Swimming

White Rock Wave’s youngest competitor, Will Messcu (21), and oldest, Betty Brussel (98), at the meet. (contributed photo)

Winning weekend for White Rock Wave swimmers in Victoria

Swim club’s oldest member, 98, broke several long course records for B.C. and Canada

 

Hundreds of people of all ages showed up to ring in 2023 with a chilly dip in the ocean at the White Rock Polar Bear Plunge Sunday (Jan. 1). Christopher Leach photo

Hundreds brave frigid waters for Polar Bear Plunge at White Rock beach Jan. 1

Record-high number of chilly dippers show up for White Rock and Crescent Rock plunges

 

This sign for ‘Crescent Rock Beach’. (Contributed photo)

Polar ‘Bare’ Plunge set for Crescent Rock in South Surrey Jan. 1

Surrey United Naturists hold 15th annual clothing-optional New Year’s swim

 

Canada’s Maggie Mac Neil in action during World Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 21, 2021. On Dec. 18, 2022, she set a new world record at the FINA World Swimming Championships. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Canadian swimmer Maggie Mac Neil sets world record at short course worlds

Mac Neil trimmed over a half-second off the previous record

Canada’s Maggie Mac Neil in action during World Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 21, 2021. On Dec. 18, 2022, she set a new world record at the FINA World Swimming Championships. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
The White Rock Polar Bear Plunge in 2018. (file photo)

White Rock Polar Bear Plunge is back on Jan. 1, 2023

Popular event cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns returns to waterfront

The White Rock Polar Bear Plunge in 2018. (file photo)
White Rock Wave swimmer Kelly Dumont (middle)stroking her way to a first-place finish in the 50M backstroke at the Ebbtides meet. (contributed photo)

White Rock Wave swim team takes first place in Ebbtides Meet in Nanaimo

Team strength in relays helped Grandview Aquatic Centre swimmers nab the win

White Rock Wave swimmer Kelly Dumont (middle)stroking her way to a first-place finish in the 50M backstroke at the Ebbtides meet. (contributed photo)
A collaboration between coaches has allowed young South Surrey athlete Neil Zhou to participate and excel in multiple sports throughout his youth. (Contributed photo)
A collaboration between coaches has allowed young South Surrey athlete Neil Zhou to participate and excel in multiple sports throughout his youth. (Contributed photo)
Swim lessons offered by Lifesaving Society. (File photo)

With Red Cross ending swim lessons, Surrey partners with Lifesaving Society in pools

More than 1.2 million Canadians take Lifesaving Society courses every year

Swim lessons offered by Lifesaving Society. (File photo)
Sandy Schemmer, Alida Brichon, Rita Clarkson and Betty Brussel won the women’s 200M freestyle relay (320+ age group) at the North Shore Sprint Meet on Oct. 15. (Contributed photo)

White Rock Wave swimmers take top spot at North Shore meet

Newcomers, club veterans combine for podium finishes

Sandy Schemmer, Alida Brichon, Rita Clarkson and Betty Brussel won the women’s 200M freestyle relay (320+ age group) at the North Shore Sprint Meet on Oct. 15. (Contributed photo)
Grandview Aquatic Centre (Aaron Hinks photo)

Triathlon ‘TRI IT’ event set for Grandview Aquatic Centre

One-day session aims to introduce participants to the multi-event sport

Grandview Aquatic Centre (Aaron Hinks photo)
The South Surrey Indoor Pool reopened Tuesday, Sept. 20. (surrey.ca photo)

‘Great morning’ as South Surrey Indoor Pool reopens

Pool had been closed since the spring of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The South Surrey Indoor Pool reopened Tuesday, Sept. 20. (surrey.ca photo)
Canadian Olympian Kierra Smith speaks to Pacific Sea Wolves swimmers at a training session at Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre. (Contributed photo)

South Surrey swim club gets visit from two-time Canadian Olympian

Swimmer Kierra Smith held session with Pacific Sea Wolves at Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre

Canadian Olympian Kierra Smith speaks to Pacific Sea Wolves swimmers at a training session at Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre. (Contributed photo)
Pictured is the area of Crescent Beach a man was drowning in outside of patrol-hours and had to be saved by an off-duty lifeguard. (CBLG Handout photo)

Off-duty lifeguard credited with saving life of drowning man at Crescent Beach

Lifeguard patrols of the area had stopped 30-minutes earlier

Pictured is the area of Crescent Beach a man was drowning in outside of patrol-hours and had to be saved by an off-duty lifeguard. (CBLG Handout photo)
Drowning is “not the violent splashing and shouting for help that one sees on TV. There’s no screaming or flailing of arms,” writes reporter Jenna Hauck. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

COLUMN: Drowning is silent; familiarize yourself with the signs of it

Chilliwack reporter shares what signs of drowning look like after incident with son in pool

Drowning is “not the violent splashing and shouting for help that one sees on TV. There’s no screaming or flailing of arms,” writes reporter Jenna Hauck. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
RCMP vehicles. (File photo)

Lower Mainland man drowns while swimming in Okanagan Lake

The incident happened the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 8

RCMP vehicles. (File photo)
South Surrey Indoor Pool will reopen Sept. 20, the City of Surrey announced Tuesday. (surrey.ca photo)

South Surrey Indoor Pool to reopen Sept. 20

Aquatic facility is the last of five indoor pools to open in the city since closing in 2020

South Surrey Indoor Pool will reopen Sept. 20, the City of Surrey announced Tuesday. (surrey.ca photo)
The Pacific Sea Wolves swim club, which normally operates out of two indoor pools in South Surrey, has been training outdoors at the Bear Creek Park pool this summer. (Contributed photo)

Pacific Sea Wolves swimmers land on podium in Chilliwack

40 athletes compete at Swim BC Divisional Championships

The Pacific Sea Wolves swim club, which normally operates out of two indoor pools in South Surrey, has been training outdoors at the Bear Creek Park pool this summer. (Contributed photo)
Young members of BC Aquasonics artistic swimming club perform a routine in the pool at Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex on Sunday, June 12, during a season-ending show. (Contributed photo: Peng Zhang)

Surrey’s Aquasonics make a splash in COVID-paused water show that featured Father’s Day display

Members of artistic swimming club won a number of medals at provincials, then showcased at home pool

Young members of BC Aquasonics artistic swimming club perform a routine in the pool at Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex on Sunday, June 12, during a season-ending show. (Contributed photo: Peng Zhang)
White Rock resident Gary Worters has been wondering for months why the South Surrey Indoor Pool remains closed, and he doesn’t believe a lack of lifeguards is the reason, despite that being the reason given by the City of Surrey. (Nick Greenizan photo)

South Surrey Indoor Pool’s continued closure confounds senior

‘If you’re never going to open the pool again, just say it’ says White Rock’s Gary Worters

White Rock resident Gary Worters has been wondering for months why the South Surrey Indoor Pool remains closed, and he doesn’t believe a lack of lifeguards is the reason, despite that being the reason given by the City of Surrey. (Nick Greenizan photo)
Hjorth Road Pool is one of Surrey’s eight outdoor pools. (Photo: Tides Out)

Surrey’s 8 outdoor pools are set to open for the season, starting with 3 of them May 16

‘Most pools are opening between one week and one month earlier this year,’ and admission is free

Hjorth Road Pool is one of Surrey’s eight outdoor pools. (Photo: Tides Out)