Information for New Members
Surrey Park Seahorses caters for a wide range of swimmers in terms of age and ability. There is an expectation that new members are able to swim 200m Freestyle comfortably and preferably have the ability to swim, or the willingness to learn, other strokes. We do not provide adult learn to swim classes. People looking for learn to swim programs should contact Surrey Park Swim School.
Coached sessions are held on Tuesday from 7.15pm to 8.30pm in the outdoor 50m pool at Boroondara Leisure Centre, Balwyn. Cost is $15 per session and includes pool entry. Tell the reception staff you are with the Masters group.
Thursday evening sessions are from 7.15pm to 8.30pm, in the outdoor 25m pool at Box Hill Aqualink. Cost is $10 per session and does not include pool entry. You will need to pay or use your membership to enter the pool. Most nights there are no more than 6 swimmers per lane.
Training usually consists of a warm up followed by a main set then a short cool down. Total distance for the session can range from 1km to 3km depending on your ability and speed. If you haven't swum recently, you may feel the need to leave the session early but you will find your strength and endurance will quickly improve over the following weeks.
You are not required to attend every organised session and are only charged on attendance. Some members participate in informal, uncoached training sessions at various days, times and venues during the week. New members are welcome to participate.
Tuesday evenings are coached by George Hong and Thursday evenings by Sean Kirwan. They design and arrange program sessions to accomodate the wide ability of swimmers who attend. At your first session please introduce yourself to the coach and let them know of your swimming background and any medical condition of which they should be aware.
The annual membership fee for 2022 is $90 which includes (compulsory) membership to the State and National Masters Swimming organisations. Please note this is a special reduced fee due to COVID 19's impact on swimming. It is likely to be closer to $150 in 2023.
The cost of training is billed in arrears bi-monthly. Surrey Park Seahorses members are eligible for Aqualink aquatic membership discounts (further details on this are available on request).
The Club holds Sunday morning sessions at the Box Hill pool from 9am to 11am where club members can participate in intra-club competitions. We run a sprint (Aggregate) competition, between September and April, while the other Sundays are scheduled for either 400m and/or 800m, swims or longer distances of 1500m, 30 min, 45 min or 1 hour swims (Endurance 1000 Competition). Further details of these competitions are available on the Competitions page if this is of interest to you. Members unable to do these distances are welcome to 'Set yourself a challenge' and swim in one of our lanes from 10am.
It's not just about the swimming though. There are also regular social events including dinners, post training meals, Sunday coffee and breakfast after swimming and weekends away.
For prospective members we offer the opportunity to attend one month of coached training sessions free. To continue active involvement with the club you will need to join us by completing your registration details and pay your fees on-line on the Masters Swimming Victoria website via the New Registration tab. If you would like to attend a training session contact firstname.lastname@example.org or come along and identify yourself to the coach on the night.
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