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

Dorian Gandin – Head 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.

Theo Fuchs – Junior Coach

Continuing the French connection, Theo Fuchs (Junior Coach) is a former national French Swimming Team member (2013-2015) with a long list of coaching qualifications, including French Federal Patent Degree 5 (national level coach).

As a national team swimmer, Theo competed in two World Championship Games, one European Short Course, one World Cup and one European Long Course Championship.

Theo joined the South Lake Dolphins coaching staff in April 2018.

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.


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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