News and Announcements

Good afternoon,

One of our Division 1 swimmers from last summer, Peter Morch, has been short-listed as a nominee for the best junior individual athlete at the 10th Annual Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards being held Friday, February 13 2015 at the Coast Bastion Hotel.

Here is his Bio:

Peter Morch, age 9, had a fantastic year swimming for the Nanaimo White Rapids. Throughout the summer he was almost unbeatable at all of the swim meets on the Island. In the process, he broke numerous meet records and set four individual club records, some of which had been standing for over 30 years. Peter was fortunate to be part of an amazing relay team which also broke two club records. His swimming talent also led to a first place finish in his age division at the Qualicum Beach Triathlon.

Where Peter really shone in 2014 was at the BC Summer Swimming Provincials in Kamloops. He earned a total of six gold medals – four gold in his individual events as well as two gold with his club and regional relay teams.

A strong personal drive, determination, amazing coaching and stiff competition within the Nanaimo White Rapids and on the Island has created a remarkable swimmer with a fantastic future ahead of him.

Good luck to Peter at the Awards night!

Good morning,

Just a reminder that as a summer swim club to keep a swimmer’s “S” status, the BCSSA 2 hour rule must be followed otherwise the swimmer is an “O” category swimmer. Here is the official wording:

Summer (‘S’) Swimmer:

A swimmer who trains and competes with BCSSA for an unrestricted number of hours between May 1st and September 30th of each year; and from October 1st to April 30th, may swim ONLY TWO HOURS or less of coached swimming (considered to be any swimming under the direction of a coach, parent, designated trainer; or being given a workout schedule from a coach, parent or designate). Any swim training that is self-directed by the swimmer, OR any participation in Red Cross swim lessons, Life Saving Programs (NLS, WSI, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross) are all exempt from the 2 hour rule.

Also, if you have not yet paid for Winter maintenance, please look for Noreen De Pol or Cheryl Morch to give them payment before the first swim.

Thank you,

The Nanaimo White Rapids are pleased to announce the Senior and Junior Coaches for the 2015 season. Joining Head Coach Gareth Saunders and Associate Head Coach Byron Trajan as Senior Coaches are Courtney Poulin, Richard Chisholm, Vanessa Yates and Hayley Price. Junior Coaches are Riley Prout Holm, Catherine Carriere Der, Taylor Richardson and Baylee Munro.

Courtney Poulin, Richard Chisholm, Vanessa Yates, Hayley Price and Riley Prout Holm return to the Club for another successful year. Catherine Carriere Der returns to the Club after a year of travelling and has most recently been working for the City of Nanaimo as a lifeguard and lesson instructor. Taylor Snowden-Richardson joins the coaching staff after swimming for the Nanaimo White Rapids and Nanaimo Riptides for many years. She is currently studying Sciences at the University of Victoria and swimming for the UVic Vikes. Baylee Munro comes to the club as a former Nanaimo Riptides swimmer. He is currently studying Computer Sciences at the University of Victoria and is also swimming with the UVic Vikes.

The Nanaimo White Rapids look forward to another awesome year of swimming with one of the best coaching staffs in the Province. The Club will be looking for developmental coaches come February. Thank you to the Coach Hiring Committee.

NWRSC Coaching Staff

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Winter Maintenance Start Dates

Posted by Nanaimo White Rapids Swim Club at Jan 5, 2015 12:15PM PST

Happy New Year,

Just a reminder that the start dates for Winter Maintenance are next week, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 AND FRIDAY, JANUARY 17.

The sessions run for 12 swims (no swims during Spring Break) and finish on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 AND FRIDAY, APRIL 10.

FRIDAY, APRIL 10 from 3 pm to 5 pm will be our 3rd Annual Splash and Dash and all Winter Maintenance swimmers are welcome to participate even if they swim on Wednesdays. More info to follow.

If you have any questions or changes regarding Winter Maintenance, please email Cheryl Morch and Noreen De Pol at

Thank you,

Hey White Rapids Families,

The Bastion Running Club’s New Years Day Run & Dip at Westwood is tomorrow at 10am, and White Rapids are especially welcome and invited to attend! There’ll be hot chocolate, coffee and chili! No cost, and no obligation to go in the lake (but bring a towel and warm clothes just in case!)

And on Feb 23rd, there is a Pro D Day Multisport Camp at Beban for youth 7-12 yrs old. Activities will include swimming, biking, running, jumping and throwing. Registration is online at and the event barcode is 135431. Space is limited!

Happy New Year!
NWRSC Coaching Staff