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The sport of swimming is for life, it's never to late to start. Regardless of whether you're swimming for fitness or competition we want to inspire and support you to be the swimmer you want to be. The below pathway aims to help you navigate your journey.  

Swimmers Progression Pathway 


Regional Athlete Development Program (RADS)

All around the region our swimmers, supported by their parents, are spending early mornings and late evenings training to be the best they can be. These swimmers train upwards of 15 hours per week and compete at swimming meets hosted throughout the region, striving to swim PBs, qualify for National events and the opportunity to represent New Zealand in the future. Swimming Otago is committed to helping our swimmers achieve their goals and based on the success we’ve seen in other sports, we believe the establishment of a Regional Athlete Development Squad structure will bridge that gap.

FOR OUR SWIMMERS It’s hard to bridge that gap, that massive space between Club swimming and becoming a Regional or National Champion, let alone making it onto an elite Aquablacks team. And it’s often difficult to understand what is required to take that step, to make that commitment and take a shot at making it on the big stage. We’ve got the passion and expertise, we’re confident our Regional Athlete Development Squad structure will be the missing link.

Our first round of squads members are to be announced mid July 2018. Details of the full program and selection criteria can be found here


Travel and Accommodation

Members of the Otago community are encouraged to unite as one when traveling to zonal or national events. To reserve your place by submitting the relevant form prior to the deadline date shown

currently NO forms are available 

Team Mangers play a vitual role in our swimmers journey and your support is apprecaited. Should you require further details on what the role entails please contact us. Should you wish to be considered please submit an expression of interest by clicking here



Through your MyPage you can update enter up coming swim meets, update your contact details, add your high school, request club transfer, past event information etc etc.


Individual Funding Opportunities

Skeggs Foundation Funding, Individual applications are encouraged, with close off dates twice a year (March and September)

Swimming Otago Representative Fund, Close off dates are twice annually; 30 May and 30 November

Check with your club, they may have "members only" access to other funding opportunities


Direct Links 

Varied direct links to of "interest pages" on the Swimming NZ website

Performance Calculators, FINA points calculator, XLR8 points calculator and Pool length conversion tool

Individual Travel Authorisation, to be complete and submit prior to trainning and competing overseas

High Performance Selection Criteria, regular checks are required

High Performance Calendar, 2016 through to 2020

Medications and Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), many medications contain substances which are prohibited in sport. Any athlete who is sick or injured needs to carefully consider the medications they take to ensure they avoid prohibited substances.

Drug Free Sport NZ, swimming in New Zealand is committed to the advancement of clean sport that rejects cheating through the use of performance enhancing drugs and methods.

SNZ Member Benefits, great deals can be found for motels and rentals