Stories, strategies, resources
The 6th annual National Coaches Week runs from September 19th - 27th. National Coaches Week is a time to celebrate the positive impact coaches have on athletes and their communities across Canada. Coaches are an integral part of the swimming community and we want to take the time to celebrate them this week.
Today Swim BC was notified that the Canada Games Council and the 2021 Canada Games Host Society has made the difficult decision to postpone the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games. They have been postponed until Summer 2022 to better protect the health and safety of Games participants, the Niagara community and visitors across the country.
The Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport (CCMHS) is hosting 60-minute virtual information sessions for parents, coaches, health practitioners, sport leaders, administrators and volunteers affiliated with local and provincial / territorial competitive sport clubs / organizations. The CCMHS is a registered charity that offers sport-informed mental health care in-person and virtually from coast to coast to coast. We invite you to come learn more about how we can support your athletes, coaches, and support staff to reach optimal levels of well-being and performance!
Active for Life has published an article outlining a recent study about what motivates kids to be active. From Active for Life "This Canadian study offers some illuminating findings for both parents and coaches. It discusses what barriers stand in our kids’ way when it comes to participating in physical activity—and it shows just how important enjoyment and confidence are for them."
CHENA Swim Club is pleased to announce that it has hired a new head coach for its competitive swim program for the 2020-2021 season. Effective immediately, Vincent Chung will assume the role of Head Coach of the club. Vincent previously served as the Senior Assistant Coach.
There were 2 excellent articles published about our very own Winskill Dolphins this week. The Winskill Dolphins have been training in the ocean at Boundary Bay since the pandemic began in March.
viaSport released their updated Phase 3 Progressively Loosening guidelines earlier this week. Swim BC is currently working on an updated version of our Return to Swimming Guidelines.
I am in my second week as the Swim BC Technical Director and have been working with our dedicated Swim BC Staff in fully understanding the Swim BC Technical program over the past number of years. I will be continuing to dive deeply into all aspects of the program to ensure that we develop the greatest opportunities for our membership.
Swim BC is excited to have the Dawson Creek Seals join as a new club this upcoming season. They are a joint Swim BC and BCSSA club, who are looking to give their swimmers more opportunities throughout the year.
While the responsibility for providing a safe and nurturing swimming environment falls largely on the shoulders of coaches, there are steps you can take as a parent to ensure your young swimmer is enjoying the most positive sport possible.
What is the best way to support your swimmer? Become an official. Swim meets require 40 to 50 volunteers and they are excellent growth opportunities not only for swimmers but also for parent volunteers. Simon Blunden, a Langley Olympians swim parent, gives us an in-depth look at his officiating experience and why you should consider getting involved.
After a far-reaching survey of 1,300 individuals associated with Local Sport Organizations in 56 sports, Sport for Life has published their findings concerning the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thanks to recently implemented video chat, streaming, and smartphone app technology, the Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club in Fernie, BC, is staying fit, having fun, and learning how to adapt their training while pools remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Though the COVID-19 pandemic derailed much of the scheduled competition for Simon Fraser Aquatics swim club, athletes are staying in shape thanks to adaptable coaching staff, positive attitudes, and help from the City of Burnaby.
Resources for clubs and coaches during COVID-19. Swim BC is not an official authority on COVID-19 but you can find valuable information from these credible sources.
With the removal of Swimming Canada’s “OPEN WATER SAFETY GUIDELINES – Coaching a training group” from their website, Swim BC has developed a replacement document to serve as a resource for your Club’s open water training activity.
The Swim BC Registration Manual for the 2020-2021 season is now available. It includes updates to the registration process for both swimmers and coaches, details on payments, registration forms, and helpful Return to Swimming information related to COVID-19.
The four major governing bodies (Swim BC, Swimming Canada, viaSport, and BCRPA) involved with determining how to return to swimming have released guidelines to help your club build a plan and get swimmers back in the pool.
With the cancellation of athletic events around the world, competitors who were just reaching the peak of physical and mental preparation have suddenly been left without a lane to swim in. Take a look at how COVID-19 is affecting athletes from a variety of sports, including swimming.
Swim BC invites you to be part of the conversation.
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