For those interested in the Richmond BC Kigoos Summer Swim Club

Junior Red Update from Coach Jacob

May 7th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Junior Red Update from Coach Jacob)

Hey Jr. Red!

Welcome to the 2018 Season! A little bit about me, my name is Jacob, I’ve been a Kigoo for 12 years and this is my 5th year coaching.
My general plan for this season is technique before speed/distance. In other words Jr. Red practices will be technically focus for the first month before we move into race focused practices.
A few things I ask for from all my swimmers:
1. Running Shoes and Water Bottles at all practices. (We will be doing plenty of running during our dryland warm-ups and we need to stay hydrated even in the pool)
2. Swimsuits on under our dryland clothes. We only have an hour in the water and we can’t be wasting that time getting changed into our swimsuits.
3. Come ready to train at all practices. We have 3 months to get ready for Regionals, so let’s put 110% into every set we do.
I’m really looking forward to this Swimming Season, if you ever have any questions please feel free to say “Hi” before or after any of the Jr. Red Practices or shoot me an email
PS. If you have your goal sheets I need those back ASAP, if you haven’t got one yet ask for one at practice.
-Coach Jacob

Week 2 Update from Head Coach Emmy

May 7th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Week 2 Update from Head Coach Emmy)

Hi Kigoos!

Congratulations on a great first week everyone! It was great to see so many new and familiar faces around the pool and the swimmers working hard and having fun!

Last week Intermediate Red began the season by reviewing the basics of streamlining, flutter kicking and freestyle body position. Some of our focuses on these areas included:

Streamlines: holding the arms tight behind the head.  This elongates the shoulders forward and creates a ‘super streamline’ by bringing the arms together and fusing them to the back of the head.

Kicking: Keeping the legs as straight as possible, beginning the kick with the hips to activate the large muscles and relaxing the ankles to generate power and propulsion. We talked a lot about kicking in both directions more specifically focusing on the upward kick, which is generally much weaker than the downward kick. We will continue to work on flutter kick all season, as I believe fast kick frequently leads to fast swimming!

We also spent the last half of the week focusing on a high elbow catch in freestyle. Dropping the elbow in swimming is one of the most common mistakes made. This means that after entering the water and extending forward, the swimmer drops the elbow down and pulls back with the elbow first, slipping through the water and limiting the amount of water the swimmer will hold. What they should do instead is angle the fingers towards the bottom of the pool and pull back in a straight line, with the elbow up and the lat muscles engaged. We focused on the importance of feeling pressure against the water during the pull phase to create propulsion and a strong pull. Here is a video outlining some tips for a strong catch.

This week we will be focusing on backstroke body position and pull. I encourage the swimmers to continue to swim thoughtfully, thinking about each movement they make in the water.

Finally, I would like to congratulate Intermediate Red’s first swimmer of the week, Ashleigh W! Ashleigh listens to feedback carefully and immediately applies it to her swimming, which has resulted in some big improvements. She quietly works hard and attended almost every practice this week. Way to go Ashleigh!

See you at the pool!




Intermediate White Update from Coach Hailey

May 6th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Intermediate White Update from Coach Hailey)

Hey Intermediate White swimmers and parents,

My name is Hailey Dong and I am so excited to be coaching Intermediate White this season! I have been a swimmer with the Kigoos for nine years and this will be my third summer as a coach for the club. My goals for the Intermediate Whites this season are for everyone to have a fun and positive experience swimming for the Kigoos and to help every swimmer reach their personal goals throughout the season. This week we have been working on some basics of swimming like streamlines, kicking, and body position and so far I am very impressed with everyone’s hard work at practice. Keep up the good work!

Just a reminder, please wear runners and bring water bottles to practice and try to come to as many practices as possible. Please also bring back your goal sheets as soon as possible!

If you have any questions feel free to come see at the pool before or after practice or email me at

See you at the pool,

Coach Hailey

Welcome to Junior White from Coach Sophia

May 6th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Welcome to Junior White from Coach Sophia)

Hey Junior White swimmers and parents,

My name is Sophia and I am super excited to be coaching the Junior White group this summer!

I have been lucky enough to be a member of the Kigoos Swim Club for the past 10 years. This will be my third season as a coach and I am very pleased to be working with such an energetic and motivated group of swimmers.

During this week we are going to work on the fundamentals. For our group this will include; streamlines, under-waters and push-offs. Next week we will be working on applying all these skills to freestyle and backstroke.

Just a reminder for everyone, please bring a water bottle and runners to every practice. If you haven’t brought your goal sheet back please do by the end of the week. If you have any questions feel free to email me at, or come talk to me before or after practice. I’m looking forward to working with everyone and for an exciting and fun filled season.

Welcome to JD Orange from Coach Gabe

May 5th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Welcome to JD Orange from Coach Gabe)

Hey guys, for those of you that didn’t get a chance to meet me at the parent meeting on Saturday, I’m Coach Gabe and I will coaching the JD Orange group this summer.

My main goals for the group are to make sure that everyone is having fun in the pool, and make sure that your kids have good fundamental skills in swimming. For our first week in the pool we worked on our flutter kick and started some back kick. By the end of next week I would like to have them comfortable with back kick and working on our freestyle arms. We’ll be starting most practices with some fun games in the back field, so please make sure you wear appropriate footwear.

If you anyone would like to contact me my email is, I make it a priority to check my emails in the morning and at night so hopefully I will be able to respond as quickly as possible. If you are looking to chat with me in person, I will do my best to stick around for a couple minutes after afternoon practices, it is difficult for me to chat after morning practices since I need to head straight from the pool to school. Can’t wait to have an amazing summer with you guys.

Coach Gabe

Welcome to JD Blue from Coach Erika

May 5th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Welcome to JD Blue from Coach Erika)

Hi JD Blue swimmers and parents,

My name is Erika and I am very excited to be coaching JD Blue this summer! I have been swimming with Kigoos for the past 11 years, and this will be my second year coaching.
This season we will cover the basics of all 4 strokes, as well as learn turns and dives. My hope is that everyone comes to at least 4 practices a week, but the more you can make the faster you can improve! As the season progresses, I want everyone to try to make it to a few JD meets, as they are a great place to practice races, and everything we’ve learned in practice.
This week we have been working on the basics of freestyle, remembering to kick with straight legs, and roll to side glide position to breathe. Next week we will be focusing on the basics of backstroke, and flip turns.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at or find me at the pool before and after practice.
Looking forward to a great season,
Coach Erika

Welcome to JD Turquoise from Coach Vincent

May 5th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Welcome to JD Turquoise from Coach Vincent)

Hi everyone!

My name is Vincent and I’m coaching the JD Turquoise group this year. This is my first year coaching my own group, but I have been CITing for the past 3-4 years and I hope we can all have a lot of fun this summer!

I started swimming when I was a JD myself, so I know how intimidating it can be, especially for younger swimmers who are new to swimming and I remember my coaches creating a very welcoming and positive environment, so my goal for this summer is to make sure all the kids are having fun. I’d also like to build a solid foundation for the swimmers so that as they advance to higher groups, they can become stronger and faster swimmers themselves.

If you’re wondering how many practices your kid should be going to, my hope is that they come to at least 2-3 practices a week, but of course try to come to as many practices as you can. If you guys have anymore questions, feel free to email me at or ask me after practices.

Hope to see you all on the pool deck!

Welcome to JD White from Coach Charlie

May 5th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Welcome to JD White from Coach Charlie)
Hi JD white!
    I’m super excited to be your coach for this summer season! I love seeing some new and some familiar faces in the group this year. For those of you who have had me before you’ll know I’m a competitive person and love seeing the success you guys have at the meets and at practices. More importantly I’m hopeful that together we can make this a fun season to remember!
    Our focus for the summer will be freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke mainly, striving to compete at JD meets or even regular meets. If you guys are feeling adventurous we may even dip our toes into the realm of butterfly….
    As a final note I’d love for you guys to try and make as many practices as possible but aim for 3-5 per week! See you guys at the pool!

Welcome to JD Red from Coach Lucy

May 5th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Welcome to JD Red from Coach Lucy)

Hi JD Reds!

My name is Lucy and this is my 3rd year coaching and my 9th year swimming with Kigoos. During our first week of the season we have been focusing on the basics of freestyle and backstroke, making sure we’re breathing to the side and not lifting our heads up to breath. We will be continuing to practice this in the next couple of weeks and working on breastroke as well as learning how to do flip turns.

This season, a couple of goals I have for my group is to have everyone swimming all of their races legally and to have a fun, positive experience with Kigoos. Towards the end of the season, we will be working towards having everyone racing 50m butterfly and 100 IM. Just a reminder to all the JD’s to bring runners to dry land as most days we’ll be warming up in the back field.

I’m looking forward to a great season!

Feel free to contact me with any questions  or concerns!

Coach Lucy

Welcome to Senior White from Coach Alexis

May 5th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Welcome to Senior White from Coach Alexis)
Hello Senior White swimmers and parents!
Welcome to the start of the 2018 swim season! We’ve already had an awesome first week and a decent turn out at each practice. As a group, we have discussed some season goals for both practices and competitions: to get fit both in and out of the pool, to understand all the rules to competitive swimming, and to try our hardest and aim for best times in competitions. This season will be hard work and require commitment from everyone to bring our best effort everytime we’re on the pool deck, but it will also be a lot of fun!!
Throughout the summer there will be a variety of club social events where I expect all of the Seniors to be good role models for the younger swimmers by attending. These events are lots of fun every year and will be even more fun for everyone if all ages participates!
Please remember to bring a water bottle, runners, active wear, and a positive attitude to every practice! We will be working hard during the dryland warmups and doing a lot of technical work in the pool to build a strong foundation for sprint work later on. Come prepared to do your best and email me at with any questions!
See you on the pool deck,
Coach Alexis