For the strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack

The Vision of the Dartmouth Crusaders

Dartmouth Crusaders Swim Club builds a better person through the sport of swimming.

Every action we take, every instruction we give, every goal we set and every result we desire starts from a decision about WHY we do it.

Globally we are part of the Olympic movement, and are therefore part of the Olympic vision. ‘We build a better world through sport’ being the core belief of Olympism.”  Therefore the vision of the Dartmouth Crusaders Swim Club is that ‘ we build a better person through the sport of swimming.’

The Mission of the Dartmouth Crusaders

The mission of the Dartmouth Crusaders Swim Club is to provide experiences in competitive swimming that inspire our athletes to achieve their greatness


Who we are...

The Dartmouth Crusaders Swim Club is a competitive club with members generally ranging in age from 8 years to 18 years and older. The Team includes novices, new to the sport and/or still learning the basic skills, who may participate in the NS Novatech competitions for swimmers learning fundamental skills. It includes age group swimmers who progress with the team and who strive for personal achievement, to contribute to their team at local, Provincial, and National level competitions.  Many graduate from high school and continue to swim with varsity teams across the Country. The Dartmouth Crusaders Swim Club formed in the summer of 1970 in the Old Dartmouth YMCA building and has been based at the Dartmouth Sportsplex since 1982.

Our swimmers are supported by a commited   coaching staff and a willing group of parent volunteers. Our head coach, Michelle Wilson, a Level IV coach, is experienced with guiding swimmers from the Age Group to the National levels of the sport.

Crusaders swimmers, from the experience gained being part of a team and facing daily challenges in their sport, learn to value commitment, teamwork, well-being of each individual and the team, gratitude, personal goals and having fun.  They develop friendships that last a lifetime. Each swimmer's contribution to the team is valued in return by providing an opportunity to reflect on their swimming story and to share it with the team at the time of graduation from High School.

Since its inception three Crusaders have been nominated to Canadian Olympic teams: Marie Moore, Andrew Haley, and Coach Bill Greenlaw. Haley won a bronze medal at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta. In 1997 the club placed a section of four tiles in the Sportsplex Hall of Fame to honour these achievements.

Many Crusaders graduates have gone on to university in Canada on academic scholarship and to the U.S. on academic/athletic scholarships.

At more recent Canada Games, Crusaders placed seven swimmers and a head coach on the 2005 Team; three swimmers on the 2009 Team; five swimmers plus an Assistant Coach and three triathletes on the 2013 Team; and six swimmers and one triathlete on the 2017 Team.

The Dartmouth Crusaders Swim Club, with its instantly recognizable blue and gold colors, has been an established part of the Dartmouth community for 50 swim seasons.  Our history includes hundreds of families, some of whom have seen children and grandchildren graduate from our ranks.

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