Swimming Club

A major focus of Artemis Aquatics Swimming Club is to encourage our swimmers to lead healthy and balanced lifestyles for optimal wellbeing.

About the Swimming Club

We aim to provide a program that allows swimmers to develop a life-long love of swimming and achieving their aquatic goals, whilst recognising the importance of balancing these endeavours with other interests and commitments.

Meet the Coaches

Brad Harris

Aquatics Program Manager and Head Coach

Highly experienced and accomplished swim coach with proven success working with all levels of squad programs from the development of junior squads through to high performing senior national representative swimmers. 

Garth Kates


Garth hails from WA and comes to Artemis Aquatics as a high-level swimmer and successful coach. As an athlete, he was a member of the Australian Dolphins Swim Team as a butterfly and freestyler.

Natalie Vercher


Natalie is a previous freestyle Victorian State Champion and captained the Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club to the Australian Age Championships.

Angie Armellini


Angie is a previous Australian and Italian National Age medallist, and Australian and Italian National Open finalist in the 200 and 400 IM.

Tilly Bates

Swim AustraliaTM Teacher (SAT)

  • Dolphin Squad Coach
  • Learn to Swim + Pre-Squad Teacher

Kirsten Pannekoek


Kirsten hails from WA and is a former Age and Open National swimmer for Guildford and Kalamunda District Swimming Club. A backstroke specialist, Kirsten brings to Artemis Aquatics a strong background as a competitive swim coach and a passion for swimming and wellbeing.

Sean Painter

Coordinator and Coach of Water Polo

  • Learn to Swim Teacher + Pre Squad Coach
  • Swim AustraliaTM Teacher (SAT)

Click on the headings below to read more about our Squad types:


Term 1 Swim Squad sessions run until Saturday 28 March 2020.

Training with resume on Wednesday 15 April.

Merton Squad sessions will continue to run over the Easter break.

Coaching and Membership Fees

Squad Type Annual Club Membership* Term Fees OG/MGGS Staff/Parent* Term Fees – MGGS Student Term Fees – Non-MGGS Student
Dolphin Squad $120 N/A N/A $250/Term
Development Squad $120 N/A N/A $300/Term
Performance Squad $120 N/A N/A $350/Term
MGGS GSV/ SSV School Squad*** N/A N/A N/A N/A
The Merton Squad** N/A $150/Term N/A $200/Term
Triathlon Squad N/A N/A N/A N/A
SwimFit Squad N/A N/A N/A N/A

*Includes swimming Victoria Registration
**The Merton Squad is our Adult Squad Program. Note that the discount for parent only applies if parent has a child swimming in the program also.
***Term 1 Only



The GSV / SSV Swimming Season: Last week of January to end of March: 8 weeks

Club Swimming Season: 40 – 45 weeks

During the GSV/ SSV Swimming Season, any MGGS Student wishing to trial and represent MGGS must attend the TWO designated sessions per week so that they are training with the Squad to develop a strong sense of team and school spirit.

MGGS students wishing to participate in additional sessions are encouraged to join Artemis Aquatics Swim Club, where they will work with Head Coach Luke Gavin to determine the Squad appropriate to them as well as a weekly training schedule to match their aspirations and commitment.

Competition Information

Information regarding competition opportunities for Artemis Aquatics squad members will be made available shortly. External links to relevant swim competition information are listed below.



Beyond the Black Line welcomes swimmers of all levels to inspire each other to achieve a healthy life balance. We all have a part to play in starting conversations that can make a big difference.

At Artemis Aquatics, we share this important value-proposition and encourage our swimmers and families to visit the Beyond the Black Line website.