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RACKLEY SQUADS - SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Pools are opening and Squad training resumes on Saturday the 15th of June!

We are super excited to have been given the green light to re-open our Aquatic Venue again. Click the link above to see Squad Timetable. If for any reason you are not returning and want to put a hold or cancel your membership please click here.


Squad swimming is a great way to develop lifelong skills, refine their technique and most importantly have fun in the water


WHAT WE OFFER

Rackley Kawana Squad Programs caters for all abilities and the focus is on developing each swimmer to reach their potential and love of the sport. Training sessions will provide swimmers the skills and stamina needed to set their sights on competing at their chosen level be it Local, School, Masters or National level. Kawana Waters Swim Club and its coaching staff are supporters of Swimming QLD's Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model the aim of the training model is to ensure that young athletes are introduced to certain types of training at the appropriate time. This is referred to as "critical periods of train-ability" and requires careful consideration and planning by our coaches.

The club not only accommodates those purely focused on swimming, but also has a large number of water polo players, surf lifesaving competitors as well as triathletes that are members of the squads (with a number of the swimmers competing in both surf lifesaving and water polo).

OUR COACHES

Our experienced coaching team led by Michael Sage brings both a high level of coaching expertise and dedication to all the swimmers.  

OUR FACILITIES 

The Kawana Aquatic centre boasts a ten lane, 50 meter pool as well as an six lane, 25 meter pool (in addition to its facilities for water polo and learn to swim programs) which are utilised for the training of each of the club's squads. Both pools are heated and covered during the winter months to provide year round. training.

JOIN THE CLUB!

At Rackley Kawana we encourage Squad swimmers to join the swim club (Kawana Waters Swim Club) which enables swimmers to swim at our regular swim club nights as well as competing at local, Queensland and National Swim meets. Our club, being one of the largest swimming clubs on the Sunshine Coast, has enjoyed much success at local, State and National competitions. This includes finishing ninth in the nation from a team points perspective at the Age National Championships in 2015 and 2016 and tenth in the nation at the 2017 Championships.


Squads for all levels


Junior Squad
Junior Squad is a performance-based squad where swimmers will be coached through challenging aerobic, skill, and drill sets. The Junior Squad aims to increase the swimmer's knowledge and understanding of all four strokes, including the Individual Medley. Swimmers will also be specifically trained through general conditioning and specific drill progressions. The squad is designed to put the swimmers technique and skill under stress to build on its foundations and strengthen their technique for racing. Swimmer’s race skills are also established as they progress through our competition structure.

Equipment required – flippers.
Bronze Squad
The Bronze Squad is designed for swimmers who wish to compete at a high standard at Regional or State level competitions. The squads is based on all four strokes and has a specific focus on the Individual Medley. The program will develop both aerobic and anaerobic systems, which is important for growing athletes. The Bronze Squad still has a large technique and kick focus building on the fundamentals established in the Junior Squad. Swimmers will continue training in all four strokes and will be required to meet the training standards as it is important for all swimmers to develop strong foundations in each of the strokes.
*Equipment required – flippers, paddles, pull buoy & kickboard.
Silver Squad
The Silver Squad is designed for swimmers who wish to compete at a high standard at State level competitions and aspire towards Age National Qualification. The squad is based on all four strokes and has a specific focus on the Individual Medley. The program will continue to advance the conditioning of both aerobic and anaerobic systems. Swimmers are required to meet advancing training standards and commitments as they begin to form a stronger link between training and performance during this stage of their development.
*Equipment required – flippers, paddles, pull buoy & kickboard.
Gold Squad
The Gold & Elite squads are a seasonally designed program aimed at performance at Age National and Open / International competitive levels. The sessions are specifically designed to each swimmer's stroke and distance. The dry-land and pool sessions are personalised to the needs of the athlete for maximum achievement in their chosen events. These squads will give swimmers an opportunity to compete in sprint, middle distance, and distance events.
*Equipment required – flippers, paddles, pull buoy, kickboard & snorkel.
Surf Squad
The Surf Squad is designed for senior multi-sport athletes. It targets the specific endurance and speed requirements of the athlete’s primary sport and event. This squad trains with our Gold/Elite Squads in the mornings and therefore requires a high level of fitness and commitment. 


Squad Monthly Fees


ELITE SQUAD
$190.00
GOLD SQUAD
$180.00
SILVER SQUAD
$170.00
BRONZE SQUAD
$160.00
JUNIOR SQUAD
$155.00



The monthly rates are calculated based on a annual amount and take into account variances for swimmers who will not attend during Squad Break/family holiday periods. If your swimmer is having a break from squad of more than 4 weeks, please contact the centre manager to discuss putting membership on hold during the break.


Our Coaches

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Michael Sage
Director of Swimming; Gold and Elite Squads Coach
Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of high performance swimming to Kawana Waters, from both coaching and as a former competitive swimmer, as its Director of Swimming and National Squad coach. Joining Kawana Waters in 2014, Michael is responsible for the overall development and training of all swimmers at the club and oversees the club's coaching staff.A regular coach on Australian Youth Teams since 2008, he was selected on his first senior team for the World Championships in 2015 as well as being named Swimming Australia's Open Water Coach of the Year in the same year. Most recently, he was selected as one of the open water coaches for the Australian swimming team competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics.Michael has a proven track record of building successful programs. He has guided Kawana Waters to a ninth place team finish at Age Nationals in 2015 and 2016 and a tenth place finish in 2017. While at his previous program at Surrey Park (VIC), he guided them to a third place finish at Age Nationals in 2013.Michael himself was a former competitive swimmer, training and competing against the likes of Ian Thorpe, Grant Hackett and Kieran Pierkins at competed at the Olympic Trials in 2000.
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Damien Bawden
Bronze Squad Coach
Damien joined Kawana Waters in July 2018 and has over 20 years of coaching experience. Prior to joining Kawana Waters, Damien was the Head Coach at Palmwoods and previous to that at Nambour swimming clubs. Damien was selected as a coach on several Australian Youth Teams between 2003-2005.While at Palmwoods, Damien took a step back from full time coaching to dedicate more time to managing the Palmwoods Pool after acquiring its management lease. He remained engaged as an active coach during this time and is looking forward to returning to being a full-time coach at Kawana Waters.Damien has responsibility for the Bronze squad and assists Craig with coaching duties with the Silver squad. He is a Silver License coach and began his coaching career after a successful swimming career in which he was selected for multiple Australian representative teams including the 1993 World Short Course Championships in Spain.
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Craig Harkiss
Silver Squad Coach
Originally from Brisbane, Craig joined Kawana Waters in July 2015. Prior to joining Kawana Waters, Craig spent three years in Adelaide developing a competitive Age National program. Craig brings an extensive knowledge, invaluable experience and an enthusiasm for getting the best out of each of his swimmers.As the Silver squad coach, Craig works side by side with Michael as the Gold and Elite squads train at the same time as the Silver squad. This provides him with the additional insight to assist in preparing those Silver squad swimmers for the eventual promotion to the Gold squad when the time comes.Craig is a Silver Licence coach and has completed his Bachelor of Laws degree at university.
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Marie Hasemann
Junior Squad Coach
Marie first began coaching in 1997 at the Lawnton pool working alongside Ken Wood and John Dempsey as part of the Redcliffe Leagues Lawnton Swim Club. Working alongside Ken and John provided her insight as to what was reequired to be a coach. She subsequently coached at the Cotton Tree Swim Club and Clayfield Aquatics club in Brisbane before coaching to Kawana Waters.Marie is committed to helping teach all of the swimmers in her squad to develop the necessary skills to assist them in their development and progression within this sport. Marie is enthusiastic and passionate about teaching young swimmers learning the sport and the life skills that are gained from this sport.In addition to being a Silver License coach, Marie has previously been a director of the Australian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA) and is involved with surf lifesaving as an active patrol member of Alexandra Headlands Surf Club.
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