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We accept members eighteen years and older as long as you are capable of continuously swimming a few hundred metres.

benefits of joining a squad

get fit, stay fit

Swimming provides a great cardiovascular workout that burns unwanted calories and keeps the heart in good condition.

improve lap times

Regular coaching and technique correction can maximise your strength gains and swimming efficiency.

get stroke correction

Get professional advice from our qualified coach to improve your stroke technique and increase performance.

swim with friends

Swimming in a group with like minded swimmers provides a more enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Membership consists of two separate fees: Coaching fees and Annual Membership

Refer to the free trial brochure for full details

what our members are saying

Don’t just take it from us, let our members do the talking!

“I swim with the Orcas for fitness in an environment that values the importance of having fun. The club is run professionally and the coaching sets are dynamic to enable each of us to swim to the best of our ability. The Orcas have been friendly and inclusive from the very start and the enthusiasm of the members is contagious and is sure to keep me motivated!”

frequently asked questions

Are there any requirements to joining?
You need to be eighteen years and older and capable of swimming a few hundred metres continuously. Be aware that although stroke correction is provided these are not swimming lessons. You must be a reasonably competent swimmer looking to improve your technique and fitness.
What times do you train?

We train during the Victorian school terms on three regular nights and suits those with busy lives who can’t train mornings or weekends due to other commitments.

Monday: 8:30pm–9:45pm *

Wednesday: 8:30pm–9:45pm *

Friday: 7:30pm–9pm *

*Please arrive at least 5 minutes early

Do I need specialist equipment?

You don’t need any equipment, other than goggles, to try out with the Orcas but we do use training aids during our sessions. There’s no need to rush out and buy any items right away. “Swim training fins” (see below) would be a definite advantage when trying out with the Orcas as we frequently warm-up using them.

Here is a list of the swim training equipment we regularly use, in order of usefulness. All of this equipment may be purchased in a variety of colours at the front desk at the Nunawading swimming pool, at sports stores or online:

  1. The most important piece of equipment that we use are the “swim training fins”. Any swim training fins will do but we recommend the “DMC” silicone fins. They are fairly rigid and feature an edge along the top and bottom sides of the fin which help exercise the leg in both the upwards and downwards part of the kick. The fit of the fin should be such that the toes are clear of the end and not tight on the foot. It is common for the foot to move around in the fin foot cavity. Fins too tight on the foot will result in foot cramps during training.
  2. “Pull-buoy” (red item on the left). Used during training to concentrate on arm movement (the pull). The style shown or, more regularly, the “figure-8” pull-buoy type is fine.
  3. “Swim training paddles” (dark blue at the top). Used to exercise the muscles in the arms and shoulders. Frequently used with the pull-buoy. The medium sized paddles with a securing strap on the top are commonly used.
  4. “Kick-board” (grey on the left). Used for kick exercises. Kick-boards are frequently available for free use around the pool deck but you may like to get one of your own to guarantee availability.
  5. “Swim training snorkel” (centre). Used during drills to concentrate on technique and body position in the water without the need to surface to breathe. The swim training snorkel sits in the centre of the face with the breathing tube rising directly above the forehead.
  6. A bag to put it all in (red on the right)!

Am I required to compete?
We try our best to encourage as many members as possible but there is no requirement to compete. In fact, only a small percentage of our members compete in local and State meets, with even fewer attending National swim meets.
Are there additional fees?

Membership consists of three separate fees:

Annual Membership Fees At the beginning of the year members pay an annual fee of $120, which includes all Masters Swimming registration charges. A discount applies to our members based on length of membership as well as youth memberships for swimmers aged under 25 as at 31 December of that current year.

Coaching Fees In addition to the annual membership fee you also pay for coaching fees each term. Term squad fees are due and payable at the beginning of each school term. There are three levels of fees depending on the amount of training you prefer, these include:

1 session per week (per school term): $50

2 or 3 sessions per week (per school term): $90

10 sessions pass (to be used at any time): $55

Pool Entry Fee Pool entry fee also applies and rates are set by Aqualink Nunawading. Check their website for entry and membership fees.

Competition Fees For the more serious swimmers who wish to compete, a separate competition fee is payable to the club that is organising the event. Check competition registration forms for further details. The average competition fees ranges between $20 and $50 per swim meet.

What social activities do you offer?

On the last Friday of every month we organise a social event after training and head to a local restaurant for a bite and a drink.

We also have two annual events, a social dinner in May for our Annual General Meeting and our Christmas party held around the first weekend of December.

From time-to-time we may also organise one-off events such as open water training or social swims.

start your four free sessions today

Come along on one of our regular training nights or contact our secretary for more information.
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