Monday, December 5, 2011

Winter 2012 Swimming Session Details


Hello to all OCM Members and potential new members! Our Swim year was off to a great start this fall, and now it is almost time to start the Winter session.

INTERESTED IN JOINING OCM? We do still have room for new members, and if you are interested in joining the club, please read the detail below and send us an email. 

Here are the details on the Winter Session, and payment info.

Swim Times:
Tuesday 7:30-9:00pm (90 minutes)
Thursday 7:30-8:30pm (60 minutes)
Saturday 9:00-10:30am (90 minutes)
Sunday 9:30-10:30am (60 minutes)

Our Three (3) - 12 week sessions:
Fall: September 13 to December 4
Winter: January 3 to March 25
Spring: March 27 to June 17

The pricing options are:
12 drop-ins* per 12 weeks session for $165.00
Unlimited swims per 12 weeks session $255.00

We will be cashing your payment cheques on January 18th, 2012 so please feel free to post date them. Payment is expected on your first swim, and cheques can be made payable to Ottawa Centre Masters.

*Drop-ins are not transferable to other sessions or years, and we will continue to offer the one free swim to new members only (one time/session/year only).

For swimmers new to the club this Winter: In addition to the swim fees there is a 35$ registration fee that goes to Masters Swimming Ontario and Canada and covers insurance.  Please include this 35$ fees when writing a cheque to the club for your swim fees. (Example 12 drop ins = $200, Unlimited = $290 - for the first session only.)

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us:  ottawacentremasters@yahoo.ca

See you on deck!

Your OCM Board

Thursday, December 1, 2011

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - Fall Session is being extended by one week!


Dear OCM Swimmers,

We are very happy to announce that we are extending the Fall Swim Session by one whole week.  OCM did so well this year that we wanted to give back to you, the swimmers that made it possible, by renting an extra week at the pool!

Now's the chance to use up those 12 drop-ins, or get in a few more kilometres before all those Christmas parties!  Our last day of swimming will now be Sunday December 11th (instead of December 4th).

The End of Session Party will still be on December 3rd.

Thanks again for a fantastic start to our swim year, and making our little cub a really fun place to swim!

Your OCM Board

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

End of Session and Holiday Brunch!


Hello OCM Members!

We will be getting together after swimming on Saturday December 3rd, for our end of Session/Holiday Brunch!

We will meet in the lobby and head out to Dunn's on Dalhousie St. in the Market.

If you could please rsvp ottawacentremasters@yahoo.ca by Wednesday November 30th so I can confirm our reservation.

Thank you and we hope to see you all there!

Your OCM Board

Friday, November 11, 2011

OCM Post-Swim Brunch

Hey folks,

Some of us are planning on going for brunch this Saturday (November 12th) after swimming. We don't have a place yet (any suggestion is welcomed) but we usually meet at the lobby and head out around 11-ish.

Hope you can make it

Cheers

Alvaro

1/3 of the Way Through the Fall Session

Just a reminder that we are 1/3 of the way through the Fall Session.  Our last practice is Sunday December 4th, 2011.

We do still have room, if you are interested in joining the club.

Here's a reminder of our times, and rates:

Swim Times:
Tuesday 7:30-9:00pm (90 minutes)
Thursday 7:30-8:30pm (60 minutes)
Saturday 9:00-10:30am (90 minutes)
Sunday 9:30-10:30am (60 minutes)

Our Three (3) - 12 week sessions:
Fall: September 13 to December 4
Winter: January 3 to March 25
Spring: March 27 to June 17

The pricing options are:
12 drop-ins per 12 weeks session for $165.00
Unlimited swims per 12 weeks session $255.00

Drop-ins are not transferable to other sessions or years, and we will continue to offer the one free swim to new members only (one time/session/year only).

In addition to the swim fees there is a 35$ registration fee that goes to Masters Swimming Ontario and Canada and covers insurance.  Please include this 35$ fees when writing a cheque to the club for your swim fees. (Example 12 drop ins = $200, Unlimited = $290 - for the first session only.)

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us:  ottawacentremasters@yahoo.ca

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

No Swimming Sunday October 9th, 2011 (Thanks Giving Weekend)

We traditionally cancel the Sunday swims of long weekends. With members out of town, or hosting family we have a very low turn-out of 2-3 swimmers.




Swimming on Sunday October 9th (9:30-10:30) is cancelled. 
Sleep in and enjoy the long weekend!
Your OCM Board

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Post Swim Breakfast!

This Saturday morning, September 24, after swim practice, we're going to head out for breakfast at 11:00 at the Aulde Dubliner pub on William street.  If you're interested in coming along and meeting some of the fellow club swimmers, we'll meet up in the lobby after the practice. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Important Notice!


Hello All,

I have recently learned that our Saturday start time has changed.

We will be starting at 9:00am on Saturday's, rather than 9:30am.  Unfortunately the City of Ottawa, and the pool, changed the adult swim time on Saturday's to 10:30am. In order to fit in our 90 minutes practice, we've got to start at 9:00am.

Thank you for your understanding and we'll see you September 13th,

OCM Board.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

2011-2012 Swim Season Details

Hello to all OCM Members and potential new members! I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer! I am very happy to present the layout for the 2011-2012 swim season. 

Swim Times:
Tuesday 7:30-9:00pm (90 minutes)
Thursday 7:30-8:30pm (60 minutes)
Saturday 9:00-10:30am (90 minutes)
Sunday 9:30-10:30am (60 minutes)

Our Three (3) - 12 week sessions:
Fall: September 13 to December 4
Winter: January 3 to March 25
Spring: March 27 to June 17

The pricing options are:
12 drop-ins per 12 weeks session for $165.00
Unlimited swims per 12 weeks session $255.00

Drop-ins are not transferable to other sessions or years, and we will continue to offer the one free swim to new members only (one time/session/year only).

In addition to the swim fees there is a 35$ registration fee that goes to Masters Swimming Ontario and Canada and covers insurance.  Please include this 35$ fees when writing a cheque to the club for your swim fees. (Example 12 drop ins = $200, Unlimited = $290 - for the first session only.)

We will be sending out the registration form for next year in an email early in August, along with payment options, and deadlines etc.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us:  ottawacentremasters@yahoo.ca

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Info on the 2011-2012 Swim Season coming soon!


But in the mean time - say hello to our new OCM Logo - designed by our very own Carol Kelly!

And check back soon for all the info on the new season, and a new look for the blog!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

OCM is on Summer Hiatus!

We are on hiatus until September 13, 2011.

Please check back for new information on the 2011-12 swim season soon!

In the mean time- if you're in downtown Ottawa and looking for a place to swim - here are links to the swim schedules for local pools:

Ottawa University:
Carleton University:
City of Ottawa pools:

Have a great summer everyone!!!

OCM

Monday, June 6, 2011

Saturday June 11th - Annual General Meeting

I have a date for the Annual General Meeting (AGM)/ End of the Swim Season lunch!

Please mark off Saturday June 11th, 11:30am on your calendars!  We will be going to lunch at Johny Farinas on Elgin Street.

The AGM is an all members meeting (we give a final run down on the swim season, and vote in next years board), and a great chance to see your swim mate out of the water before the start of summer!

I will require everyone please RSVP so I can book the restaurant with enough space!

Thank you! and we hope to see you all out at the AGM!

Your OCM Board! 

Friday, April 29, 2011

VIDEO 3 – 200m Fly Rome 2009 - Best swimmer ever???

One might say that you have a strong case whenever you win an all-time record 8 gold medals in the same Olympic games (14 gold medals in total). He is also the youngest man ever to set a swimming world record at 15 years and 9 months. In the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Phelps took gold again in the 200m and 100m fly (in this one silencing trash talker Milorad Cavic).


Beginner tip: Two kicks (a small and a big one) for each stroke (nice slow motion underwater view at 5:29), feet are tight together.

Intermediate tip: Head enters the water before the arms after breathing, chin barely breaks the surface of the water.

Advanced tip: Similar to freestyle arms are brought to the direction of belly button to finish the stroke, upper body doesn’t move during the underwater kick after the start and turn (abs are tight). 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

VIDEO 2 - 200m Breastroke 2006 - Leisel Jones storms the world!

 At the age of 14 years old Australian Leisel Jones made her first Olympic Games appearance. Still a teenager she broke her first world record in the month leading to the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Leisel is regarded as one of the best breastroker swimmer of all time, and in this video Jones smashes the world record in 2006.


Beginner tip: Perfect example of gliding, kicking technique and how the head movement is kept to a minimum.

Intermediate tip: Arms keep moving when she breaths, no stops. Nice example of open turns; both arms touching the wall, knees are brought to the direction of the belly button as the upper body turns sideways, one arm recovers under water while the other goes above it, push the wall in a streamline position, glide, perform an underwater pull-down, and glide again before surfacing and swimming normal breaststroke.

Advanced tip: One dolphin kick is now allowed in the underwater part after the start and turn. 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Spring Session Information

Our Spring Session has started... but it's never too late to join OCM!

For those of you that are triatheletes - these last 12 weeks are crucial for your training, and we will provide some open water training tips in the pool, as well as longer sets to get you used to swimming longer distances without rest. 


The Spring Session runs Tuesday March 29th to Sunday June 19th, 2011 (12 weeks).

Swim Times:
Tuesday 7:30-9:00pm (90 minutes)
Thursday 7:30-8:30pm (60 minutes)
Saturday 9:30-11:00am (90 minutes)
Sunday 9:30-10:30am (60 minutes)

Pricing options:
12 drop-ins for our 12 week session is $165.00**
Unlimited swims for the 12 weeks session is $255.00

For returning members from last session all we require is payment. For new members you will be required to fill out a registration form and pay the 35$ annual Member Ship Fee, which goes directly to Masters Swimming Canada and Ontario and covers insurance for your swim practices.

Payment is expected on your first swim, and we can ensure we will be cashing your cheque on April 12th.  We can accept personal cheques, cash, or money orders, to be made out to Ottawa Centre Masters.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at ottawacentremasters@yahoo.ca

Ottawa Centre Masters Board

**Drop-ins are not transferable to other sessions or years, and we will continue to offer the one free swim to new members only (one time/session/ year only).

Thursday, March 10, 2011

VIDEO 1 – The race of the century!!

We have scoured You-Tube looking for great examples of great swimming.  
Here's is Video 1 of 10.  Enjoy!!

In one of the most anticipated events of the 2004 Olympic Games, world champion and record holder Ian Thorpe seeks redemption after a disappointing second place in his own backyard in Sydney 4 years earlier. In his path, the reigning Olympic champion and first man to swim the 100m free under 48 seconds; Pieter van den Hoogenband. Notables on deck: king of long distances races and former world record holder in the distance Grant Hackett and a young American teenager named Michael Phelps!!!


Beginner tip: Excellent display of technique; elbows high, arms fully extended to start the stroke, shoulder rotation. 
Intermediate tip: Underwater cameras are a good chance to check the movement of the arms. Use forearm surface area to pull (pectorals working), push arms inwards (lats working), finish it strong (triceps working). 
 Advanced tip: Fly kick after the start and flip turns (upper body steady, all about abs and legs).  

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Spring Session Survey


We are nearing the end of our winter swim session and we are seeking your input and feed back on some aspects of the Club before the spring session begins.
  
Please take a couple minutes to answer this simple 5 question survey http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2PMPWZZ. It will take less time than a 50m freestyle to complete!  

We would appreciate it if you could answer the survey by Thursday March 10th, at midnight.
We'd like to thank you in advance for your input.  As your board we are always trying to make OCM a better place to swim and your feedback helps.  


Thank you once again for being a fantastic group of people to swim with!

Friday, February 18, 2011

After Swim Breakfast - This Saturday!

Hi OCM Swimmers!

In stead of a Pool to Pub in February why don't you join us after the practice - this Saturday - for brunch.

We'll meet in the lobby and head out as a group.

Hope you can make it!

Monday, January 10, 2011

OCM "Pool to Pubs" are back! Thursday January 20th!‏

The season is getting off to a great start! As a reward for your hard work in January we're re-starting our Pool to Pub's! Every 3rd Thursday of the month we'll go out after the practice to enjoy some food and a tasty beverage at one of the local market pubs or restaurants.

So this January we'll be going to the Blue Cactus on Thursday evening, January 20th, at approximately 9pm. No need to RSVP - just be in the lobby after practice and we'll head out together!

Any and all welcome (friends or significant others)

Don’t worry about forgetting - we will send out a reminder closer to the date.

Your OCM board!

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