Program Information


Riptides Training Schedule

For participants who have completed the Olympic Way program or have the equivalent skills. The Riptides competitive program offers high quality professional coaching and technique instruction.

Registration for the Spring Session (March 28th - June 20th) currently open.

All Olympic Way scheduled swimming will be at Beban Pool with the exception of Saturday lessons which will be held at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre

**Olympic Way Level 1 is currently full.  Please check the program details for each level before registering. Do not register for Level 2 if your swimmer is not able to swim 25 meters unassisted.

To be placed on a waiting list for Olympic Way Level 2 or 3, contact with the swimmer's name , level and preferred days & times. An online account at will need to be created in order to have your swimmer placed on a waiting list. 

We are unable to take any more wait lists for Olympic Way Level 1

Olympic Way is a learn-to-swim program that teaches young swimmers the skills necessary to become proficient swimmers.  Participants in this program learn to swim more efficiently and in less time than traditional programs. This pre competitive program prepares swimmers for a smooth transition into our Nanaimo Riptides competitive program.

*Please note that the I Can Swim program has taken on a new name of Olympic Way. The structure of the program remains the same with Levels 1, 2 & 3

►click here for more info on our Olympic Way learn to swim program


Online Registration now open

We are happy to announce our summer programing schedule. Our Riptides summer swimming sessions are intended for new and/or current swimmers interested in Olympic Way program and Los Angeles group

*The classes have been divided up into 4 different levels. Please check the Program Details for each level before registering. Not sure what level to register your swimmer? Contact with your swimmer's info (eg, age, last swim class completed...)

We will be running our Riptides summer swimming sessions at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre from Monday to Friday on the following weeks:

July 4th-8th 

July 11th-15th 

July 18th-22nd 

July 25th - 29th 

August 8th-12th

August 15th-19th

Each class is 40 or 45 minutes long, dependent on class level.  Participants will select an 8:30am. 9:20am or The cost of each week-long summer swimming session is $85 or $95 dependent on class level.

**Please register for the same level for all the weeks you want your swimmer(s) in and we can move them accordingly if they are assessed for the next level. We cover a lot in each level so it is common to stay in the same level for 2 - 3 times​. We have allocated space for group movements just in case.​

Registration Closed - See you next summer!

Workout dates: August 3, 2021 to September 2

Workouts: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays 8-9:30am

Groups: 11&OVER Age Group and Provincial Groups

Time Requirement: 400 under 6:15 or 800 under 12:30 or 1500 under 24:00.00

Equipment Required: NRST cap, Googles, fins, pull buoy, kick board, skipping rope & yoga mat

Safety:  Staff – Claire - certified National Lifeguard, Baylee - NL certified & Lead Coach Age Group, Scott – NL trained & Lead Coach Provincial  

Staff will have kayaks and SUP in the water each workout

Thunder Rule: exit the water on thunder, seek shelter (go in cars if not possible), stay away from metal/conductors, back in water 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder