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The aquatics program, with its two exceptional pools, is an integral—and impressive—part of the Physical Education curriculum at RIS. Phoenix Pool, our Olympic-sized, FINA-standard 50m pool, is mostly used by the middle and high school PE departments and our Phoenix swim squad. This pool has recently undergone extensive renovations and now boasts a PVC lining, new starter blocks for both long- and short-course swimming, rubber pool-deck flooring, a state-of-the-art scoreboard, and a Colorado Time System. Godbout Pool, our shallower 25m saltwater pool, is the perfect learning environment for our younger swimmers and is used year-round for elementary PE classes and the RIS Junior Phoenix swimming program.

RIS caters to all swimmers from beginners through to the Varsity squad. In elementary school, the aquatics program teaches students competitive swimming strokes, pool and water safety, survival swimming, and water-rescue skills. The middle school and high school PE curriculum includes a similar range of swimming and water-related activities, as well as water polo, kayaking, and survival swimming. RIS employs experienced instructors who not only teach the foundations of the competitive strokes but also make sure all our swimmers know how to be safe in and around the water.

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We also have a thriving after-school aquatics program, including the year-round Phoenix and Junior Phoenix Swim programs. There are several different squads to choose from, ranging from a developmental squad that focuses on competitive stroke skills and drills through to a Varsity Swim squad with swimmers who compete at the national level. Our teams compete in local swim meets throughout the year, culminating in several major international school competitions, including BISAC and Junior and Senior SEASAC.

The aquatics team also provides an Extended Day Program (EDP) course that offers a safe and fun swimming environment for our younger learners, including learn-to-swim and developmental swimming sessions. Water polo has also become a mainstay on the RIS Aquatics sporting calendar. Even though it’s a short season, students are able to develop their water polo skills through practice sessions and friendly matches. Despite not being an official BISAC sport yet, the RIS water polo program continues to grow each year.

Our aquatics program is supported by our full-time Aquatics Coordinator, along with highly trained lifeguards and a mechanical room supervisor.