The MSAC Squad program supports swimmers interested in pursuing competitive and high-performance opportunities. The program designed as a pathway that support swimmers from Learn to Swim right through to elite athlete status.

Squad, Training & Pathways

Our vision is to support individuals to achieve their full potential through peak performance. We deliver this through access to specialist coaches, both in and out of the pool. The training model is unique as it caters for participants beginning their competitive swimming journey, right up to participants with national rankings. Our new model also caters for masters swimmers, or swimmers who are no longer competing regularly, but are still looking to retain their competitive edge under the guidance of experienced coaches.

Squad swimmers have access to world-class training facilities including the Swim Analysis Lab and Athlete Performance Centre, ensuring well-balanced training and athlete development.

Our Squad Program Levels

Development Squad

As a swimmer in the Development Squad, you will be introduced to the world of competitive swimming. Here is where the foundation for a successful future in the sport is laid for you. You will learn training etiquette, consolidate your technique and develop an understanding of racing skills. You will be introduced to racing through Encouragement meets as well as smaller district competitions to maximise your opportunities.

State Development Squad

As a swimmer in the State Development Squad, you will utilise the skills learned in Development Squad and apply them in a more complex training environment. Race skills are emphasised here to ensure you develop good habits to lay strong developmental foundations. You will continue to learn a number of drills in each session to develop and refine your technique to ensure you are efficient in all strokes. You will continue to race in Encouragement meets but also be introduced to All Junior, Metro and District Championships.

Target State Squad

As a swimmer in the Target State Squad, you will show a greater level of commitment to training. You will continue to learn new drills and skills to ensure you have the correct mechanics across all strokes. The training load will increase as your coaches work closely with you to set achievable goals and support you in competition reach them. You will compete at Qualifying Meets as you target a broad range of events for the Victorian State Championships to maximise your competition opportunities.

State Age Squad

As a swimmer in the State Age Squad, you will generally have a Victorian Age Qualifying time in a number of events. With the support of the coaching team, you will continue to set training goals that improves on any weaknesses and capitalises on your strengths as an athlete. As an emerging athlete, you will take ownership of your training commitment, standard and attitude as you work towards professional athlete pathways.

National Age Squad

As a swimmer in the National Age Squad, you would have likely qualified for a number of events at the Australian Age Championships. You will display the attitude and commitment of not just a developing high-performance athlete, but that of a leader of the squad program. You will work closely with coaches to begin to develop a tailored training program that will facilitate your transition from a National Age Athlete into a Performance swimmer. You will be expected to attend all Development opportunities provided by either SAL, SV or MSC.

National Open Squad

As a swimmer in the National Open Squad, you would have likely qualified for events at the Australian Open Championships or Trials. As an experienced swimmer, you are expected to set the standard for all squads and show strong leadership at training and competitions. You will work closely with the coaching team and have a tailored approach to training and competing that reflects your goals and individual circumstances. You will be expected to attend all Development opportunities provided by either SAL, SV or MSC and make yourself available for selection on National Teams.


Programs run all year round


From $77.50 to $160 per fortnight depending on squad level





30 Aughtie Drive,
Albert Park,
VIC 3206

Register Your Interest

Prefer to speak to a staff member? Please call +61 3 9926 1555

Register Interest Form – Squads
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