5 swim clubs in Vancouver you can join right now

Aug 12 2016, 8:59 pm

Following 16-year-old Penny Oleksiak’s insane record-breaking Olympic run – she’s the only Canadian to get four medals at a single summer Olympic Games, including a gold for the 100-metre freestyle race – we think swimming might grow in popularity.

If you’ve been toying with the idea of competitive swimming, or if you simply want to learn how to swim, we’ve got you covered. Here are five swim clubs in Vancouver for both adults and youth.

Canadian Dolphin Swim Club

  • What: The Canadian Dolphin Swim Club has programs for both youth and adults. The adult program offers training for both competitive and recreational swimming for anyone over 18, and members have gone on to compete at the Canadian Masters Nationals.
  • Where: Vancouver Aquatic Centre – 1050 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: The fall season starts on September 13.


  • What: An adult swim program that’s meant for people of all fitness levels, Fastlane also caters to competitive swimmers and triathletes. They say that while they’re not a learn-to-swim program, people shouldn’t be intimidated to join.
  • Where: St. George’s School – 4175 29th Avenue West, Vancouver
  • When: Registration for winter will likely start in September.

English Bay Swim Club

  • What: Vancouver’s LGBTQ-focused master swim club. They are all-inclusive and encourage trans* and gender variant people to join. They say their goal is to promote and support swimming amongst members of the LGBTQ community.
  • Where: Vancouver Aquatic Centre – 1050 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Meetups at the Vancouver Aquatic Centre resume September 6.

Vancouver Pacific Swim Club

  • What: The Vancouver Pacific Swim Club claims to be one of the top age group competitive swim clubs in BC for athletes aged six to 18. They work with the UBC Thunderbirds and the UBC Dolphins senior program to develop athletes.
  • Where: The VPSC works out of three pools. Click here for more information.
  • When: Registration for the 2016/17 season is open.

Percy Norman Swim Club

  • What: Percy Norman Swim Club is a non-competitive swim club run by parent volunteers. Most of the participants train two hours a week under the eye of their coaching staff. Swimmers range in age from five to 18.
  • Where: Hillcrest Park Aquatic Centre – 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver
  • When: Registration is currently open.
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