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AGE GROUP & MASTERS SWIMMING


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KONA AQUATICS

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.

HISTORY

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!

PROGRAMS

Kona Aquatics has three distinct swimming programs for intermediate, advanced amateurs and master swimmers of all abilities. Swimmers of all levels are welcome.

COACH STEVE

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.

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PROGRAMS


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SWIMMING PROGRAMS


RED TEAM

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.

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 TEAM

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!

ONGOING SWIM TEAM TRYOUTS

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.

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SCHEDULE


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TRAINING SCHEDULE

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!


RED TEAM

AGE GROUP INTERMEDIATE

  • Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 3:45pm 

WHITE TEAM

AGE GROUP ADVANCED

  • Monday - Friday: 3:45pm - 5:45pm

MASTERS TEAM

MASTERS ALL LEVELS

  • Monday, Tuesday & Friday: 6:15am
  • Wednesday: 6:00pm


CALENDAR

2016 Short Course Meet Schedule

November 5 - Age Group Meet : Kona Community Aquatics Center, Kailua-Kona

November 11, 12, 13 - Hawaii Swimming Senior Fall Championships : Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Center - University of Hawaii, Manoa Oahu (only swimmers selected by Coach Steve will compete in this meet)

November 19 - Age Group Meet : Kawamoto Swim Stadium, Hilo

December 3 - Age Group Meet : Kona Community Aquatics Center, Kailua-Kona

December 16, 17, 18, 19 - Hawaii State Age Group Championships : Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, Oahu


2016 Fall / Winter Pool Closures

There are no scheduled pool closures at this time.

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.COACHES


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COACH STEVE


Background

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.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Masters World and American record holder in the 50 and 100 butterfly and the 50 and 100 freestyle.
  • Coached Punahou School's boys and girls teams to an unprecedented 13 straight State High School Championships.
  • Coached the University of Hawaii Men's swimming team.
  • Assistant coach at Indiana University with the legendary Doc Counsilman
  • Coached NCAA champions and World Record holders Mark Spitz and Gary Hall, Sr.
  • Swam on two NCAA championship teams and was a member of Indiana's 400 Medley.
  • Relay Team (Butterflier) that broke the American and NCAA record.
  • Coached over 50 high school All Americans, including Chris Woo, the youngest member of the 1976 Olympic Team.
  • Coached several national masters' champions and world record holders.
  • Former Race Director of the Ironman World Championships.
  • Former United States National Swimming team coach.
  • All American swimmer and water polo player in both high school and College.
  • Inducted into the Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame, 2005
  • Inducted into the Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame, 2013
  • In 2015, Steve was tapped by FINA to coach a level 2 coaches clinic held in Saipan, NMI

 

 

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CONTACT


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CONTACT


Aloha!

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: swimkona@earthlink.net

Call Steve: (808) 334-0083


Kona Community Aquatics Center

75-5530 Kuakini Highway
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(808) 327-3500

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