Swimming

Drowning is “not the violent splashing and shouting for help that one sees on TV. There’s no screaming or flailing of arms,” writes reporter Jenna Hauck. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

COLUMN: Drowning is silent; familiarize yourself with the signs of it

Chilliwack reporter shares what signs of drowning look like after incident with son in pool

 

As others don pink t-shirts for anti-bullying day (Feb. 23), swimmers across British Columbia – including White Rock Wave members Bill Blair, Debbie Dunn and Cindy Yoc – are wearing pink caps as part of an initiative set up by Swim BC. (Contributed photo)

Sea of pink at B.C. pool a tribute to kindness, compassion during anti-bullying week

Swim BC offered pink swim caps to teams across the province for annual initiative

 

Kiera Hansen ready to compete and mentor at Northern and Interior Divisional Championships in Penticton. (Image courtesy of Angie Abdou)

Dolphins qualify record number of swimmers for Divisional Championships

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club Nine Elk Valley…

  • Feb 22, 2022

 

Laura Rankine, Jenni de Verk, Robyn Peel, Bob Maudie of the Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club are all smiles about being back in the pool for the EVDSC’s Masters swimming program. (Contributed by Angie Abdou)

Masters swimming back for 2022

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club After two-years of…

  • Feb 4, 2022
Laura Rankine, Jenni de Verk, Robyn Peel, Bob Maudie of the Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club are all smiles about being back in the pool for the EVDSC’s Masters swimming program. (Contributed by Angie Abdou)
LKB Director Heather Suttie took part in the Polar Plunge on Jan. 27. (Submitted)

Pandemic Plunge: Lower Kootenay Band staff brave frigid river waters

For many Indigenous communities, dipping in icy waters is a historic cleansing ritual

LKB Director Heather Suttie took part in the Polar Plunge on Jan. 27. (Submitted)
Bill Behse of the Canadian Red Cross checks the contents of an emergency shelter unit at the Regent Park Community Centre in Toronto, on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The Canadian Red Cross announced earlier this month it was “winding down” its swimming and lifeguard lessons through 2022, marking the end of a program that taught water safety to millions of Canadians over a 75-year stretch. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Waves of nostalgia for Canadians taught to swim by Red Cross as program winds down

The transition marks the end of a program that taught water safety to millions of Canadians

Bill Behse of the Canadian Red Cross checks the contents of an emergency shelter unit at the Regent Park Community Centre in Toronto, on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The Canadian Red Cross announced earlier this month it was “winding down” its swimming and lifeguard lessons through 2022, marking the end of a program that taught water safety to millions of Canadians over a 75-year stretch. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
The Canadian Red Cross announced earlier this month it was ‘winding down’ its swimming and lifeguard lessons through 2022, marking the end of a program that taught water safety to millions of Canadians over a 75-year stretch. (Photo by The Canadian Press)

Waves of nostalgia for Canadians taught to swim by Red Cross as program winds down

2022 will mark end of a program that taught water safety to millions of Canadians over 75 years

The Canadian Red Cross announced earlier this month it was ‘winding down’ its swimming and lifeguard lessons through 2022, marking the end of a program that taught water safety to millions of Canadians over a 75-year stretch. (Photo by The Canadian Press)
Junior Coach Olivia Howse with her Pups swimmers. (Submitted by Angie Abdou)

Young Dolphins compete in their first meet

Nonstop smiles proved that the meet was a true success

  • Dec 10, 2021
Junior Coach Olivia Howse with her Pups swimmers. (Submitted by Angie Abdou)
Adam Hayden makes big improvement to earn a spot in the finals of the 100 meter breaststroke (Image courtesy of Jillian Rutherford)

Elk Valley Dolphins back in action

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club After 20 months…

  • Nov 25, 2021
Adam Hayden makes big improvement to earn a spot in the finals of the 100 meter breaststroke (Image courtesy of Jillian Rutherford)
Elk Valley Dolphin Katherine Hafke shows off the new starter blocks recently installed at the Fernie Aquatic Centre. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Aquatic Centre gets new starter blocks

The Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club spearheaded efforts to get the starter blocks up to Swim Canada code

Elk Valley Dolphin Katherine Hafke shows off the new starter blocks recently installed at the Fernie Aquatic Centre. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Katherine Hafke (1st 200 free and 100 breast) in the foreground and Layla Rella (1st 50 and 100 back) in the background. (Image courtesy of Matt Kuhn)

Halloween Howler a treat

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club On October 30…

  • Nov 4, 2021
Katherine Hafke (1st 200 free and 100 breast) in the foreground and Layla Rella (1st 50 and 100 back) in the background. (Image courtesy of Matt Kuhn)
Kids take the plunge at Camp Qwanoes’ Aqua Park. (Photo submitted)

Several campers and staff test positive for COVID-19 at B.C. kids summer camp

Crofton’s Camp Qwanoes executive director hopeful a day camp can still proceed next week

Kids take the plunge at Camp Qwanoes’ Aqua Park. (Photo submitted)
Pictured: Medalists Tatum Kipnik, Leah Soetaert and Brock Tomlinson. (Contributed by Angie Abdou)

Three Dolphins earn medals at summer divisional championships

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club The 2020-2021 swim…

  • Jul 30, 2021
Pictured: Medalists Tatum Kipnik, Leah Soetaert and Brock Tomlinson. (Contributed by Angie Abdou)
Penny Oleksiak of Canada holds up her bronze medal from the women’s 200-meter freestyle final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Matthias Schrader

Penny Oleksiak swims into Canada’s record books after earning sixth career medal

Her bronze is her sixth career medal, the most for any Canadian in the Summer Games

Penny Oleksiak of Canada holds up her bronze medal from the women’s 200-meter freestyle final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Matthias Schrader
Margaret Mac Neil, right, of Canada, is congratulated by Sarah Sjoestroem of Sweden103 after winning the final of the women’s 100-metre butterfly at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Margaret Mac Neil, right, of Canada, is congratulated by Sarah Sjoestroem of Sweden103 after winning the final of the women’s 100-metre butterfly at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Elk Valley Dolphin graduates Brock Tomlinsoin, Luka Cigler, and Holly Soetaert (missing Tatum Kipnik) (Contributed by Angie Abdou)

Dolphins win awards for persevering in challenging year

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club B.C. Covid restrictions…

  • Jul 2, 2021
Elk Valley Dolphin graduates Brock Tomlinsoin, Luka Cigler, and Holly Soetaert (missing Tatum Kipnik) (Contributed by Angie Abdou)
Lia Crowe takes a cold water swim in Okanagan Lake in Kelowna. Don Denton photograph

When Cold Is Hot

Cold water swimming is therapy and exercise

  • May 26, 2021
Lia Crowe takes a cold water swim in Okanagan Lake in Kelowna. Don Denton photograph
The Elk Valley Dolphins got stuck into some recycling, managing to raise $400 for the club with cans. (Contributed by Wendy Howse)

50 Dolphins Compete in Virtual Wavemaker

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club This week fifty…

  • May 21, 2021
The Elk Valley Dolphins got stuck into some recycling, managing to raise $400 for the club with cans. (Contributed by Wendy Howse)
The venue for the Australian Nationals in the Gold Coast, Queensland. (Image courtesy of Northwest Swimming Club)

Dolphin Olivia Howse Qualifies for Australian Age Group Nationals

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club In January, Olivia…

  • Apr 24, 2021
The venue for the Australian Nationals in the Gold Coast, Queensland. (Image courtesy of Northwest Swimming Club)
Leah and Holly Soetaert. (Contributed by Angie Abdou)

Swim BC Provincials: Perseverance Pays off for Leah Soetaert

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club Last year when…

  • Apr 14, 2021
Leah and Holly Soetaert. (Contributed by Angie Abdou)