For those interested in the Richmond BC Kigoos Summer Swim Club

The JD Silvers are onto Breaststroke

May 26th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on The JD Silvers are onto Breaststroke)

Hey JD Silver! I cannot believe we are already heading into our last week of May!


Last weeks comments:

I am very impressed with how we are able to use the clock to start ourselves. I am pleased to report that we hardly had any goggle issues this week.

Our dives are coming along great; almost all of you tried them off the blocks!

However, we definitely need to keep working on our touch turns and streamlines off walls


New this week:

This week we are going to start reviewing breastroke!

I will also be expecting underwater dolphin kicks to begin each length.

We are also going to be heavily focusing on our breathing for freestyle, which means just quick breathes on your side not on our backs


Reminders: Next week I am going to start taking attendance, please come to dryland on time. Keep checking the website for meet sign ups!

Coach Leo and the Week Ahead for the Intermediate B’s

May 25th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Coach Leo and the Week Ahead for the Intermediate B’s)

Icebreaker is quickly approaching in 2 weeks and our focus will be shifting from backstroke to breaststroke and butterfly for the next two weeks. By now, I hope you understand the importance of the streamline and the underwater dolphin kick and their relevance in freestyle and backstroke. Remember that a swimmer’s velocity is fastest off the diving blocks and he or she will immediately slow down upon entering into the water after the dive. Holding a proper streamline in the water reduces drag (picture a javelin whizzing through the air compared to a parachute), and dolphin kicking serves the purpose of maintaining the speed from our dive. We often overlook these two basic skills because they seem so simple, but swimmers who are consistent at both these skills create a greater opportunity for themselves to win during races. 

This answers my previous question in last week’s blog “How do you move in the water without wasting your energy?”. Transferring the momentum gained from your dive and maintaining it using your streamline and dolphin kick allows you a better start right from the beginning. Swim fast by swimming smartly.  

This past week, we worked a lot on backstroke despite having a shorter week. As a group, we need to strengthen our backstroke kick a lot more. Remember to kick right underneath the water surface and DON’T EVER STOP KICKING! You might be able to rely solely on your pull in freestyle, but your legs and torso will begin to sink the moment you stop kicking in backstroke. 

To recap the 3 main points of backstroke:
1) Strong kick – extremely important, establishes core balance and generates lift 
2) Straight arms – for the catch, no bent elbows, keep arms always in motion 
3) Neutral head position – look up to the sky, not towards your feet or the wall ahead

This week we will focus on breaststroke and butterfly. We will maximize the efficiency of our underwater pull in breaststroke and work on our timing in butterfly using fins. We will continue to review our freestyle and backstroke and further practice our turns and dives. The more practices you attend, the quicker you become used to the water! Hope to see you in the mornings too! See you this week.    

Below are two videos on the breaststroke underwater pull and butterfly timing.

• *IMPORTANT* Icebreaker Meet Sign-up deadline is TOMORROW (May 26)
• Bring your runners and water bottle to all practices! I cannot bring you to play capture the flag unless everyone does this! 
• It was a pleasure to meet some of the parents during our meeting on Saturday

Tater Tots Summer Swim Program

May 25th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier | Registration - (Comments Off on Tater Tots Summer Swim Program)

What to expect:


This seven week intensive swim program is designed for young swimmers to learn and build on the fundamentals of swimming. While this program aims to help younger children be more comfortable in the water, and to establish the key fundamental skills in swimming that are necessary to improve quickly, this program is not meant as direct stepping stone into our Junior Development program and should not be treated as such.


Preference will be given to younger siblings of Kigoos families as well as Kigoos Alumni on a first come, first serve basis. All swimming will be done in the small teaching pool at Steveston Outdoor Pool.


Due to limited pool space we only have room for a total of 18 swimmers. Each session is 30 minutes long and your swimmer will be assigned either the first or second half hour of the stated times and will be notified once registration is complete. The cost of the program is $100 and includes a Kigoos t-shirt




MondayWednesdayFriday from June 16th until July 30th (no sessions on Wednesday, July 9th or 23rd).  There are a total of 18 sessions.  Each session will be 30 minutes.  The program runs from 5 – 6 pm and swimmers will be assigned to the first or second half hour.


Please note:


Swimmers are expected to be on deck and ready to swim at the posted time. They should have goggles and a swim suit. Parents must be on deck for the duration of the practice to care for their child if needed.


The deadline for registration is Monday, June 9th (or until the program sells out)


For more information contact Coach Ava by email at  Click HERE to register.  Participants will be notified which timeslot they are assigned to no later than the end of the day on June 11th.

Get to Know Coach Julia and Her Junior B Expectations

May 24th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Get to Know Coach Julia and Her Junior B Expectations)

If you weren’t able to attend the Meet the Coaches session after our morning practice this Saturday, here is a summarized version of some points I covered.

A little bit about myself

  • This is my 10th year being part of Kigoos – I trained with the club and have fond memories of my experience, the friends, and the competition. I qualified for provincials every season and placed first two years in a row at provincials for 50 meter butterfly.
  • This is also my 5th year coaching – I coached JD for three years and this is now my second year coaching the Junior B group, and I am happy to be back.
  • I am a french immersion student who graduated from McMath high school in June 2013, and I am currently attending UBC and will be entering my second year of studies this September.


  • Please do your best to arrive on time to practices, and come prepared with running shoes, comfortable clothing (for stretching/running/yoga), water, and sunscreen on sunny days. Sometimes we will be doing dryland activities in the back field, which is why it is especially important to have proper footwear and clothing.
  • I am aware that there are many other commitments at this time, but please try to come to 4-5 practices per week. We are focusing on developing and improving our basic skills each practice, which is why it is important that your child try to attend as many practices as they can in order to keep progressing at a steady pace with the rest of the group.
  • Please respect the other swimmers in the water, as well as your coach. If there are any issues with this they will not be tolerated, and will be addressed by myself or directed to Danna to solve the problem.


  • I would like everyone to be proud of their progress and swimming by the end of the summer, no matter how fast they go. We are going to be working on lots of technique, and at this stage, even though going fast can be fun, I want to make sure we are all swimming correctly. Once we have developed the proper basic skills for each stroke, then we will focus more on speed. As of now, my focus is the little (but very important things!) such as streamlines, body and head position, lots of kick, and proper starts, turns, and finishes.
  • I have handed out “get to know me” sheets, and I will be continuing to hand them out next week. Please take the time to think about the goal section. Think about something you want to improve upon or accomplish this summer, and we can try to accomplish it together as a group. Once you have completed the sheet, please bring it back to practice and return it to me.

Other than that, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I am around on deck but can also be reached by email, and all of our contact information is available online. I will have a new blog post around every week on this website, so it may be handy for you and your swimmer(s) to read over it together to see what is coming up in terms of practice plans and what to expect.

Thanks for a great start to the season so far! See you on deck.

Some Friday Kigoos Updates

May 23rd, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Some Friday Kigoos Updates)
1)  The “Meet the Coaches” sessions will be immediately following your child’s group practice tomorrow (Saturday) morning.  So the first meetings are with Intermediate A and B parents at 8 AM and they continue throughout the morning.
2)  We are looking for 2 mature and responsible Intermediate or Senior swimmers to help out with the Tater Tots this season, starting June 16. They will be practicing Monday,Wednesday, and Friday from 4:45-6pm. It is necessary that you be at all of the practices.

Due to limited space, we only have room for 2 volunteer coaches. No previous coaching experience is required.

If you are interested in helping out with the Tater Tots this summer, please send a short explanation of why you would like to volunteer with the Tater Tots to Coach Ava at

Applications are due by June 1st, and candidates will be contacted with a response no later than June 4th.

3)  A new expanded Tater Tot program will run from mid-June until the end of July, 3 days a week.  Full details and registration will be out next week.
Food orders for the Mock Meet are due Wednesday, May 28thCLICK HERE to place your orders.

Be sure to register for the Ice Breaker and other June Meets.  So far we have about 80 swimmers registered for the Ice Breaker but we will hopefully have almost all swimmers in the club signed up by the Monday deadline.  HERE is the link.

Coach Alexis Has the Coppers Kicking

May 23rd, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Coach Alexis Has the Coppers Kicking)
We’re off to a great start JD Copper!!
I know that we’ve been working a lot on our kick so our legs must be pretty sore, but kicking is extremely important for body position, endurance, and muscle strength. We’re going to be moving onto how to breathe when we’re swimming freestyle, and some of our arms soon. Since there aren’t that many of us in the group, there is a lot of one-on-one time with me and the swimmers. This is great because everyone will gets very specific feedback and corrections.
And yes, we will be playing lots of games but come to the pool ready to swim a lot too!

Coach Ava Wants to See More of Her Senior B’s

May 22nd, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Coach Ava Wants to See More of Her Senior B’s)
 I would like to begin by highlighting the lack of attendance that we have been experiencing since the season started. There has yet to be a practice where even 3/4 of the group has been in attendance, and out of 22 swimmers, I have had maximum 3 at morning practice.
I understand that you guys are busy with school and other sports, but out of respect for teammates and coaches please start to make more of an effort to come to at LEAST 4 practices per week. I have only had one swimmer email me to acknowledge her absence, which means that there should be 21 of you attending practice regularly.
As of Saturday (May 24), I will begin to take attendance. At the end of each month there will be a prize for the swimmer who attends the most practices throughout that month. Seeing as the month of May is almost over, next week’s attendance will be added on to June.
Señor B’s Spicy Swimmer of the Week will begin this Saturday as well. This Spicy Swimmer award will be given to the athlete that puts in the most effort during practice, maintains a sportsmanlike attitude, and who stands out positively in some way from the his or her teammates.
In the upcoming week we will continue to speed things up and perfect our technique. As the week comes to an end our focus will shift to turns, dives, starts, and finishes, so please make sure that you are at practice!


Coach Julia Sees Junior B’s Off to a Great Start

May 22nd, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Coach Julia Sees Junior B’s Off to a Great Start)

Hello Junior Bs… First of all, I would like to say a big congratulations to all of you! I am very impressed and happy with the effort you guys have shown at our practices so far – we’re off to a great start and I’m eager for the season to continue. We have been spending lots of time on our kick and streamlines and I’m seeing some improvements already, which is awesome. As we move into the next week of practices, we are still going to be working on those two items, as well as continuing our freestyle and backstroke, and we are now also going to be introducing breastroke! I am aware that there are many other commitments other than swimming at this time of year, but please try your best to come to as many practices as possible. I will be handing out get to know me/goal sheets in the next week, so start thinking about some things you wish to accomplish this year in swimming and then we can work on them together! Let’s keep up the great work and see you on deck!

Mock Meet and More

May 22nd, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Mock Meet and More)

3 updates for today:

1)  The link was broken in yesterday’s email linking to the important document on meet registrations and cancellations.  You can find it here.  Also while you are there, sign-up for the Ice Breaker and other June Meets

2)  The Kigoos Mock Meet is coming next Saturday, May 31st – and this year we want ALL swimmers to be part of the event.

We are inviting ALL FAMILIES to participate in the Annual Mock Meet Waffle breakfast to be held on the 31st of May from 9 – 10am at the Steveston Pool. Whether you are a returning family with many years of Kigoos’ experience, or new to the club, this is the perfect opportunity to come and hang out and eat some delicious food.

Menu :  a hot breakfast of  Steveston’s very own  Damien waffles covered in strawberries, whipped cream and warm syrup and served with sausages and hot chocolate. Choose from a “Superhero”(2 waffles for $5.75) or “Mighty Mouse”(1 waffle $3.50) menu.  Starbucks coffee and Tazo Chai tea lattes will also be available for $1.25.

CLICK HERE to place your orders.  Deadline is next Wednesday, May 29th.

As usual, please bring your own cups, plates and cutlery. As we are ordering our supplies based on your confirmations, please ensure that any cancellations are sent by email no later than 24 hours before the event to avoid a fee.

Sign-in for swimming will be at 6:45, and warm-ups and cheers will run from 7:00-7:30. We will then run through  races from 7:30-9:00 with food to follow.  Don’t forget to bring:

  • Extra towels (you’ll be in and out of the pool, so you don’t want to be using the same wet/cold towel each time)
  • Warm clothes
  • Water and extra snacks
  • Your loudest voice!

This is a great opportunity to practice being in a meet-type situation before our big weekend, and to race against your friends!

3)  We are looking for 6 volunteers for the Posters and Cheers event held on Friday the 6th of June(the night before the Ice Breaker). The shift is from 4.30-6.30pm and we will be serving pizza and drinks to our members.

Kigoos Ice Breaker – Meet Package

May 22nd, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Meets - (Comments Off on Kigoos Ice Breaker – Meet Package)

We are looking forward to welcoming clubs from Fraser South and beyond to our Ice Breaker Meet on June 7th and 8th.  You can find the Meet Package here.