• Outstanding new world class facilities are now available including a huge new health club, warm water pool, spa and steam area , change rooms and more.
  • New Allied Health Services including Physiotherapy, Dietetics and Remedial Massage now available, see reception for details.

Swim coaching

Aquarena Athlete Pathway

The competitive swimming advancement program at Aquarena ensures that participants have the opportunity to progress from children's swimming lessons right up to state and national level competitive swim meets if that is their personal goal.

Working closely together with the Doncaster Templestowe Swimming Club (our own centre based and supported swimming club), participants who wish to compete and reach their athletic potential, have the opportunity to do so with the help, support and guidance from both Aquarena and swimming club specialty programs and coaches.

View a copy of the Aquarena Athlete Pathway here.

Junior Swimming Programs

Junior Swimming Programs are designed for swimmers aged 12 years and under. Working with Doncaster Templestowe Amateur Swimming Club, we provide opportunites for swimmers to continue from swimming lessons into squads, via our seamless linking programs and into our progressive Junior programs. We offer a nurturing environment for swimmers who would like to learn more about racing and also those that enjoy swimming for fitness, fun and recreation.

Foundation Squad

This Squad provides a nurturing environment  for swimmers learning how to train. Foundation Squad is the first of 2 linking programs (from swimming lessons to squad) and continues some elements of swimming lessons (including learning up to 25m butterfly). Foundation Squad provides an opportunity for swimmers to train to their level of ability in a structured program.

Foundation Squad Timetable:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
. . . 10.00am - 11.00am .
4.00pm - 5.00pm
4:00pm - 5:00pm
4:00pm -5:00pm  4.00pm - 5.00pm 4.00pm - 5.00pm  .


Advancement Squad

The Advancement Squad is the second of our linking programs and aims continue teaching swimmers how to train, improve and refine technique, fitness and speed. Advancement Squad will learn how to independently use the time clock, time cycles and lane etiquette in preperation for Junior Squad. This squad has 2 sessions per week available. 

Advancement Squad Timetable:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
. . . . . 9.00am - 10.00am .

5.00pm - 6.00pm

5:00pm - 6:00pm
5:00pm - 6:00pm
5.00pm - 6.00pm
5.00pm -6.00pm . .


Junior Squad

Swimmers in the Junior Squad will continue improving fitness and technique through more advanced training methods. Junior Squad will provide the opportunity for those keen to improve fitness and for those looking to participate in racing (or those currently learning about racing) at Club, Interclub and District level to do so. This squad has 3 sessions per week available.

Junior Squad Timetable:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
. . . . . 9.00am - 10.00am .
5.00pm - 6.00pm
5:00pm - 6:00pm
5.00pm - 6.00pm 5.00pm - 6.00pm 5.00pm - 6.00pm . .

 (Note: Group 1= (1) Group 2 = (2) Group 3 = (3) etc....)

Emerging Squad

The Emerging Squad teaches swimmers how to train for competitions, target swimming well at Inter club and district level meets, and guide those aiming for state qualifying times. Swimmers learn how to set goals and see their commitment through from start to finish.

Emerging Squad Timetable:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
5.30am - 7.15am . . . . 7.00am - 9.00am .
4.30pm - 6.00pm
4:30pm - 6:00pm
. 4.30pm - 6.00pm 4.30pm - 6.00pm . .


Intermediate Squad

The Intermediate Squad is for swimmers aged primarily 13 to 16. Swimmers in this Squad enjoy the benefits of training for a variety of reasons. This includes competing (club, interclub, district and school based carnivals) fitness, recreational swimming and also cross training for other sports (such as basketball, football etc). 

Intermediate Squad Timetable:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
. . . . . 9.00am - 10.00am .
6.00pm - 7.30pm
6.00pm - 7.00pm 6.00pm - 7.00pm . .


Senior / State / Open Water / National Squad

These squads are focused towards competitive swimming and striving for a state and national level. Session requirements are at the coaches discretion.

Senior /  State / Open Water / National Squad timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
5.30am - 7.15am 5.30am - 7.15am . 5.30am - 7.15am 5.30am - 7.15am 7.00am - 9.00am .
4.30pm - 6.00pm
4:30pm - 6:30pm 4.30pm - 6.30pm 4.30pm - 6.30pm . .


How to Enrol

Assessment times may be made in person at reception or by telephone (9848 0000). As with the Aqua Safe Program, entry in to the squad program will be based on assessment and/or graduation. 


Frequently asked questions about the supervision of children under 10 years of age: Click here

Squad Memberships

Squad "pay by the month" memberships terms and conditions.

Squad "term" memberships terms and conditions.

Aquatic Fitness

For more details on Aquatic fitness click here! 

Parent Information

The Parent Information Handout includes information on the following areas:

  • Athlete Pathway
  • Swimming Programs
  • Term Dates
  • Role of the Parent/Guardian
  • Safety Procedures and more......

To download a copy, please click here.

Swimming Clubs

Doncaster Templestowe Amateur Swim Club

The Doncaster Templestowe Amateur Swim Club (DTASC) has a primary goal to promote, support and encourage athletes through opportunity for swimming participation. Members of all ages and abilities are welcome.

DTASC is a Swimming Victoria and Swimming Australia affiliated club and support both competitive and non-competitive swimmers in a friendly community based environment.


Doncaster Dolphins Masters Swim Club

Are you looking for fun, fitness and friendship? Then the Doncaster Dolphins Master Swimming Club is for you at Aquarena.

Details of our club include:

  • Established in 1984
  • Belongs to the international organisation of masters swimmers
  • Members are aged 18 plus
  • All level of swimmers swim for fun and fitness
  • Competition (Local, Interstate, Overseas)
  • Open water swims

Membership benefits include:

  • Club membership to Doncaster Dolphins entitles you to a 20% discount off your Aquarena 12 month membership
  • Improvement to your health and fitness by swimming all year
  • Stroke correction and training techniques from our highly qualified and accredited coaches
  • Meeting new friends
  • Chatting over coffee and breakfast in the cafe on saturdays after training
  • Social activities for you and your family outside the pool environment
  • Regular newsletter and information on our website
  • Competition swimming available


Plan a visit to one of the following Doncaster Dolphins training sessions and meet our members. We offer a free no obligation trial session.

Doncaster Dolphins Training Times

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
. . . . . 7.15am - 8.30am .
7.45pm - 9.00pm
. 7.45pm - 9.00pm . . .



Member Liaison/ Publicity Officer: Wendy Simmons
Email- wsimmons01@optusnet.com.au
Mobile- 0419 843 317
Doncaster Dolphins
PO Box 2129
Lower Templestowe 3107

For more information on the latest Doncaster Dolphins Club news, events and results please visit their Facebook page


Other contacts:
President: Sue Harbottle 0412 752 939
Head Coach: Rod Clarke 0419 532 101