Castlemaine Swimming Development Squad


The CSDS was developed during early 1999 to assist swimmers in bridging from learn to swim programs to competitive levels of swimming, and to provide further stroke development to competitive and State level swimmers.

The program is especially designed to accommodate swimmers from a Vicswim Level 5 to State level swimmers, and is held at the Indoor Pool at Everybody Health & Fitness. Sessions consist of no more than 7 swimmers of similar abilities, and focuses on the following;

Intensive stroke refinement. Further developing current skills, building skills in the more advanced strokes and developing diving, tumble turns and other related techniques.

Developing and understanding: competitive rules and practice session routines, rules and practice.

Preparing swimmers for entry into the Swimming Club if not a member already.

Sessions are conducted with the Coach mostly out of the water, and one half of the pool is roped off for our use. The structure of a session consists of stretching, warm-ups, developmental drills, sprints, conditioning sets and a cool down.

Sessions are pre-planned to provide progressive training, variety in activities and to ensure all areas of swimming are covered evenly and during the course of a term.


Monday 6.30-7.00 p.m. Juniors
Monday 7.00-8.00 p.m. Seniors
Thursday 5.30-6.00 p.m. Juniors
Thursday 6.00-7.00 p.m. Intermediate
Thursday 7.00-8.00 p.m. Seniors
Friday 6.30-7.00 p.m. Juniors
Friday 7.00-8.00 p.m. Intermediate

Junior sessions are conducted over hour, and Intermediate and Senior sessions are over 1 hour.

At least one session per term may be a "dry" program where swimmers participate in stretching tuition, video presentations, particular dry land drills and any other areas of stroke development.


Squad places are limited to 45 swimmers. If any swimmers are not intending to return at the beginning of a term, this place will be given to the next swimmer on the waiting list.


Junior $66.00 per term
Intermediate $105.00 per term
Senior $105.00 per term

Fees include entry to the swimming pool. All Fees are to be paid at the front desk by the second week of each term, unless prior arrangements are made with the coach. Cheques made payable to Everybody Health and Fitness.


Swimmers are required to purchase a pair of goggles, swimming cap, water bottle and flippers. Flippers can be ordered through Everybody Health and Fitness.


Logbooks are kept by Intermediate and Senior swimmers. This is a way of assisting swimmers to become responsible for their own training, and helps them keep track of their progress. Swimmers record all training sessions, past and future swimming competitions, and personal times. The coach collects log books every 2-4 weeks to keep track of individual progress, and to provide positive feedback to each swimmer.


At the end of each term, a mini-competition is held to record the progress of each swimmer. It is usually held the second last Saturday of term and runs for approximately an hour and a half. The cost for the event is $1.50 per competitor, and each family is required to bring a plate and a bottle of drink for the presentation lunch that follows.

Points are allocated to swimmers who complete a personal best time. All points are calculated at the end of the year to present a swimmer with the Most Improved Swimmer Award. Other awards are given out each term are for 1st, 2nd & 3rd fastest swimmers in the male/female Junior, Intermediate and Senior sections of the CSDS. Encouragement and Participation Awards are also given.


Donna Petrusma is the CSDS Coach, and has a background in Competitive swimming and coaching, and has been a Vicswim teacher for 8 years. As required by Vicswim, Donna's CPR & Level 2 First aid is kept current.


For further details, email Donna