South Lake Dolphins have been fortunate to have excellent coaches over the years with the current team being no exception.

Ray Utting – Head Coach

For over 40 years, Ray Utting has been a prominent coach in Australia and New Zealand. He began coaching top national and international swimmers in New Zealand, including national representatives and was selected to the New Zealand national team’s coaching panel in 1977.

Ray established himself in Perth at the Advanced Swim Team with several other coaching legends. Ray’s passion and commitment to the sport is demonstrated in his years of dedication and through the various clubs he has worked with. Ray has built respect and trust with many swimming families in providing a safe, encouraging, and friendly family environment in which to train.

Ray brings a vast array of knowledge, a network with other coaching staff across WA and Australia, and an eternal enthusiasm for the sport which is unrivaled by others.

Dorian Gandin – Senior Coach

Dorian is an elite level swimmer originating from France who moved to Perth in 2015.

His international career spanned six years from 2006 to 2012 during which time he competed in numerous international meets including representing his home country of France at the World Short Course Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.  During this period, Dorian won 12 medals including five national titles.

Dorian obtained his coaching diploma in 2011 and has trained the pre-elite (15-19 years old) team in Marseille.

He has worked with and been mentored by Romain Barnier, head coach of the Olympic French national team and also the head coach of the “Cercle des nageurs de Marseille”

Dorian’s passion and enthusiasm for the sport of swimming is unquestionable and he is widely admired by both our members and the broader swimming community.

Claire Kierath – Junior Coach

Awarded life membership in 2014, Claire was a competitive member with her brother and sister until injury curtailed her career and she took on a coaching role.

Claire began coaching in 2009, most recently being accountable for coaching the junior squads.

Andrew Luff – Assistant Coach

Andrew has been swimming / involved with the South Lake Dolphins club for over 10 years and has recently been rewarded with life membership.

Andrew saw success on the SLD Pennants team and has achieved multiple state medals. Unfortunately, due to injury, he was unable to compete at a National level,

In 2015 he made the decision to coach and has been supported in his development by the club.

His favourite stroke was breaststroke.

Kevin Kalember – Assistant Coach

Kevin began swimming at 5 years of age and has been a competitive swimmer since 6.

He has represented SLD 6 times at National level with multiple successes at state level.

Kevin began coaching at 16 just to help around the club and to pass on his knowledge of the sport to the next generation. He hopes to produce many up and coming swimming stars.  He loves the sport and won’t be stopping soon.


Coach Development

Southlake Dolphins have a long tradition of coach development, particularly in encouraging senior swimmers to give back to the sport through assistance coaching roles.

As with our swimmers Southlake Dolphins are committed to support our coaches to achieve their maximum potential through providing and supporting development opportunities for all levels of coaching as outlined below.

SATCS Coaches
  • Attend Bronze Course
  • Achieve Bronze Licence
  • Attend Workshops; Club and State
  • Mentoring
  • Internet Research
  • Media resources
Bronze Coaches
  • Attend National Conference to participate in Silver Licence Course
  • Attend State Conference
  • Coaches Workshops
  • High Performance Mentoring
  • Internet Research
  • Media resources


Coach development plans will be established and reviewed annually.

In recent years, our coaches have sought development through a variety of pathways including:

  • National and State Conferences
  • Local, State and inter-State Coaches Clinics
  • Club clinics (guest speaker on Nutrition; Psychologist on fundamentals of a strong squad culture)
  • Inter State Coaches workshop hosted by South Shore Swimming Club
  • Rockingham inter-squad training and mentoring
  • Selected to coach at Talent ID Camps
  • Assisted Black Squad Camps 2013-15
  • Interstate Mentoring from Ian Pope (Olympic Coach)

Coaching Strategy Overview

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