Handbook - Welcome


The Nanaimo Riptides Swim Team looks forward to your family’s participation in the many exciting activities scheduled for the coming year.

Our team’s mandate:
"Our Mission is to be recognized as a premier competitive swim club supporting swimmers of all ages and abilities within a professional and instructional environment. We aim to strengthen our community through the positive development of youth in competitive swim training and instruction. The program encourages the development of the individual through goal setting, discipline, participation, mental agility and performance improvement. Winning in swimming and succeeding in life.”

The Nanaimo Riptides Swim Team came into being in 1976 with the opening of the Beban Park Pool. Beban Park remained the home of the Riptides for the next twenty-five years and saw the club rise from a small local club to one of the top teams in the country operating out of a 25m pool.  During this time the club provided training for the needs of all year-round Nanaimo swimmers, from the four-year-old Tiny Tides to national and international medalists, both within the able-bodied and para swimming ranks.

During the early 1990’s, Riptides members and parents campaigned hard for construction of the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre complete with a 50m pool.  This would enable Nanaimo swimmers to train for the long course season without having to make frequent training trips to Victoria or Vancouver and allow Nanaimo to host long course swim meets.

In 2001, the long-awaited Nanaimo Aquatic Centre was finally completed.  May 2001 marked the move from Beban to NAC, although some junior groups remained at Beban for a while.  The 2005-2006 season was the first to see the entire Riptide team swimming at the NAC, with club cohesiveness being a deciding factor in the move.

​​​​​​​We are very pleased to have you and your family this season as part of the team.




 1.1 Club Contact

Nanaimo Riptide Swim Team
At Nanaimo Aquatic Centre
741 Third Street, Nanaimo BC, V9R 7B2

Tel:         250-714-1800

Head Coach                                    sflood@nanaimoriptides.com

​​​​​​​Assistant Head Coach                     baylee@nanaimoriptides.com

Assistant Head Coach                     dirwin@nanaimoriptides.com

Office Manager                               admin@nanaimoriptides.com





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1.2 Website Addresses


The team website can be found online at https://www.nanaimoriptides.com


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Swim BC website is located at http://www.swim.bc.ca



​​​​​​​Swimming Canada website is located at http://www.swimming.ca



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