Welcome to the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club!

Established in 1978, EKSC is the premiere competitive swim club in Edmonton, offering professional coaching and technique instruction for swimmers of all ages and abilities. As a member of Swim Alberta and Swimming Canada, the goal of EKSC is to provide every member an opportunity to improve their swimming skills and achieve success at his or her level of ability, from novice to international competitor, while creating an environment where excellence is inevitable and fun!


Vision Statement 

Swim to Win...Win at Life!


To provide opportunities to develop outstanding individuals through the pursuit of swimming excellence.

We will accomplish our Mission by:

  • Fostering the core values of trust, consistency, collaboration, and the pursuit of excellence.
  • Maintaining a strong foundation based on the core values of trust, consistency, collaboration and the pursuit of excellence.
  • Maintaining a positive team environment inclusive of the entire club.
  • Providing competitive programs that allow swimmers to maximize their potential through dedication and hard work.
  • Ensuring a high quality of communication, education and participation of all members in the Keyano community.
  • Consistently delivering on commitments.


Athlete Development Policy 

The philosophy of the EKSC program is structured to allow for a graduated development of the swimmer. The philosophy can be summed up as follows: we want the swimmer reaching his/her maximum potential as an athlete and a person.

This high quality program offers the development of technically sound swimming & racing skills and teaches good training habits, which in turn will lead to great performances relative to the swimmers age and maturity. Through sensible programming, sound coaching and a graduated building of the athlete’s career path, it will allow for a nurturing of the maximum potential of each swimmer. By adhering to best practices of long term athlete development, EKSC swimmers will enjoy success at all stages of their swimming career.

Many swimmers at the National and International level are in their twenties. The average age to win an Olympic medal is 22 and getting older with each Olympics. With that in mind, the EKSC program is geared for a swimmer’s development to reach its peak when the swimmer is emotionally and physically capable of handling the commitment, dedication, discipline and the demands, while maintaining the necessary enthusiasm to pursue their goals and succeed.


Team Goals

  • To develop each athlete to their maximum potential.
  • To create an atmosphere of team spirit, unity and support and to contribute to the development of a positive winning attitude.
  • To encourage the development of competitive “mental toughness” (determination, confidence, pride) as a team and as individuals.
  • To pursue excellence more diligently than our competition.
  • To behave with good sportsmanship at all times.

KEYANO Club History

Following the 1978 Commonwealth Games, which were hosted by Edmonton, the JasperPlace Swim Club and the South Side Swim Club amalgamated to form the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club. In subsequent years, the North Edmonton Sharks and Bonnie Doon Blue Fins joined Keyano. The parents of the founding clubs were dedicated to the spirit of swim competition and provided the environment for swim excellence. The club soon gained national recognition and continues to rank as one of the top swim clubs in Canada.

The name Keyano (a Cree word meaning unity and friendship) was chosen from the teddy bear mascot of the same name used for the Commonwealth Games. The incredible success of the Canadian Swim Team at the Commonwealth games and the success of Edmonton in hosting this event were the catalysts that served to launch the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club.

In its first full season, Keyano adopted the "Grizzly" as the mascot for the team. As the grizzly bear was indigenous to Northern Alberta, a fierce competitor, an excellent swimmer, it seemed a powerful symbol for Keyano as the club worked to seek a place in the world aquatic community.