Swimming

Blue-green algae blooms can be harmful to humans and pets. (Black Press Media file photo)

Toxic algae bloom prompts water warning in View Royal lake

Capital Regional District also warns to keep pets away from Prior Lake

 

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

 

Saanich Commonwealth Place has seen many Olympians through their doors and Canada’s Artistic Swimming team will be hosted there from July 17-25 by Victoria Synchro. (Natation Artistique Canada Artistic Swimming/Facebook)

Saanich Commonwealth Place hosting Canada’s artistic swim team for pre-Games camp

Local club Victoria Synchro anticipates opportunity for young athletes to connect with Olympians

Saanich Commonwealth Place has seen many Olympians through their doors and Canada’s Artistic Swimming team will be hosted there from July 17-25 by Victoria Synchro. (Natation Artistique Canada Artistic Swimming/Facebook)
Island Health has issued no-swim advisories at Clover Point and Saanich Inlet. (Black Press Media file photo)

No-swim advisories issued at two Greater Victoria beaches

High bacteria levels found at Clover Point, Saanich Inlet

Island Health has issued no-swim advisories at Clover Point and Saanich Inlet. (Black Press Media file photo)
Ultra marathon swimmer Susan Simmons, left, and Spirit Orcas members do laps together at Willows Beach during a routine practice on Thursday, June 24. (Evert Lindquist photo)

Local swim team to stroke 60K from Jordan River to Colwood

Spirit Orcas swims part of preparations for eventual swim across English Channel

Ultra marathon swimmer Susan Simmons, left, and Spirit Orcas members do laps together at Willows Beach during a routine practice on Thursday, June 24. (Evert Lindquist photo)
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
Paragliders worked to capture a big enough gust to get them flying near Clover Point Saturday. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Victoria residents dive in and take flight under sunny skies

Warm, sunny weather had people flocking outside Saturday

Paragliders worked to capture a big enough gust to get them flying near Clover Point Saturday. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre will reopen Feb. 1 after a nearly 10-month closure to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)

Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre gears up for safe reopening in Victoria

Recreation facility opens Feb. 1 with reservation system to prevent crowding

  • Jan 22, 2021
Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre will reopen Feb. 1 after a nearly 10-month closure to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)
Rick Bader took a New Year's Day plunge at Esquimalt’s Lagoon Beach. (Photo submitted by Rick Bader)

VIDEO: Greater Victoria chill-seekers take personal polar plunge to welcome 2021 safely

Annual group polar bear swims cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings

Rick Bader took a New Year's Day plunge at Esquimalt’s Lagoon Beach. (Photo submitted by Rick Bader)
A floating dock installed secretly in the Gorge Waterway on July 15 aims to spark a community conversation about the use of the harbour. (Project Albero/Aryze)

Feds approve floating swim platform quietly installed in Victoria waterway

Public feedback for Gorge installation overwhelmingly positive, developer says

A floating dock installed secretly in the Gorge Waterway on July 15 aims to spark a community conversation about the use of the harbour. (Project Albero/Aryze)
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
Saanich police divers helped clear garbage from the Shawnigan Lake quarry after a training session. (Saanich Police/Twitter)

Saanich police divers clear trash from Shawnigan Lake quarry

Quarry closed to public, owners allows police team to train

Saanich police divers helped clear garbage from the Shawnigan Lake quarry after a training session. (Saanich Police/Twitter)
A swim advisory has been implemented for some parts of Cadboro Bay beach after high levels of bacteria were found in water samples. (Black Press Media file photo)

High bacteria levels lead to swim advisory at Cadboro Bay beach

Samples show beach contains elevated levels of enterococci

A swim advisory has been implemented for some parts of Cadboro Bay beach after high levels of bacteria were found in water samples. (Black Press Media file photo)
Swimming lessons resume Aug. 24 at Gordon Head Recreation Centre in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich asks users to be swimsuit ready at the door as lessons resume with new safety protocols

Swim classes start Aug. 24 at Gordon Head Recreation Centre

Swimming lessons resume Aug. 24 at Gordon Head Recreation Centre in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)
Spirit Bear swimmers Ben Vanlierop (from right), Susan Simmons, Dixon McGowan and Meliah Motchman complete an eight-week, 80-kilometre swim at Esquimalt Lagoon on Sunday afternoon. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Eight-week, 80-kilometre swim ends at Esquimalt Lagoon

Spirit Orcas faced strong currents in last leg of COVID-19 relief fundraiser

Spirit Bear swimmers Ben Vanlierop (from right), Susan Simmons, Dixon McGowan and Meliah Motchman complete an eight-week, 80-kilometre swim at Esquimalt Lagoon on Sunday afternoon. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Aquafit classes will resume at the Gordon Head Recreation Centre on July 20. (Black Press Media file photo).

Water fitness classes resume at Saanich recreation centre

New safety protocols in place to prevent spreading COVID-19

Aquafit classes will resume at the Gordon Head Recreation Centre on July 20. (Black Press Media file photo).
Cadboro Bay beach was buzzing with sun-seekers on June 18. Park-users have been asked to avoid the water after a swim advisory was issued July 9. (Black Press Media file photo)

Swim advisory issued at Cadboro Bay beach due to high bacteria levels

Island Health advises against water activities, swimming

Cadboro Bay beach was buzzing with sun-seekers on June 18. Park-users have been asked to avoid the water after a swim advisory was issued July 9. (Black Press Media file photo)