Swimming

Chris and Andrea Chalmers were among approximately 20 brave people who dared to take a dip in Okanagan Lake at Pebble Beach in Lake Country Jan. 1, 2022. (Charlee Chalmers photo)

Water ‘warmer than outside’ for Lake Country Polar Bear Dip

More than 20 people turned out to Pebble Beach for a chilly dip into the new year

 

Bob Wilkins heads back to shore after an exhilarating splash in Shuswap Lake on New Year’s Day in Canoe. (Photo contributed)

Welcoming the New Year by taking a Polar Plunge into Shuswap Lake

A small group of individuals endures a fast dip in the frigid waters of Shuswap Lake on Jan. 1

 

The Vernon Aquatic Centre will be closed for its annual three-week maintenance period from Aug. 26 to Sept. 16. (City of Vernon - photo)

Proof of vaccination now required at Vernon pool

New rules for 12 and up, public gym also closed

 

The Polar Bear Dip, a New Year’s Day tradition in Summerland, will return for Jan. 1, 2022. The 2021 dip was cancelled because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press file photo)

Summerland Polar Bear Dip to return

Jan. 1 event at Sunoka Beach will welcome in the new year

The Polar Bear Dip, a New Year’s Day tradition in Summerland, will return for Jan. 1, 2022. The 2021 dip was cancelled because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press file photo)
Two moms and eight kids aged five to 15 took advantage of the record-setting temperature Wednesday, Dec. 1, to take a dip in Kal Lake. (Contributed)

Warm North Okanagan weather results in December lake dip

Two moms, eight kids use beauty day to go for brief swim and pier jump in Coldstream’s Kal Lake

Two moms and eight kids aged five to 15 took advantage of the record-setting temperature Wednesday, Dec. 1, to take a dip in Kal Lake. (Contributed)
Coldstream’s Kelsey Fillion won three bronze medals for the University of Manitoba at the Canada West swimming championships. (UMAN Photo)

Coldstream swimmer bronzed at Canada West finals

Kelsey Fillion, swimming for U. of Manitoba, wins three bronze medals in Edmonton

Coldstream’s Kelsey Fillion won three bronze medals for the University of Manitoba at the Canada West swimming championships. (UMAN Photo)
Morning Star file photo
The Vernon swimming pool will host free events Sunday and Monday.

UPDATE: COVID-19 closes Vernon pool viewing area

Additional revisions made to provincial health officer’s order on gatherings and events this week

Morning Star file photo
The Vernon swimming pool will host free events Sunday and Monday.
Vernon Kokanee Swim Club member Julia Brander performs an open turn at the club’s invitational swim meet in Vernon. (Contributed)

Vernon Kokanee back in the swim

Club has great results at trio of Okanagan meets, including home event

Vernon Kokanee Swim Club member Julia Brander performs an open turn at the club’s invitational swim meet in Vernon. (Contributed)
The City of Vernon will spend up to $180,000 for conceptual and design work to help with funding applications for a new pool, spray park, washroom and mechanical room at Lakeview Park. The pool would replace the existing, aging, ‘Peanut Pool.’ (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon wades into plans to replace aging Peanut Pool

Up to $180,000 will be spent on design and conceptual drawings to help with grant application for pool funding

The City of Vernon will spend up to $180,000 for conceptual and design work to help with funding applications for a new pool, spray park, washroom and mechanical room at Lakeview Park. The pool would replace the existing, aging, ‘Peanut Pool.’ (Morning Star - file photo)
Beachgoers relax in the sun at Kal Lake Beach in Coldstream on July 23, 2020. (Justin Ketterer - Contributed)

Safe to swim at Kal Beach in Coldstream

Latest Interior Health samples show acceptable bacteria counts

Beachgoers relax in the sun at Kal Lake Beach in Coldstream on July 23, 2020. (Justin Ketterer - Contributed)
Beach goers have been urged to refain from swimming at Kal Beach for two weeks. (Contributed)

Swimming still not recommended at Coldstream’s Kal Beach

Algae bloom also causes cautionary drinking water notification

Beach goers have been urged to refain from swimming at Kal Beach for two weeks. (Contributed)
Kids take the plunge at Camp Qwanoes’ Aqua Park. (Photo submitted)

Several campers and staff test positive for COVID-19 at B.C. kids summer camp

Crofton’s Camp Qwanoes executive director hopeful a day camp can still proceed next week

Kids take the plunge at Camp Qwanoes’ Aqua Park. (Photo submitted)
Coldstream’s Jacob Brayshaw, 18, has earned a $10,000 grant for being named one of Canada’s top 55 up-and-coming athletes from winter and summer sports, selected by Petro-Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaching Association of Canada. (Contributed)

Coldstream swimmer named to elite club

Para swimmer Jacob Brayshaw, 18, named one of Canada’s top 55 up-and-coming athletes from winter and summer sports

Coldstream’s Jacob Brayshaw, 18, has earned a $10,000 grant for being named one of Canada’s top 55 up-and-coming athletes from winter and summer sports, selected by Petro-Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaching Association of Canada. (Contributed)
The Rotary Pier at Kal Beach has been repaired following the 2017 floods that put it out of commission. (Tennille Litzenberger photo)

Swimming still not advised at Coldstream’s Kal Beach

E.coli counts around dock higher than acceptable

The Rotary Pier at Kal Beach has been repaired following the 2017 floods that put it out of commission. (Tennille Litzenberger photo)
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

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
Okanagan Indian Band kids recently enjoyed a fun, safe day on the lake thanks to the donation of lifejackets for the children. (Cultural Immersion School photo)

Okanagan Indian Band kids buoyed by lifejacket donation

Vernon resident doubles donation to keep kids safe

Okanagan Indian Band kids recently enjoyed a fun, safe day on the lake thanks to the donation of lifejackets for the children. (Cultural Immersion School photo)
Margaret Mac Neil, right, of Canada, is congratulated by Sarah Sjoestroem of Sweden103 after winning the final of the women’s 100-metre butterfly at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Margaret Mac Neil, right, of Canada, is congratulated by Sarah Sjoestroem of Sweden103 after winning the final of the women’s 100-metre butterfly at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Wood Lake is once again safe to swim in as of July 16 following an algal bloom discovered April 21 which produced toxins. (District of Lake Country photo)

Swimming advisory lifted on Oyama’s Wood Lake

No signs of algae bloom or toxins in two consecutive weeks of testing

Wood Lake is once again safe to swim in as of July 16 following an algal bloom discovered April 21 which produced toxins. (District of Lake Country photo)
An application has been sent to the Ministry of Transportation to rope off the pictured sections at Paddlewheel Park. (City of Vernon)

Vernon looks to rope off swim area

An application has been sent in regarding Paddlewheel Park

An application has been sent to the Ministry of Transportation to rope off the pictured sections at Paddlewheel Park. (City of Vernon)
A water advisory has been posted for Okanagan Beach between the SS Sicamous and the Peach following a test conducted on June 29, 2021 that identified higher than normal levels of bacteria. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Excessive levels of E. coli at Penticton’s Okanagan Beach prompts warning

Five times the acceptable amount of E. coli was found in the water at Okanagan Beach

A water advisory has been posted for Okanagan Beach between the SS Sicamous and the Peach following a test conducted on June 29, 2021 that identified higher than normal levels of bacteria. (Jesse Day - Western News)