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Squad and Development

Sapphire Aquatic Centre is extremely fortunate to have the skills of John Pelling as Head Coach.  John has had much success during his swim coaching career and this success at National level continues with a number of swimmers representing both Eden and Pambula Swim Clubs.

Training: 5 mornings a week ( Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) at 6:00am – 7:30am.

Please Note:  Squad training will be held from 7.00am – 8.30am during school holidays.

NOTE:  There will be no training on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Australia Day.

For information on fees and to enrolment contact the Aquatic Centre on 02 6494 3100.


John began coaching in Sydney in the mid 1970’s as assistant coach to the then head Olympic Team coach Terry Buck.  Originally from a surf lifesaving & water polo background, he moved to Merimbula in 1981 & started coaching at the Eden Olympic pool until his retirement from Eden in 2013.

During his career he has been made a Life Member of the Eden swimming club & the Southern Districts Swimming Association, now known as South East Swimming Association (SESA) & Life Member of the Clovelly Eskimos Winter Swimming Club.

After the formation of SESA in 2008 John was appointed Head Coach of Development, a position he held for 5 years.  During his coaching career John has consistently produced swimmers who have reached NSW Country, State & National standards.

John’s coaching philosophy is simple:-

“You teach swimmers the 4 strokes & associated skills before you ask them to train in squad.  It’s pointless asking a swimmer to do the kilometres with incorrect technique.  The other point I feel strongly about is to resist the temptation to push or overtrain young developing swimmers.  You have to leave room to increase their work load as they mature & move into older age brackets.”

John became Head Coach at Sapphire Aquatic in October 2013 & has said we currently have a very successful swim program at Sapphire Aquatic Centre from the Learn to Swim stage through to Junior Development & the elite competitive swimmer.

Head Coach John Pelling with Eden Swim Club swimmer Georgia Caldwell

Head Coach John Pelling with Eden Swim Club swimmer Georgia Caldwell