Squad Program

Pathway to the elite

Aquastar Swim Schools’ Squad Program caters for advanced swimmers to develop skills beyond the basic Learn to Swim, and provides a pathway to elite, national and international competition. Our Squad program was designed in collaboration with gold medallist, Kelly Stubbins, and is led by dedicated coaches.

Our Squad Program is carefully planned with a strong emphasis on quality rather than quantity. It is designed to identify swimming talent and transition them into club swimming, should it be the path the swimmers wish to take. At both Junior Squad and Squad level, our coaches work through a planned program in each term, with a week in each term dedicated to one of the four competitive strokes, and time trials throughout.

At Junior Squad level, the focus is on improving each of the strokes, increasing distance, but still maintaining form. At Squad level, swimmers continue to develop technique, with focus being on increasing speed, efficiency, and endurance. Race techniques are also introduced at Squad level.

We have a fantastic team of extremely experienced and passionate coaching staff, consisting of Bronze Level Coaches and teachers with their AUSTSWIM Competitive Strokes Award. We are dedicated to continuous professional development of all our staff and provide in-house training on all aspects of swimming as well as attending external courses.

Feeder school

Our swim school acts as a feeder school into the Cheltenham Swim Club based in Cheltenham and St Michael’s Grammar School Aquatics based in St Kilda.

Our Program

Junior Squad

  • Class Duration: 60 minutes

Junior Squad aims to improve freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke technique, and develop strong butterfly skills. There is an objective to increase distance while maintaining form.

It also focuses on the correct starts, turns, and finishes for each stroke. A 200m survival swim incorporating the three survival strokes is incorporated.


  • Class Duration: 60 minutes

Swimmers will continue to further develop their technique with a greater focus on stroke efficiency. With increased efficiency, speed will increase and endurance will develop.

Race techniques are taught and achieving a time of under 1min 50sec for 100m freestyle is a major goal. A 600m unaided continuous survival swim should be able to be achieved.

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