Pool Swims

About the Program

Ottawa Swimming programs are aimed at helping participants develop a strong, efficient stroke then add further fitness and power to the equation. The result is fitness, strength and speed. Ample opportunity will be given for those more experienced swimmers to maximize their volume while new swimmers will only swim as much as they are comfortable with. All participants will benefit from ongoing feedback from the coach. While we welcome all levels, we do ask that you are able to swim 50m continuously before starting the program. Our Start Smart program is the one exception; it's perfect for those new to swimming. We train indoors from first week of October to mid June after which our Open Water program starts up at Britannia Beach for swims through to the end of August. Check out our new member page for additional info. Please register for our newsletter to watch for registration updates.


2021-22 Pool Program

We are aiming to return to our usual offerings this fall and hope to have everything confirmed by early summer. For that reason all information below is tentative.

  • Registration Dates:

    • Returnees: Noon on Monday, August 16, 2021 (Link will be shared by email.)

    • Friends and Family: Noon on Monday, August 24, 2021 (Email us at noon or after)

    • New Members: Opens Noon on Monday, August 31, 2021 (Link will appear on this page with each class listing below.)

  • Most of our members swim once per week with the club.

  • Age: 18+ only

  • Ability Level:

    • General: You can swim 50m continuously any stroke.

    • Advanced: You can hold 1:45 per 100m in a set.

    • Start Smart: This program is for those new to lane swimming or those who want to build their stroke from the ground up. Participants must be comfortable in the *deep end* of the pool.

    • Not sure which program is right for you? Email us and we'll help guide you.

  • Multiple Swims: For each additional swim after your first registration we will rebate you $80!

    • Register for each class separately then email within 30 days to request the rebate.

  • You can use any major credit card for payment. If you'd like to spread the registration to three payments email us.

  • A receipt confirming payment will be automatically emailed to you from PayPal. It will list our official company name, Ottawa Fit Ltd.

  • Cost (one swim per week): TBA

  • Closures: Extended breaks in the class schedules as represented below are due to annual maintenance closures at the various pools.

  • Dates: Full date details including no-swim days will be available this August when contracting is complete.


Classes

*Dates in this section are from last season. 2021 dates will be updated once contracts are confirmed.*

  • Saturday's 730-830am or 830-930am, Boys and Girls Club (BGC), 2825 duMaurier Ave.

    • Level: Start Smart While any of our swims are appropriate for most levels swimmers, this workout is especially targeted at those who are newer to lane swimming or want to totally reconstruct their stroke.

    • *Non-swimmers are welcome but must be very comfortable in deep water with a flotation aid (ie kick board).

    • 730am: Coach Geordie

    • 830am: Coach Jennette and Geordie

    • First Swim: Oct. 5 Last Pool Swim: June 13

    • No swims: Oct. 12, Oct. 26, Dec. 21, Dec. 28, Feb. 15, Apr. 11, May 16,

  • Saturday's from 7am to 8am at Canterbury Pool, 2185 Arch

    • Level: General

    • Coach Sean

    • First Swim: Nov. 2* Last Pool Swim: June 13

    • No swims: April 11

    • *Canterbury repairs will run late but we have managed to book enough days through the season to reach our usual total.

  • Sunday's from 7am to 8am at the Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe

    • Level: General

    • Coach Trina

    • First Swim: Oct. 6 Last Pool Swim: May 31

    • No swim days: Dec. 29, Feb. 2

  • Sunday's from 7am to 8am at the Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe

    • Coach Kym

    • First Swim: Oct. 6 Last Pool Swim: May 31

    • No swim days: Dec. 29, Feb. 2

  • Sunday's from 8pm to 9pm at Sawmill Pool, 3380 D'Aoust

    • Level: General

    • Coach Geordie

    • First Swim: October 6 Last Pool Swim: May 31

    • No swims: Dec. 22, Dec. 29

  • Monday's from 6am to 7am at Canterbury Pool, 2185 Arch

    • Level: General

    • Coach Sean

    • First Swim: Oct. 28* Last Pool Swim: June 15

    • No swims: Dec. 30, Feb. 17, Apr. 13^, May 18^

    • ^Participants may join another of our swims on these dates. Email to arrange.

    • *Canterbury repairs will run late but we have managed to book enough days through the season to reach our usual total.

  • Monday's from 630am to 730am at Richcraft Pool, 4101 Innovation

    • Level: General

    • Coach TBA

    • First Swim: Sept. 30 Last Pool Swim: June 8

    • No swims: Dec. 23, Dec. 30, Apr. 13

  • Tuesday's from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at Plant Pool, 930 Somerset

    • Level: General

    • Coach Erin

    • First Swim: October 1 Last Pool Swim: June 9

    • No swims: Nov. 26 and month of December

      • Note: This class always sells out fast. It's our oldest swim time, has only 19 spots, and everyone keeps coming back!

      • *2018-19 registrants will be swimming in September in this time spot as a make up for maintenance closure the previous season.

  • Tuesday's from 9pm to 10pm at the Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe

    • Coach Geordie

    • Level: Start Smart This workout is especially targeted at those who are newer to lane swimming or want to totally reconstruct their stroke.

      • Overcome Lane: One lane of this swim will be dedicated to those who cannot comfortably move into deep water. This pool has no deep portion but the progression used by this group will be slightly different than that used with the Start Smart lanes. Registration for this lane will be done via email with a wait list already building.

    • First Swim: October 1 Last Pool Swim: May 26

    • No swims: Dec 24, Dec 31

  • Wednesday's from 630am to 730am at Canterbury Pool, 2185 Arch

    • Level: General

    • Coaches Julie and Erik

    • First Swim: Oct. 30* Last Pool Swim: June 17

    • No swims: Dec. 25, Jan. 1

    • *Canterbury repairs will run late but we have managed to book enough days through the season to reach our usual total.

  • Wednesday's from 630am to 730am at Richcraft Pool, 4101 Innovation

    • Level: General

    • Coach Simon

    • First Swim: October 2 Last Pool Swim: June 10

    • No swims: Dec. 25, Jan. 1

  • Thursday's from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at Plant Pool, 930 Somerset

    • Level: Advanced group. All swimmers must be able to hold a set at < 1:45/100m.

    • Coach: TBA

    • First Swim: October 3 Last Pool Swim: June 11

    • No swims: Nov. 28 and month of December

  • Friday's from 630am to 730am at Richcraft Pool, 4101 Innovation

    • Level: General

    • Coach Simon

    • First Swim: October 4 Last Swim: June 12

    • No Swims: Dec. 27, Apr. 10

  • Friday's from 1030am to 1130am at Richcraft Pool, 4101 Innovation

    • Level: General

    • Coach Geordie

    • First Swim: October 4 Last Swim: June 12

    • No Swims: Dec. 27, Mar. 20, Apr. 10

Downtown Swims

The OTC doesn't have any downtown swims but we have some good friends that do! The Ottawa Centre Masters Swim Club have times at the Champagne Pool on King Edward. For full details visit their website.