Swimming

Kids take the plunge at Camp Qwanoes’ Aqua Park. (Photo submitted)

Several campers and staff members test positive for COVID-19 at Crofton summer camp

Camp Qwanoes executive director hopeful a day camp can still proceed next week

 

Penny Oleksiak of Canada holds up her bronze medal from the women’s 200-meter freestyle final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Matthias Schrader

Penny Oleksiak swims into Canada’s record books after earning sixth career medal

Her bronze is her sixth career medal, the most for any Canadian in the Summer Games

 

The beach at Fuller Lake Park was very quiet in the days immediately after the swimming advisory was lifted. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Swimmers don’t return to beaches in droves

Lifting of advisories doesn’t result in any big crowds

The beach at Fuller Lake Park was very quiet in the days immediately after the swimming advisory was lifted. (Photo by Don Bodger)
An abandoned beach at Fuller Lake Park looked strange during the recent warm weather while advisories were in effect. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Beach advisories lifted

Bacterial counts back within acceptable levels

An abandoned beach at Fuller Lake Park looked strange during the recent warm weather while advisories were in effect. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Lifeguards Kenzie Pask and Joel Danielewicz at the Crofton Pool. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Cooling-off periods in the Crofton Pool

Schedule provides many opportunities for swimmers

Lifeguards Kenzie Pask and Joel Danielewicz at the Crofton Pool. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Lifeguards standing on guard for the first shift of the season at Fuller Lake Park Friday, June 25 from left are: Adeline Charles, Olivia Kelly, Kenzie Pask and Tiegan McDevitt. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Lifeguards now on duty at Fuller Lake Park

Summer schedule runs daily from noon to 6 p.m. until Aug. 29

Lifeguards standing on guard for the first shift of the season at Fuller Lake Park Friday, June 25 from left are: Adeline Charles, Olivia Kelly, Kenzie Pask and Tiegan McDevitt. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Crofton Pool will reopen July 2. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Lifeguard services returning to Fuller Lake Park, Crofton Pool

Summer schedule starting after hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic

The Crofton Pool will reopen July 2. (File photo by Don Bodger)
Parksville swimmer Nicholas Bennett has earned a chance to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. (Submitted photo)
Parksville swimmer Nicholas Bennett has earned a chance to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. (Submitted photo)
Lia Crowe takes a cold water swim in Okanagan Lake in Kelowna. Don Denton photograph

When Cold Is Hot

Cold water swimming is therapy and exercise

  • May 26, 2021
Lia Crowe takes a cold water swim in Okanagan Lake in Kelowna. Don Denton photograph
Richard Carey took his bike into the water at the Crofton wharf on New Year’s Day and was joined by five other diehards for a chilly dip into the water. (Photo by Wendy Carey)

Six diehards brave the chilly waters at Crofton

Normal polar bear swim doesn’t happen, but a few still take the plunge

Richard Carey took his bike into the water at the Crofton wharf on New Year’s Day and was joined by five other diehards for a chilly dip into the water. (Photo by Wendy Carey)
Six Mile Beach outside Nelson is known for its perfect sand, clear water and unique sand spit. But the drowning death of a man in July has residents asking if the dangerous spot has become too popular. Photo: David Grantham/Kootenay Drone Services

Dangerous oasis: The fatal history of a popular Kootenay Lake beach

Six Mile Beach near Nelson is known for its unique sand spit. But locals have feared it for decades

Six Mile Beach outside Nelson is known for its perfect sand, clear water and unique sand spit. But the drowning death of a man in July has residents asking if the dangerous spot has become too popular. Photo: David Grantham/Kootenay Drone Services
Ida Jenss and Lily Nay swam across Kootenay Lake near Kaslo on Thursday. Photos: Tyler Harper

Lily and the lake: How a young B.C. girl with Down syndrome swam to her dream

Kaslo’s Lily Nay set her mind to swimming Kootenay Lake on Sept. 3

Ida Jenss and Lily Nay swam across Kootenay Lake near Kaslo on Thursday. Photos: Tyler Harper
Justin Mitchell, in a photo with young athletes from 2016, has been banned from coaching in any Water Polo Canada-sanctioned event following accusations of bullying and sexual harassment. (Black Press Media files)

B.C. youth coach banned amid sexual harassment, bullying scandal: Water Polo Canada

Justin Mitchell can’t take part in Water Polo Canada events or clubs

Justin Mitchell, in a photo with young athletes from 2016, has been banned from coaching in any Water Polo Canada-sanctioned event following accusations of bullying and sexual harassment. (Black Press Media files)