Who can join?

Do you love swimming lengths and know you would probably swim further, faster, better and more often if you swam with a group? Do you know how to swim freestyle, breast stroke, back stroke, and butterfly - maybe not as well as you would like, but you've got the basics? Then the Nanaimo Ebbtides Swim Club has a lane waiting for you!

We all remember feeling a little rusty and out of shape when we first started. It's surprising how quickly a little stroke correction, some friendly teamwork, and consistent practice can change how we view ourselves as swimmers. If you aren’t sure if this club is for you, come watch us swim in the pool so you can judge for yourself. Our workouts are broken up into swim sets ranging from 25 metres to 400 metres with drills, gear, and ideas to focus on. To give you an idea, here are the approximate distances we swim in an hour:

- Lanes 1 and 2 about 1500-2500 metres/hour (this is not continuous swimming!)
- Lanes 2 and 3 about 2500-2800 metres/hour
- Lanes 4 and 5 about 2800-3500 metres/hour

Don't be fooled! Swimming with the "Masters" simply means you are 19 years of age or older. Many of us are much, much older and still don't feel we are really masters in the art of swimming! But we keep coming back for more!

When do we start?

Registration for our 2023/24 season began in mid August. All swim sessions are at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and began the week of September 18, 2023.

What does it cost?

All members pay an annual registration fee of $50 to cover membership fees with Swim BC, Masters Swimming Association of BC and Swimming Canada. Session fees vary by the number of times a week you elect to swim.


Our sessions tend to fill quickly. All applicants will receive an email response with either an invitation to complete their registration by sending payment or a notice that the session selected is full. If a session is full, applicants will be informed where we have space available and will automatically be added to a waitlist for their requested session. Swimmers' circumstances sometimes change and if other rental groups drop a lane, we may be able to add a lane. Waitlisted applicants will be notified as soon as a requested space becomes available.

What else do you need to know?

- Our experienced coaching staff put together custom workouts.
- Members receive a discount card for the Swim & Fitness shop at the NAC.
- Members can borrow Swim DVD's for improving their swim technique.
- Club swimming lanes focus on friendly, fun, and encouraging camaraderie.
- Once or twice a year we put together an order for club gear (suits, caps, etc.)
- Ebbtides silicone swim caps are usually available for purchase at $15.

Make Up Sessions?
Swimmers often ask if they miss a session, can they swim on another day. Unfortunately, we have to say no as our lanes are usually booked to capacity and we often have a waitlist.

Affiliate Members?
We have occasionally had swimmers living outside of the Nanaimo area who register with our club to be able to compete with us in swim meets while training at their local pool. Sometimes, their community may not have a swim club, other times there may have be one or two members wanting to compete. If this matches your situation, please contact our club president, Christina, at to ask about registering with our club as an affiliate member.