CLUB NEWS - JUNE 6, 2013


You don't always get what you wish for, you get what you work for .”

- unknown


1. Sign up for: The June Time Trial (THIS Saturday) and Tickleberries – the event originally said sub-4 swimmers only, but it’s open to all!!   Parents will be needed to help with timing and with stroke and turn.  Please bring a coffee and plan to stay to help!

And if you are coming to Ticklberries, BE SURE IT SAYS SO IN THE COMMENTS SECTION – right now only two families have answered that they are coming.

2. Try on the sample 2 piece training suit: The 2-piece girls' training suit sizing kit is in the coaches office.  Anyone wanting a 2-piece training suit should try them on BEFORE JUNE 14, to determine their size as there will be specific orders only (won't be carrying them in stock).  Girls can mix sizes for bottoms and tops so be specific when you order. Email

3. Survey Says . . . The City of Penticton is conducting a recreation survey.  As pool users, we should take a moment to fill it out . . . here’s the link.

4. Join us on Facebook:  It's another great communication tool, as well as a great place to see photos from club events!

5. If you haven’t yet, email Jill to get on the list for a meeting about a possible Spring Training Camp in Hawaii: Spring Training Camp in Kihei, Maui was a huge success in 2012!  As a club, we aim to go on an international training camp every two years, and we hear that swimmers are keen to return to Hawaii. At this point we would like to take a VERY informal expression of interest to see how many swimmers could potentially take part in such an event.  Please email Jill if you would be interested in hearing more about it.


Congratulations to our 2013 KISU Award Recipients

Over 60 KISU families came out to Manitou Park in Naramata on Tuesday night to celebrate the successes of the 2012/2013 season.  Part of the evening was dedicated to acknowledging the following swimmers:

Fastest Female Swim-a-thon– Reilly Rowland, 1hr, 2min, 59s 

Fastest Male Swim-a-thon– Matthew Koster, 1hr, 2min, 46s 

Rookie of the Year– Dilmeet Gill, Joy Wang, James Naude and Jaxon Stel.

Most Improved Junior– Ben Davidson and Faith Lockinger; Runners Up - Justin Fotherby, Jordan Souch Tremblay

Top Junior– Jacob Nickel and Jordyn Hamilton.

Most Improved Super Junior– Liam Wallich and Lindsay Spear

Top Super Junior– Marlee Caruso, Travis Kascak.

Most Improved Intermediate– Brynn Clark   

Top Intermediate– Elijah Kliever, Emily Caruso; Runners Up – Tyler Wall and Mckenna Clarke

YES Swimmer– Avery Newton;   Runner Up – Andrew Cooke

Most Improved Age Group– Mackenzie Wallich and Riley Wall

Top Age Group–Reece Haberstock and Xelian Louw

Most Improved Senior– Clara Schirrmeister; Runners Up – Kenzi Haberstock, Eric Doroshuk

Top Senior– Samuel Lasinski

Best Performance– Reilly Rowland, 1500 Free, 17:54.46 

Most Sportsmanlike–  Georgia Stel, Shawn Loiselle, Grace Robinson

Graduating Swimmers– Reid Noble-Hearle and Clara Schirrmeister



With summer coming, this is an important reminder . . .

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

In many child drownings, adults are nearby but have no idea the victim is dying. Here’s what to look for.

By Mario Vittone

The new captain jumped from the deck, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed straight for the couple swimming between their anchored sportfisher and the beach. “I think he thinks you’re drowning,” the husband said to his wife. They had been splashing each other and she had screamed but now they were just standing, neck-deep on the sand bar. “We’re fine; what is he doing?” she asked, a little annoyed. “We’re fine!” the husband yelled, waving him off, but his captain kept swimming hard. ”Move!” he barked as he sprinted between the stunned owners. Directly behind them, not 10 feet away, their 9-year-old daughter was drowning. Safely above the surface in the arms of the captain, she burst into tears, “Daddy!”

How did this captain know—from 50 feet away—what the father couldn’t recognize from just 10? Drowning is not the violent, splashing call for help that most people expect. The captain was trained to recognize drowning by experts and years of experience. The father, on the other hand, had learned what drowning looks like by watching television. If you spend time on or near the water (hint: that’s all of us) then you should make sure that you and your crew know what to look for whenever people enter the water. Until she cried a tearful, “Daddy,” she hadn’t made a sound. As a former Coast Guard rescue swimmer, I wasn’t surprised at all by this story. Drowning is almost always a deceptively quiet event. The waving, splashing, and yelling that dramatic conditioning (television) prepares us to look for is rarely seen in real life.

The Instinctive Drowning Response—so named by Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D., is what people do to avoid actual or perceived suffocation in the water. And it does not look like most people expect. There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind. To get an idea of just how quiet and undramatic from the surface drowning can be, consider this: It is the No. 2 cause of accidental death in children, ages 15 and under (just behind vehicle accidents)—of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. In some of those drownings, the adult will actually watch the child do it, having no idea it is happening.*Drowning does not look like drowning—Dr. Pia, in an article in the Coast Guard’s On Scenemagazine, described the Instinctive Drowning Response like this:

  • “Except in rare circumstances, drowning people are physiologically unable to call out for help. The respiratory system was designed for breathing. Speech is the secondary or overlaid function. Breathing must be fulfilled before speech occurs.
  • Drowning people’s mouths alternately sink below and reappear above the surface of the water. The mouths of drowning people are not above the surface of the water long enough for them to exhale, inhale, and call out for help. When the drowning people’s mouths are above the surface, they exhale and inhale quickly as their mouths start to sink below the surface of the water.
  • Drowning people cannot wave for help. Nature instinctively forces them to extend their arms laterally and press down on the water’s surface. Pressing down on the surface of the water permits drowning people to leverage their bodies so they can lift their mouths out of the water to breathe.
  • Throughout the Instinctive Drowning Response, drowning people cannot voluntarily control their arm movements. Physiologically, drowning people who are struggling on the surface of the water cannot stop drowning and perform voluntary movements such as waving for help, moving toward a rescuer, or reaching out for a piece of rescue equipment.
  • From beginning to end of the Instinctive Drowning Response people’s bodies remain upright in the water, with no evidence of a supporting kick. Unless rescued by a trained lifeguard, these drowning people can only struggle on the surface of the water from 20 to 60 seconds before submersion occurs.”

This doesn’t mean that a person that is yelling for help and thrashing isn’t in real trouble—they are experiencing aquatic distress. Not always present before the Instinctive Drowning Response, aquatic distress doesn’t last long—but unlike true drowning, these victims can still assist in their own rescue. They can grab lifelines, throw rings, etc.

Look for these other signs of drowning when persons are in the water:

  • Head low in the water, mouth at water level
  • Head tilted back with mouth open
  • Eyes glassy and empty, unable to focus
  • Eyes closed
  • Hair over forehead or eyes
  • Not using legs—vertical
  • Hyperventilating or gasping
  • Trying to swim in a particular direction but not making headway
  • Trying to roll over on the back
  • Appear to be climbing an invisible ladder

So if a crew member falls overboard and everything looks OK—don’t be too sure. Sometimes the most common indication that someone is drowning is that they don’t look like they’re drowning. They may just look like they are treading water and looking up at the deck. One way to be sure? Ask them, “Are you all right?” If they can answer at all—they probably are. If they return a blank stare, you may have less than 30 seconds to get to them. And parents—children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why.

(See a video of the Instinctive Drowning Response.)

This article is reprinted from Mario Vittone’s blog