2021-2022 Chinook Aquatic Club Registration

Open for Returning Members

8/16/21 - 7/31/22

Open for New Members

8/30/21 - 7/31/22


Chinook Aquatic Club has been training young people in healthy athletic competition since 1976. Chinook has been serving the Bellevue, Mercer Island and Renton communities for over 45 years. We take pride in the accomplishments of all our swimmers, some who have gone on to win National and Olympic championships. Chinook provides a fun, developmentally-appropriate age group competitive swimming program for girls and boys ages 7-18. 

We believe the swimming experience provides important life skills to all our members, regardless of age or ability. Goal-setting, persistence, time management, self-discipline and positive thinking are some of the skills our swimmers acquire and take with them into all aspects of their lives. Chinook training groups are organized by ability level so that swimmers develop skills at their own pace. Swim meets are organized throughout the year for ability levels, so that even novices can participate in the competitive experience.

Chinook Aquatic Club is a member of Pacific Northwest Swimming, and a 
member of United States Swimming, the governing body of competitive swimming.

Chinook Head Coach Jerry Johnston coaches the Senior group. Was one of the original swimmers on Lake Washington Swim Club, which is now Chinook, and was their first male swimmer to qualify for Sr. Nationals. Graduated from Newport High School. Went to the University of Washington on a full ride scholarship and was a 3 year All-American as well as team captain. Qualified for Olympic Trials in 1972 and 1976 and placed 5th at Sr. Nationals in the 400 IM in 1972. Began coaching in 1977 at Issaquah Swim Team and had several Jr. and Sr. National qualifiers including a Jr. National Champion. 

Chinook Head Age Group Coach Brendan Weibel started with Chinook in the fall of 2020 working with the Sectional and Blue Groups at the Renton Location. Prior to joining Chinook, Brendan was an assistant senior coach at various clubs in Chicagoland and Champaign, IL. Brendan has had the opportunity to coach swimmers working towards their first BB standard all the way to multiple Olympic Trials qualifiers (2), Illinois High School state champions (2), and Junior National Qualifiers (10). As a coach, Brendan's goal is to be the best he can be at helping EVERY swimmer on the team achieve his or her goals in swimming! Outside of the pool, you can find Brendan writing code, riding his bike, or watching Chicago Bears football.

Working with Jerry and Brendan for the 2021-2022 season is returning coach Justin Fleming. Chinook is fortunate to have a full complement of experienced coaches. The coaches’ hard work and dedication over the years have strengthened and developed the age group program.  The coaches continually make swimming fun, challenging, and rewarding for the athletes. 

We take pride in our program and have confidence that you will too! Welcome to Chinook!