Swim squad

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

  • develop technique and endurance

  • train for competition

  • have fun keeping active

Our Squad programs are currently available at Charlestown and West Wallsend Swim Centres and are run by qualified coaches and instructors.

Current Squad Timetable

Squad Timetable


Class progression


Training frequency: 1 times a week

FUNdamentals (Phase 1): 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.


Training frequency: 2 times a week

Training to Train (Phase 2): 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.


Training frequency: 4 times a week

Training to Compete (Phase 3): 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.


Training frequency: 5 times a week

Training to Perform (Phase 4): Athletes in Gold Squad are trained to maximum 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.


Fees are paid in 4 week blocks, and the price is based on the number of sessions you book into each week.

Number of sessions per week
 Price per 4 week block
 One session a week
 Two sessions a week
 Three sessions a week
 Four sessions a week
 Five sessions a week
 Six sessions a week $160
 Seven sessions a week $165
 Eight sessions a week $170
 Corporate Fitness fee
$5.50 week
 Casual Squad visit
 $16 per session

We do not run Squad sessions on public holidays and your block payments are adjusted accordingly.

Eligible parents, carers and guardians can use their Active Kids voucher to contribute to the cost of Squad sessions at Lake Mac Swim Centres. For more information or to obtain a voucher, visit sport.nsw.gov.au.

Our Instructors

Our instructors hold either AUSTSWIM (Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety) qualifications or qualification with the Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (Swim Australia Teacher). We have teachers with specialised qualification in infant and pre-school aquatics, adult learning, access and inclusion and competition 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.

Spot Anderson - Swansea Swim Centre 

Spot Anderson began his coaching career in 1983 whilst studying at University. He coached local swim club kids at Bondi Icebergs pool and hasn't stopped helping people swim since. He has pretty much coached everyone from a baby doing learn to swim through to athletes training for the Olympics & everything in between.  Spot himself has been one of Australia's best all round athlete having competed on WSL World Surf Tour before winning Australia's 1st World Title in 1989 World Triathlon Championships & moving on to Uncle Tobys/ Nutri Grain Ironman Circuit.

Spot competes regularly in ocean swims, surfing, triathlons, SUP/ kayak races and will even have a go in the major fun runs/ marathons. Spot has learnt a lot of tricks from the best in the world over the last 30 years and looks forward to helping the community of Lake Macquarie to achieve their goals.

Spot's sporting resume:

  • 1980 - 1986 Australia Titles Surfing & WCT qualifying events including Bells Beach & Billabong Pro.
  • 1989 Australian National Series Winner & Australian Triathlete of the Year.
  • 1989 Gold Medal Team Australia - World Triathlon Championships Avignon, France.
  • 1990 Commonwealth Games Trials Triathlon Winner.
  • 1991 - 1996 Uncle Tobys/ Nutri Grain Ironman competitor.
  • Ironman Swim Winner 1996 - 1st Pro Ironman Australia & 2014 - 1st age-group overall Ironman Cairns.
  • 2001 Australian Sprint Triathlon Champion (35 - 39).
  • 2002 & 2004 Australian Surf Ironman Champion (35-39).
  • 2006 Coolangatta Gold Surf Ironman Masters Champion.
  • 2014 Hawaii Ironman Finisher.
  • 2016 Became a dad.