session Times
Wednesday, 2 January 2019 5 am to 7 am 4 pm to 6 pm
Thursday, 3 January 2019 5 am to 7 am 4 pm to 6 pm
Friday, 4 January 2019 5 am to 7 am 4 pm to 6 pm
Saturday, 5 January 2019 6 am to 8 am

Normal training timetable will resume from Monday, 7 January 2019.

Charlestown Bronze and White Squad levels Christmas schedule changes

There will be no squad training for at Charlestown Swim Centre from 21 December 2018 to 6 January 2019 for Bronze and White Squad levels.

Training will return from Monday, 7 January 2019 to Sunday 27 January 2019, at the times below:

Training Days (7 Jan to 27 Jan) Morning Squad Session Times Afternoon Squad Session Times
Monday 7 am to 8 am 4 pm to 5 pm
Tuesday   4 pm to 5 pm
Wednesday 7 am to 8 am 4 pm to 5 pm
Thursday   4 pm to 5 pm
Friday 7 am to 8 am

Normal training timetable will resume from Monday, 28 January 2019.


Lake Mac Swim Centres offer affordable, quality squad programs to help your child achieve their personal swimming goals, whether your child wants to:

Our squad programs at Charlestown, Swansea and West Wallsend Swim Centres are run by qualified coaches and instructors. Charlestown and West Wallsend programs run year-round.

How do I book a Free Assessment for my child?

We require an in-person assessment for most learn to swim and squad enrolments. This ensures that your child is placed in the correct class level from the very first lesson. To book a squad or learn to swim assessment, please call our friendly staff at centre you wish to enrol with.

Class Progression

White

Training frequency: 1+ times a week

Phase 1 FUNdamentals: Development of fundamental swimming skills, building on key stroke techniques within a fun and structured environment. Students will also begin to develop general strength and endurance in this low intensity squad.

Bronze

Training frequency: 2+ times a week

Phase 2 Training to train: Development of the student's fundamental movement skills and overall physical capacity. Students will engage in activities designed to develop speed, swimming specific skills and aerobic base. Coaches will educate students on swimming etiquette and will introduce swimmers to using the pace clock in training.

Silver

Training frequency: 4+ times a week

Phase 3 Training to compete: To optimise fitness preparation, competition specific skills and performance. Students will learn competition skills under a variety of competitive conditions during training sessions. Coaches will begin to develop individual fitness preparations for students, including how and when to stretch, basic nutrition, and appropriate hydration for swimmers.

Gold

Training frequency: 5+ times a week

Phase 4 Training to perform: Athletes in Gold squad are trained to maximise performance and peak for major competitions. Training is high in both intensity and volume, with periodic training sessions developed in conjunction with competition specific activities. Coaches actively plan recovery periods to prevent athletes over training.

Pricing

Fees are paid in calendar month blocks, and the price is based on the number of sessions you book into per week. If you book into the squad program mid-way through the month, the price is adjusted so that it only includes fees for the remainder of the month.

Number of sessions Price per session
1 session per week $11.00
2 sessions per week $10.00
3 sessions per week $9.00
4 sessions per week $8.00
5 sessions per week $7.00
6 -11 sessions per week $6.00
Corporate Fitness fee per session $5.00
Casual Squad Visit $15.00
Unlimited squad sessions all levels - fee per month $150.00

We do not run learn to swim, squad or fitness programs on public holidays, and your month (for squads) or term (for learn to swim) payments are adjusted accordingly.


Squad Session Times

Charlestown Swim Centre - Squad timetable

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
5.15am Silver, Gold Silver, Gold  Silver, Gold Silver, Gold Silver, Gold  
6am           Silver, Gold, Bronze
7am White, Bronze   White, Bronze   White, Bronze
4pm White, Bronze Silver, Gold White, Bronze Silver, Gold White  
5pm Silver, Gold Silver, Gold Bronze

West Wallsend Swim Centre - Squad timetable

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
5.30-7.30am Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold
5.30-7.00am Silver Silver Silver Silver Silver
6.30-7.30am Bronze Bronze Bronze Bronze Bronze
6.30-7.30am   White   White  
3.30-4.30pm White White White White White
4.30-5.30pm Bronze Bronze Bronze Bronze Bronze
5.30-7.00pm Silver Silver Silver Silver Silver
5.30-7.30pm Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold
6.00-7.00pm   Swim Fit   Swim Fit

 

7.00-8.00pm       Adults

Swansea Swim Centre - Squad timetable

Time Monday Wednesday Friday
5am Silver, Gold Silver, Gold Silver, Gold
6.30am White, Bronze White, Bronze White, Bronze
4pm White, Bronze White, Bronze  
5pm Silver, Gold Silver, Gold  

 


Private lessons

Lake Mac Swim Centres offer private lessons for all ages and abilities. Private lessons are a good way to give you or your child specialised advice, or kick-start your term or month enrolment. We offer 15 minute private lessons for $22, and 30 minute private lessons for $37, and must be paid before the start of the lesson. Private lessons are scheduled at a convenient time for both you and your chosen instructor.

To ensure the best outcome for you or your child attending a private lesson, we recommend a limit of one person per 15 minutes and two people per 30 minutes. A booking for a 30 minute class with two people attending will be charged separately at the 15 minute private lesson rate.

Corporate Fitness

We offer a subsidised rate for squad coaching, learn to swim, and fitness program fees for corporate fitness members of participating clubs. Please check with your corporate Fitness provider if programs are included. Squad programs are a per session price of $5 (regardless of how many times you swim per week), paid in monthly blocks. Just present your corporate fitness membership card to our reception team before each session, and they will do the rest. A Corporate Fitness discount will not be provided with the use of an Active Kids Rebate voucher. If you have any questions regarding our corporate fitness program fees, please contact your local Lake Mac Swim Centre.


Our Instructors

Our instructors hold either AUSTSWIM (Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety) qualifications or qualification with the Australia Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (Swim Australia Teacher). We have teachers with specialised qualifications in infant and pre-school aquatics, adult learning, access and inclusion and competitive strokes, to ensure your family has the best possible learning experience. In addition to professional qualifications, all Lake Mac Swim Centres program staff receive intensive in-house training to ensure that classes are delivered in accordance with our lesson plans, on-time and to the high standard expected at our centres.

Karen Leth – Charlestown Swim Centre

Karen began her coaching career at Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre and was the assistant coach to Karen Moras. She has worked over the years with coaches such as Kim Taylor and Roger Whitmore, and has had open water age national, national age and state swimmers. Karen coaches junior and senior squads and was the Head Coach for the Lake Macquarie team in the 2017 International Children’s games in Lithuania and recently the 2018 International Children’s games in Jerusalem.

Andreas Falkenau – West Wallsend Swim Centre

Andreas (affectionately known as “Coach Buzz”) has an impressive list of career achievements, having coached multiple athletes to qualify and participate at AAC. He has had gold medallists at the Coast and Valley Long Course Championships, and many top 10 finishers at NSW State Age, NSW Country Championships and the NSW Speedo Sprints, as well as medal winners at the Multi Class Nationals. Andreas holds a Swimming Coach (Silver Level and Level 1 Masters, SWD) qualification. Coach Buzz is passionate about his work and says that West Wallsend Swim Centre “is my home away from home”.

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