New Season - Coach and President Updates

Mike Gleason

Good Afternoon Riptides Team,

Welcome back, and welcome to all of our new atheltes joining our club for the 2019-2020 season!

I hope everyone is doing well, and had a great break over the summer, here we go! Here is the big email, quite a lot of information so I apologise if it gets a bit long! Let’s get going!

Start Up Dates

Dryland Monday 9th 4-5pm, Swim Sessions 23rd (WRG Only), Gym 16th & 19th

  • Pre swim dryland sessions with be starting up Monday 9th 4-5pm at Millennium Park and will run Monday, Wednesday, Friday with the 20th being the last session. It is expected to rain Tuesday we will work under the assumption if its raining it’s a no-go! I will make sure I head over there anyway to confirm no swimmers left and will send a confirmation email as well. These sessions are completely optional and for everyone, however much more pressing ofr the older swimmers, and just some games and conditioning to get us going again! Please bring appropriate runners.
  • Swim Sessions start on the 23rd for White, Red and Gold groups, and September 30th for Novice groups, October 7th for Swim School.
  • White, Red and Gold groups will be on a start up schedule to ease us back in! The week of the 23rd will be Monday to Friday 4-5.30pm, and we will gradually build from there, Novice all sessions will be run as of October 7th.

Kananaskis Country Retreat

  • September 20th – 21st (Friday Night) 5pm Check in. A great chance for team building and some fun and games at the Wilderness Hostel, 14 Male and 14 Female only for the overnight! Will send a sign up out on the website.
  • Here is a link of the Hostel

Swim Meets

  • Swim Meet sign up will be done from the website and on your “On Deck” app, the full meet schedule is on the website for the upcoming year, this is subject to change however that would be slight.
  • Canmore Pentathlon for example you would be able to log on and declare your athlete(s) for the meet and as we are hosting declare for a volunteer position all from the app!



  • Gym with start up on the 16th and will run Monday and Thursday again 6.30-7.30pm we will look to update the billing group for the new gym with some new people joining, if you are interested please contact [email protected] and I can put you in touch with the strength coach Chelsea Deschamps to answer any questions or concerns, we will be approaching the 16th assuming all athletes who were in the gym last year will continue, if not please let me know .
  • We will also be doing an info night for the gym sessions we will be aiming for Thursday the 12th, I will set it up as an event on the website to RSVP. We will look to go through any questions you may have about the gym as well as periodisation through the year. 


Thank you, any questions please let me know! I am tremendously excited to be back for another year and looking on to continuing our great work last year and continuing to build moving forward on the successes of last season.

Have a great day

Coach Tom Shackel




Dear RIP swimmers and parents

Well it’s that time of year again!!  A new season for the Riptides is starting!  I will be sending out an e-mail next week outlining all RIP details for the month of September and for the fall session, but I do want to get the ball rolling on some things....

Once again, the Riptides will be volunteering at the Melissa’s Road Race on September 28th – it will be their 40th anniversary, and the shirts this year are suppose to be fabulous – all volunteers will be getting one!!

We will be needing 20 volunteers – all ages are welcome!!  Swimmers/parents will be running the t-shirt pick up booth (same as last year) from 830am-1230pm.  Please go to the link below and select T-shirt Pick Up - Riptides Only

The club will be receiving $1000 for our volunteer efforts, so it’s important that we fill all 20 volunteer positions!!  If you can help out that morning, it would be great!  I know that the swimmers had a blast last year at the race.

The club this year has decided to start working more with our swimmers and ensuring that we are providing a safe and bullying free environment.  We will be bringing in the Dare to Care program.   Other swim clubs provide this program to their swimmers/parents/coaches and have had great success with it.  This program is mandatory for all swimmers, coaches AND PARENTS!!  We are bringing the program to the club on MONDAY OCTOBER 7th, so please save the date!!  4-5pm will be for all swimmers 10yrs and under, 5-7pm will be for all swimmers 11-18yrs, and parent/coaches meeting will be from 730-930pm.  This will be held at Elevation Place in room 209. 


Michelle McLaren

President, Bow Valley Riptides

[email protected]