Monday, September 28, 2015

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 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

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

What makes OCM Different?

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

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Fall 2015 Swim Session Information

Ottawa Centre Masters is very excited that this year will we be swimming in two great pools! Ottawa University’s Montpetite Pool and the historic Champagne Pool in the Byward Market!

OCM's Fall Session will start Saturday September 12th at 9:00am at the Champagne Bath pool and will run until December 3rd, 2015.

Are you curious about Masters Swimming? Check out our post "What is Master's Swimming" for more information:

OCM offers our new members one free swim/trial swim to come and check out the club and give us a try before you register.

Swim Times:

Thursday 9:00-10:00pm Montpetit Pool – Ottawa University
Saturday 9:00-10:00am Champagne – 321 King Edward St.
Sunday 8:30-9:30 Montpetit Pool – Ottawa University

Session dates:

Fall: September 12 to December 3, 2015
Winter: January 7 to March 27, 2015*
Spring: April 7 to June 19, 2015*
Fee Options (12 week session):

12 drop-ins - $175.00
24 drop-ins - $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 out of town etc. you can use those swims however you'd like in that 12 week period.  AND you can always upgrade to the 24 drop-in or unlimited options throughout the fall session.

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.
Please remember to include the annual $35 registration fee in your first payment -Registration fee payment is required for all members as we are an official Canadian Masters Swimming Club.

The First Swim Night: 

We would ask that you arrive 15-20 minutes early on the first day you swim in order to have time to get your payment, and your registration forms.

A coach will be giving everyone a run down on coaching plans for the year, your expectations/hopes for your participation and membership in the club. In addition he 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

*dates may vary slightly for the Winter and Spring sessions.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Champagne one of the "Top Ten Pools in Canada"!

The Toronto Star rated Champagne pool, here in the Byward Market in Ottawa, one of the Top Ten Pools in Canada for it's hertiage charm.  Something we at OCM have always appreciated - but now it's official.

You can also read about the pool and us, the Ottawa Centre Masters here (Page 10):

Monday, June 22, 2015

We're on Summer Hiatus!

OCM is on summer hiatus!

Our members will be busy this summer, swimming open water, and for those tri-athletes amoung us - busy enjoying the race season.

You'll probably run into a few of us at Meech lake from time to time as well.

Please check back for new information on the 2015-16 swim season soon!
In the mean time - if your looking for a place to swim here are links to the swim schedule search for the City of Ottawa:
If you're looking for info on the club please see our FAQs section in the right hand column

Wondering - what is Masters Swimming...? :

OuInfo on last Fall's session:

As well as some additional info here:

Have a great summer everyone and see you on deck in September!