Welcome to Kisu!

Below is information on the history of the club, some of the philosophy and culture we're looking to develop, an overview of the groups within the club, as well as some details on how billing works, competitions, and a few other things. There's a lot of information here, for sure, but you are strongly encouraged to read through it to understand more about the club.

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 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, Province and country.


Be Safe – Get Fit – Swim Fast

Be Safe - One of the first reasons parents sign their children up for the KISU Swim Club is so they are safer around water.  In Penticton especially, with lakes and beaches to our north and south, every child should learn to swim well.  KISU covers the basics of water safety with our young swimmers and puts more time into teaching swimming than any other program.


Get Fit – Swimming provides more high quality aerobic fitness training than any other youth sport.  It uses all the body’s major muscle groups and enhances natural flexibility.  It develops superior coordination through combinations of complex movements of all parts of the body.  It is one of the few sports that will be with your child for their ENTIRE life.


Swim Fast – the back bone of the KISU Swim Club is competitive swimming.  We encourage all our swimmers to pursue their highest level of excellence in the pool.



Why swimming?

It is a unique sport that combines individual competition as well as team training/competition.  Even the most elite swimmers in the world train with a team.


Leadership skills are developed from the start and extend from leading a lane in practice to organizing a cheer or volunteering in the community.


Life lessons – sport is an ideal vehicle for learning many lessons that extend into adult life.  From working hard leads to improvement, to learning to gracefully deal with failure and to be humble with success.


Character Building – KISU embraces the life lessons of sport and adds to its opportunities for leadership.  With our older athletes we have weekly talks that discuss much beyond the technical aspects of the sport.  We are working towards building people who will be leaders and contribute to our community in many ways beyond swimming.  A small sample of what we might cover in a month – teach how to shake hands, introduction to meditation, how to write a thank you letter.




Website – our website has a vast amount of information on it from the upcoming events to the detailed results from every swim meet and advice for swim parents.  Check the website often for updates.  All of our weekly club newsletters are also posted on the website.


Club Newsletters – we have a weekly club newsletter that goes out (often, but not always on Mondays).  This will keep you up-to-date on what is happening in the club from upcoming events to results from the past swim meet.  We often include articles for swim parents as well.  This is your number one source of current club information (the website is good, but the club newsletter pulls the most pertinent and current parts of the website and brings them to you).  We try to limit the number of emails we send out to our members and jam-pack this email with all the important things you should know (rather than jam packing your inbox with 42 different emails).


Facebook – our Club Facebook page is a great resource for what is going on with the club.  It is a place where we celebrate the excitement of a swim meet or daily events at practice.  We sometimes post deadlines for upcoming events here, but not consistently.  This is a great accessory to our communication, but not a vital one (the club newsletter is the best).


Contact us – if you have a question, concern, comment or suggestion, please feel free to contact us.



All KISU swimmers are supplied with an Arena club suit, club swim cap and t-shirt.  Additional caps and goggles can be picked up in our office.  Throughout the season we have orders for track suits (jackets and/or pants), hoodies, back packs, etc.  Please watch our event page for these.  

For any additional orders, please contact our equipment managers, Erin  at [email protected]



Pool Rules

As the largest rental group in the pool, we want to make sure that we are always doing our best to follow pool rules. 

Here are some of the big ones:

  • No shoes on the deck.
  • No food on the deck . . . absolutely no eating and if you need to transport food, make sure it is concealed (as we’ve been told by the lifeguards).
  • No access to the deck through the emergency exit on the far side (it is acceptable to exit through this door).
  • No access to our club office through Meeting Room 4 . . . make sure to use the deck to get to the office.

Event Sign Up:

All of our meets, time trials, social events, volunteer commitment etc, require you to sign up on the website.  Once you have logged into your account all upcoming events can be viewed from the home screen. 


To view the description of the event, click on the event title on the left side of the screen.  


To commit your swimmer to the event, click on the pink ‘edit commitment’ tab. From there you will be able to declare one or all of your swimmers to either attend or decline the event.  This screen will also have additional instructions such as “please indicate the total number in your family to attend” for family events.  This can be done under a single swimmer.  


To sign up as a volunteer for one of our meets click on the ‘job sign up’ tab under the event.  From there you will be able to see which jobs are available for which time slots. Pick you prefer slot and click ‘sign up’ at the bottom of the screen.



Mini Squad (White, Blue, Gold)

Mini Squad comprises our introductory training groups and focuses on the basic skills of swimming. Starting off with body movement and breathing skills, swimmers will progress towards an introduction to all four strokes and open turns. Mini Squad swimmers will also work on developing their endurance and fitness. To be eligible to swim in the Mini Squad group, children must be 5 years of age and have completed Swim Kids 3 or have the ability to swim 20 metres (the length of the leisure pool). 


No technique or grace required! Swimmers typically start in the White group.  Throughout the season, this group will focus on freestyle and backstroke.


To register for the Blue group, swimmers will be able to swim 50 meters without stopping.  Swimmers will have an understanding of basic freestyle and basic backstroke.  Throughout the season, this group will focus on learning all four competitive strokes.


To register for the Gold Group, swimmers will be able to swim 50 meters without stopping, rest, and then repeat.  Training will focus on all four competitive strokes, learning how to swim on a repeat time, and swimmers will compete in at least one of our home Jamborees.


Mini Squad swimmers have two 45-minute practices each week.  The last Saturday of each month is typically a Team Practice, where all swimmers in the club practice together.  Mini Squad swimmers are also invited to attend these Team Practices.


During the season (September through April) Mini Squad swimmers will be encouraged to compete in KISU Mini Meets (focusing on fun, participation, and learning swim meet formats) and, depending on their ability and desire, our invitational or regional Jamboree meets (an introduction to competing against swimmers from other clubs, and an opportunity to start to track your swimmers times so that they can work on personal improvement).Practices are held in the small pool, with occasional opportunities to swim in the large pool (ie: practicing starts/dives, swimming in deep water).  


Parents of Mini Squad swimmers will help out at Mini Meets by timing and assisting coaches.


Swimmers are ready to graduate from the Mini Squad program and start their next season in Juniors (in the deep pool) once they have a well-developed backstroke and freestyle (with bilateral breathing), recognizable butterfly and breaststroke (with a legal breast kick).  Swimmers will also need to be able to swim 1000m in a practice on a regular basis, as well swimmers will understand how to do 100IM (25 meters of each butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle).  Swimmers moving up will also be encouraged to know their stroke count for at least freestyle. For questions regarding whether the White, Blue, or Gold group is appropriate for your swimmer, please contact Naomi Antler, our Mini Squad Coordinator, [email protected]



Juniors (1 & 2)

The Junior group focuses on further development of the four swimming strokes and introduces swimmers to group training skills. Junior swimmers train in the main pool (25m lanes). They will work on their strokes through a variety of drills and will gain an understanding of basic training, lane etiquette and using the pace clock.

They will also become familiar with competitive starts and turns.

In order to register for the Junior group swimmers will have successfully completed Mini Squad and have an understanding of all four strokes (including a legal breast kick) or have completed Swim Kids 8.


Junior swimmers are encouraged to compete at our invitational and regional Jamboree swim meets.


Juniors have 4 practice times per week.  At the start of the season, they might not attend all practices each week, but should attend the two 1-hour practices at a minimum.  The only difference between Juniors 1 and Juniors 2 is their practice days.


Parents of Junior swimmers will be volunteering at Mini Meets, and Jamborees and learning the skills required to be a Level 1 official (it’s very easy – operating a stopwatch and recording times for swimmers!)

Before moving into the Super Juniors training group, swimmers will have legal strokes, have a good understanding of lane etiquette the ability to lead a lane, and will know how to use the pace clock.



Super Juniors (1 & 2)

Super Juniors is for swimmers who have typically had one or two seasons in Juniors and who have met the goals of the Junior training group. They will continue to work on technique, endurance, and training skills.

Super Junior swimmers will have had swim meet experience by competing at Jamboree meets as a Junior.  They are training with a goal of reaching a sub-4 minute time standard for their 200 IM in order to compete at “sanctioned” swim meets with their competitive swimming peers.

Super Juniors have 4 practices per week.  The only difference between Super Juniors 1 and Super Juniors 2 is the practice days.


Parents of Super Junior swimmers will have experience as Level 1 officials having worked as timers at Jamboree meets.  The next step will be to start learning the skills required to be a Level 2 official, which will include taking the Stroke and Turn Clinic and volunteering at our home swim meets.  We encourage all parents of swimmers who are sub 4 min for their 200 IM to take the Stroke and Turn Clinic.




Intermediate swimmers have moved on in endurance and skill from the Super Junior group, have achieved a sub-4 for their 200 IM, and are ready for an increased training schedule, while they continue to improve their stroke technique and training habits.


The Intermediate group has six training times per week. Swimmers are required to attend 4 practices at a minimum in order to see improvement in their times.  Intermediate swimmers will also be beginning to look at training goals and will be learning about time standards and qualifying times.


Parents of Intermediate swimmers will continue to work at achieving their Level 2 official requirements and will volunteer at home meets and at regional meets hosted by other clubs.



Age Group

The Age Group training group focuses on fine-tuning the four competitive strokes and the introduction of training principles. Swimmers will learn more demanding stroke drills and more complex pace clock work. They will see progress both in their swimming skills and their fitness level. These athletes will also be introduced to dry-land warm up.


Age Group swimmers have 6 practices per week.  Week day practices are after school so high school aged swimmers who are not interested in the Swim Academy program may choose to swim the Age Group program. Swimmers will be competing at our invitational and regional meets and will be encouraged to attend our travel and qualifying meets.


Parents of Age Group swimmers will be Level 2 and Level 3 officials who will be a part of KISU’s core group of swim officials who volunteer their time to organize and host our home swim meets.



Swim Academy

The Swim Academy is offered to students at both Penticton Secondary School and Princess Margaret Secondary School. Academy swimmers have their time tables adjusted so they finish their school day at lunch. A minimum of one season in Age Group is required before a swimmer may consider Swim Academy (plus minimum time standards). Swim Academy swimmers focus on further fine-tuning their strokes and the development of training principles and practice.


The swimmers of this group are expected to have well-developed strokes and an understanding of training principles. Their training will encompass all areas of swimming including a more structured dry-land strength/flexibility training program, morning practices and double practices (2x per day).  Swimmers are expected to compete at: the Regional High School Meet, our two Home meets, and at two other meets hosted by our Region.  They are strongly encouraged to also attend additional provincial/national level meets for which they qualify.

Swim Academy swimmers have 9 practice times per week. At the start of the season they are expected to attend a minimum of 7 practices per week and are then required to add mornings and doubles at the direction of the coach. 

Swim Academy swimmers are leaders in our club.  They are working toward their personal swimming goals and are supporting their fellow swimmers in achieving their goals as well.


Parents of Swim Academy swimmers will be Level 2 and 3 officials who are a part of the core group of KISU officials who ensure that our club hosts quality meets for our swimmers and for other swimmers in the region/province.



Billing and Invoices: 

Billing Summaries: 

Billing summaries are emailed at the end of every month between the 25th and 29th.  This summary will indicate the amount owed on your account which will be billed to your credit card on file on the 1st of the month.  Upon receiving your summary please login to your account and review the charges via the link included in the email.  You will see a detailed invoice for all charges posted to your account. 


You can view your account balance at any time by logging into your account, clicking on the ‘My Account’ tab on the left and the selecting ‘$My Invoice/Payment’. From this screen you can view your current invoice summary as well as your recurring monthly charges for the season, and any past invoices back to the date the account was created. Please contact Amy at [email protected] regarding any billing questions.


Editing your credit card information: 

This can be done by logging into your account and clicking on ‘My Account’ to the left and then ‘Set Up Autopay’.  You can then add a new card to your account and select which charges are to be billed to the new card. Removing cards must be done by admin.


If you are wanting to delete a card that has been compromised, please add the new card and email [email protected] to have the old card removed.  Please include the last 4 digits of the card to be removed.




KISU Club Values

  • We will work hard, and then work harder than we ever thought we could
  • We will pursue excellence yet, remain humble.  We realize our place in the world and will give back to our sport and community
  • We will laugh.  We will laugh often and together.  We will not take ourselves too seriously . . . but don’t underestimate us, we are dead serious about swimming fast.
  • We are not the princess and the pea.  We are the commoner and can take on cannonballs.  Nothing will stop us from doing our best.
  • We embrace struggle and thrive on failure as they are the wise teachers of a rich life.
  • We are a community - good days and bad - we are loyal, respectful and forgiving to each other.
  • Discipline, Determination and Dedication are the skills we apply to our swimming and our lives, including our academics.
  • We are not perfect.  We are in process.