Friday, April 22, 2016

April 2016 Brunch!

Photo by Liz Humphrey

We hope you can join us at Memories Cafe for brunch on Saturday April 30th.

We'll meet in the lobby after practice and walk over to the cafe together. Or you can meet us there at 10:30!  Friends and family are welcome to join.

Memories is located at 136 St. Patrick Street in the Byward Market.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Spring 2016 Swim Session Information

We are excited to spring forward into our 9th Spring Session. OCM has had a great year so far spreading our wings at Ottawa U. Unfortunately Montpetit will be closing to undergo annual maintenance on April 30 to the end of June. We have therefor moved the weekday practices in May and June to Lowertown Pool on Wednesday night, and the Sunday swim to Champagne. April's practices will continue as per the Fall and Winter session, at Ottawa U and Champagne.

Are you curious about Masters Swimming? Check out our post "What is Master's Swimming" for more information. What to know more about our coaches - you can ready their bios here.

Session date: March 31 to June 19, 2015 (*** Denotes a change compared to Fall and Winter.)

Wednesday 9:00-10:00pm -  Lowertown Pool***
Saturday 9:00-10:00am Champagne – 321 King Edward St.
Sunday 9:00-10:00am Champagne – 321 King Edward St.***

Fee Options (12 week session):
12 drop-ins (1 swim a week) - $175.00
24 drop-ins (2 swims a week) - $275.00
Unlimited Swims - $300.00

The two drop-in options are the equivalent of 1 or 2 swims a week. We call them drop-ins so that if you miss a week or are out of town etc. you can use those swims however and whenever you'd like in that 12 week period AND you can always upgrade to the 24 drop-in or unlimited options throughout the session. Unused swims do not carry over to other sessions or years.

Payment Information:
We would kindly ask that you bring payment on your first swim. Payments can be made out to the Ottawa Centre Masters. We accept cheques, money orders, or cash. All board members will be present to give you your registration package, and collect your payment on the first practice you swim.

If you didn't swim with us this fall or winter you may need to pay the annual $35 registration fee in your first payment - Registration fee payment is required for all members as we are an officially sanctioned Canadian Masters Swimming Club. For more information please email us or see a board member on your first swim with the club.

The First Swim Night (for new members this spring):
We would ask that you arrive 15-20 minutes early on the first day you swim to have sufficient time to get your payment, your registration form and to answer any questions you may have.

A coach will be giving everyone a run down on coaching plans for the rest of the year, your expectations/hopes for your participation and membership in the club. In addition they will go over the lane rules, and provide advice on stretching etc. Of course you will be able to ask questions about the coaching and the lanes/swimmers.

Contact Us:
If you have any questions - please consult the FAQ section of the blog on the right hand side of the page or or email us at

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

What is Masters Swimming?

Are you tired of swimming by yourself during lane swim?  Getting frustrated by the lack of order or just not feeling motivated?  Maybe you just want to mix up your workout or get tips on your technique?  Try Masters Swimming with OCM!

What is “Masters” Swimming?

Masters Swimming is simply a group of people, over the age of 18, enjoying swim practices with a set workout and a coach to give guidance on technique.

Do you have coaches and will I get coaching?

One of the things that makes OCM stand out is our excellent coaching staff.  You will get as much or as little coaching as you'd like.  Just tell our coaches what you’re looking for and they'll be happy to listen. There's no extra cost for help with your swimming technique.

What are the ages of your swimmers?

We have swimmers of all ages, from their early twenties and upwards. As a registered Ontario Masters Swim Club all our members must be over the age of 18 to swim with OCM.

Do I have to be a really good/fast swimmer like Michael Phelps?

We have swimmers of all speeds and abilities; from people very new to fitness swimming, to former competitive swimmers, triathletes or people just looking to get some exercise in a fun environment.

Do I have to know all the swim strokes, or be able to swim a certain distance?

You don’t have to know all four strokes (front crawl, breast stroke, back stroke and butter fly) but you have to be willing to learn (unless of course you have an injury which prevents you from doing a stroke). We don’t have a distance/speed requirement, but you should be comfortable swimming for 30 minutes, and about 200 meters without stopping.

As a former competitive swimmer will your workouts be challenging?

Absolutely! We have many former competitive swimmers in the club, and they enjoy a challenging workout every time. Our practices are 60 minutes, and include all strokes, distances, kick and pull. Everything you need to feel challenged in the pool.
If you have any more questions, or are interesting in joining the club please feel free to send us an email at

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

What makes OCM Different? Underwater Video Anaylsis!

Why Choose OCM?

We pride ourselves on being the small club with a big heart.

At OCM not only will you get fantastic coaching and one on one technique help from one of our three experienced coaches but you'll join a club that is friendly and fun. OCM is small, which mean you get more attention from our coaches.

Just how much attention? Coach Alvaro will film and then analyze your stroke. Breaking down step-by-step just what is going on underwater. He'll also do a side-by-side with an elite swimmer to show you what you should be aiming for.

Only swimmers who want this video analysis will be filmed, and Alvaro will meet with you to show you your video on a tablet right at the pool! You can also get the video on a memory stick so you can take it home to view on your on time (over and over if you wish).

Here are a few screen caps of what you'll see.

To view the complete video please visit our facebook page at:

For questions about joining OCM please email us at

Monday, February 29, 2016

Ottawa Centre Masters Coaches

We at Ottawa Centre Masters are very lucky to have not one but two amazing coaches. Each brings a different style to their coaching and both have years of experience and dedication to the sport!

Meet OCM's coaches.

Head Coach Marie: 

"I started swimming at the age of 10 and swam competitively through high school, college and University until I was 24.

Jeux du Quebec medallist in Backstroke, Fly and relay,
Participated to 8 Canadian Championships,
Participated to the 1992 Olympics trials in 100 and 200 backstroke,
Won athlete of the year in Quebec twice.

15 years ago I switched from swimming to triathlons and half marathons. I am a Certified Level 1 coach with PNCE in Quebec (Coaches National Certification Program)

I have coached age group for 5 years and Masters in Quebec for 3 years and I have been coaching with OCM since 2008. I have also been a spinning instructor for 10 years.

And… I yes I keep waking up at 5:30 to go to the pool because for me swimming is the best feeling ever… There is no other sport (and I have tried many) that ever provided me with the same sense of accomplishment after a good workout."


"I've been involved with swimming for over 25 years (ouch!). Started swimming when I was 6 years, throughout high school, college and now Masters. I also have experience in open water swimming, either in Half Iron Man triathlons or long distance Open Water races. 

Definitely a swim enthusiastic!

How bad? The kind who likes to watch the preliminary rounds of the 1500m races in the Olympic games and gets annoyed when TV commercials/shows/movies have scenes of actors swimming with awful technique! 

I am currently in the final stages of completing my coaching certification."