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Update on Groups and Schedules (From Danna)

May 6th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Update on Groups and Schedules (From Danna))
Welcome to week 2 of practices! There’s been some great turnouts, and with the way we’re swimming, it looks like we’re going improve our strokes and swim fast! Parents, thank you for your time, patience and understanding with practice schedules. I know many families are busy with other activities and multiple siblings, so we appreciate your efforts in getting kids to the pool.
I’m going to have to ask for you patience one more time – the coaches and I have decided to create the groups this week and have the new May schedule take in effect next Monday. This is so that the variation in skill level is not so wide in practice, and the coaches are better able to write practices that are less general and more specific to a group of swimmers that are at the same level. The coaches love working with so many swimmers, but are very keen to start their group season plans.
You can see the practice schedule under the Calendars Tab.
A note on groups: we ask that you respect the coaches’ decisions on group placement. We have many swimmers in our club, with different needs and skill levels, and we spend much time discussing and planning groups. Whatever group your child is placed in, we feel is the one that best suits your child’s ability and that provides the best environment for improvement. You can follow-up with me directly if you have any specific questions.
Please check back frequently, there will be updates to the schedule with dryland times (they will be 30 minute sessions before or after group practices on Monday/Wednesday/Friday), and some specifics on Group Meetings – this is a chance for you to meet your group coach.
Keep up the great work Kigoos!

Welcome to the Swim Season (Danna Blog Post)

May 1st, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Welcome to the Swim Season (Danna Blog Post))

Hey Kigoos,

The sun is shining, the pool is blue, the coaches are ready and I hope you are too!
Today marks the start of the summer competitive season – to all new Kigoo members, welcome to the family! This will be a hectic, but incredibly fun and unforgettable summer where you will meet new friends, participate in our great social events, and improve your swimming technique and racing skills.
The first thing I’d like to point out to all Kigoo members is our schedule for the first two weeks, where most of you will be swimming within your division as opposed to the usual “groups”. This is for you to get to know more swimmers within your age group, for coaches to work with a range of different ages and abilities, and so that the coaches can come up with the best functioning groups. We’ll be working on a lot of “basic” skills, like streamlines, kicking, and sticking to freestyle/backstroke technique, so it’s important for you to come to as many practices as possible for this first bit – it will help you greatly as the season progresses and your coaches work on more complex skills in your group. If you can’t make most of your division practice times, feel free to contact me to work out an alternative schedule.
I also want to iterate how important it is for families to regularly check for Kigoo Notifiers in their emails, as well as the website and/or Facebook page for updates. There is a lot going on, especially in May, so please make sure you keep track of the communication so that you don’t miss anything important.
Lastly, to parents: if you would like to come watch practices, there are designated viewing areas, such as the bleachers towards the shallow end of the pool, or outside the fence – the office and the area outside the changerooms are not viewing areas, and you will be asked to go to a proper viewing area. If you would like to talk to a coach, please do so after the practice, and not during (emailing the coach beforehand to set up a good time to meet is the best way to go).
Unfortunately, I have to leave right after my practice tomorrow, but I will be on deck during all practices on Saturday and most of next week as well if you want to say hi or talk swimming. You can also contact me at
I want to leave off with this video of Bob Bowman (the coach of Michael Phelps) talking about the characteristics of champions. Whether you’re a coach, swimmer or parent, I think there’s a lot to be learned here and sets up nicely for a great season.
See you on deck!

New Email List for 2014 Summer Season

April 29th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on New Email List for 2014 Summer Season)

We have now moved over to our 2014 email list.  We have sent out a Notifier to all parents of registered swimmers (except those who are yet to be assessed).

You can contact Chris Kennedy if you have questions:

We Need Some Parent Volunteers

April 29th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Volunteers - (Comments Off on We Need Some Parent Volunteers)
To kick start our social calender, we are implementing a new tradition for ALL Kigoo’s families to participate in. We will be serving a hot and delicious breakfast at our Annual Mock meet this year on Saturday May the 31st. This will also be one of the first opportunities for you to earn some volunteer hours. If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of a breakfast crew are able to spare a couple of hours then I would love to hear from you.

We are also in need of volunteers for our Annual Pub Night Fundraiser which will be held on Thursday July 10th .


Obtaining Prizes – starting now

Preparation before the night,like wrapping prizes, distribution of tickets, organizing cake auction…

On the night like, selling 50/50 tickets, security, MC’s, ticket sales at the door…


If you are interested, please email Sonja Dong at and advise the area you would like to help with.

Swim Suits, Parkas, Sweats and Shirts

April 29th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Swim Shop - (Comments Off on Swim Suits, Parkas, Sweats and Shirts)

We will have fittings this week for Kigoos gear:

Thursday 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday 3:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Saturday 7 am – 10 am

All payments must be cash or cheque.  Order will be placed on Saturday so suits are available for Icebreaker.


New Swimmer Assessments

April 24th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Calendar - (Comments Off on New Swimmer Assessments)

All swimmers new to Kigoos must take part in a swim assessment with our coaches.  Our  assessment will take place:

When: Thursday, May 1st
Time 4:00-7:00pm
Where:  Steveston Pool located on Moncton Ave. next to the Steveston Community Centre

Assessments are done on a drop in basis.  You may stop by the pool between 4 and 7 pm and we will set you up with a coach who will do your child’s assessment.

Please be dressed for the weather as assessments will take place, rain or shine.  The pool is heated but if the weather is cooler, please dress appropriately for before and after the swim.

You will be advised later on in the evening of May 1st if your child has been accepted into the Kigoos.  Final group placements will happen once children have been swimming with children of the same age for the first week and a half of May.

Please email Joanne at with any questions.

Kigoos Deck Officials

April 22nd, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Volunteers - (Comments Off on Kigoos Deck Officials)
We are trying to get a proper tally of all the Kigoo parents who are currently qualified to work on deck, as well as those who are interested in becoming deck officials this summer.
If you are currently an official; have started learning and shadowing; or are just thinking about getting involved as a deck official, please fill out the following survey so we know who you are, what level you’re at, or what sort of help you might need to get going:
For more information about becoming a deck official this summer, please contact our Director of Officials, Zoë Lee ( Volunteer hours will be given for clinic attendance, on-deck practices, as well as shadowing at meets.
The training clinic for stroke and turn officials in Monday, May 12th at 7 pm at Steveston Community Centre.
Swim meets can’t run without officials – please come out and help!
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Masters Swimming Starts May 1st

April 22nd, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Masters Swimming Starts May 1st)

For 20 years the Richmond Kigoos have offered a Masters swim program for Kigoos alumni,  parents, or others in the community.  The program is open to swimmers of all abilities.

The Masters Swim Program will be coached by Kigoos Senior A Coach Andre Kudaba this summer.

Practices start on Thursday,  May 1st and runs every Tuesday and Thursday during swim season from 9 – 10 pm.

There are 2 options for Masters Swimmers:

  • $50 registration/insurance fee for the season.  Cash or cheque payable to Richmond Kigoos Swim Club (due at your first swim for the new season)  and $5 swim fee for each session attended
  • $100 which covers registration/insurance, three swim meets and Regionals swim meet.  Cash or cheque payable to Richmond Kigoos Swim Club (due at your first swim for the new season) and  $5 swim fee for each session attended

For parents registered in the new Parents Swim Program – they can “drop-in” to the evening sessions for the $5 swim fee.

For more information please contact Gail Nichols at

If you are starting on May 1st please come early to complete all the necessary paperwork.

Parent Swim Program – New This Year!

April 21st, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Parent Swim Program – New This Year!)

This program is exclusively for parents of swimmers who register for the 2014  Summer Season. Allows parents to lane swim at Steveston Pool during any of  the weekday morning practice times, as many times per week as desired. No coaching is provided – coaches will only be on deck as lifeguards and as the coaches for the children. One-time cost of $100, which includes BCSSA Registration fee, and a Kigoos t-shirt and swim cap. If registered for this program, swimmers are also eligible to swim in our Icebreaker Meet, and Regionals if qualified.

See more information under the Registration tab or contact Joanne at  Parents can begin swimming as of May 2nd.

Parent Swim Club

Registration Update

April 14th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Registration - (Comments Off on Registration Update)
We have just passed the 170 mark with registrations for this summer.  We will likely be in a wait-list position at some levels shortly.  If you haven’t signed up for this summer, please do so this week to ensure a spot.  Also encourage any friends looking at Kigoos to apply this week.  We are actively looking to increase our swimmers in the higher divisions, so if your sons or daughters know of any high school aged students looking to swim this summer – encourage them to register with Kigoos.

All Registration Information is available under the Registration Tab.