Training times

Manaia Swim Club trains at the Whangarei Aquatic Centre during the school year.

Mon 4.30 - 5.30pm, Wave Pool

Tues 4.30 - 5.30pm, Wave Pool

Wed 7.00 - 8.00pm, Competition Pool

Thurs 4.30 - 5.30pm, Wave Pool

Over the summer break, we use the Whangarei Boys High School Pool.

Training fees

Term fee is $50 per swimmer to offset training expenses, regardless of the amount of sessions you attend that term.  

Term fees are due at the beginning of the term. (Entry fee pools also applies).

Ramona training

Ramona trains swimmers at Dargaville pool, in preparation for summer competition.

What do I need to do to be a Northland champion?

Criteria for Swimming Northland awards are here

Goal setting

Swimming NZ encourage swimmer versatility & all round ability for long term athlete development, that is, performance across a range of strokes and distances.

The XLR8 point scoring system is used to measure and compare performance of swimmers up to and including 14 years; the FINA point scoring system is used for swimmers aged 15 years and over; and explains why top swimmers compete in distance events.

Eat to Compete!

Swimming NZ's parent handbook (pp13-18) contains good nutrition guidelines to support training and competition. 

And remember to hydrate! hydrate! hydrate!

>Extract from the Swimming NZ parent handbook (Daniel Healey, Performance Nutritionist):
Being hydrated prevents:

  • decreases in concentration
  • decreases in endurance capacity
  • increase in fatigue
  • headaches
  • delayed recovery.

Pre-hydrate! Drink fluids (500ml) before starting a training session or competition and during the day. Drink small amounts where possible throughout the training or swim meet, more if it's hot.  Drink fluid that is flavoured and cool. Drink well formulated (4-8% carbohydrate) sports drinks during activity lasting longer than one hour.