The Selkirk Dolphins Swim Club has expanded from Selkirk, Man. to Winnipeg.
Alex Shogolev, assistant head coach for the Dolphins, said the move was great way to show how a club can operate effectively in two different spaces.
Shogolev said the move “will create a spark within the swimming community by showcasing that two locations can act as one unit.”
“We have created a program that includes our non-competitive […] and competitive […] programs,” he added.
Shogolev is a former competitive swimmer with 12 years of swimming experience. He has represented two universities on their swim teams, namely the University of Calgary Dinos and the University of Manitoba Bisons.
Shogolev also represented Canada on its national team.
“I have been coaching and developing age group swimmers for five years,” he said.
Under current circumstances with public health an ongoing issue, safety is key for swimmers and coaches.
“With the current COVID-19 situation, we are following guidelines set by Swimming Canada, Swim Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg to ensure the safety of all of our athletes,” Shogolev said.
“Before every practice, we have ensured to take the participants’ temperatures, sanitize and complete their online self-check waiver.”
Tryouts for the club are going on at Pan Am Pool every Saturday at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Children must be at least five years of age and maintain a Red Cross level four or higher. Signup is available on the Dolphins website.