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Vancouver Vikings Summer Swim Club

Vancouver Vikings is a non-profit, parent-run, competitive summer swim club and a member of the British Columbia Summer Swimming Association (BCSSA). The club’s goals are:

  • to introduce young athletes to the environment of competitive swimming,
  • to teach them the skills required for racing, and
  • to encourage each athlete to attain his or her own personal best in a fun and friendly environment.

More information about the club can be found on the About page.


Current News

New Swimmer Assessments POSTPONED until Further Notice

Sadly, the Vikings have made the difficult decision to POSTPONE our new swimmer assessments (previously scheduled for April 5 / 19) for the 2020 summer swim season until further notice. Online registration for these assessments has also been postponed.

We will continue to monitor the spread and impacts of COVID-19 and make decisions based on the health, safety and well-being of our Vikings family and the Vancouver community in general.

We are thinking of all of you and hoping you are safe, healthy and well.

 

Vikings Response to COVID-19

Dear Vikings,

​We are writing to assure you that the Club is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. Given how rapidly things are changing – travel advisories, quarantines, and new event cancellations happening every day – we expect some of you have questions or concerns about the remainder of the Winter Maintenance season, and possibly even about our summer swim season.

Your Executive has assessed the situation and has decided on the below course of action.

  1. The remainder of Winter Maintenance practices(March 31 through April 30) are CANCELLED until further notice.
  2. The new swimmer assessmentcurrently scheduled for April 5 will be RESCHEDULED to April 19. This change will accommodate any swimmers who need to self-isolate / quarantine for 2 weeks following the Spring Break period.
  3. At this time, we do not plan any changes to our summer swim season. BCSSA is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, as are the member clubs in our (Vancouver & District) Region. We are in close, ongoing communication with both BCSSA and V&D, and we will follow any guidance they provide. We will continue to re-evaluate the situation on a regular basis and keep you well updated if anything changes.

For your convenience, here is the most recent announcement from BCSSA regarding COVID-19, posted on March 12: http://www.bcsummerswimming.com/clubs/6594/announcements/2170135-Covid-19-Update-regarding-Coaches-Conference

We understand that this is a time of stress and uncertainty for many of you. We want to reassure you that we care deeply about the health and safety of our Vikings family, and that we are working hard to make decisions with everyone’s best interests in mind.

If you have any questions, please contact any member of the Executive found on our contact page here.

OCAT Limited Training Program

In 2020, the Vikings are offering two options for swimmers who either must or wish to compete in BCSSA’s OCAT category.

Option 1 is our OCAT Limited Training Program. This program involves reduced fees, restrictions on practice attendance, and mandatory attendance at certain meets. To take part in this program, swimmers must meet certain eligibility requirements.

The Vikings have a total of only 4 spots available in this program for the 2020 summer season: 2 in OCAT 1 (1 girl, 1 boy) and 2 in OCAT 2 (1 girl, 1 boy).

If you are interested in this OCAT Limited Training Program, please visit our OCAT page here for details and to apply.

Registration Schedule for Summer 2020

Summer swimming is right around the corner! Here are the key registration dates for our summer session, which runs from May 1 to late August, 2020 (details re fees coming soon):

  • March 1, 2020 – Online registration OPENS for returning swimmers*
  • March 15, 2020 – Online registration CLOSES for returning swimmers. Returning swimmers wishing to register after this date will be added to our waitlist and should email registrar@vancouvervikings.com.
  • **POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – Online registration OPENS for new swimmer assessments
  • **POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – New swimmer assessments

*Any swimmer who swam with us in summer 2019 and/or one or both of the last two sessions of winter maintenance.

**As we monitor the impacts of COVID-19 and make decisions mindful of the health and safety of our Vikings community.