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.

  • Vaccine Mandate: Proof of full vaccination will be required of all swimmers and coaches. We will be gathering this information after the registration process is complete.

  • Registration Dates:

    • Returnees (2020-21): Noon on Monday, August 16, 2021 (Link will be shared by email.)

    • Returnees (2019-20 Season): Noon on Monday, August 23, 2021 (Link will be shared by email.)

    • New Members: Opens Noon on Monday, August 30, 2021 (Link will appear on this page below.)

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

  • Age: 18+ only

  • Ability Level:

    • General: You can swim 50m continuously using 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.

    • Due to the special circumstances this fall please delay adding a second class till the end of August.

  • You can use any major credit card for payment.

  • Upon completing payment you will be invited to open a PayPal account; simply choose 'Not Now' and you will be redirected to our New Member Page to signify the completion of the process. Shortly after the transaction a receipt confirming payment will be automatically emailed to you from PayPal. The receipt will list our official company name, Ottawa Fit Ltd.

  • Cost (one swim per week): $390 + HST = $440.70 (same price since 2016!)

    • To ensure our system is flexible should it be needed we are utilising a 5 x $88.14 payment system.

    • Your first payment will come out immediately. We will later contact you directly with information on how to set up your next four monthly payments. After five payments you will have paid the $440.70 registration fee.

    • Important: Please read our refund and Public Health Closure policy.

  • Click here to register!


2021-22 Classes

There will be some no swim days in 2022 but we won't know those till we receive the 2022 contracts.


  • Saturday's from 7am to 8am at Canterbury Pool, 2185 Arch Sorry, sold out - Wait List

    • Level: General

    • Coach Holly

    • First Swim: Oct. 2 Last Pool Swim: mid June 2022

    • No swims: Oct. 9, Dec. 25, Jan. 1

  • Sunday's from 7am to 8am at the Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Sorry, sold out - Wait List

    • Level: General

    • Coach Trina

    • First Swim: Oct. 3 Last Pool Swim: mid-June 2022

    • No swim days: Dec. 26, Jan. 2

  • Sunday's from 8pm to 9pm at Sawmill Pool, 3380 D'Aoust Sorry, sold out - Wait List

    • Level: General

    • Coach Geordie

    • First Swim: October 3 Last Pool Swim: mid-June 2022

    • No swims: Dec. 26, Jan. 2

  • Monday's from 730pm to 830pm at Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Sorry, sold out - Wait List

    • Level: Start Smart

    • Coach Kym

    • First Swim: Oct. 4 Last Pool Swim: mid-June 2022

    • No swims: Oct. 11, Dec. 27, Jan. 3

  • Tuesday's from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at Plant Pool, 930 Somerset Sorry, sold out - Wait List

    • Level: General

    • Coach Derek

    • First Swim: October 5 Last Pool Swim: mid-June 2022

    • No swims: Nov.30 and month of December (annual maintenance shutdown)

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

  • Wednesday's from 630am to 730am at Canterbury Pool, 2185 Arch Sorry, sold out - Wait List

    • Level: General

    • Coach Sean

    • First Swim: Oct. 6 Last Pool Swim: mid-June 2022

    • No swims: Dec. 22, Dec. 29

  • Wednesday's from *615am to 715am* at Richcraft Pool, 4101 Innovation Sorry, sold out - Wait List

    • Level: General

    • Coach Simon

    • First Swim: October 6 Last Pool Swim: mid-June 2022

    • No swims: Dec. 22, Dec. 29

  • Thursday's from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at Plant Pool, 930 Somerset Sorry, sold out - Wait List

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

    • Coach Sarah

    • First Swim: October 7 Last Pool Swim: mid-June

    • No swims: Month of December (annual maintenance shutdown)

  • Friday's from *645am to 745am* at Richcraft Pool, 4101 Innovation Sorry, sold out - Wait List

  • Important Note: This swim will move to a 615am start after December 31.

    • Level: General

    • Coach Simon

    • First Swim: October 1 Last Swim: mid-June 2022

    • No Swims: Dec. 24, Dec. 31

  • Friday's from 1030am to 1130am at Richcraft Pool, 4101 Innovation Sorry, sold out - Wait List

    • Level: General

    • Coach Geordie

    • First Swim: October 1 Last Swim: mid-June 2022

    • No Swims: Dec. 24, Dec. 31

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.