Competitive Swimming

The following information outlines how swimmers in Tateswim can get involved in competitive swimming by joining our club: M1 Swimming Club.

M1 Swimming Club

M1 Swimming Club consists of competitive swimmers from Tateswim (based at the Monash Aquatic and Recreation Centre) and from Academy of Swimming (based at Harold Holt Swim Centre and Glen Eira Sports & Aquatic Centre). 

What are the benefits of joining M1 and racing?

Club membership enables swimmers to participate in organised competitions at club, district, state and national level. Participation has the following benefits:

  • being part of a team

  • learning how to be a good sport

  • challenging swimmers to improve

  • working towards achieving goals

  • developing friendships

  • training towards a targeted event

  • personal development - improving discipline, commitment and time management

Who can join? 

Swimmers in our Junior Program (J1 and J2) who are keen on competing will need to contact Tateswim to check if they are ready to participate in competitions. We usually recommend swimmers be at least 8 years old.

Swimmers in our Youth Program (Development and Open Squads) are welcome to join M1.

All swimmers in our Performance Program (Dolphins, Sprinters, State and National Squads) are expected to join M1 and participate in competitions.

Swimmers in our Masters Program are welcome to join M1’s Masters Club.

When is the best time to join M1?

The competitive season starts in July each year, so we usually recommend joining around this time. It is possible to join M1 at any point in the year.

What is the time commitment?

Swimmers are usually asked to attend a swim meet 2-3 times per term. Most swim meets run for about 3-4 hours and are typically held on a Saturday or Sunday (morning or afternoon). Refer to our competition calendar for the list of events for each squad.

What are the costs involved?

The following is a guide to the costs involved with joining M1:

  • Annual M1 Membership fee (click here for details).

  • M1 club uniform (approx. $105 for shirt, shorts and swim cap)

  • Entry fees to participate in each swim meet (approx. $30-40 per meet)

Note: Tateswim charges club members a Competitive swimmer fee once every 6 months to cover the cost of Tateswim coaches attending swim meets. Refer to our Squad fees page for more information.

How do I get started?

Please refer to the getting started section of the M1 website - this will guide you through a few steps to get you on your way.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to know more - we are here to help!