Squad / Competitive Swimming

Squad swimming is the natural progression once you have mastered the basics of the strokes and turns and are comfortable in any position in the water.

Here, swimmers will continue to work on stroke technique and their aquatic ability as well as learning new skills like diving and under water movement. Their stamina will also be improved with a steady progression of exercises ensuring they are able to maintain form. Competitive opportunities will be made available to those seeking to further test their abilities ,but those wishing to swim for fitness and enjoyment are also catered for.

There are four Squads to choose from:

  • Minnows Squad (Development)
  • Rising Stars / Aqua Stars Development Squads (Introduction to competition)
  • Junior Swim Fit / Aqua Fit Squads (Fitness and technique development)
  • Open Squad (National/International level competition - PLEASE CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION)

Lesson Pricing

Development Squads





1 session/week**



2 sessions/week



3 sessions/week



4 sessions/week


Rising Stars + Aqua Stars

3 sessions/week



4 sessions/week





Age Group Development***

Part Time (any 3 sessions)



All sessions






Junior Swim Fit / Aqua Fit

1 session/week



2 sessions/week



3 sessions/week



*= Fees are payable monthly in advance

**= *1/week for 1st year members only
NOTE: Age Group squad fees are based on an annual total and should be paid monthly throughout the year by direct debit

See Pool Schedule for times


Active+ Milford Physiotherapy is our recommended physiotherapy partner. Contact them for any training injury treatment.


Minnows Squad


Starting on 1 x 1 hour session/week and with the opportunity to progress to 2/week, swimmers in this squad will build on the skills learnt at ASA stage 8. The emphasis will be on mastery of skills whilst performing slightly more swimming than at previous levels. Swimmers will be challenged to learn and improve new skills whilst having fun and building confidence. There will be some limited exposure to competition with our “in-house” race days throughout the year.

Aqua Stars Squad


There are 3 weekly sessions available to this group, although swimmers will have the choice of doing either 2 or 3 depending on their age, ability and availability. Sessions will be 75 minutes in length and squad members will learn how to put their skills and strokes together to perform the Individual Medley event as well as being taught correct turns how to swim relays.

Those swimmers wishing to compete will be given the opportunity to continue to enter the race days, but also to enter the Auckland district competitions at Level 3 and above.

NZL Swim is proud to be affiliated to United Swimming Club who are currently one of the most successful swim teams in New Zealand.

Coaches will give direction on competition information and accompany swimmers to the competitions as required. Swimmers will also be encouraged to join clubs and groups offering alternative aquatic disciplines such as triathlon and surf lifesaving. Coaches will use their contacts locally to support links with clubs and teams offering such opportunities.

Aqua Fit Squad


Aqua Fit is for swimmers who don't want to compete, but wish to improve or maintain their swimming fitness levels.

They may be doing surf life saving, water polo or other water related sports that require some technique and overall fitness.

Senior Squad


The Senior Squad is for elite swimmers currently competing at national or international level and are looking to raise the level of their performance to compete at the highest standards.

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Contact David for more information

021 828 850


Northcote College Pool
5 Kauri Glen Rd

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