Swimming and water running

FIT has several sessions each week of swimming and water running – there are swimming lanes, so there’s room to stretch out and do some laps and drills and practice stroke improvement.


We run three swimming sessions a week over summer, and two during winter. There is a fee for these sessions to cover pool and lane hire fees.

Monday, 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Location: Canberra Girls’ Grammar School pool, Deakin
Cost: $4.00 to cover pool hire. Please give to the coach on the night.

There are four coached lanes, allocated as follows:

  • One lane for skills development and less confident swimmers;
  • The three other lanes for a short (approx. 1500 metres), medium (approx. 1700 metres) and longer (approx. 2000 metres) program

The pool is located on the corner of Melbourne Avenue and Empire Circuit. Take the small set of steps on Empire Circuit leading to the basketball courts, the pool is on your right hand side (down a set of steps into the adjacent building).

Please follow CGGS rules:

  • No access to the pool prior to 7.30pm (not even to get changed)
  • Everyone must have left the pool by 9.00pm so the pool operator can secure the building
  • Please observe parking restrictions (which are enforced at all times) around Girls’ Grammar Empire Circuit entrance. There is NO parking in the school grounds and do not park on the school neighbours’ nature strips or grass verges!

Wednesday, 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Location: Civic Olympic Pool, Allara Street, City
Cost: $4.00 to cover lane hire, paid to the coach, plus pool entry (let pool staff know that you’re with FIT for discounted entry)

Meet coaches at the shallow end of the pool, add your name to the attendance sheet. The coach will discuss plans for the evening.

Thursday, 6.00 – 7.00pm

*spring and summer only, until it gets too cold!

Also subject to water quality test results as published by the National Capital Authority

Location: Acton Beach (Ferry Terminal)
Meet at Acton Beach, on the western side of the Acton Ferry terminal (map here).

This is an open water session which will be ‘guided’ – a FIT coach will be present to provide some instruction, but they will also get in the water for a swim themselves.  The site is a dedicated triathlon / open water training course, with permanent buoys in place to mark different distances.

Please be sure to wear a brightly coloured swim cap for this session, to make you more visible in the water, and do note that while there will be a number of swimmers around, there will not be any regular kayak (etc) support.

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Water running is tougher than you might think – but because your whole body is supported, it’s great for general recovery after other training and for rehab if you have an injury. Lots of members who run and cycle swear by a weekly water running session to aid recovery, build strength and increase endurance. There are currently two sessions per week:

Monday, 6.00am – 7.00am

Location: Civic Pool
Cost: Pool entry fee plus $4 to the Coach for lane hire

Monday, 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Location: Canberra Girls’ Grammar School pool, Deakin 
$4 to the Coach for lane hire (see above for location and pool rules).