The Vancouver Amateur Swimming Club provided training for swimmers. It also organized water-based sporting competitions and social events.
Although the club started in 1905, it did not appear in the Vancouver directories until much later. The club was at 1885 Beach Avenue in 1917 and 1918. E. W. Dean was the president. Richard A.P. Margetson was the secretary.
From Vancouver’s early days, swimming was a popular sport. The most famous early swimming instructor was Joe Fortes.
In 1902, a group of swimming enthusiasts formed a club.
By 1905, a new English Bay Swimming Club was holding practices at English Bay.
In August 1905, the English Bay Amateur Swimming Club changed its name to the Vancouver Amateur Swimming Club. (Sometimes it was known as the V.A.S.C.)
One of the club’s specialties was water polo.
Many of the club’s swimming events took place in English Bay and in other open water areas.
Other swimming facilities appeared in Vancouver, including the Crystal Pool.
In the 1930s, the swimming club still had a presence at English Bay.
The club produced many talented and successful swimmers, and it was a dominant force in swimming competitions in the 1940s and 1950s. Its successors in Vancouver include the Dolphin Swim Club.
Speed Swimming, The Canadian Encyclopedia; https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/swimming-speed.
Local and Global Mermaids: The Politics of “Pretty Swimming,” by Laura Michelle Thomas, M.A. Thesis, University of British Columbia, 2001; https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/ubctheses/831/items/1.0055492. Includes historical background of swimming in Vancouver.
“Fluid Dynamics; Water Theme Inspires Ladner Author to Organize Young Writers Contest,” by Philip Raphael, South Delta Leader, January 21, 2011, page 11; https://issuu.com/southdeltaleader/docs/jan212011. Describes a selection of Laura Thomas’s writings on synchronized swimming. Includes a photograph of Laura Thomas.
Canadian Dolphin Swim Club; https://www.teamunify.com/About.jsp?_tabid_=83256&team=cancdsc.