The City of Pointe-Claire is proud to be the home of passionate and talented swimmers and divers who compete all the way up to the Olympic level.
Over 370 swimmers between the ages of 6 and 21 train regularly with the Pointe-Claire Swim Club and participate in provincial, national and international competitions. Swimmers are supported by a team of 20 certified coaches.
Swimmers may still try out by appointment during the season if there are any openings in their age group. Please contact the swim club administrator for more information.
Age 12 and under
Tuesdays, July 10 and 31, Thursday, August 2, and Wednesday, August 15 – 5 to 7 p.m.
Age 13 and up
By appointment at 514-630-1202, ext. 1403
- Ages 6 to 8: Ability to swim 25 metres continuously, using two different swimming strokes
- Age 9 and up: Mastery of 4 swimming strokes and reasonable stamina
Speed (depending on age) and ability to listen and respond to feedback are qualities that coaches look for at tryouts.
The season runs from September until June.
New: Swimming academy
Preparation program for the swim team (ages 8 to 10).
Founded in 1966 under the supervision of renowned coach George Gate, the Pointe-Claire Swim Club quickly carved out its place in the Canadian competitive swimming scene.
Swim Club Olympians
- Tom Arusoo (Mexico, 1968)
- John Hawes (Munich, 1972)
- Marian Stuart (Munich, 1972)
- Hélène Boivin (Montreal, 1976)
- Robin Corsigilia (Montreal, 1976)
- Paul Midgley (Montreal, 1976)
- Anne Jardin (Montreal, 1976; Moscow, 1980)
- Wendy Quirk (Montreal, 1976; Moscow, 1980)
- Julie Daignault (Los Angeles, 1984)
- Natalie Gingras (Los Angeles, 1984)
- Karen Ward (Los Angeles, 1984)
- Victor Davis (Seoul, 1988)
- Paul Szekula (Seoul, 1988)
- Craig Hutchison (Sydney, 2000)
- Tobias Oriwol (Beijing, 2008)
- Samantha Cheverton (London, 2012)
With a bachelor’s in physical education from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) and Level 4 certification from the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), Martin Gingras has over 22 years of experience as a coach and, in that time, has helped many athletes shine on the national level (Pan Pac Juniors, World Juniors, Pan Am teams and FISU World University teams). He has been the Pointe-Claire Swim Club’s Head Coach since 2012.
Assistant Head Coach
Paul has been involved in the sport of swimming since the early 1990s. In that time, he has been a swimmer, a lifeguard, an official and a coach. He has coached swim groups of all levels, from Bout de Chou to Masters. He has a bachelor’s in physical education and is in the process of obtaining his Level 3 certification from the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). He has trained many provincial and national champions over the years, and his next goal is to break into the international scene.
Information and registration
For more information, contact the Swim Club at 514-630-1202, extension 1403, or visit www.natationpointe-claire.ca/en.
Do you love to swim or want variety in your workout? Are you looking to meet new people? Our Masters Swim Club offers adults of all ages and experience a great way to stay fit, and improve swimming technique. You will also have the opportunity to compete if that is your goal. Enjoy a great team atmosphere, good coaching and challenging workouts for all levels of swimmers. We look forward to meeting you!
Nearly 200 adult swimmers, ranging in age from 18 to 88, are members of the Masters Swim Club. Members may compete in up to seven events per year, and train under the guidance of nine certified coaches.
Information and registration
Registration in person (at the Aquatic Centre, 60 Maywood Avenue) starts Monday, August 8, at 9 a.m. and will continue through the season.
For information about registration, payment or your LUDIK client number, call 514-630-1202, extension 1403.
About 140 members of all ages participate in some twenty competitions a year, depending on their qualification level, under the supervision of a team of eight certified coaches. Different levels are offered, from Precompetitive to National.
Considered one of the best diving clubs in Canada, the Pointe-Claire Dive Club has stood out for over 40 years based on the performance of its members. The club has trained several world-record holders and Olympic medalists.
Dive Club Olympians
- Beverley Boys (Montreal, 1976)
- Cindy Shatto (Montreal, 1976)
- Ken Armstrong (Montreal, 1976; Moscow, 1980)
- Scott Cranham (Montreal, 1976; Moscow, 1980)
- David Snively (Moscow, 1980)
- Debbie Fuller (Moscow, 1980; Los Angeles, 1984; Seoul, 1988)
- Mark Rourke (Los Angeles, 1984)
- David Bédard : (Los Angeles, 1984; Séoul, 1988; Barcelona, 1992; Atlanta, 1996)
- Anne Montmigny : (Barcelona, 1992, Atlanta, 1996; Sydney, 2000)
- Myriam Boileau : (Athens, 2004)
- Arturo Miranda : (Beijing, 2008)
- Ruben Ross : (Beijing, 2008)
- Émilie Heymans : (Beijing, 2008; London, 2012)
- Jennifer Abel (London, 2012; Rio, 2016)
- Meaghan Benfeito (London, 2012; Rio, 2016)
- Roseline Filion (London, 2012; Rio 2016)
- Vincent Riendeau (Rio, 2016)
The Pointe-Claire Diving Club coaches are experienced and have an extensive background in recruiting, developing and supporting athletes at all levels. They have training and certification from the National Coaching Certification Program and are dedicated to creating a fun and safe training atmosphere. They use the most recent techniques and state-of-the-art equipment on a daily basis to teach, encourage and train strong and healthy athletes.
Former Olympic diver and multiple world champion Yihua Li has been Head Coach of the Pointe-Claire Dive Club since 1999. Since arriving in Canada in 1990, Yihua has been named Canada’s Senior Coach of the Year and has received the Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award numerous times. She has also received the title of Aquatics Canada Coach of the Year and has frequently been named Coach of the Year by Diving Canada. Yihua has coached major Canadian divers such as three-time Olympian and two-time medalist Anne Montminy and four-time Olympic medalist Émilie Heymans. By obtaining her Level 4 certification from the National Coaching Certification Program, Yihua Li has shown her dedication to the Pointe-Claire Dive Club and her commitment to excellence at all levels. She accompanied four Pointe-Claire divers to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Assistant Head Coach
Four-time Olympian (1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996) and 29-time National Champion at the Junior and Senior levels, Dave Bédard has shown his dedication to the Pointe-Claire Diving Club by representing the team in competition from 1978 to 1996. As Assistant Head Coach with Level 3 certification from the National Coaching Certification Program, Dave continues to honour his commitment to the sport and the team by contributing to the ongoing, safe and healthy development of every individual, to help them reach their full potential. He is convinced that providing a comprehensive, disciplined training plan in an energetic atmosphere of fun is the key to gently paving the way to success.
Tryouts for the Pointe-Claire Diving club are July 11, 12 and 13 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or August 8, 9 and 10 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The season is starts in September.
- Being comfortable and able to swim in deep water
- Being evaluated at a tryout camp or appointment
Information and registration
For more information about tryouts, registration, hours or coaches, call 514-630-1202, extension 1404.
Links and downloads
The Masters Diving team welcomes adults of all ages who are interested in improving their skills through rigorous, personalized training. They may participate in up to four competitions per year. Beginners are welcome.
Ready to take the plunge?
When you join a great team, your training sessions are filled with challenges and fun, whether you’re working on a simple front dive or complex flips on the trampoline. In addition to diving, our practices incorporate fitness, dry springboards and trampoline training.
Through this program, you can compete locally or simply dive for the physical fitness and fun of it. Isn’t it time to dive in? Sign up now and become a master diver!
The season is under way and continues until the end of June. No tryouts necessary. Two free training sessions available for newcomers.
For more information about tryouts, coaches or membership fees, download the pamphlet or call 514-630-1202, extension 1404.