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Swimming is a great way to develop lifelong skills, refine their technique and most importantly have fun in the water. Click the link above to see our regular Squad Timetable. Scroll down for Squad descriptions and fees. Click here to See the Christmas /New Year Timetable: Gold/Silver/Bronze Junior


Rackley Kawana Squad Programs caters for all abilities and the focus is on developing each swimmer to reach their potential and love of the sport. Training sessions will provide swimmers with the skills and stamina needed to set their sights on competing at their chosen level be it Local, School, Masters or National level. Kawana Waters Swim Club and its coaching staff are supporters of Swimming QLD's Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model the aim of the training model is to ensure that young athletes are introduced to certain types of training at the appropriate time. This is referred to as "critical periods of train-ability" and requires careful consideration and planning by our coaches.

The club not only accommodates those purely focused on swimming but also has a large number of water polo players, surf lifesaving competitors as well as triathletes that are members of the squads (with a number of the swimmers competing in both surf lifesaving and water polo).


Our experienced coaching team led by Michael Sage brings both a high level of coaching expertise and dedication to all the swimmers.  


The Kawana Aquatic centre boasts a ten-lane, 50-metre pool as well as a six-lane, 25-metre pool (in addition to its facilities for water polo and learn to swim programs) which are utilised for the training of each of the club's squads. Both pools are heated and covered during the winter months to provide year-round. training.


At Rackley Kawana, we encourage Squad swimmers to join the swim club (Kawana Waters Swim Club) which enables swimmers to swim at our regular swim club nights as well as competing at local, Queensland and National Swim meets. Our club, being one of the largest swimming clubs on the Sunshine Coast, has enjoyed much success at local, State and National competitions. This includes finishing ninth in the nation from a team points perspective at the Age National Championships in 2015 and 2016 and tenth in the nation at the 2017 Championships.

Squads for all levels

Junior Squad
Junior Squad is a performance-based squad where swimmers will be coached through challenging aerobic, skill, and drill sets. The Junior Squad aims to increase the swimmer's knowledge and understanding of all four strokes, including the Individual Medley. Swimmers will also be specifically trained through general conditioning and specific drill progressions. The squad is designed to put the swimmer's technique and skill under stress to build on its foundations and strengthen their technique for racing. Swimmer’s race skills are also established as they progress through our competition structure.

Equipment required – flippers.
Bronze Squad
The Bronze Squad is designed for swimmers who wish to compete at a high standard at Regional or State level competitions. The squads are based on all four strokes and have a specific focus on the Individual Medley. The program will develop both aerobic and anaerobic systems, which is important for growing athletes. The Bronze Squad still has a large technique and kick focus building on the fundamentals established in the Junior Squad. Swimmers will continue training in all four strokes and will be required to meet the training standards as it is important for all swimmers to develop strong foundations in each of the strokes.
*Equipment required – flippers, paddles, pull buoy & kickboard.
Silver Squad
The Silver Squad is designed for swimmers who wish to compete at a high standard at State level competitions and aspire towards Age National Qualification. The squad is based on all four strokes and has a specific focus on the Individual Medley. The program will continue to advance the conditioning of both aerobic and anaerobic systems. Swimmers are required to meet advancing training standards and commitments as they begin to form a stronger link between training and performance during this stage of their development.
*Equipment required – flippers, paddles, pull buoy & kickboard.
Gold Squad
The Gold & Elite squads are a seasonally designed program aimed at the performance at Age National and Open / International competitive levels. The sessions are specifically designed to each swimmer's stroke and distance. The dry-land and pool sessions are personalised to the needs of the athlete for maximum achievement in their chosen events. These squads will give swimmers an opportunity to compete in the sprint, middle distance, and distance events.
*Equipment required – flippers, paddles, pull buoy, kickboard & snorkel.
Surf Squad
The Surf Squad is designed for senior multi-sport athletes. It targets the specific endurance and speed requirements of the athlete’s primary sport and event. This squad trains with our Gold/Elite Squads in the mornings and therefore requires a high level of fitness and commitment. 

Squad Fortnightly Fees*

$115.00 FN
$95.00 FN
$82.50 ($102.50) FN
$72.50 FN
$66.00 FN

Squad payments effective March 2022 via direct debit fortnightly 
*there is also a $0.39 fee from a third party insurer who ensures the protection and security of your direct debit details
+Squad Plus fee is for all Bronze/Silver/Gold squad members who use the O2 Gym program as part of their training program. This fee covers gym testing, individualised program, gym trainer and membership to the Teambuildr app.

*Squad Membership Cancellation/Suspension Policy 
Programmed Squad breaks - Please note the fees for Squads are calculated based on an annual amount spread across fortnightly payments. The amount takes into account expected breaks/holiday periods for swimmers and coaches eg. Xmas- New Year and breaks after a major competition and during these times fortnightly fees continue as normal. This enables Rackley to maintain an experienced and quality coaching team.
Family breaks/holidays - if your swimmer is taking a break/holiday of more than 2 weeks (or in case of injury) please contact pool reception staff to organise a payment suspension for the period you are away (noting that on return your time/day for squads may vary depending on availability).
Cancellations – If you decide to stop squad training and/or move to another program please ensure you communicate with your coach so they understand your reasons and can help address any concerns AND communicate in writing 7 days in advance of your next debit – Click here for the cancellation form. 

Our Coaches

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Damien Bawden
Squad Coach
Damien joined Kawana Waters in July 2018 and has over 20 years of coaching experience. Prior to joining Kawana Waters, Damien was the Head Coach at Palmwoods and previous to that at Nambour swimming clubs. Damien was selected as a coach on several Australian Youth Teams between 2003-2005.While at Palmwoods, Damien took a step back from full time coaching to dedicate more time to managing the Palmwoods Pool after acquiring its management lease. He remained engaged as an active coach during this time and is looking forward to returning to being a full-time coach at Kawana Waters.Damien has responsibility for the Bronze squad and assists Craig with coaching duties with the Silver squad. He is a Silver License coach and began his coaching career after a successful swimming career in which he was selected for multiple Australian representative teams including the 1993 World Short Course Championships in Spain.
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Marie Hasemann
Junior Squad Coach
Marie first began coaching in 1997 at the Lawnton pool working alongside Ken Wood and John Dempsey as part of the Redcliffe Leagues Lawnton Swim Club. Working alongside Ken and John provided her insight as to what was reequired to be a coach. She subsequently coached at the Cotton Tree Swim Club and Clayfield Aquatics club in Brisbane before coaching to Kawana Waters.Marie is committed to helping teach all of the swimmers in her squad to develop the necessary skills to assist them in their development and progression within this sport. Marie is enthusiastic and passionate about teaching young swimmers learning the sport and the life skills that are gained from this sport.In addition to being a Silver License coach, Marie has previously been a director of the Australian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA) and is involved with surf lifesaving as an active patrol member of Alexandra Headlands Surf Club.