Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Interested in Joining the Club this Winter?

Interested in giving OCM a try this January?

What do you need to do to join the club or are you interested in the free swim?

It's easy to join OCM! Just arrive 10-15 minutes before your first practice and sign-in at the front desk as a "Guest Swimmer".  Head on into the change room and join the rest of the club on deck when the practice starts (7:30pm week days, 9:00am on weekends) and introduce yourself to the coach. 

They'll have a short chat with you and get you situated in the appropriate lane.  Not to worry - you can always move up or down lanes deepending on your speed.

Your first swim with us is free - and iot's meant to give you a chance to check out the club and see if we're a good fit!

When you decide to join we'll have you complete a registration form and we request you provide payment one your first official swim. Not sure which package is right for you? You can always top-up if you decide you want to swim more.

With OCM you can get as much or as little coaching as you'd like. Just give the coach a heads-up about what you're looking for.

OCM is a very friendly club, with an experienced and dedicated coaching staff. We're social and do enjoy competiting in local competition, but there's no mandatory participation in competitions.

For more information on Masters Swimming check out our "What is Masters Swimming?" post here.

And for additional info on the club there's an FAQ in the right hand side coloumn of this page.

See here for information on pricing, swim times, and the 12 week session dates for Winter and Spring.

As always you can email us at ottawacentremasters@gmail.com for more information.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

2015 Winter Swim Session Information

With winter's chill setting in - there's no better time to enjoy the pool!
The first practice of the winter session will be TUESDAY JANUARY 6th, at 7:30pm!
Below is our practice times and the dates of the remaining sessions this year. Please note the change in hours.

Unsure if Master's Swimming is right for you - check out our post "What is Master's Swimming" for more information: http://ottawacentremasters.blogspot.ca/2014/11/what-is-masters-swimming.html

Swim Times:
Tuesday 7:30-8:30pm (60 minutes)
Thursday 7:30-8:30pm (60 minutes)
Saturday 9:00-10:00am (60 minutes)
Sunday 9:00-10:00am (60 minutes)

Swim Sessions:
Winter:  January 6 to March 29, 2015
Spring:  March 31 to June 21, 2015

The pricing options are:
12 drop-ins per 12 week session for $175.00*
24 drop-ins per 12 week session for $275.00*
Unlimited swims per 12 week session for $325.00*

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're new to Masters Swimming this year please remember to include the annual $35 registration fee in your first payment – so if you’re buying 12 drop ins your cheque amount would be $200, and for unlimited swims $290.

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

See you on deck in 2015! 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

New coaching tool for the pool...

Check out our latest edition to the coaching staff... well not exactly.

Coach Alvaro brought a new underwater camera to his practices - to help you with technique by not only giving you correction himself but also my letting you see it for yourself!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What is “Masters” Swimming?

Are you tired of swimming by yourself during lane swim?  Want to mix up your workout or just want some tips on your technique?  Try Masters Swimming with OCM!

Our current Fall Session is underway and ends December 7th, so there's still time to join.  Or - if you want to work off those holiday treats the Winter session will begin January 6th 2015.

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 your 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.

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 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 range from 60 to 90 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 ottawacentremasters@gmail.ca

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall is here! Time to work off Thanksgiving dinner! ...or dinners.

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving long weekend, and the day off from swimming on Sunday. 

There are eight weeks left in the Fall session, so make sure you are using the passes you signed up for. If you are worried about going over your allotment, you can always upgrade to the next package, you just have to pay the difference. No extra fees or anything of the sort, just talk to one of the board members: Gerry, Dan, Kevin, Kim or Sylvain.

Haven't joined yet? It's not too late, if you get a 12 drop-in pass this week, you are able to go to 1.5 practices a week for the rest of the session. 

Also, don't forget we offer newcomers, a free trail swim! Still a great time to join as we continue to focus on technique/refinement in the fall (don't be too content, there will still be some sets that will push you).  As always, if you have any questions, send us an email at ottawacentremasters@gmail.com