Open Water

About the Program

If open water swimming makes you a little nervous rest assured you are very normal! We're hear to help. Like anything, familiarity is the key. Our open water program helps you to learn the key skills and take part in race simulations to gain confidence, comfort and fitness. Each workout will include coaching, drills and practice in key skills such as sighting, turning and swimming in a crowd. Most swims take place on Saturday mornings. When there is a major event on Saturday, we move the swim to the Thursday evening before.

Our swims take place off the windsurf beach at Britannia (map below) in water that is as close to walkable depth as we can ensure.  The typical workout will feature the use of a 200 to 300m course. Groups meet on the beach preceding the assigned time unless conditions are questionable in which case the coach will be in the parking lot to advise.  Workouts are roughly one hour in duration.  The seasons starts in June with two clinics in which we cover everything in detail then weekly swims run for July and August.

Open Water Program Cost 

Ottawa Swimming Pool Program Members

General Public


Members of Pool Program: At noon on Monday, May 15 you will receive an email with a link to reserve your clinic spot and an option to register for the full summer program ($50). 

General Public: If there are spots remaining in our program we will announce it on Monday, May 22 at noon with the with the inclusion of a link to online registration. If the program is sold out we will mention that instead.

REGISTRATION UPDATE 05/16/2023: Our summer program has sold out after heavy demand from our pool members but we we have added an extra clinic specifically for non-members that had hoped to join our regular program.   

*NEW* Open Water Clinic (for non-members) Sorry, SOLD OUT

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2023 Schedule:

Our Pre-Season Clinics

Who Gets to Attend the Clinics

Open Water Clinic #1: Sunday, June 4, 2023

Open Water Clinic #2: Sunday, June 11, 2023

Our Regular Weekly Swim Program 2023



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