The club history
Lilydale Swimming Club (LSC) was first formed in 1903, when the Lilydale Community banded together to build the first public baths in the area. In 1904, the Club became registered with Swimming Victoria, and as such, is the second oldest swimming Club in Victoria. Over this time the Club has achieved success at State, National and even Olympic level. For all its success, the Club has remained a family focused Club, where both children and parents can experience all there is to enjoy about the sport of Swimming.
These days the Club trains and operates out of Kilsyth Centenary Pool affectionately known as "The Dome". The Club is run by a volunteer committee and employs professional Coaches to train its swimmers.
What the club provides
Professional Coaching - Our Head Coach has attained her bronze level in coaching and all of our coaching staff regularly attend training sessions and staff meetings to make sure their content is up to date and relevant. LSC uses many modern training techniques such as underwater cameras and slow motion filming to best understand each swimmer's style. Our Head Coach and assistant coach also ensure our swimmers are provided with age-appropriate dryland training.
Team atmosphere - LSC is run by a committee of families who have their own childrens' best interests at heart, ensuring the club is run for the benefit of the swimmers. The club has a great "family feel" to it. The committee is always looking for new parents to join and would love to have the benefit of your input to the team.
* Swimming activities - LSC has facilitated many Encouragement Meets for surrounding clubs, providing support and encouragement for new swimmers. These meets are important to encourage our budding swimmers in this fantastic sport.
* Social activities - LSC aims to make long lasting connections between the swimmers, offering them different ways to socialise outside of the aquatic environment. Activities we have conducted in the past include Go Karting, Saturday Breakfasts, Bowling, Family Dinners, Laser Strike, Indoor Trampolining, Clip n Climb and our annual Christmas Party. We also hold our annual Presentation Night around July each year.
As swimmers develop, they may find that pool racing is not their main focus: as a result LSC is lucky enough to train triathletes, pent-athletes and open water swimmers. All swimmers are encouraged to try different events to make sure they enjoy every aspect of the sport.
Swimmers are provided with education about:
- Goal setting
- Training standard and ethics
- Stroke Development/Workshops
- Race Skills
These workshops will be held once a term and the dates and locations will be on the LSC notice board. The club uses the knowledge of our skilled coaches as well as external professionals to ensure all swimmers have the best information for their swimming career.
We are more than a swimming club: we strive to make sure each swimmer has the chance to achieve their goals whilst growing and learning as a member of the Club. We aim to ensure each swimmer feels comfortable and confident in every training session, and fully enjoys their swimming experience!
What makes Lilydale different?
Whilst LSC does provide varied opportunities for our swimmers, we do not forget about competition. LSC currently has over a third of its swimmers State Qualified and also has athletes qualifying and competing in national level Triathlons and Open Water Swimming. Our young swimmers are working hard and we hope to have many more qualified soon!
“I want every swimmer to be able to fully achieve their goals whilst having fun and enjoying themselves. We strive to create elite class athletes whose skills can transfer into any aspect of their lives. Swimming is an activity that I hope all students stay involved with as they enter adulthood and long after.” Ben Craven (Head Coach)
Coaching Team and Philosophy
The first time a swimmer competes can be quite daunting, so LSC makes sure swimmers enter appropriate Swimming Meets and will always provide a coach at all targeted meets. Swimmers are also advised on race strategy and will have a tailored plan when entering all Qualifying Meets.