Alice Springs Swimming Club

Welcome to the Alice Springs Swimming Club

ASSC Swimming in the heart of Australia we are a competitive and recreational swimming club EST: 1977  

About us

Alice Springs Swimming Club (ASSC) aims to provide an enjoyable, safe and healthy environment to develop swimming skills either for competition or to promote a fit and active lifestyle. Our team has the right blend of discipline and encouragement for swimmers of all abilities to realise their potential, with opportunities to participate in club, state and national swim meets. We are affiliated with Swimming Northern Territory and Swimming Australia and adhere to their terms and conditions.

ASSC is a not-for-profit organization. ASSC is run by a committee of parents and friends who meet once a month to discuss logistics, liaise with coaches, technical officials & NT Swimming, plan social activities, plan fundraising activities, and keep records of all swimmers membership and fees for the season.

The fees and fundraising activities go towards cover the cost of coaching costs, pool lane hire, insurance, and NT Swimming capitation fees.

The Alice Springs Aquatic & Leisure Centre has a 25m indoor pool and a 50m outdoor pool. We utilize both and offer our swimmers short course and long course events over the season. Our four terms coincide with the school terms. We offer a modified program over summer for swimmers that want to maintain their pool fitness.

squads and training TIMES


Squads, Training and Coaching

Alice Springs Swimming Club training squads are formed in line with Swimming Australia “Multi Year Age Group Swimmer Development Model.”
This means that squads are selected according to the following criteria:

Alice Springs Swimming Club offers five squads:

Mini Squad

Junior Intermediate Squad

Intermediate Squad: 

Senior Squad:  

Adult Squad:

Training Timetable (2024 Term 2&3)

Head Coach will guide you with planning which sessions to attend. If changes to the training schedule occur you will be notified on the ASSC Facebook page.

Monday AM
5:45am - 7:00am

Monday PM
(Mini Squad) - 3:30pm - 4:30pm

(Junior and intermediate) - 4:30pm - 5:30pm

(Intermediate and senior) - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Tuesday PM
(Junior and intermediate) - 4:30pm - 5:30pm

(Intermediate and senior) - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Wednesday PM
(Junior and intermediate) - 4:30pm - 5:30pm

(Intermediate and senior) - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Thursday PM
(Junior and intermediate) - 4:30pm - 5:30pm

(Intermediate and senior) - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Friday AM

5:45am - 7:00am

Friday PM

(Mini Squad) - 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Saturday AM
(Junior) - 8:00am - 9:00am

(Intermediate and senior) - 8:00am - 9:30am


Coaching Fees

Coaching fees are included in your Squad fees. Outstanding Squad fees will prevent swimmers from participating in training.

Missed Training
If a swimmer is unable to attend for a period of two weeks or longer, please notify the Head Coach.

Participation in Competition 

Although not compulsory, swimmers are encouraged to enter Swim Meets to increase swimming confidence and maintain a positive team spirit. 

Training Equipment:

A typical training kit consists of the following

All Mini Squad swimmers are required to have:

The following will be required and can be temporarily provided based on availability: 

All Junior and Intermediate Squad swimmers are required to have:

All Senior Squad swimmers are required to have:

Membership and registration

Membership Fees: Payable to Swim Central - a full season registration runs from 1 July to 30 June.

To register, please contact Alice Spring Swimming Club at


When completing registration it is compulsory to have at least one parent/guardian registered with the Club.

The annual registration fee goes towards meeting the cost of:


Squad Fees: Payable to the  Alice Springs Swimming Club are invoiced per term.

The Alice Springs Swimming Club Squad fees go towards meeting the cost of:

School Sports Vouchers

If you have a school sports voucher, you can use it as payment toward your Registration fees or club fees.

For Club Fee - voucher to be emailed to

For Registration Fee -

NTG Sports Voucher - 

New Swimmers

For our new members, once your child has been assessed by the Head Coach you have the option of a weeks' trial period, after which registration and club fees must be paid or the swimmer/s will not be allowed to participate for insurance purposes. 

Pool Entry

Pool entry is not included in registration or club fees and must be paid at the entrance kiosk of the pool. Please contact the club for terms and conditions regarding this.

Facebook Page
Alice Springs Swimming Club has a public facebook page and a closed facebook group.  The closed group is set up to disseminate information for Club members and their parents/guardians.

Getting involved

Committee Positions

All Committee positions are volunteer-based, Parents are encouraged and welcome to become more involved in Club activities. Please consider joining the committee and contributing to ensure the continued success of the Club.

Swim Meets

At swim meets, parents are asked to assist with timekeeping. No experience is necessary and it is guaranteed ‘best' seat in the house!

You can take your Club involvement at a swim meet to the next level and look to become a Technical Official.  Technical Officials are in high demand, especially in regional areas.  Becoming an official will give you a better understanding of your child's sport and provide a valuable contribution to the club and its swimmers.

If this is of interest, please have a look at the following websites and further information can be provided by Swimming NT's Technical Manager:

Swimming Australia New Officials Program

Fundraising Events

BBQ Fundraising events, such as those held at Bunnings, a roster will be placed on our Facebook page and we ask all our swimmers and parents to volunteer a time slot.

This allows the committee to organise fundraising events for items beneficial to all club members, as well as fundraising to support swimmers attending interstate Swim Meets.

the committee

The Club’s Committee is run by a dedicated group of volunteers who are guided by the club’s constitution and requirements of Swimming NT. Committee members are elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held each year.

Parents are encouraged and welcomed to become more involved in Club activities. Please consider joining the committee and contributing to ensure the continued success of the Club.

Committee meetings are held monthly. If you are interested in joining the Club, or would like more information about being involved, please speak to a member of the Committee at the pool or email our secretary. If a member has an item they would like considered by the Committee, they are advised to contact the Club Secretary via email at 


The Management Committee consists of:


Other positions which the Committee may delegate include:



 We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors for their generosity and continued support of Alice Springs Swimming Club. We ask all our members, families and friends to support our valued sponsors. We rely heavily on their generous support each year. 

If you would like to become a sponsor or know someone who would like to be a sponsor, please email the Club Secretary at 

Our sponsors are:  

The Cabinet Shop

Scope Building NT

Ground Works NT

Colemans Printing & Signage

Elna Dry

Joshua Burgoyne MLA

Club history and Life Members


The Alice Springs Swimming Club has achieved a lot since it was established by a group of keen parents to encourage local children to pursue their love for swimming. The club has produced swimmers who have broken Australian records, won medals at the Australian Age Championships and who have swum at Olympic and World Championship Trials and Australian Open Championships. Impressive results considering there was no heated indoor pool in Alice Springs until 2012 forcing swimmers to rely on land training during the five months when the pool was closed!

The club’s first swimmer to break an Australian record was Luke Van Haaren who in 1998 broke the 14-years 50m freestyle – the record stood for a number of years too! The club was the starting platform for a number of swimmers who moved towns to train at a year-round squad, such as Nick Donald who was just 9-years-old when he joined the club. As he progressed through the ranks, Nick broke a number of Ian Thorpe’s age records. A member of the Australian under 18 team who competed at the 2007 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, Nick won an impressive four gold medals at the meet. He also competed at the 2016 World Championship Trials and finished third in the 400m freestyle behind Grant Hackett and Craig Stephens.