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About

Kamloops Aquatics Club...
serving Kamloops families since 1947!

 


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 grow. 

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 and 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 community. 

  • 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 Council
  • 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 Kamloops."

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!