Our History


Established in 1977 by the late Forbes Carlile MBE MSc (1921-2016), Narrabeen Swimming Club Inc. (NBSC) has operated on Sydney’s iconic Northern Beaches for more than 40 years.


Forbes Carlile’s involvement as both Olympic coach and athlete in his own right, singles him out as the only individual to have ever coached and later competed at an Olympics.


In 1977, the same year that he established the Club, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of fame in Florida in recognition of his contribution and achievements in the Sport.


 After being appointed as Australia’s first post-war National Olympic coach in 1948, Forbes went on to open Australia’s first commercial swim school in 1955.


He is credited with such innovations as the pace clock, circle swimming and the “shaving down” of swimmers, which were international firsts.


He also developed techniques such as even-paced swimming and the use of two-beat kicks for long-distance events.


Forbes produced many notable Olympians during his career, perhaps none more well-known than the great Shane Gould who, at the age of 15, won 5 medals at the 1972 Munich Olympics.


Forbes Carlile’s swim school remained involved with NBSC until 2019, three years after his death at the age of 95.


NBSC has produced more than 20 Australian representatives, including six Olympians, and numerous Australian champions and looks forward to producing many more.


To learn more about Forbes Carlile's incredible life and legacy visit: Top 10 Forbes Carlile Achievements (Australian Geographic)