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Pathway to the elite.

Aquastar Swim Schools’ Squad program caters for advanced swimmers to develop skills beyond the basic Learn to Swim and provide a pathway to elite National and International competition.

Our Squad program is carefully planned with a strong emphasis on quality rather than quantity. It is designed to identify swimming talent and transition them into club swimming should it be the path the swimmers wish to take.

Our swim school acts as a feeder school into the Haileybury Aquatic Swim Club, which is based at Keysborough and run by one of our Coaches, Kelly Stubbins (former Australian Commonwealth Swimmer).

We have a fantastic team of extremely experienced and passionate coaching staff, with 5 Bronze Level Coaches and 12 teachers with their AUSTSWIM Competitive Strokes Award. We are dedicated to continuous professional development of all our staff and provide in-house training on all aspects of swimming as well as attending external courses.



Class Duration: 45 minutes

Junior Squad aims to improve freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke technique, and develop strong butterfly skills. There is an objective to increase distance while maintaining form. It also focuses on the correct starts, turns, and finishes for each stroke. A 200m survival swim incorporating the three survival strokes is incorporated.


Class Duration: 60 minutes

Swimmers will continue to further develop their technique with a greater focus on stroke efficiency. With increased efficiency, speed will increase and endurance will develop. Race techniques are taught and achieving a time of under 1min 50sec for 100m freestyle is a major goal. A 600m unaided continuous survival swim should be able to be achieved.



Kelly began coaching in 2003 at a junior level and has since coached swimmers to both State and National level and has represented Victoria at State Teams Short Course 2016 as an Assistant Coach.

She retired from competitive pool swimming in 2013 as a two-time Australian Champion, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, three-time World Championship Medallist, and still holds the Victorian Records in the Women’s Open 200m freestyle, both short course and long course.

Kelly still competes in Open Water events such as the World famous Lorne Pier to Pub (three-time Senior Women’s Winner).

Kelly also has an Honour’s Degree in Psychology with a keen interest in Sports Psychology and the motivation of athletes.




Kelly Stubbins


Moran’s experience competing in triathlons, as well as each of the individual disciplines, lead him to work with other athletes to help them improve their technique and reach their goals. This began in 1999 when he worked with athletes as part of pre-army preparation. He quickly progressed into coaching in his field of triathlon, where he took it to the next level focusing on individualising each discipline.

Today, Moran works with athletes in Australia, Europe, and Asia as a triathlon coach. He also trains athletes in cycling and cross country running, and conducts personal and group training.

However, his main focus and passion is swimming.


Moran Galdor


Nelson has been swimming since the age of 3 and will continue for many more years to come. He has swum competitively for 10 years.

He completed his Secondary schooling at Haileybury College in 2016 and is now studying an Honours Degree in Commerce and Law at Monash University.

Nelson grew up being a student of the sport and enjoyed every minute of his swimming career, and he puts that down to the coaches he has swum under that supported, encouraged, and pushed him to be his best.

Now as a coach, he wants to be able to give that to the swimmers he looks after.


Nelson Dong


Leigh started his swim teaching career when he was 19 years old. He attained a private pilot licence, and was a full-time member of the Australian Defence Force for 5 years, before deciding to follow his ambitions in the aquatics industry.

Over the years, Leigh has been a Pool Lifeguard, Personal Trainer, Pool Operator, Bronze Licence Swimming Coach, and an Aquatic Coordinator over multiple sites.

Leigh is an AUSTSWIM Presenter for a number of their courses. In 2016 he presented at the AUSTSWIM Victoria Conference and in 2017 was the AUSTSWIM Victoria Presenter of the Year.

He has 3 young children and understands the importance of a safe and personalised swimming program.


Leigh Flavelle