Coaching courses scheduled for 2019 will be listed in the table below. For more information, contact or ring on 0416 955 011. Contact the coaches directly for more information: Sean and Simon Sean and Simon are both available for program visits for all MSQ clubs. If you would like to organise a program visit to discuss training sessions or to network as coaches, please contact either of the two directors by email to organise a suitable time.

Saturday Swim Skills Clinic:

Open Water Swimming is popular among members of Masters Swimming. Some members compete in OWS organised by Triathlon clubs, Surf Life Saving, interstate clubs and some travel overseas to compete in events in different parts of the world. This page offers open water swimmers information on anything to do with OWS.

In Brisbane, our members are lucky to be able to access the Grimsey' Adult Swimfit. The organisation is run by brothers Codie and Trent Grimsey, both avid open water swimmers. Trent holds the record for the fastest English Channel crossing, which he achieved in 2012.

Note: MSA Open Water Swim Rules Open Water Swimming Tips for Masters' Swimmers (Grimsey Brothers)


  • On the start line always position yourself directly beside the fastest swimmer in the field.
  • When the race begins, get in the slip steam of that swimmer straight away (directly behind him or her) and stay there for as long as you can.
  • Don’t be aggressive (it wastes too much energy).
  • Think happy thoughts.

Pack Swimming:

  • Packs will always be very tight and rough. If you're a stronger swimmer, you can get away with swimming on the outside of the pack, where there will be a little less drag. You will have a lot more room to move and will not have to be jostling with somone either side of you the whole way. If you're a weaker swimmer it will be more beneficial to sit in the middle of the pack working as hard as you can to stay there. Getting dropped can make it a long and lonely swim.
  • If someone hits you or is annoying, you don't hit or annoy them back - just swim away from them. If you get angry with them, it will take your focus and energy from your race. Don't even try and look at who it is as it will only make you even angrier. Just swim away from them and pretend it never happened.
  • Conserve, conserve, conserve
  • When you're swimming in the pack, you shouldn't have to lift your head to sight buoys much at all. The person leading the pack will do that and everyone else just follows him/her.
  • If you're leading the pack, lift your head every 4 - 6 strokes just to make sure you're keeping a straight line.

Turning Buoys:

Turning buoys are the most important thing in any race. They're where you can make up a lot of ground or potentially lose a lot of ground

  • When turning a buoy, you want to be as close to the buoy as possible (the closer you are to the buoy, the less distance you have to swim).
  • All you actually have to swim around is the rope that holds the buoy in place. (Watch some of the surf guys next time you see them racing on TV. They duck under the buoy and grab the rope pullilng themselves around it). By doing this you can go from maybe 15th place to 5th place in a couple of seconds.
  • Do not lift your head when turning a buoy (unless you want it knocked off).
  • 15 - 20 metres before a turning buoy, pick up the pace. You want to have fast momentum when turning a buoy.
  • Things will get rough around the buoys, but hold your ground and you'll be fine.

Last Turning Buoy (home straight)

  • When you turn at the last buoy, you will be hurting, but you have to remember that everyone else is hurting just as much as you are.
  • If you can see it's going to come down to a sprint finish and you're in front, start to zigzag. This will keep people from overtaking you.
  • If it comes down to a sprint finish, don't be afraid to get a bit physical (this is the only time it's okay to get physical with one of your competitors). It's better if you start getting physical with them before they start getting physical with you. This way they know you're in control of the race, not them. It's also letting them know you won't be a pushover.

Things To Remember

  • Simplicity... keep it simple.
  • When you feel yourself starting to hurt or fall apart, whether it is in training or during a race, go back to basics. Remember all the small things (the catch, the pull, touching your thumb on your thigh every stroke, high elbows, body position...).
  • Only worry about things you can control... you can't control your competitors - so don't worry about them.
  • In open water swimming the fastest doesn't always win or come out of the water first, the smartest does. Race smart!

All you need to know about Coaching Masters' Swimming


  • Becoming a Masters' Coach
  • Becoming a Presenter at a Coaching Course
  • Club Coach Course
  • Coach of the Year (The Form is the same as the one being used for the MSA nomination)

Quick Guides

Becoming a Masters' Coach

  • Anyone can become a Masters Swimming Coach. MSQ has a Director of Coaching, who is responsible for holding coaching courses as per the Masters Swimming Australia regulations and guidelines.

Clubs are notified of courses and the region in which these will be held.

Becoming a Presenter at a Coaching Course

If you're interested in being a presenter at a coaching course and you have the qualifications and experience to do so, click on the form below. Application: Coaching Presenter/Facilitator The form explains the requirements you need to be a presenter on an MSQ coaching course.
  • If a club is interested in running a coaching course, it must inform the Director of Coaching Services, who will assist the club in providing the best course for the club/s.
  • If individuals are interested in becoming a coach, please contact the Administrator to establish the availability of courses and to register your interest. You may do so through your club.

Pathways to Becoming a Masters Swimming Coach

For more detailed information on Coaching Pathways, course content, accreditation and reaccreditation of your coaching qualifications in the National site, click on the MSA link: Coaching Pathways

Club Coach Courses

The Masters Swimming Club Coach Course provides candidates with basic coaching knowledge and skills training to be an effective adult swimming coach. Requirements of the course
  1. Complete Masters Club Coach Online Course (
  2. Complete Masters Club Coach Workshop Pre-Registration Form
  3. Complete Masters Club Coach Workshop - hosted by local Branch
  4. Pool-deck practical assessment (usually at the workshop)
  5. Sign Coaches Code of Behaviour Agreement
  6. Complete & submit Workshop workbook
  7. Log 30hrs coaching on pool deck
  8. Complete CPR course

Candidates will be provided with the required login instructions and material prior to the commencement of the course. Applicants have 12 months to fulfill these requirements. For more detailed information, click on Club Coach Course. If you already hold a qualification check the following link:
Recognition of Current Competencies

Re-accreditation of Coach

Coaches need to re-accredit their coaching certificates on a regular basis. The Forms to complete:

Coach of the Year

If your club wishes to nominate your club Masters Swimming Coach as the Coach of the Year, fill out the form and send to the MSQ office: Please abide by the due date as per the MSQ Constitution. Clubs will be notified of the due date.

Training Programs for Individuals and Coaches

Mark Erickson, the MSQ Director of Coaching Services has prepared some training programs, which may be used by individuals training on their own, a coach or by members of a club at a training session.

Click on the Program title:

NEW:Christmas Swim Set Spectacular (a fun set, but ensure you apply these as safely as possible)

12 Days of Christmas Program Hard Yakka Swim Challenge Program 1 - Mainly Freestyle
Program 2 - Medley - Mixed abilities Program 3 - Mixed Medley Program 4 - Pyramid
Program 5 - Australian Weekend Program 6 - Mixed Strokes Program 7 - Mixed Stroke
Program 8 - Mixed Strokes Program 9 - Mainly Aerobic Program 10- Mixed Strokes
Programs 11 - 15 Programs 16 - 20 Programs 21 - 30
Programs 31 - 40 Programs 41 - 50 Programs 51 - 60
Programs 61 - 70 Programs 71 - 80 Programs 81 - 90
Programs 91 - 100

Coaching Tips and Resources (from the MSA website)

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