For those interested in the Richmond BC Kigoos Summer Swim Club

2019 Triathlon Routes

July 14th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on 2019 Triathlon Routes)


All routes will start and end at the back field behind Steveston Pool. The finish line will be where marshalling normally occurs out of the side gate of the pool and swimmers will get their times there.


Run to Williams down the dike (6.5km)

Bike to Francis road down the dike (8km)

Swim 6 snakes through the pool (900m)


Run to Steveston Hwy down the dike (5km)

Bike to Williams road down the dike (6.5km)

Swim 4 snakes through the pool (600m)


Run to Garry Point (2.5km)

Bike to Steveston Hwy down the dike (5km)

Swim 2 snakes through the pool (300m)

For the JD triathlon:

The JD triathlon will take place on Friday, July 26th at 5:00pm. We will be meeting at the back field of Steveston Pool at 4:40pm for sign in with the coaches, please bring a bike, helmet, and wear proper running shoes. You will NOT be allowed to participate in the biking section without a helmet. The triathlon will start at 5:00pm and will be followed by dinner (see order form for all the details).  We will likely be done about 6:30.

Here is the route for the triathlon:

RUN around the concrete track in the back field twice

BIKE around the concrete track in the back field three times

SWIM 300m (2 snakes around the pool)

Become a Swim Official

May 1st, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Become a Swim Official)

We are always looking for parents to assist as officials.  Whether you are new or looking for a refresher course, there are a lot of opportunities coming up:


Richmond Kigoos – Steveston Community Centre
May 21 – 7:15-9:15pm – Stroke & Turn

May 23 – 7pm – 9pm – Starter & Referee

both clinics led by Zoe Stronge
May 27 & June 4 – Stroke & Turn.
led by Christine Kwan and Catherine Deng

Ladner – Ladner Community Centre
May 27 -7pm – Stroke & Turn
June 10 – 7pm – Starter & Referee
both clinics led by Mika Sato
Crescent Beach
July 2 – Water Polo Minor Officials
July 9 – Stroke & Turn

Stroke and Turn Clinics

May 14th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Stroke and Turn Clinics)

Stroke and Turn Clinic – Tuesday May 29th 7pm-9pm – Steveston Community Centre
This two hour clinic will prepare parents to act as officials for swim meets during the summer. The course will cover the rules of competition, and the on-deck philosophies and procedures for swim officials. It is important to attend this course annually if possible in order to be prepared for the competitive season. Instructors – Phil Freiberger and Lisa Ferguson

Starter & Ref Clinic – Wednesday, May 30th 7pm-9pm – Amenity Room of 12333 English Avenue. Parents are advised to walk over from the pool, as parking will be limited.
This clinic is aimed at experienced Stroke & Turn Officials who are ready to move into the role of Starter and Referee at Meets. If you have been on deck for several years, or have already been acting as a Starter, Referee, or DDO, this is the clinic for you. It is important to attend this course annually if possible in order to be prepared for the competitive season. Instructor – Zoe Stronge

Please email to register for either or both clinics.

Various Kigoos Updates

April 2nd, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Various Kigoos Updates)

In case you are not on our Notifier list – here are the latest Kigoos updates:

If you haven’t registered yet, please do so now.  HERE is the link to all the information.  Please share this information with others in your network who may be interested in Kigoos this summer.
Groups and Practices
The practice times for the season are posted HERE.  The first draft of the groups will likely be posted within 10 days.  Groups can fluctuate at the  start of the season, but we would like to have most things in place at least 2 weeks prior to the start of practices.
Tater Tots
Tater Tots registration is open now.  HERE is the direct link.  This is a program for swimmers not quite ready for Kigoos and is a great learn-to-swim option.  The program always sells out.  This year the program runs from June 1st until the end of July on MondayTuesday and Thursday for 1/2 hour sessions – it will run during the same time as the JD practices in the small pool.
We are now recruiting CIT Coaches for the summer.  Being a CIT is often the first step towards coaching with Kigoos.  These volunteer coaches  receive training and support from the Head Coach, attend clinics, and assist with JD and Tater-Tot Programs.  Email Emmy at no later than April 9th if you are interested.  Priority will be given to swimmers in division 4 and above.
Save the Date
Saturday, May 12th is our first parent social of the year.  We are having a fundraiser at Yuk Yuks Vancouver.  Tickets are just $15 for a fun night of comedy.  It is a great way for parents to connect and it is also a club fundraiser – so invite your friends.  More information in the coming weeks – but HERE is a link to buy the tickets.
Social Media
Finally, in addition to the Notifiers and our website, we try to stay connected through social media.  You can LIKE us on Facebook at follow us on Twitter at:

Kigoos Scholarship – 2016

July 14th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Kigoos Scholarship – 2016)
The RICHMOND KIGOOS SWIM CLUB SCHOLARSHIP AWARD is awarded to deserving current and / or past Kigoos members that are planning to / or are presently attending an accredited Post-Secondary Institute
Applicants are eligible to apply for one (1) $500 scholarship per year.  Preference will be given to those applicants who have not previously won a Kigoos Scholarship.
The applicant must be applying for or is a returning to an accredited post-secondary institution as a full-time student
Applications must be received no later than July 31, 2016.
HERE are the Instructions (please note the date has been extended)
HERE is the Application Form.

Revised Wednesday Practice Schedule

July 11th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Revised Wednesday Practice Schedule)
In yesterday’s Notifier it said that there would be no practices on Wednesday afternoon because of our JD Meet at Watermania.  We have been able to secure pool time in the non-competition part of the pool, so practices will continue on Wednesday with an alternate schedule:
5:15-6:15: JR R AND JR W
6:00-7:00: INT R
6:45-7:45: SR B AND SR W
7:30-8:30: SR R
Be sure to sign-up for volunteer shifts, and for our swimmers, cheer on our younger swimmers!

Kigoos Updates for July 10th

July 11th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Kigoos Updates for July 10th)
It is a busy week and a number of items that require your attention.
1)  With many returning late from Salt Spring tonight – there is no Senior Red practice on Monday morning.
2)  Meet Sign-Ups:  It is the last call for the Crescent Beach JD Meet on July 20th and the White Rock Meet on July 23-24.  All the meet packages are posted with the details.  HERE IS THE LINK
3)  Our JD Meet is Wednesday and we need a huge turnout of parents to help out.  We still have a number of volunteer spots that need to be filled – particularly we need help in the Office and with Stroke and Turn.  HERE is the link.  Please note – with the JD Meet on Wednesday, there are no PM practices on Wednesday.  We need everyone to come out and help with our Meet.
4)  Movie Day is this Thursday!  We are going to watch The Secret Life of Pets at 12:30 at SilverCity.  All swimmers should be dropped off by 12:00 and can be picked up at 2:15.  Swimmers will sign-in and out with their coaches.  The sign-up form will be emailed tomorrow.
5)  The Grouse Grind is on Tuesday, July 19 at 10 am at Grouse Mountain.
Swimmers are to meet at the foot of the Grouse Grind at 10 am sharp for a 10:15 am departure. The hike generally takes the swimmers as little as 40 minutes to as long as 1.5 hours to complete. Swimmers can sign out with their parent as soon as they cross the finish line.
First time Grouse Grinders, please note that this is a very difficult hike.  All Junior and JD participants must have a parent supervisor with them on the hike.   Please send your child up with a large bottle of water in a light backpack that is easy for them to carry without use of their hands. It is also advised to bring a granola bar or other snack that is light to carry for when you finish.
All swimmers must pre-register HERE and include a parent / guardian name and contact cell number.
We will have a sign-in at the base when we meet, and a sign-out at the top when you are finished. Everyone must sign-out with a coach before you go explore/eat or take the gondola ride down to meet your ride home.
Important: everyone must take the Gondola ride down the mountain – it is $10 to buy a ticket for the Gondola ride down.
Please respect the drop-off/pick-up guidelines. The coaches are not responsible for the transportation or the care of your children after they are done the hike.  Any questions or concerns regarding this request should be sent to Coach Emmy

Upcoming Kigoos Events

June 27th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Upcoming Kigoos Events)
1)  Canada Day Parade – This Friday!
The information was in the last Notifier.  All swimmers participating must sign up HERE.  One additional note – we don’t have a trailer this year to all swimmers MUST be able to walk the entire distance.  Please be sure to be wearing you Kigoos red t-shirts and other Kigoos gear.  As of now we have about 50 swimmers signed-up.
2)  Pub Night – Thursday, July 7th 6-9 PM
If you are attending you must claim your tickets today.  HERE IS THE LINK.  All families receive two tickets as part of their registration.  We have tons of great prizes and it should be a wonderful night.
3)  Coach Emmy’s Awesome Pizza and Movie Party – Thursday, July 7th – 5:30 – 9:00 PM
While parents are at the Buck & Ear Bar and Grill our swimmers will be in and around Steveston Community Centre.  Look for a sign-up coming shortly.  Swimmers can be dropped by at 5:30 behind the Steveston Pool.  There will be some outdoor games, pizza and then we will go in the Community Centre to watch Zootopia.  Swimmers can be picked up at 9:00 at the end of the Pub Night.
4)  Kigoos goes to the Movies – Thursday, July 14th (noonish)
We have our new date for going to the movies.  Kigoos will got to SilverCity on Thursday, July 14th at about noon (final show times will be out a week in advance) to see The Secret Life of Pets.  This is always a popular social event.  Coaches will supervise the swimmers at the movie.  A sign-up form will be available soon but save the date!
5)  Please be sure to also sign-up for all the upcoming meets:
  • Hootenanny at Watermania – EXTENDED UNTIL THIS WEDNESDAY – join over 110 Kigoos swimmers at the largest meet of the season other than provincials
  • JD Meets – Ladner, Richmond and Crescent Beach.  Our home meet will be at Watermania on Wednesday, July 13th.  Hopefully we have a huge turnout of Kigoos from JD and other swimmers with B times.
  • It is also a good time to sign-up for Surrey, White Rock, North Delta and Regionals.

Super 7 Timers, Warm-Ups and July Practice Schedule

June 21st, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Super 7 Timers, Warm-Ups and July Practice Schedule)

Three important items for today:

1)  The timing sheets are now posted HERE for the Super 7 Meet on Saturday and Sunday at Watermania.  We have a number of shifts to cover – please sign-up.  Also, please be sure not to erase others who have already filled in the form.

2)  The following are warm-up times for this weekend:


7:45-8:20: JR R, JR W, INT W, INT R

8:05-8:40: SR B, SR W, SR R

deep pool: JR R, INT W, SR B, SR W

shallow pool: JR W, INT R, SR R



7:45-8:20: JR W, JR R

8:05-8:40: INT W, INT R, SR B, SR W, SR R

deep pool: JR W, INT R, SR R

shallow pool: JR R, INT W, SR B, SR W

3)  The practice schedule for July has now been posted HERE.  Please make careful note of Minoru and Watermania pool times.  The number of hours in the water is consistent (actually slightly higher) than in past years.  Our JD swimmers have 5 hours of practice a week, Juniors have 6 and Intermediates and Seniors have 8.  If you have any questions please ask your group coach or Head Coach Emmy

Thanks everyone for your patience and understanding as the pool renovations continue at Steveston Pool.  A particular thanks to Rosie Nickerson who acts on our behalf working with the City and to Emmy who has had to continue to recreate practice schedules as we negotiated pool space with the City.  While it is disappointing that the project is still not completed at Steveston, the staff at the City responsible for pool allocations have been excellent to work with as we did our best to ensure we had adequate pool space this summer.

Kigoos News for June 14th

June 15th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Kigoos News for June 14th)
JD Meet on Wednesday:
The warm-up times are at 4:00-4:40. Please try and get there a bit before that. It is an outdoor meet and it is supposed to be raining so come prepared for the weather. We are making relays for the meet so please email if you can’t stay for one. The estimated time for the meet ending is around 7:30.  All other information is available via the meet package that is posted under our Meet Sign-up page.
July Practice Schedule:
If you have walked by Steveston Pool lately, you may have already guessed, but it will not be ready for July 3rd.  We are currently finalizing our practice schedule that will carry-on until we can get into Steveston Pool.  We will be using Minoru Pool in the mornings and Watermania in the afternoons.  We hope to have the schedule posted in the next few days.
Kigoos Scholarship Committee:
We are looking for 4 parents to volunteer to serve on the Kigoos Scholarship Committee.  Parents involved in the process must be in at least their 4th year with the club, and not have any child(ren) who are considering applying for the awards.  If you are interested in volunteering or need more information, please contact Scholarship Chair Zoë Stronge at  Thank your for your help with this important committee.
Movie Afternoon – Change of Date:
We are looking to do our Kigoos Movie afternoon on Thursday, June 30th not June 23rd.  Look for final details shortly.
Checking Your Times:
Swimmers can look up their times from races throughout the season.  The results are usually updated within a week of a meet.  To learn how to do this, see the instructions HERE