Welcome to the Edmonton Keyano Swim
1978, EKSC is the premiere competitive swim club in Edmonton,
offering professional coaching and technique instruction for
swimmers of all ages and abilities. As a member of Swim
Alberta and Swimming Canada, the goal of EKSC is to provide every
member an opportunity to improve their swimming skills
and achieve success at his or her level of ability, from
novice to international competitor, while creating an environment
where excellence is inevitable and fun!
Swim to Win...Win at Life!
To provide opportunities to develop outstanding
individuals through the pursuit of swimming
We will accomplish our Mission by:
- Fostering the core values of trust,
consistency, collaboration, and the pursuit of
- Maintaining a strong foundation based on
the core values of trust, consistency, collaboration and the
pursuit of excellence.
- Maintaining a positive team environment
inclusive of the entire club.
- Providing competitive programs that allow
swimmers to maximize their potential through dedication and hard
- Ensuring a high quality of communication,
education and participation of all members in the Keyano
- Consistently delivering on
The philosophy of the EKSC program is structured
to allow for a graduated development of the swimmer. The philosophy
can be summed up as follows: we want the swimmer reaching
his/her maximum potential as an athlete and a person.
This high quality program offers the development
of technically sound swimming & racing skills and teaches
good training habits, which in turn will lead to great performances
relative to the swimmers age and maturity. Through sensible
programming, sound coaching and a graduated building of the
athlete’s career path, it will allow for a nurturing of the
maximum potential of each swimmer. By adhering to best
practices of long term athlete development, EKSC swimmers will
enjoy success at all stages of their swimming
Many swimmers at the National and International
level are in their twenties. The average age to win an Olympic
medal is 22 and getting older with each Olympics. With that in
mind, the EKSC program is geared for a swimmer’s development
to reach its peak when the swimmer is emotionally and physically
capable of handling the commitment, dedication, discipline and the
demands, while maintaining the necessary enthusiasm to pursue their
goals and succeed.
To develop each athlete to their maximum
To create an atmosphere of team spirit, unity and
support and to contribute to the development of a positive winning
To encourage the development of competitive
“mental toughness” (determination, confidence, pride)
as a team and as individuals.
To pursue excellence more diligently than our
To behave with good sportsmanship at all
Following the 1978 Commonwealth Games, which were
hosted by Edmonton, the JasperPlace Swim Club and the South Side
Swim Club amalgamated to form the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club.
In subsequent years, the North Edmonton Sharks and Bonnie
Doon Blue Fins joined Keyano. The parents of the founding
clubs were dedicated to the spirit of swim competition and
provided the environment for swim excellence. The club soon
gained national recognition and continues to rank as one of
the top swim clubs in Canada.
The name Keyano (a Cree word meaning unity and
friendship) was chosen from the teddy bear mascot of the same
name used for the Commonwealth Games. The incredible
success of the Canadian Swim Team at the Commonwealth games
and the success of Edmonton in hosting this event were the
catalysts that served to launch the Edmonton Keyano
In its first full season, Keyano adopted the
"Grizzly" as the mascot for the team. As the grizzly bear was
indigenous to Northern Alberta, a fierce competitor, an excellent
swimmer, it seemed a powerful symbol for Keyano as the club
worked to seek a place in the world aquatic