About Us


What is Swimming Matters?

Swimming Matters is a specialty Aquatic Pro Shop. We carry hard to find aquatic equipment, swimsuits, and we have a wall of goggles, over 80 different styles.

Who is Swimming Matters?

Kris Hildebrand launched Swimming Matters in August 1998. Kris hired his sister Danielle Chernhoski to be the manager and his mother Vicki Hildebrand as an employee. However in January of 2002 Kris realized that retail was not for him. Danielle and Vicki decided to go into partnership together and took over the store in March of 2002.

Why did we open?

As a long time member of the aquatic community (Kris Hildebrand, the son of Vicki and brother of Danielle, was a competitive swimmer, water polo player, and swim coach) Kris had great difficulty finding necessary equipment. He often drove all around Winnipeg looking for goggles, suits, and equipment, and usually ended up purchasing most necessities from The States and even overseas. He believed that Winnipeg should have their own swim shop. So… Swimming Matters was born.

How do we expect to survive?

As a specialty Aquatic Pro Shop we need to support and be supported by the aquatic community.With this in mind we offer discounts for aquatic team members, lifeguards, triathletes, aquasizers and their families. We also donate a portion of their sales to the aquatic teams for equipment purchases (ask us about getting your aquatic team registered).

Where is Swimming Matters?

Swimming Matters is located 1 min. from the Pan-Am Pool (1389 Grant Ave @ the corner of Grant and Waverley)

What we offer?

All registered swim team members receive 20% off the retail price. 5% of all these purchases is donated to the members club for equipment purchases, when the team makes a purchase from Swimming Matters through out the year. We will also try to meet any competitor’s prices. We will also do our best to track down any special items you may want or need.

What type of swim equipment do we have?

  • 100% Polyester training suits
  • Racing suits
  • Over 80 different styles of goggles (including prescription)
  • Pull Buoys
  • Training Paddles
  • Kick Boards
  • Specialty Swimmer Bags
  • Latex / Silicone / Lycra Caps
  • Deck & Water Shoes
  • Wet Suits/Triathlon
  • Triathlon Shorts, Tops, One piece Suits
  • Fins
  • Aquasizing Equipment

Anything An Aquatic Athlete May Need

What Brands do we have?

  • Arena
  • Speedo
  • Mikasa
  • Tyr
  • Nike
  • Vorgee
  • Finis
  • Aqua Lung
  • Aquam
  • Zoot
  • Pipeline
  • Ryka
  • Aqua Jogger
  • Oneil
  • Tri Swim
  • Body Glide
  • Sportcount
  • Michael Phelps
  • Dolfin (Uglies)