After a hiatus of nine months the Whistler Sea Wolves are back in the water, with a board of directors, two coaches and 15 swimmers training towards meets, triathlons and general fitness.
The program was led by swim coach Brandi Higgins until January, when work and family obligations made it impossible for her to continue.
"There was a group of kids that all they wanted to do is swim, some really passionate swimmers, so a group of parents got together to try and make it happen," said Sea Wolves president Dianne Diamond.
They started to meet in July to create an organization that would handle the administrative work for the club on a volunteer basis, while leaving the coaches free to do what they do best. Rya Letham and Jen McCormick are handling the coaching this year, working with club members three days a week in the pool.
The goal for the kids is to take part in a swim meet in the spring, as well as some interclub events that the Sea Wolves are hoping to organize with clubs in the Lower Mainland and Squamish.
The diving blocks will also return to the pool in January after being removed by the municipality earlier this year. Those blocks were necessary for swimmers to host and train for meets where blocks are used by starting swimmers.
The club still has places for kids interested in taking their swimming to a higher level. To join, participants must be at least six years old and have completed their Red Cross Swim Kids 5 while working towards Swim Kids 6. Fall practices are on Monday, Tuesday and Friday after school, with Friday dedicated as a games day where swimmers do activities in the pool to build fitness and swim skills.
To register, contact Shelley Herron at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-962-3800.