You don’t need be an Olympic swimmer to join us, you just need to try your best. Our swim coaches challenge both seasoned swimmers and folk that are new to a swim squad. We also welcome swimmers that are just passing through Melbourne, and on the lookout for training buddies.  If you fancy trying out the squads please feel free to come along any of the below sessions.

Am I Good Enough?

Speed doesn’t matter, but fitness does. If you can swim 400m of freestyle comfortably, and cover at least 1km when you go to the pool, you’ve got what it takes to be a Roughie.

In a 90 minute training session we normally swim around 3.5km. You can rest or finish up at any stage, as you build up strength and stamina.

Session Times?

Fitzroy Pool

Monday                      6:00 – 7:30am    Thom                              6:30 – 8:00pm   Nick

Tuesday                      6:10 – 7:30am   Nick

Wednesday                6:00 – 7:30am    Sarah W                           6:30 – 8:00pm   Bruce

Thursday                    9:30 – 11:00am    Jasper

Friday                         6:00 – 7:30am    Thom

Saturday                    8:30 – 10:00am  Thom

We’d recommend coming along for at least a couple of sessions each week if you want to see improvement in your swimming fitness.

Keep an eye on our events page for our stroke correction training sessions.

The Coaches


If any coach is going to get you out of bed before 6am on a winter morning, it’s Thom. A life-long swimmer who competed at national level until injury and teenage life got in the way, his enthusiasm tops any other coach you’re likely to meet. Thom’s passion and knowledge of swimming still blows us away.



Bruce is our evening coach and the current  Chairman of the National Coaching Committee for Masters Swimming Australia. He’s been swimming for over 50 years and coaching for 30. A keen open water swimmer, he still competes across Victoria and often takes top place in his age group in ocean swim meets across the state.