About

The Yellowknife Polar Bear Swim Club has been providing competitive swimming opportunities for youth in Yellowknife since 1970. 
 
We train in the city of Yellowknife's five-lane Ruth Inch Memorial Pool and host regular time trials and competitions with other clubs in the Northwest Territories.
 
NWT swimming clubs are affiliated with Swim Alberta and are therefore ranked among Alberta Swim Clubs and compete in Alberta Provincial Swim Meets as well as other regional swimming championships. The Polar Bear Swim Club has produced several age group national swimmers and consistently has swimmers qualify for the Canada and Western Canada Games. In the last decade, eight of our swimmers have also gone on to compete at the CIS level in university, three of them as team captains, and two of our swimmers have taken part in Olympic time trials. 
 
We are a non-profit organization and rely on the help and support of our volunteer coaches to keep our level of competition at its highest, and to provide fun and skillful swimming instruction.
 
Admissions
 
The swim club currently has about 50 swimmers training at the Ruth Inch Memorial Pool during the times that are available to our club. Because most of our swimmers return each season, there are limited opportunities to admit new swimmers to our swim lanes and those who are admitted are often restricted by age or gender.
 
We strive to hold try-outs for new swimmers (ideally, ages five and six) each September. By "try-outs" we mean an opportunity for our coaches to see whether new swimmers will be a good fit with our current groups, and with our swim lane configuration. In other words, we look for new swimmers who can fit in our lanes, so we make maximum use of our pool time. 
 
In the 2018/2019 the club launched a fall Polar Pup swim program in order to broaden the opportunity for young swimmers to train and learn with us for eight weeks without becoming full-season members. We are also working on expanding our Swim for Life program for teenagers and a Masters program for those 18 and older. While COVID-19 restrictions partially derailed both of these programs, please watch this website for details on how to take part. 
 
Board of Directors & club positions for 2021-2022 season
 
Our volunteer board is made up of swim parents. 
 
President - Remy Leclerc
Vice-President - Ebony Duru
Treasurer - vacant
Secretary - Lillith Brook
PR/comms - Sara Minogue
Equipment managers - Tyree Mullaney/Jenna Scarfe
Fundraising Coordinator - Angie Viloria
Travel Manager - vacant
Registrar - JF Dufour
Social Committee - Frankie Bower
Meet Manager - Remy Leclerc
Head Coach - Carol Lockhart
Conflict Resolution - Ngan Trinh
Officials Administrator - Lea Barbosa-Leclerc
 
The board meets on the second or third Thursday of each month. 
 
How to reach us
 
For questions related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming-related needs, contact one of the coaches. For questions related to administration or board matters, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of our board members.
 
If you need help to reach the right person, please contact Sara Minogue at 867-446-1432 or [email protected]

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Saturday morning - what's this again?

Hi all, I just wanted to collect all the details in one place about Saturday morning. We'll hold our annual parent information morning, as...

By Sara Minogue

No swimming tomorrow, club meeting Saturday

I regret to announce we will not be in the water Wednesday. As previously mentioned, the board is actively working on some outstanding administrative...

By Sara Minogue

Swimming cancelled Monday, Sept. 26

I hate to disappoint everyone but swimming will not be starting tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 26. We will aim instead to be in the pool...

By Sara Minogue

Liability waivers for swimmers

Parents of all swimmers will need to sign a liability waiver before kids get in the pool for the 2022/2023 swim season. You can...

By Sara Minogue

Registration is now open for the 2022/2023 season

Hello all, Registration is now open for returning swimmers for the 2022/2023 swimming season. You find the link here or as under the Registration...

By Sara Minogue

Swim club tryouts, poll for returning swimmers

Hello all, The city tells us the pool is on track to reopen Sept. 19, which means the swim season is upon us. Tryouts...

By Sara Minogue

Bingo Sept. 23; board meeting Sept. 14

The swim club has another Bingo scheduled at the Tree of Peace on Friday, Sept. 23. Volunteers are needed and will earn $100 towards...

By Sara Minogue

COVID-19 case at time trials; March break schedule

Hi all, We’ve received word that there is a positive case of COVID-19 among the people at this weekend’s time trials. The current advice...

By Sara Minogue

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