Our Mission Statement

KISU Swim Club provides competitive swimmers of all abilities with high quality programs and outstanding coaching in a fun, supportive team environment.  Our athletes achieve both personal and performance excellence, in and out of the pool.


KISU was founded in the fall of 1981, as a competitive swim club, at the same time that the new indoor pool in Penticton opened. The first coach, Debbie Millar, and 25 members began what has become one of the most respected swim clubs in the Okanagan.

The name, KISU, is the Interior Salish Indian word for steelhead, referring to the ocean going trout. Being internationally renowned as one of the best fighting fish, the powerful steelhead, or KISU, was a suitable name to represent the finest of the Okanagan's swimmers

KISU is a member of Swim BC and Swimming Canada, our provincial and national sporting organizations.  We are also a member of True Sport.

As a member of KISU your swimmer will train at the Penticton Community Centre pool - a 10 lane, 25 meter pool that was renovated in 2010 - with coaching staff that are NCCP trained and certified (or are registered for NCCP training), and provided with ongoing staff development opportunities throughout the season.

They will learn COURAGE: the willingness to accept risk(s) and endure failings. Courage does not exist unless there is a situation that presents the opportunity for success. We encourage our athletes to embrace these opportunities and not fear the outcome.

They will learn PERSEVERANCE: the backbone of success in any endeavor in life. One cannot succeed at the highest levels without enduring some setbacks. These difficult times can create a lack of faith, low self-esteem, and an obvious drop in enthusiasm. Perseverance is the quality that transcends these difficult times. It allows the individual to find the true strength of their character.

They will be in a True Sport environment of: Go For It; Play Fair; Respect Others; Keep it Fun; Stay Healthy; Include Everyone; Give Back.