The first age group and masters swim teams in Kona were started by Kona Aquatics. The masters team is still the only one in West Hawaii Island. These teams were hatched in 1993 when Steve Borowski was asked to come out of coaching retirement. Coach Steve grabbed this chance to live his philosophy - to promote swimming and water safety in this island State, and to guide both keiki (children) and adults in improving their water skills, not only for competition, but to celebrate and play in the surrounding ocean waters.
The year was 1993, and there were no pools in Kona, so, once Coach Steve agreed to coach again, Kona Aquatics began with all practices held in the crystalline waters of historic Kamakahonu Bay.
When The Club In Kona built a small pool (25 yards long, 3.5 feet deep, and only four narrow 5-foot-wide lanes), the teams divided into extra sessions to accommodate the growing number of member swimmers.
Never forgetting his philosophy, in 1996 Coach created The King’s Swim; a 1.2-mile ocean race held at the Kona pier and finishing on Kamakahonu Beach in honor of King Kamehameha the Great who once lived there. The ocean race has grown into a favorite, with over 270 participants finishing the race in 2014. It is the third jewel in the Triple Crown of West Hawaii ocean races.
Coach Steve spearheaded the Kona Community Aquatics Center project, and when it was completed in the late 1990s, this location became the home pool for the teams. Upon completion of the community pool, Steve started the boys’ and girls’ swimming teams at Kealakehe High School. He is still coaching those swimmers, and, in 2010, the girl’s team won the State Championships, even when qualifying only five swimmers. That was the first and only State Championship Kealakehe High School has won, to date, in any sport.
Currently, over twenty years from the start of Kona Aquatics, these teams of youngsters and adults continue on their journey in improving their pool and ocean swimming abilities, finding and increasing their self-worth, and having a blast, all at the same time!
Come swim with us!
Kona Aquatics has three distinct swimming programs for intermediate, advanced amateurs and master swimmers of all abilities. Swimmers of all levels are welcome.
Steve has been involved with water sports for more than 60 years. Steve’s coaching career started at Indiana University as an assistant coach with the legendary Dr. James Counsilman. Since then, Steve has coached, Olympic world record holders, winners of the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, masters swimming champions and more than 50 High School All-Americans.
AGE GROUP INTERMEDIATE
This division of the Kona Aquatics Age Group team is for keiki (children) who are beginning their swimming careers. The age range varies, but is generally from 7- to 13-year-old swimmers. This bunch of keiki learn the all-important basics in stroke techniques, and also lane-swimming etiquette, using the pace clock to read times and send-offs for swim sets. Stretching and some beginning strengthening exercises are also included in the practice sessions. Once a Red Team member has shown him or herself to be attentive and coachable, and has moved to the top of the group, then that keiki is advanced to the White Team.
AGE GROUP ADVANCED
This division of the Kona Aquatics Age Group team now focuses on the never ending process of fine tuning the stroke mechanics of each of the four competitive strokes. These swimmers are also coached in how to set goals, mentally and physically prepare for Big Island and State competitions, and are readied for high school and college swimming programs. Stretching and some more intense strengthening exercises are also included in these workout sessions. Some of the best fun is in learning and practicing ocean swim techniques, and then putting these skills into play competing in the many ocean swim races held here in the islands.
MASTERS ALL LEVELS
The Kona Aquatics Masters team is for ages 19 and over, ‘way, ‘way over! Our Masters program is quite probably the most “dropped in” masters workout in the World, averaging three visitors per workout. No wonder, with Kona being a top visitor destination and the home of the Ironman World Championships. We have trained with visitors from many of the fifty States, and numerous masters swimmers and professional triathletes from all parts of the globe. We enjoy visits from vacationing swimmers, and our one hour sessions accommodate all abilities and are challenging and always fun!
OPEN TO ALL SWIMMERS 7 TO 11 YEARS OLD
MInimum swim requirements: each swimmer must be able to swim 50 yards freestyle with side breathing.
Whether you are a visiting age group swimmer, masters swimmer, or triathlete, we believe that you will find it easy to fit our pool workouts into your vacation schedule; or, if you want the full Kona experience, head to the Kona pier any morning where you will find any number of swimmers, with varying abilities, ready to immerse into the clean, clear waters of Kamakahonu Bay!
AGE GROUP INTERMEDIATE
AGE GROUP ADVANCED
MASTERS ALL LEVELS
Steve has been involved with water sports for more than 60 years. He started swimming competitively at age 4. By age 14, he was a national record holder in the 100-meter butterfly. In high school and college he was an All-American in swimming and water polo. At Indiana University he was part of the 1st and 2nd ever NCAA Swimming Championship teams.
Steve’s coaching career started at Indiana University as an assistant coach with the legendary Dr. James Counsilman. Since then, Steve has coached, Olympic world record holders, winners of the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, masters swimming champions and more than 50 High School All-Americans.
Steve has coached teams in Hawaii and abroad: Punahou High School, the University of Hawaii Men’s swim team, the United States National Swim Team, the Kealakehe High School Swim Team, Kona Masters Swimming among others. Borowski also founded swim teams in Hawaii: in 1993, the Kona Aquatics — the first age-group team in Kona — Kona Masters Swimming.
Steve led Punahou boys and girls to 13 consecutive State Championships and the Kealakehe High School Swim team to the school’s only state championship.
We are Kona Aquatics, and we love to meet swimmers visiting from all over the World.
Come drop into the water with us….
Email Steve: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Steve: (808) 334-0083
Kona Community Aquatics Center
75-5530 Kuakini Highway
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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