Narrabeen Swimming


In October 2019, the Carlile organisation chose to discontinue their relationship with the Narrabeen arm of the Carlile Swimming Club.  Therein the new Narrabeen Swimming Club was reborn to continue its great success both in and out of the water!

However, we can’t forget our founder and respect Forbes and Ursula Carlile for their passion for competitive swimming so here is a little bit of history.  Carlile Swimming derives its name from a legend in international swimming, Forbes Carlile MBE MSc.

An Olympic coach and athlete in his own right, his accomplishments and contributions as a competitor, coach, and researcher were recognised by his admission into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1977.

Forbes Carlile’s experience and vast knowledge formed the foundation from which Carlile Swimming has grown. Forbes’ wife, Ursula, also an Olympic coach, completes the team which has become world famous in modern day aquatics.

The Carliles are probably best known for coaching in the 1970s, successive multiple world record holders, Shane Gould, Jenny Turrall and Karen Moras. Forbes recalls this as the highlight of his career. It was one of the most sustained co-operative efforts in the history of swimming, achieving more in women’s swimming than ever before.

The organisation’s history dates back to 1944, when Forbes lectured in Human Physiology at the University of Sydney. Carlile Swimming’s first major program was started in 1946 at the Palm Beach rock pool, north of Sydney. The early success led to Forbes being appointed Australia’s first post war National Olympic Coach for the London Games in 1948.

Forbes established Australia’s first commercial, all level swim school at Drummoyne in 1955. Carlile innovations such as the pace clock, circle swimming and the “shaving down” of swimmers were international firsts.