For those interested in the Richmond BC Kigoos Summer Swim Club

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 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: After the break the program starts up on Tuesday, January 5th.

Masters Photo

Kigoos Award Winners

September 27th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier | Recognition / Sponsorship - (Comments Off on Kigoos Award Winners)

Here is the presentation from the Kigoos Awards on September 27, 2015.

Grouse Grind and Triathlon Sign-Up Information

July 14th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Grouse Grind and Triathlon Sign-Up Information)
Next week are two of the marquee social events of the Kigoos Summer.  Sign-up is now open for both of them:
Grouse Grind
The Grouse Grind will happen Tuesday, July 21 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 Ava at
The annual Kigoos Triathlon is next Thursday, July 23 starting at 5 am. This event is open for all swimmers in Junior, Intermediate and Senior. Swimmers should note that for most coaches, the Triathlon is a mandatory component of Hell Week. Should a JD swimmer want to participate in the Triathlon (there will be a separate JD triathlon later), they must seek permission from their coach before registering.
To participate in this event, all Kigoos need the following gear:
1. A solid pair of running shoes.
2. A bike with a helmet. The helmet rule goes for all swimmers from Junior B to Senior A without exception. No helmet, no ride- you can run the bike portion.
3. Their swimsuit, cap, and goggles.
The race begins at 5:30am sharp, swimmers should arrive between 5 and 5:15am in order to set up their bicycle and receive their race number.
To register please sign-up HERE.  We need close to 40 volunteers so please sign-up when you register your child(ren).
More details including a slightly modified starting place for the route and  breakfast information will follow-up in the next couple days.

Provincial Hotel Bookings

June 15th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Provincial Hotel Bookings)

We have a block of rooms reserved at the Sandman in Victoria. Anyone who would like to book there, please call in by June 26th. After that point, Kigoo rooms will be released to the general public.

Call to Reserve: 1-250-388-0788
Reservation Code – Richmond Kigoos – 260854

Notifier Update – June 7th

June 7th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Notifier Update – June 7th)
1)  July / August Schedule
The July / August Practice Schedule is posted HERE.   In addition, here is some important information from Head Coach Ava:
Beginning June 29, all swimmers must only attend their designated group practices. In other words, swimmers will be unable to “make-up” practices times that do not work in their schedule by attending an alternative group’s practices. As school and other activities come to an end, we hope that all swimmers will be able to make 4-5 practices per week. With limited pool space in July and August, there is no room for shifting around due to scheduling conflicts. 
Thank you for your understanding. 
Notice for all Senior swimmers:
Practicing as a combined “Seniors” group has worked well for May and June, however as we anticipate more of you will be attending practice regularly beginning in July and going through to August, we have to split the seniors into Red and White groups. The seniors will still practice as a combined group three times per week. 
We will be splitting the seniors into Red and White based on their demonstrated ability, times, and commitment to Kigoos. We hope that the split into Red and White will be a positive experience as it will give each of you a chance to have more individualized coaching that is better suited to your specific needs as a swimmer. 
Senior Red and White group lists will be posted on Friday, June 26 and will come into effect for the July 29-August 7 practice schedule. 
2)  Photo Day
Photo Day is this Thursday.  Starting tomorrow, swimmers can pick up the order forms from their coaches.  We also have them available at the office.  Darby Photos will be doing our photos this year.  The photos will be between 4 – 6 pm.  Look for a final photo schedule tomorrow.
3)  Meet Sign-Ups
Please continue to sign-up for upcoming meets.  We will be closing the Ladner Super 7 Meet tomorrow.  If you have changed your availability and submit a second entry, we will use your most recent entry as your current entry.
Our sign-up for JD Meets is quite light – we need all those wanting to attend the North Delta JD Meet to sign-up by tomorrow (we only have 18 signed-up for the first JD Meet).  PLEASE NOTE – while these meets are geared for new swimmers, newer Junior and Intermediate swimmers may want to attend.  The rule for these meets is swimmers must be in divisions 1-3 and only have B times.  Often, for example, older siblings of JD swimmers attend JD Meets if they meet the criteria.
4)  Tater- Tots
Information on this year’s Tater Tots Program has now been posted HERE.   This highly successful program, will continue with the newly expanded model we established last year – a longer program that goes for almost 2 months!  Registration turn-around is quick, by this Thursday with classes starting a week tomorrow.  Preference is given to current Kigoos and to alumni – please share with others who may be interested.  All questions to Ava at
5)  Photos
We are trying to continually update our social media sites and our websites with photos from various events.  Please send any photos  We see lots of people taking photos, it would be great to share them!
Thanks again everyone for a great weekend!

Richmond Kigoos Tater Tots Swimming Program

June 7th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Richmond Kigoos Tater Tots Swimming 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 16 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.



Monday, Wednesday, Friday from June 15th until August 5th (no sessions on Wednesday, July 1st, 8th, or 29th).  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 Thursday, June 11th.

For more information or to register please contact Head Coach Ava by email at  Participants will be notified which timeslot they are assigned to no later than the end of the day on June 12th.

Posters and Cheers Night

June 2nd, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Posters and Cheers Night)
Posters and Cheers Night is open to ALL swimmers, whether you are participating in the Ice Breaker or not- the more the merrier! Each group will have a short practice, and have the opportunity to design some Kigoos-themed posters that we will post around the pool deck for the weekend! We would like to encourage everyone to be there for cheers at 5:15pm as we will be learning some new cheers for the summer!
Revised Practice Schedule:


Swim: 4:00-4:45  Posters: 4:45-5:15

Junior Red & White

Swim: 4:45-5:15  Posters: 4:00-4:30


Intermediate Red & White

Swim: 6:30-7:15  Posters: 7:30-8:00


Swim: 7:15-8:00  Posters: 6:30-7:00

Food will be available for swimmers and their families at the Posters and Cheers event. The cost will be $2  per pizza slice, 50 cents for juice and DQ Dilly bars for $1.50.
All food orders will be done in advance online.
Upon arrival at the event, please purchase your food and drink tickets. The pizza will be served between 5:30-6:30. Don’t forget to pick up your drink and pizza tickets between 4:30 and 5:30 pm. Cash only
All orders must be in by 9pm, Thursday, June 4th. Any cancellations must be sent via email to Nancy Lemaire at no later than 9pm, Thursday, June 4th.
As is Kigoos tradition, please bring plates and cutlery as needed. All proceeds from the food sales will go directly to Kigoos fundraising activities.
Thank you!

Mock Meet This Saturday!

May 28th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Meets | Notifier - (Comments Off on Mock Meet This Saturday!)
The Mock Meet is this Saturday morning and we have more than 150 breakfasts ordered!  It will be a busy morning – and so great we will have such a huge turnout.
We would like all swimmers to sign-in at 6:45 AM.  After cheers the first race starts at 7:40 AM.
The Mock Meet isn’t just for the swimmers anymore!
 All new parents are encouraged to attend and take part in the morning’s events.You can also earn partent participation hours!   Please meet on the bleachers at 7:30am (directly after the kids finish cheers). This is an excellent opportunity to get an inside look at what goes on during a swim meet, learn how and where to get your volunteer hours, and ask all those questions that you’ve been dying to ask. New Parent Coordinator Rosemary Nygard will walk you through it all.
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. Our Icebreaker Meet, what to expect.
4. What to expect from other meets.
5. Checking in with coaches re: what meet days to attend, Junior Development meets, etc.
6. General Q&A and much more.
If you have already signed up to help Nancy with the waffle breakfast, don’t worry, we’ll make sure you get to her in time.
For our experienced parents – please check in with your kids at 6:45 AM for volunteer duties helping with the food and / or the running of the meet.