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

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).