Members of the Castlegar Aquanauts swim team. (Submitted)

Members of the Castlegar Aquanauts swim team. (Submitted)

Castlegar Aquanauts summer season kicks off

The Castlegar Aquanauts Summer Swim Club 2017 season is underway.

The Castlegar Aquanauts Summer Swim Club 2017 season is underway.

This season Douglas Van Ek will be returning as the head coach working with Corbin Anderson and Cayden Cooke as junior coaches and Bryce Anderson as the gators coach (swimmers younger than div. 1).

Our aim for this season is to have a fun, safe and competitive environment for all athletes to reach their goals.

The Aquanaut coaching staff is full of energetic and enthusiastic coaches excited to see how all athletes progress over the season.

This past week we have already seen a drastic improvement in all swimmer’s abilities.

Competition season begins on May 27 in Trail where we will test the waters and our preparation for the summer season.

Swimmers are not required to compete but urged to because of the fun atmosphere that swim meets create. Friends from the entire Kootenay region will come together for a weekend of racing, games and tons of fun in the sun.

The overarching goal of the Aquanauts is to promote a healthy lifestyle and develop lifelong skills. Registration is still open for those interested in joining this amazing team.

The Castlegar Aquanauts have trained hard these past two weeks and recently experienced their first competition during practice.

The Aquanauts participated in “Friday Night at the Races” where each athlete chose four events to race their teammates in.

For many this was their first taste of competitive swimming and the coaching staff was thoroughly impressed by all efforts.

We emulated the swim meet procedures as closely as possible to ensure that our first competition in Trail on May 27 will be a success with seasoned swimmers and new swimmers alike.

The Aquanauts have increased their training in the pool and out during the past week to ready ourselves for this season.

We are having fun while doing so, working out and playing games on the arena dry floor while listening to music for the seniors. In the pool the Aquanauts are training and playing games as well to increase their comfort in the water and overall fitness.

We are looking forward to the upcoming weeks where training will be tested at the weekend competitions throughout the summer. Rome Bennett, Lily Zimmer and Bryce Anderson received special recognition for their outstanding training this past week.