Club News January 21st 2019

“Courage is grace under pressure.”

-Ernest Hemingway

Upcoming Events:

January Team Practice and Eat Together Night- Friday January 25th

It is our tradition that during the cold and dreary months of winter we enjoy the company of our team mates and all have a dinner with our group after practice.  Mini Squad to Intermediatewill have pasta at the pool after Friday Team Practice. Make sure to sign up so we know how many will be attending.  Family members are welcome

***Parents are asked to help out with this event by showing off their cooking skills.  Please sign-up for preparing the various foods we will need for this event.  For those that sign-up, please keep your receipts and hand them in on pasta night so that you can be reimbursed.

Age Group: Dinner at Mykonos 6pm, formal dress.

Academy: Potluck at Tina’s, formal dress.


KISU Draft Meet: February 9thRegistration Deadline January, 23

KISU is hosting our one-day DRAFT meet again.  

This is a meet where swimmers are 'drafted' on to different coaches/teams and will inter-mix with the rest of the swimmers in the region.  It is a one day meet and should be a lot of fun.  Be sure to sign up.

There is a clinic for all swimmers 7 - 9am.  The meet warm-up is at 10am. Projected finish is 4pm.

Job sign up is on the website.


KAJ Jamboree Teddy Bear Splash: February 9th Registration Deadline Jan 25th

This is the only February Jamboree.

Location - H2O, 4075 Gordon Dr, Kelowna.

Warm up 1-1:40pm.  Meet starts at 1:50pm.

Events - limit of five individual swims.  Swimmers limited to 100 OR 200IM, but not both.  


February Mini Meet- Saturday February 16th, 7:30-9am, Registration Deadline: February 14th

-Racing! Ribbons! Muffins! KISU Mini Squad and Junior swimmers are invited to come out and swim at our first Mini Meet of the season! This is a great introduction to what it will be like at swim meets. Everyone will swim either 25m or 50m of each stroke and will earn a nice handful of ribbons.  At the end swimmers will get a delicious muffin, juice box and fruit.  Hope to see you all there!!  Let’s help them get excited!!

Cost: $5


Swim BC Age Group Championships: February 22-24th, Registration Deadline Feb 4th

Feb. 22-24 at Vancouver Aquatic Centre, 1050 Beach Ave, Vancouver.

This is very similar to the Tier I meet last year.  Swimmers need to have the Age Group time standard in 200 IM and one other event.

All KISU swimmers with Swim BC Age Group times should be attending.  It is one of KISU's goals to increase the number of our swimmers attending this meet this year. 


Regional Championships, Salmon Arm: March 1st-3rd, Registration Deadline Feb 13th

This is a Regional Championships for swimmers who do not have their Swim BC times yet.  If you are one of these swimmers, we highly recommend this meet as it is your Spring Championship Meet.

Book accommodation SOON.  There is also a Cross Country Ski loppet in Salmon Arm that weekend, so hotels will be booking FAST.

Based on last year's meet information- 

Warm up times - Four sessions - Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning.

Entries - max of 9 individual events, plus relays.

Entry fee - $7.50/event, plus $4.50 splash fee.  The club will cover relays.


Swim BC Provincial Championships: March 7-10th, Registration Deadline: February 11th

Kamloops, Canada Games Aquatic Centre

This meet is very similar to the Tier Ii format of last year.  There is an additional day (they are starting on Thursday and it is LONG COURSE).  

All KISU swimmers with Provincial times should be attending.  KISU's goal is to place Top 5, but we need everyone there to do it.

Small room block at the Best Western Plus on Columbia. $132 per night. Must book before Feb 21st.  Call hotel to book. 250-374-7878.


Wenatchee Apple Capital: May 31st– June 2nd

Event sign up will be on the website soon.

KISUhas a room block at the Coast Wenatchee Centre Hotel, 201 N Wenatchee Ave. Please call the hotel directly to book 1-509-662-1234 and quote KISU Swim Club. Single/Double $139, Triple $149, Quad $159, Suite $285.  All prices in USD. Room block held until May 1st.


Parent Article:

12 Things You Learn Becoming a Swim Parent

By Olivier Poirier-Leroy

The swimmer and swim parent lifestyle is no joke.

Week-long competitions, full days at the pool, and a season that never truly ends.

From fashion to lingo being a swim parent is just as much about adopting the world of swimming as your kid.

Here are 12 of the things you learn on your way to becoming a swim parent:

1. The world is more than 2/3’s covered with water. Otherwise how to explain the never-ending pile of damp towels? The wet suits hanging off every door in the house? The soggy butt marks on the car seat, the couch, and even on the dog? Your whole world is wet. All. The. Time.

2. If you close your eyes for just a few moments you miss your kid’s race. Only swim parents can understand the frustration of going to a day-long swim meet and missing the only :30 seconds your swimmer actually competed.

3. You learn a whole new language. “Heat sheets” aren’t a term for blankets. “DFL” isn’t a runaway football league. And you know that touching with two hands and not picking your head up at the finish is very important.

4. Your grocery bills explode. It’s shocking how much food kids can rabidly throw back. Which makes sense—they are growing and need the food things to help sustain growth. But throw in two-a-day distance workouts, plus the hyper-activity that comes with being a kid, and you find that Costco visits are becoming appallingly frequent.

5. The smell of Chlorine No. 5 is mostly dead to you. Everyone has a signature scent that they wear or develop that they barely notice it themselves. For swimmers and their parents, it’s Chlorine No. 5. Fashionable in all seasons, it’s the scent that never goes out of style.

6. Getting up super early in the AM never gets easier. Some things you learn to accept in adulthood. Things like responsibility. Capitalizing letters. Eating your vegetables. But getting up at 4:45am to pull car-pool duty? Never gets easier.

7. Swimming is more complicated than it looks. The assumption is that swimming is a simple sport. Put on a bathing suit, swim to the other side of the pool as fast as you can. Boom. Done. But there is a ton of stuff going on behind the scenes, from the legions of officials, to the very technical aspects of technique and form.

8. There will always be that one parent who rules the timing booth. The timing systems at local pools can be fickle. Every once in a while, along comes a parent who can “whisper” the glitch timing system. When you find this parent never let them go. Ever.

9. You get into the “swimming is a real sport!” argument with non-swimmer parents. When The Joneses kids don’t swim, and they give you a raised eyebrow and ask if “swimming is even a real sport,” it ignites a deep, incensed reaction. If only they saw the daily struggle.

10. You’ll wear many hats. From cheerleader, to pump-up artist, to shoulder to cry on, to everything in between, your little athlete will lean on you for support between races and practices. All they ask from you is that you are there for them on the days where they swim great, and the days where they swim not-so-great.

11. You know where to buy white pants after Labor Day. During meets where you strap on your official cap you know that this means getting decked out head to toe in white clothing. It’s a good thing you know the only store in town that still sells white pants during the winter. And you know which ones will dry fastest from all the flip-turn splash you are going to get on them.

12. The sport wouldn’t exist without you. Medals aren’t handed out for putting on a swim meet. Or volunteering for the whole meet when your own kid only swam one day. But there should be. Swimming, and the joys and fun and pains and dampness that comes along with it wouldn’t be possible without you.

So, thank you.



Do you need some new KISU gear?  Contact our equipment manager Simone Peters at to order swimsuits, caps, goggles and flip flops!  Looking for other items, visit the Team Aquatic Website at and enter the discount code ‘KIS395’ at checkout to receive the team discount. Or present a copy of the shark card at retail stores.

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Do you have a question- Contact us!

Head Coach: Tina Hoeben,, 250-486-4286

Administrator: Amy Wall,, 250-490-7452

Head Mini Squad Coach: Hilary Harling, , 250-488-6292