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Parent Orientation – Wednesday, May 25th

May 24th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Parent Orientation – Wednesday, May 25th)

Attention new parents (and great for returning parents as well):

We will be holding an information session on Wednesday, May 25th at 4:30 p.m. at South Arm pool. Now that practices are in full swing, this is a great chance to get the inside scoop on what goes on during a swim meet and how to sign up for and achieve your volunteer hours. Bring all your burning questions and New Parent Liaison, Kelly Reynolds, Volunteer Coordinator, Megan Zeni and Head Coach, Emmy Obedkoff will guide you through it all. You can also earn a parent participation hour just by attending!

This is not just open to new parents but any parents who might have questions or need a refresher.

You can expect to learn (among other things):

  1. Food for meets – what to bring, what’s provided.
    2. What else to bring to meets.
    3. Kigoos Icebreaker Meet – what to expect.
  2. What to expect from other meets.
    5. Checking in with coaches re: what meet days to attend, Junior Development meets, etc.
  3. What jobs are available for volunteering and how to fill out the parent participation form.
    7. General Q&A and more.

    For any parents who would like to attend but have schedule conflicts, we will be sending out a recap via email and feel free to send any further questions to Kelly at kellyandjames@telus.netor Megan at meganzeni@mac.com.

Salt Spring Island – Time Sensitive

May 24th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Calendar | Meets | Notifier - (Comments Off on Salt Spring Island – Time Sensitive)
We have a bit of a time crunch with planning for the Salt Spring Island Swim Meet as it is two weeks earlier than this year.  This meet is open to swimmers in division 5 and above and their families.  With the scheduling for this year, families would likely take the ferry over on Friday July 8th and return and Sunday July 10th.
For families not attending – there is a local meet at Watermania that weekend.
You must register by this Friday to attend the Salt Spring Island Meet.  Please complete the form on the Swim Meet sign-up page HERE.  Please include your camping plans in the Comments section with total numbers from families attending.  Swimmers cannot go unsupervised.  Parent(s) need to attend, or plans need to be made clear of who is the parent-designate for the swimmer for the weekend.
We need this information to make camping and ferry arrangements.
If you have any questions – please contact Zoë at zoestronge@gmail.com

Stroke and Turn Clinics

May 18th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Stroke and Turn Clinics)

Stroke and Turn for New Parents and First Time Officials
Date: Tuesday May 30, 7pm-9pm
Location: Meeting Room at Minoru (between the Centennial change rooms)
Registration: 20 available spaces
This clinic will be geared to parents who are just getting started in the club and would like to understand the roles and responsibilities of Stroke & Turn Officials. It is also appropriate for parents who have been in the club for a while, and who may attended the clinic in the past, but have not had the opportunity to go on deck and/or shadow an official yet.

Stroke and Turn Refresher for Returning Officials
Wednesday, May 31, 7pm-9pm
Location: Meeting Room at Minoru (between the Centennial change rooms)
Registration: 20 available spaces
This clinic is specifically aimed at parents who have already been acting as Stroke & Turn officials and would like a refresher before the swim season begins. Also welcome are parents who have attended a clinic in the past and have shadowed on deck, but have not yet taken a shift independently. It is important to attend this course annually if possible in order to be prepared for the competitive season.

Starter & Ref Clinic
Thursday, June 1st, 7pm-9pm
Location: Meeting Room at Minoru (between the Centennial change rooms)
Registration: 20 available spaces
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.

Parents must register ahead for these clinics, as space is limited to 20 people per session. To register, please email Zoë Stronge at zoestronge@gmail.com

If you are unsure which clinic you should attend, please contact Zoë and she will let you know which clinic to attend.

Volunteer hours will be given for attending these clinics.

Kigoos Updates for May 15th

May 15th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Kigoos Updates for May 15th)
Pool Access
 
We will continue with the current schedule at Minoru and South Arm Pools until Friday, June 10th.  The exception will be Friday, June 3rd when we will use Watermania to get set for the Ice Breaker there on June 4th and 5th.
 
From Monday June 13th until Thursday, June 30th we will be using Minoru Pool for all our groups.  We will have exclusive access to Minoru Pool and we will have a new schedule that will look similar to what a June practice schedule at Steveston typically looks.
 
If all goes well, we will return to Steveston Pool on Monday, July 4th and have our regular summer access at the pool.
 
Swim Meet Sign-Up
 
Swim meet sign-up is now posted HERE for the first two weekend meets, the Kigoos Ice Breaker and the Boundary Bay Meet.  It is the same process as previous years.  Generally, you need to sign-up about 2 weeks before the meet.  Sign-up for JD Meets and other weekend meets will be posted shortly.  JD Swimmers should confirm with their coaches if they should register for weekend meets.  We hope ALL our swimmers will swim at the Ice Breaker Meet at Watermania.  
 
Team Aquatic Discount
 
A reminder to all Kigoos families and especially for new families that The Swim & Fitness Shop at Watermania and other Team Aquatics locations gives swimmers 20% off of regular priced items. Please find your Shark Card attached. You can save it as a photo to your phone and use it upon purchase.
 
Kigoos Family Pizza Party
 
Hopefully everyone will be able to come to a special event on Sunday, May 29th from 3 – 6 pm.  We will supply pizza for everyone and have an open swim.  We will also do posters and cheers with all the swimmers, have  Kigoos clothing for sale, have a swap meet for all your swim gear and handout the new Kigoos practice and racing caps for the season.
 
Thanks everyone for all you assistance in making the best of the current pool situation.  Please continue to contact your child’s coach or Head Coach Emmy (headcoach@kigoos.com) with any swim questions and email Chris and Andrea at president@kigoos.com with any general questions about the club.

Kigoos Updates for Friday, May 13th

May 13th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Kigoos Updates for Friday, May 13th)
1)  Just a reminder this weekend there is no pool time at Watermania.  We have our regular pool time at South Arm on Saturday and Sunday for JD.
Our times on Sunday morning at Minoru are:
6:45-8:00 Minoru- JR WHITE AND JR RED
 6:45-8:00 Centennial – INT RED AND INT WHITE
7:45-9:00 Centennial- SR BLUE, SR WHITE, SR RED
2)  On Sunday morning we will have a hot chocolate / donut station set-up at both South Arm and Minrou.  We encourage you all to stay during your child’s practice and connect  / re-connect with Kigoos families.  Executive members will be around to answer questions.
3)  We have our planning meeting this Sunday night from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at Steveston Community Centre.  All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.  The major focus on the meeting is planning for the upcoming IceBreaker Meet at Watermania.
4)  We will have regular practices from Monday – Friday this next week but NO PRACTICES on Saturday, May 21st, Sunday, May 22nd or Monday, May 23rd.  Enjoy your Victoria Day Weekend!
Please check the website – there are a lot of new coaches blogs that have just been posted.
Sign-up for swim meets will open early next week.

April 25th – Notifier

April 25th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on April 25th – Notifier)

The following email was sent out this morning to all families registered for the 2016 Season:

 

Welcome to the Richmond Kigoos and the 2016 Summer Swim Season.
There is a lot of important information in this email, so please review carefully.
First, as you may have guessed if you have been by Steveston Pool lately, it will not be ready for the start of the season.  Over the last few weeks as the City has worked to prepare the pool for the 2016 season, they have discovered a series of repairs that need to be completed before the pool can be used.  They are currently doing these repairs and working to have the pool open soon.  As soon as we have a firm date for the opening of Steveston Pool we will share that with all members of the club.
While we don’t have Steveston Pool to start the season, the City has been excellent to work with as they have found us alternate pool space at the Minoru pools, Watermania and South Arm.  They are opening South Arm Pool early strictly for our use.
We know that many families in the club live in Steveston and this schedule to start the season will create some challenges, we all look forward to being back in Steveston Pool shortly.
Now, for the groups and schedules.
The initial group listings have been posted HERE on the website.  There is also a document outlining group placements on the same page.  Groups are fluid, especially early in the season so changes will be made and the page will regularly be updated.  If your child is not listed or if you have questions please email Head Coach Emilia at headcoach@kigoos.com
The schedules are also posted now HERE.  This is the schedule we will use until we return to Steveston Pool.  Please review the schedule carefully.  You will see that all JD Groups practice at South Arm Pool.  The first day for JD Practices is Saturday May 7th.
The first day for other groups is Monday, May 2nd.
Our groups actually have more hours of practice with this schedule than they will when they return to Steveston Pool.
There is a lot more information, but I know the information around times is most important.  I will be sending regular Notifiers to answer questions as they come up.
Again, I appreciate your patience and understanding as we deal with the alternate plans to start the season.
If you have questions and are not sure who to contact – please feel free to send emails to president@kigoos.com.  These emails go to both Andrea Nishi and I (Chris Kennedy) and one of us will be back to you within 24 hours.
See you all next week!

May Schedule and Groups

April 25th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Calendar | Notifier - (Comments Off on May Schedule and Groups)

The May practice schedule has been posted HERE.

Information regarding swim groups is available HERE.

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Kigoos Registration is back Online

March 10th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier | Registration - (Comments Off on Kigoos Registration is back Online)

Thanks for your patience as we continue to adjust to the online registration system and the registrar’s learning curve is a steep, but very welcome one!  Registration is now ready for families with more than one child and you should not be overcharged.

 

Please use the registration link on the Kigoos website.  If you have more than 1 child to register please use the discount codes listed below as you register your children. There is a small button near the top right of the registration page that says “Add a swimmer”.  Please click on that button each time you wish to add a swimmer. When it asks for a discount code, use the one below appropriate for the number of swimmers you are registering.

 

2 swimmers—2KIDS

3 swimmers—3KIDS

4 swimmers—4KIDS

 

It will still charge you a $40 fee per registration.  Using the code for the number of registrations will give you a discount.  The discounts will be as below:

 

2 children will discount $40 so you will only pay $40

3 children will discount $80 so you will only pay $40

4 children will discount $120 so you will only pay $40

 

Overall the registration seems to be going fairly smoothly with this minor hiccup.  A reminder the Registrar is out of town March 9-22.  Response to email will be limited.

 

51 more days til swim season starts!

Kigoos AGM

February 13th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Kigoos AGM)

The Richmond Kigoos Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016 in the Meeting Room at Watermania at 5pm. All members are welcome to attend.  A DRAFT AGENDA is now posted HERE.

We do have 5 vacancies for Directors, and we currently have 5 individuals who have put their name forward.  Other nominations can be made in advance by email to president@kigoos.com or at the meeting.

The five individuals (and areas of interest in brackets) are:  Joanne Rooney (registration), Kent Nevins (equipment), Andrea Nishi (coaching support), Chris Kennedy (communications), Mike Jetzer (Treasurer)

Masters Swim Program – A Great Fitness Plan for the New Year!

December 14th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Masters Swim Program – A Great Fitness Plan for the New Year!)

Are you beginning to look for a new fitness routine for the new year? Our Masters Swim Program every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 – 9:30 PM is great for swimmers of all levels. You can find out more information on the website: http://kigoos.com/about/masters-program/ After the break the program starts up on Tuesday, January 5th.

Masters Photo