Taranaki Training for Ace Swimming Club

It was back to the grind for members of Ace Swimming Club as they enjoyed 5 days of long course training in Taranaki in preparation for the season ahead. The camp took place at Todd Energy Aquatic Centre from 7th – 11th January.

The team pose at the very beginning of their training camp held at the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre

The team even managed to make their own dinner one evening from scratch, cooking their own healthy burgers

Hokey Cokey team building

Teamwork makes the dream work!


Team of 14

The team of 14 swimmers trained twice a day in the outdoor 50m pool with the sun shining upon them. Even after the first session a few swimmers were remembering the importance of sunblock in our NZ climate!

Gradual Training Programme

The swimmers completed between 35,000m and 40,000m over the 8 sessions, not an incredibly high volume but enough given the holiday break. “Some swimmers had managed to get in some of their own training over the Christmas and New Year period which really helped maintain the pace over the course of the week.” said Paul Dowey, Director of Coaching. “I think they really learnt the importance of the pre & post pool work and I hope it continues through the season.”

The last session…hurray!

Open Water Swimming

The swimmers sampled some open water training at the local Ngamouto Beach with the visiting Pirates Swim Club from Wellington. Probably best we quickly move on from the end outcome and stay light on the details!

Open water swimming just down the road, the less said the better!

It was also a great time to get to know each other with plenty of team games. With swimmers walking to the pool each and staying in the lovely Belt Road Seaside Holiday park it certainly was a great social time.


The team got to visit the light show one evening at Pukekura park, a great initiative by New Plymouth to draw more tourists to the area and make the most of their pleasant surroundings.

Thanks to Jane Roche for all her coordination, cooking and organising during the camp.

The coach enjoyed himself at the lightshow


Majority of the team travelled onto Taupo to take part in the NZ Open Water Champs. Check out the results from NZ Open Water 2019.