Columbia Vally Swim club perpares for a busy summer

The Columbia Valley Swim Club gives kids survival skills and an opportunity to volunteer

They’re not just about teaching kids how to swim. The Columbia Valley Swim Club gives kids survival skills and an opportunity to volunteer. Head Coach Karen Fahrni explained that the club offers a volunteer program that allows their older athletes to be lesson instructors, working with her to teach the younger swimmers.

Fahrni says the program allows athletes to give back to their community by volunteering.

“I always think if you don’t teach kids to volunteer at a young age they don’t see the value of it when they get older,” said Fahrni.

This year the club has had 130 registered kids go through the program, giving kids swim skills and water safety training.

“With the swim lessons, the importance with them is the water safety, knowing not to swim alone, learning to wear a life jacket when you are swimming, what to do if you fall through the ice– there are so many important things to learn in swimming lessons to teach kids at a young age,” said Fahrni.

This spring the club received a grant to allow them to offer affordable swim lessons to four elementary schools including Eileen Madison, J.A. Laird, Windermere, and Edgewater, giving roughly 200 local kids the opportunity to learn how to swim.

“We’ve always believed we’re a lake community, there’s rivers and lakes. Every child in this community should have basic swim skills. Even if you’re boating in a life jacket, there’s risk involved if you’re not comfortable,” said Fahrni.

The club isn’t just about swimming lessons. They have an active group of competitive swimmers who travel around to different swim meets in the region. This season the club had one swimmer, Taylor Lightfoot, who made it to the B.C. double-A provincial meet.

“Taylor, she actually qualified r the double A provincials this year and we went to Chilliwack and she competed February 17 to the 19th and she had incredible swims there and she even made finals on the last day. She swam very well,” said Fahrni.

The club is currently preparing for their final meet of the season which just so happens to be the one they host, The fourth annual Columbia Valley Otters Spring Invitational on June, 4th.

“It’s a sanctioned swim meet and we host teams from around our region so Canmore, Calgary, Cranbrook they all come up and participate in a one day meet. It’s sort of unique because it’s an outdoor venue so we don’t have a lot of outdoor meets in Canada and this is one of them,” said Fahrni.

After the invitational, the competitive season will be over until September but the club will shift into their summer program which includes running the Red Cross swim lessons out of Radium Hot Springs. These lessons run in July and August and are popular among locals and summer visitors so Fahrni recommends parents sign their kids up sooner rather than later by visiting the clubs website:

Just Posted

Sexual assault stories from treeplanting camps ‘shocking but not surprising’

Contractors’ association is working with trainers to create respectful culture

Interior Health leading the way with innovative therapy for stroke patients

Percentage of ischemic stroke patients who received treatment has risen dramatically

School District 6 announces new superintendent

Karen Shipka will be taking on superintendent’s job this August

RDEK financial plan up for public comment

Taxes could increase $12 per home on average.

Matching workers with jobs

Job and Entrepreneur Fair left employers, job seekers and organizers pleased.

Toddler killed in Squamish grocery store parking lot

Child’s mother taken to hospital but her condition is not known

Two law enforcement trucks ‘deliberately’ set on fire in northern B.C., RCMP say

Police say they have video evidence of a person in the area of the truck fires

B.C. mother, daughter return home after coronavirus quarantine in Asia

Jensine Morabito and her daughter were on Holland America’s Westerdam but did not catch the virus

Leap Year means we get an extra day in February, so how are you spending it?

People online have a number of suggestions and plans on how they will be spending Saturday

Greta sticker that drew outrage in Alberta not child pornography: RCMP

X-Site Energy Services has denied having anything to do with the stickers

Bald eagle hit by train in northern B.C. has a chance of survival

The raptor has been taken to OWL in the Lower Mainland for recovery

Cheslatta Carrier Nation and Rio Tinto sign a historic agreement

Co-operation crucial to stem dropping Nechako Reservoir level

Hundreds of B.C. firefighters ‘climb the wall’ for BC Lung Association

The charity fundraiser saw participants climbing up 48 storeys

Most Read