ACADEMY SWIM SQUADS

Whether you’re a performance athlete that races at the highest level, or swim for fitness, there’s an Academy Swim Squad to suit your goals!

Delivered by the UQ Sport Academy, each Squad follows a structured training and competition plan, designed to help you further develop your swimming skills across all areas.

All squad sessions include Strength and Conditioning training, tailored to the individual’s level.

Want to join an Academy Swim Squad? Email us to arrange an evaluation with one of our fully qualified coaches.

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What are the options?

MAKO SHARKS SQUAD

The Mako Sharks Squad is aimed to help junior swimmers develop their skills across all technical areas, with a key focus on stroke development and medley swimming.

Swimmers must be competent in all four strokes, and possess good aerobic capacity in order to be challenged in each session.

Mako Sharks provides an introduction to training for competition at development and regional level swim meets, as a competitor for the UQ Swimming Club. Swimmers will continue to refine their technique and skills, and be introduced to more advanced squad-based training sessions, as well as learn about training intensities and race plans.

Participants must be a current member of the UQ Swimming Club to join the Mako Sharks Squad. Not a member? Find out how to join the club!

Ages: 8-13 years
Coach: Caterina Brighi
Minimum Training Requirement: Three sessions per week

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BULL SHARKS SQUAD

Open to all high school-aged swimmers, the Bull Sharks Squad is ideal for those wishing to continue their swimming for fitness or competition purposes, but may not have the time or desire to fully commit to an intensive program. 

Bull Shark swimmers are not required to attend a set number of sessions a week.

UQ Swimming Club membership is optional for Bull Sharks Squad participants.

Ages: 12-18 years
Coach: Sam Armstrong
Minimum Training Requirement: No minimum requirement. Swimmers have the flexibility of attending additional sessions at the discretion of the Squad coach.

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HAMMERHEAD SHARKS SQUAD

The Hammerhead Sharks Squad prepares swimmers for state-level competitions and beyond, with a continued focus on aerobic capacity, technical efficiency, speed, and medley swimming.

Swimmers will continue to refine technique and skill levels with a greater emphasis on aerobic endurance training and race-specific sets. Hammerhead Shark swimmers are also expected to compete in a large repertoire of swimming events.

Participants must be a current member of the UQ Swimming Club to join the Hammerhead Sharks Squad. If you’re not already a member, find out how you can join.

Ages: 10-18 years

Coach: Sam Armstrong

Minimum Training Requirement: Five sessions per week.

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TIGER SHARKS SQUAD

Tiger Sharks is a youth performance squad designed to prepare and develop swimmers to perform at state and national age championship meets.

Tiger Shark swimmers are expected to demonstrate established technical skills and an enhanced aerobic base, with in-water training focusing on improving energy systems and race-specific speed.

Swimmers in this Squad are introduced to Academy-led Strength and Conditioning training in a gym environment.

Participants must be a current member of the UQ Swimming Club to join the Tiger Sharks Squad. Find out more about joining the club.

Ages: 12-18 years
Coach: David Heyden
Minimum Training Requirement: Seven swim, and two gym sessions per week.

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GREAT WHITE SHARKS SQUAD

Great White Sharks is the UQ Sport Academy's high performance Swim Squad, and is tailored to university-aged swimmers who perform at a national level.

Great White Shark swimmers are exposed to a wide variety of Academy training and support services, including Strength and Conditioning, Sport Science, Nutrition, Sports Psychology, and ‘Personal Excellence’ counselling.

Additionally, UQ student-athletes in the Great White Sharks Squad may be eligible for Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) Status, UQ Sporting Scholarships, and the UQ Sport Competition Subsidy.

Participants must be a current member of the UQ Swimming Club to join the Great White Sharks Squad. Not a member? Join the club today!

Ages: 17+ years
Coach: David Heyden
Minimum Training Requirement: Nine swim, and two gym sessions per week. 

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PRICES

MAKO / BULL / HAMMERHEAD SHARKS SQUAD MEMBERSHIPUQ StudentUQ CommPublic
Casual Entry$16.00$16.00$16.00
10 Visit Pass$140.00$140.00$140.00
Fortnightly direct debit (min. 9 payments)$42.00$42.00$42.00
TIGER / GREAT WHITE SHARKS SQUAD MEMBERSHIPUQ StudentUQ CommPublic
Fortnightly direct debit (min. 9 payments)$54.00$60.00$60.00

Meet our team

David Heyden

Head Swim Coach

Coaching level

  • Silver ASCTA licence

Coaching Philosophy:

  • Selling the love of swimming for a lifetime
  • Establishing solid foundations to build upon
  • Having fun while working hard

Best Coaching Achievement:

Coaching Katja Dedekind to a bronze medal (Women’s 100m Backstroke – S13) at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

Best Coaching Quote:

“The pace clock is your best friend – it is always right and it never talks back!"

 

Meet our team

  • David Heyden

    Head Swim Coach

    Coaching level

    • Silver ASCTA licence

    Coaching Philosophy:

    • Selling the love of swimming for a lifetime
    • Establishing solid foundations to build upon
    • Having fun while working hard

    Best Coaching Achievement:

    Coaching Katja Dedekind to a bronze medal (Women’s 100m Backstroke – S13) at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

    Best Coaching Quote:

    “The pace clock is your best friend – it is always right and it never talks back!"

     

Get the Details

Location

The University of Queensland, Cnr Union Road and Blair Drive, St Lucia, QLD 4067

UQ Sport Aquatic Centre (27)
Monday, March 7, 2016 - 13:15

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