serving Kamloops families
The Greater Kamloops
Aquatic Club was originally formed as a
diving club in the summer of 1947. Interested children
took part in free diving
lessons with John Henderson at Centennial Pool. On Aug. 13, 1947
the Club was host to its first competition that included diving,
swimming and surfboard riding events. The Club continued hosting
similar events annually for eleven years. In 1972 the club
evolved into a registered society. Its name and
constitution were amended in 1993, giving rise to Kamloops Aquatics Club. Although
our official society name continues, Kamloops Classic Swimming
arose in the 1980's as our new business name.
In 1990, with the Canada
Games only three years away, the Executive laid out an aggressive
plan to build the year-round program. With the establishment
of our "Learn to Swim" program, teaching 5 to 12 year olds the
4 basic strokes and endurance
swimming, our newly established
year-round competitive Classics Swim Club began to
Over the past 65 years we
have changed to fill the needs
of our community. Evolving from a diving club,
to a powerful summer club then into a year-round competitive club
operating several successful
divisions. Our numbers have swelled from
a small Swimming Canada Program of twenty-three swimmers
to one of the leading competitive age-group swimming programs
in Canada with an annual membership of over 100 competitive
swimmers and more than 300 "learn to swim" children.
Kamloops Classic Swimming is proud to offer
quality programming to children just beginning to learn their
basic competitive strokes to seasoned
competitors, competing successfully at Provincial, National
International levels. KCS has also
places numerous swimmers in the CIS and NCAA to pursue University
level swimming. Read more HERE
As a sign of our success Kamloops
Classic Swimming has been attracting accolades from the sporting
- 2013 Kamloops Classic Swimming
was named "Club of the Year" by SwimBC.
- 2014 Head coach, Brad
Dalke named "Coach of the Year" by the Kamloops Sports
- 2014 our long-time Board Member
and Treasurer, Nancy Flood, named "Volunteer of the Year" by SwimBC
as well as President, Karyn Sutherland in 2015.
- Colin Gilbert and Brad Dalke
named to the Junior National Tour to Australia.
- Kamloops Sports Council named
Colin Gilbert as it's 2014 Male Athlete of the Year for his
selection to the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.
- Kamloops Sports Council names Brad
Dalke, 2014 Coach of the Year.
- Kamloops Classic Swimming
receives special recognition from the Kamloops Sports Council with
the Award of Excellence for all it's accomplishments in 2014.
This award is given out approximately every 5 years to an
organization or person that is an "inspiration to the City of
We'd like to thank
the community for their inspiration and support over
the past 65 years and we look forward to the next 65!!
See you in the water!