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Frequently Asked Questions – November 2014

November 19th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Frequently Asked Questions – November 2014)

Coming out of the year-end survey were some questions that are worth sharing and answering with everyone in the club.  We will continue to add to the list as we go:


How do the Kigoos decide which meets to attend?

There are typically nine weeks to the pre-regionals swim season from the beginning of June until the end of July.   The Kigoos have traditionally attended eight meets as a club.  Of those eight, six of them are within the region (Ice Breaker, Ladner, Boundary Bay, Surrey, White Rock, North Delta) and then two outside of the region.  Some meets like the Ice Breaker are on the same weekend every year while others do shift weekends.  After these six meets are set we look two find two other meets with priority to those which are most local.  We typically also take off the weekend around July 1st.  Over the last few years the two out-of-region meets have been in Coquitlam, Vancouver, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, and Burnaby.  It depends completely on what is available on the weekends we are looking for a meet.

The only addition to this is that the Kigoos have a tradition of attending the Salt Spring Island Meet in mid-July.  This is an option for senior swimmers and their siblings.


Why do more clubs come some years to the Ice Breaker?

The size of the Ice Breaker is really dependent on the other meets occurring on the same weekend.  All Fraser South clubs will attend, but we may also get other local clubs if there are no meets that weekend in Vancouver or the Simon Fraser Region.  The Ice Breaker is always the first full weekend of June – other meets do move around.  Two years ago we had a huge turnout for Ice Breaker since there were no other local meets, this past year there was a meet in Burnaby the same weekend.


How are Coaches Hired?

The Head Coach is a 12-month position from September 1st – August 31st.  Each year efforts are made to ensure the Head Coach is hired / renewed no later than August 1st – one month prior to the start of the contract.  The President of the Club, assisted by other executive members lead the search for the Head Coach.  This can include canvassing current coaches for their interest and posting to a public competition.

Group Coaches for the coming summer are hired early in the year.  We try to have all coaches in place by February for a May 1st start-date.  The Vice-President of the Club leads the process for hiring coaches.  He along with the parent-executive member who is responsible for Coaching Development, the Head Coach and a representative who can focus on the lifeguarding responsibilities make up the committee.  The Hiring Committee recommends a slate of  coaches to the Executive for approval.  Candidates submit resumes, are interviewed and have references checked as part of the hiring process.




Kigoos Updates – September 29th

September 29th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Kigoos Updates – September 29th)
Thanks to everyone who helped out with last night and a big thanks to Danna again for being such a wonderful Head Coach for the past two seasons!  We are so glad she will be continuing to coach this winter in the Tsunami Program.
1)  The video and slideshow from last night have been posted to the website.  Here is the direct link to the video and here is the direct link to the slideshow.  We know the sound was difficult last night, so we know you will enjoy seeing both of these again.  The video is also available on our Facebook page.  
2)  You will have seen the previous announcement regarding Tsunami.  It starts this Saturday.  Tsunami groups are based on the group you swam with during the summer.  Example: Your child may have been a Junior swimmer last year in Tsunami, but moved up to Intermediate during the summer.  You would come to the Intermediate session for Tsunami this year.  Coaches will make adjustments this weekend.  Any questions regarding groups should go to Andre at
3)  We are pleased to announce our coaching staff for Tsunami.  We are excited  to have such an experienced group of coaches:
Andre / Danna
Jr A
Jr B
Andre / Danna
Intermediate A
Intermediate B
Danna /  Julia
Danna / Andre
4)  Thanks to all who have applied for CIT positions in the winter.  We had 13 swimmers volunteer and they have all been contacted.  If you have not yet received an email about CIT, and you applied, please email Chris Kennedy at
5)  Water Polo starts next Wednesday, October 8th – 3:15 at Watermania.  More details will come later this week.


Kigoos Updates – September 24th

September 24th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Kigoos Updates – September 24th)
Coaches-In-Training for Tsunami
With Tsunami starting in early October we are looking for older swimmers who may be interested in gaining coaching experience as CITs (Coaches-In-Training) with our JD Program.  If you are at least 13 years old and interested in this opportunity please e-mail Chris Kennedy at  If you have already indicated an interest you do not need to send another email.
Reminder of this Sunday
A reminder to indicate  today if you are coming to the Year End Celebration this Sunday at 6 pm at McMath.  Please RSVP HERE today to indicate you are attending.  One additional note – no peanuts please in any of the deserts – we have several swimmers with allergies.  
Kigoos Records

We will celebrate all the new Kigoos records this Sunday (there were 12 this year!).  You can now see the full list online HERE.  Of note, the club’s oldest record, the division 2 girls breaststroke record from 1985 was broken this season.
More information  on Tsunami and Winter Water Polo will be out soon.

Tsunami Registration – Now Open for Current Kigoos Families

July 22nd, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier | Registration - (Comments Off on Tsunami Registration – Now Open for Current Kigoos Families)
Tsunami (Winter Swimming Maintenance) registration is opening now.
Fees will be $200 per swimmer (same as last year).
Tsunami is run out of Watermania from Thanksgiving until the end of March.
The coaching staff will include many of this summer’s coaches.
Swim sessions will be on Saturdays and Sundays.  The tentative schedule is:
JD – 4:45-6pm
Juniors A/B – 5:45-7pm
Intermediates A/B 6:45-8pm
Seniors A/B 7:45-9pm
We have moved the registration for Tsunami online.  In order to be registered you must complete the online form AND submit your cheque.  Registration is now available for current swimmers and their siblings.  Registration forms for new swimmers will be available shortly.
Priority for current Kigoos families is extended until August 6th.  Each year some of the groups do sell out.
You will be able to complete your forms now and submit your cheque tomorrow night at the Red and White Meet – more details are on the forms.
CURRENT KIGOOS SIBLINGS FORM – Siblings must also complete this form on paper.
With any questions please contact Kelian Armstrong, our Tsunami Registrar at

More on the Red and White Meet

July 22nd, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on More on the Red and White Meet)
Here is some more information about the Sorcery (Red) vs. Safari (White) themed Red and White Meet!
All swimmers should wear a bathing suit under their Sorcery or Safari themed costume because we will not necessarily be giving time to change during the meet.  To check your team see yesterday’s Notifier or the list HERE on the website.
This is a rough timeline of what we have planned for this year’s meet:
4:45-5pm: Sign-in
5-5:15pm: Opening ceremonies and a brief word from the Head Coach/Adjudicator- Coach Danna
5:15-5:30pm: Cheers
5:30-7pm: Races/competitions in the following order (subject to change):
1. Belly-Flop Prelims (2 heats, top 6 advance to finals)
2. Chain-Link Relay (1 heat, 3 red vs. 3 white teams)
3. Lung-Buster Competition (1 heat, 3 red vs. 3 white team individuals)
4. Crazy Crawl Relay (1 heat, 3 red vs. 3 white teams)
5. Cheer-off (Red vs. White)
6. Tater Tot Treasure Drop (Open to JD Copper and Tater Tots only, 4 from each team)
7. Costume Relay (1 heat, 3 red vs. 3 white teams)
8. Belly-Flop Finals
9. Parent vs. Coaches Relay (2 parent relays, 2 Red coaches relays, 2 White coaches relays)
10. Final Cheer-Off
7-8pm: Dinner/Sign-out
We want to give everyone a chance to swim so please make sure you arrive on time because we will be signing swimmers up for races at the sign-in table. 
Finally – we will need parents for the relay – let Ava know if you can race.  
Any questions can be directed to Coach Ava at

Red and White Meet

July 22nd, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Red and White Meet)

The Red and White Meet will take place this Wednesday instead of regular practices. Swimmers should arrive at the pool at 4:45 pm for a quick debrief and to sign up for the fun swimming events such as a crazy crawl relay! The meet will end no later than 8:15 pm.

Every year at the Red and White Meet the club is split into 2 teams. Each team has a theme and must compete with the other in a series of fun activities in and out of the pool.

The theme for this year’s Red and White Meet is Sorcery (Red) vs. Safari (White). Please come dressed in your most amazing wizard or explorer costume, and don’t forget to show your team colours!

 Swimmers highlighted in red are on the Red Sorcery Team and those not highlighted are on the White Safari Team.  If you do not see your name, check other groups and / or check with Coach Ava.  This event is open to all Kigoos from JD up.  If Tater Tots would like to attend they must have a parent/adult supervisor.

Parents and siblings are encouraged to stick around and watch the festivities seeing as this is the most spirited Kigoo event of the season!

Red and White Meet Food Orders

July 20th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Red and White Meet Food Orders)
The Red and White meet is the biggest event of the summer with the whole club split into two teams, with each team having a theme.
More info on teams themes will be out later this week.
The Red and White Meet is for ALL swimmers in ALL swim groups.
Here is the info on ordering dinner: (Click HERE for the ordering link)
Once again we are excited to offer you a BBQ meal that will be cooked by M & M Meats. You can order the following items (make sure to include the number of each item that you wish to have as a family) :
All beef hamburger $3.00
Vegetarian hamburger $3.00
Cheese burger  $3.50
Hot dog  $2.50
Caesar salad  $1.50
Juice 50 cents
NEW – Dilly Bars $1.50
Again – we need orders in by Sunday so please respond immediately. It should be a great family picnic.


Kigoos Updates for July 13th

July 13th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Kigoos Updates for July 13th)
First up – 3 sign-ups you need to take care of today:
1) Triathlon –  HERE
2)  Triathlon Breakfast – HERE
3) North Delta Swim Meet – the final regular meet of the year.  HERE
Also looking ahead to the week:
Reminder – Grouse Grind is on Tuesday morning at 10 AM.  We meet at the mountain.  Give yourself a lot of time, as there is quite a bit of construction downtown.  You can see the website for the earlier Notifier with all the details.
Practices – All practices run as normal this week EXCEPT for Thursday morning when the triathlon takes the place of practices.
Congratulations to everyone for supporting a very successful Pub Night Fundraiser!  We raised over $6000 for the club.  Special thank-you’s to all the volunteers who helped with the night , those who solicited all the awesome prizes and those families who donated prizes and cakes.  Thanks also, to the coaches who entertained our kids at the Buddy Breakaway while we enjoyed a dinner out.  Fun was had by all!

Grouse Grind and Triathlon

July 11th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Grouse Grind and Triathlon)
Grouse Grind
The Grouse Grind will happen Tuesday, July 15 at 10am at Grouse Mountain.
Swimmers are to meet at the foot of the Grouse Grind at 10am sharp for a 10:15am 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.
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.
We need 6 parent volunteers for this event. 2 to walk up behind the last swimmers, 2 to sit at the half way point with water, and 2 to record times at the finish line.
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
There is NO pre-registration for the Grouse Grind.
The annual Kigoos Triathlon is next Thursday, July 17th starting at 5am. This event is open for all swimmers in groups Junior B and above. 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 this year), 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 breakfast information will follow-up in the next couple days.

Kigoos Updates – July 2nd

July 2nd, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Kigoos Updates – July 2nd)

Great turnout for the parade yesterday.  If you haven’t checked out the photos yet – there are several posted to our Facebook page.


Now for news and updates:


1)  JD’s – HERE is a link to the program for today’s JD Meet in Ladner.  There will be no hard copies available so please save or print this for your records.  Also with JD’s today is the final day to sign-up for the Crescent Beach B Meet on July 16th.  It is a the largest JD Meet of the year, and a wonderful chance for JD swimmers to try different strokes since there are more events offered.


2)  WATER POLO –  A reminder that today there is a Water Polo skills session with Coach Andre from 4:30 – 5:30 today for any interested Junior and Intermediate swimmers.


3)  HOOTENANNY – As you plan for the weekend please note both days will likely go quite late.  It is the largest meet of the season and the first heats do not start until 9:30 AM.  If swimmers make finals, these events could be in the early evening


4)  SURVEY THANK YOU – Thanks to all the parents who completed the Kigoos Mid-Season Survey.  We heard from about 60% of our families.  We got some very useful feedback.  It was also great to know that about 95% of our families Agree or Strongly Agree that they are having a positive experience with Kigoos this season.


4)  PUB NIGHT – With Canada Day now finished, we turn our attention to our next big social event – Pub Night / Buddy Breakaway next Thursday night.   Below is the general information.  Please note in an earlier Notifier we had the wrong email address to sign up with your baked goods – if you have already emailed Janice Kostiuk – please email her again at:


Kigoos Pub Night prepaid Tickets are in your mailbox at the pool.   Please pick up your tickets as soon as you can.


The Pub Night will be on Thursday July 10, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and is going to be a fun time, to enjoy dinner without the kids and chances to win some awesome prizes like:


*Autographed Daniel Sedin Canucks Jersey

*Canucks Team Autographed Jersey

*Canucks Autographed Hockey Stick

* Shock Indoor Paintball 1X $450, 2X $50, 6X $25

* Wow-1Day Painting painter for a day $250

* Tsunami 2014/2015 Registration Fee

* 5 Volunteer Hours

* 2 Night 2 Bedroom Accommodations at Aspens on Blackcomb

* 1 Night in Jacuzzi Suite at the Buck & Ear Hotel

* White Caps Soccer Tickets

* Kitchenaid Stand Mixer

* Henkels ACC Knife Block Set

*Gift Certificates for Whitespot, Safeway, Cora’s, Keg, Richmond Cosmetic Clinic, Zone Bowling, Richmond Aquatic swim passes, Richmond Carting, PNE passes, Science World and more….


We have 60 extra tickets to sell.  Please email me at   The more people that come, the more successful this fundraiser will be!


Pub Night Cake Auction Donations:


Are you a baker?

Does your family have a favourite dessert that you are asked to bake time and time again?  If so…you may want to volunteer to make a dessert for the cake auction held at the Kigoos Pub Night Fundraiser.

We need cakes/pies/plates of brownies, cupcakes etc. to auction off, with all proceeds going to the club.

Although we cannot cover the cost of ingredients, we can sign off on the time taken to bake.

If you are able to provide a homemade baked good, please email Janice Kostiuk   Include your name, dessert name, ingredients.

Your dessert must serve  approx.. 8-10 people.

A maximum of 15 desserts are needed.

Volunteer hours will be provided to those who commit to making the first 15 desserts.

Please sign up no later than Friday, July 4th.


Thanks Everyone!