Raumati Swimming Club was formed from the surf club, at the end of Tiromoana Road in Raumati South. In 1962 the Raumati pool opened as an outdoor salt water pool. The surf club became more orientated to pool swimming and became Raumati Surf Life Saving and Amateur Swim Club.
In 1971/72, the club, wanting to train all year round used Alex McKimm’s indoor heated pool. Unfortunatly rising heating costs forced the closure of this pool and all activities were transferred to Cannon’s Creek Pool. In the early days training was two nights a week, progressing to two nights and four mornings.
Wanting to have a pool locally the club began raising funds by selling raffle tickets. Funds were put into a trust, while the council explored sites for a new pool. Eventually the council decided to cover the pool and convert it to freshwater. Raumati swimming pool reopened in 1983 after being closed for six years.
In 1988 funds were obtained through NZI life in the form of a reducing debenture to build the club rooms. In 1998 the debenture was owned in full.
At the end of July 2013 the club sadly farewelled the failing Raumati pool and moved its training to the new Coastlands Aquatic Centre in Paraparaumu. RSC swimmers and committee worked very hard fundraising and volunteering to help bring about the new aquatic centre, and are very much looking forward to this new chapter in their swimming lives.
In 2014 the Raumati Swimming Club, now training in their new venue became the RSC Raptors.
Anna Doig is a former freestyle and butterfly swimmer from Raumati Swimming Club who went on to represent New Zealand at 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.
Peter Doig (brother of Anna) swam at the 1990 Commonwealth games.
Ian Bullock (pictured above) – swam at the 1978 Commonwealth Games.
Double Olympic gold medallist Danyon Loader and Olympian Jon Winter have coached at RSC.
Kapiti to Mainland Swim
The Kapiti to Mainland Swim has been run by the Raumati Swimming Club since 1963. One entrant who has been swimming the yearly event for the past 44 years is Ray Gough. Ray is in his late 60s. He says he still enjoys coming along and participating in the race each year.