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Swimming in Australia
The sport of swimming in Australia is very much based around Swimming Clubs. The Clubs have coaches who are sometimes employed but often self-employed and they conduct training anywhere between 2 and 10 sessions per week depending on the swimmers age, background and ability.
Swimmers must belong to a swimming club to be able to compete at competitions. Competitions are primarily run by clubs at a grassroots level. They can be internal competitions or intra club competitions.
Australia has 7 States or Territories and each has their own Association. The State Associations conduct swim meets whereby swimmers in that State aim to qualify to swim at Australian Championship events. Swimmers who do qualify go on to compete at the Australian Open or Australian Age Championships each year.
How do I find a swimming club in my area?
Each of the swimming club websites on Australian Swimming Clubs website belong to State Swimming Associations. You can contact a swimming club directly by selecting a State at the top of this page and identifying a club in your local region. Alternatively, you can contact your State Swimming Association directly and ask for advice on clubs that are local to you.
How do I join a swimming club?
Each Club will have a membership form that they will give to or send to you. You need to complete the form and make the annual membership payment to your club. This payment will include fees payable to your State Swimming Association and Swimming Australia.
How do I choose a swimming club?
This is one of the most vital considerations when you are looking to join a swimming club. Most coaches and clubs will be more than happy for you to come down to the pool and have a look around, meet some other families with children of a similar ability to yours and explain a bit more about the Club and how it operates.
There are many considerations including who the coaches are, the location of the training pool, the distance from your home to the pool, the training times and when club competitions are held.
Can parents get involved?
Yes, by all means. There are many volunteer roles necessary to successfully run a swimming club. Many parents are required to assist with the day-to-day operations of the Club’s committees and social and fundraising activities. Most clubs also conduct their own swim meets and these create opportunities for parents of all swimmers to get involved in timekeeping and marshalling at the meets.
Are there swimming clubs for more mature swimmers in Australia?
Aussi Masters Swimming Australia is an Australia wide, non-profit organisation for adult swimmers, with around 7,000 members who are part of approximately 200 clubs within 8 Branches around Australia. Membership is open to all people who turn 20 or older in the calendar year of joining.
Aussi Masters Mission Statement is: “To provide at club, State and national level an environment to encourage all adults, regardless of age or ability, to swim regularly and compete in order to promote fitness and improve their general health.”
Contact your Aussi Masters state branch who will help find clubs in your area. See the links page for contact details.
Why Join an Australian Swimming Club?
Being a member of a Swimming Club is a rewarding sports activity that is enjoyed by many Australians. After attending swimming lessons young swimmers may want to join a swimming club when they reach a certain level of ability. Most Swimming Clubs in Australia conduct training sessions up to six days a week, morning and evening. The amount of hours swimmers attend depends on their swimming ability and age.
Some of the many benefits in belonging to a swimming club and training on a regular basis:
- Socialization skills and making friends (Swimming also keeps teenagers too busy and tired to get into trouble)
- Overall fitness and well being – swimming is an activity that can be enjoyed at any age
- Organisational and time management skills. Swimmers have to fit in their studies around their training schedules and this forces them to be organised.
- Personal rewards in reaching goals of Personal Best times in competions and perfecting techniques in training.