New swimmers

  • The Club is for children of all ages, with no minimum age, provided they can swim a width of the pool, unassisted, using a recognizable stroke.
  • New swimmers (Novice to Division 4) must demonstrate their swimming ability at an in-pool evaluation at Kin Pool in Bowen Park on either April 29th or 30th between 4 and 6 pm.  
  • Division 5 and older swimmers do not need to attend the evaluation sessions provided they can meet the width of pool requirement.
  • Click the 2019 BCSSA Age Locator link to determine what division your child will be in as of May 1, 2019.
  • What to bring to the pool evaluation:
    • Proof of Age (Birth Certificate or Care Card)
    • Bathing Suit, Goggles and Towel (to demonstrate swimming requirements)
    • Credit Card, if not yet registered online.

NEW:  Registration is now a 2 step process:

  1. Register with BCSSA and pay the $43 insurance fee. (A link to the BCSSA registration page is included in the Swim Club registration).
  2. Register with the Swim Club and pay the remainder of your balance. 

2019 Registration Fees and Timelines


Online Registration Opens

Season Start Date

Registration Fee


Community Day Fee


Service Hours Fee


Service Hours Minimum Requirement


Returning Swimmers (2018 season club member)
Full Season Mar 15 May 1


15% off for early registration before April 5

75 300 10
Partial Season* Jun 1 Jun 17 240 0 240 8
Alumni Mar 15 May 1 130 0 0 0
New Swimmers
Full Season Apr 5 May 1 385 75 300 10
Partial Season* Jun 7 Jun 17 240 0 240 8

* Partial Season registration is available only to Winter Club swimmers who will be swimming in the OCat category with the Nanaimo White Rapids.  Winter Club swimmers may choose to register for either Full Season or Partial Season.  Partial Season spots are dependant upon Full Season enrollment numbers and may not be available in all swim groups.

Registration Fee

  • All registration fees include $43 for BCSSA insurance.
  • Multi Swimmer Discounts for Full and Partial Season registrations: $25 discount for first sibling, $50 discount for second sibling, etc.
  • **15% Early-bird discount for Returning Full Season swimmers registering before April 5.  
  • Payment due upon registration by credit card or e-transfer only.

Community Day

At least one swimmer from each full season registration family is required to participate in Community Day.  This day is a NWRSC tradition where swimmers promote the club and outdoor pool to the public at local grocery stores. They solicit for funds by politely asking shoppers as they come and go from the stores for donations to support the swim club. All donors receive a free public swim pass to show our appreciation.  Families who do not participate will be charged a $75 fee.

Service Hours

As a non-profit organization the club relies on the service efforts of its members to operate during the season. Each family is required to contribute a minimum of 10 hours of service throughout the year. This can take on many forms of volunteer work.  During our Nanaimo swim meet it may be setup, concession, traffic control, deck food or 50/50 sales etc. Other jobs may include working during our pancake breakfasts or spaghetti dinner, timing at meets or any other job that you can contribute to ensure an enjoyable season for our swimmers.  Families will be charged on a pro-rated basis for any unfulfilled commitment hours ($300 pro-rated based on 10 hours).

Refund Policy

Full refunds are provided upon written request prior to May 17, 2019.  Email   Requests on or after May 17 will be considered only for medical withdrawals accompanied by approved documentation from a medical practitioner; approved requests will be awarded pro-rated credit towards next season's registration.


Each swimmer will receive a complimentary White Rapids t-shirt.  Indicate your size in your online registration.  Other apparel items are available to order from the online store.  A pop-up store with product samples will be set up at the pool during the first week.   

Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ page) under the General Info tab or contact our Club President at with your questions.

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