Thursday, November 29, 2012

15th FINA World Masters Championships Montreal from July 27th to August 10th, 2014.

Did you know that the 15th FINA World Masters Championships will be held in our own backyard in the beautiful city of Montreal from July 27th to August 10th, 2014. The swimming events in the pool will take place between August 3rd and 9th, with the 3km open water event taking place on August 10th.

You may have the qualifying times to compete at these championships. Just check out the qualifying standards on their website.

So who's going to make a plan to go to the 15th FINA World Masters Championships in Montreal in the Summer of 2014?

Visit the website for more information here:

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Holiday Brunch - Saturday December 8, at 11am

All Club Members present and past, are more than welcome to join us at the Black Thorn (15 Clarence St at Sussex Dr.) for our annual Holiday Brunch.

Please feel free to bring a friend or partner on Saturday December 8th, at 11a.m. and join us for a delicious brunch in a great atmosphere.

We would kindly ask that you RSVP by Wednesday November 28th via email or facebook

We hope to see you all there!

For more information on the menu and restaurant please visit the Black Thorn's web site here: And their brunch menu can be found here:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Practice as usual for this weekened

There will be practice as usual this weekend - November 10-11th.

Marie will be on deck coaching.

Thank you


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Saturday October 20, 2012 - Post Swim Brunch!

Hello everyone! 
This Saturday, October 20, a bunch of us will be going out for brunch after practice. You should come! Yes, you!

This is a great chance to catch up with old OCM friends and meet some new OCM friends, in a context where we are all fully clothed and not gasping for air. You can also give the Board members a grilling on any OCM questions that you've been lying awake at night asking yourself.

We'll aim for 11 am, at the Black Thorn: The Black Thorn is in the Market, at 15 Clarence Street near Sussex.

A bunch of us will walk over after practice, but you're also welcome to meet us there if you won't be coming to practice on Saturday. Please reply to this message to RSVP if you think you'll be coming. (You can definitely still come if you don't RSVP, but it would help to have an estimate of numbers)
See you then!

Monday, October 1, 2012

No Swimming Sunday October 7th, 2012 (Thanksgiving Weekend)

Swimming this Sunday October 7th in cancelled. 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.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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! 

The next Session Start January 8, 20013!

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.

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

Monday, August 13, 2012

2012-2013 New Fall Swim Session Information

Hello OCM Swimmers!!

The first practice of the Fall Session is TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 11th, at 7:30pm!

Here is a reminder of our practice times and the dates each sessions falls under this year, we have kept the same format as last year.

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

Swim Sessions:
Fall:  September 11 to December 2, 2012
Winter:  January 8 to March 31, 2013
Spring:  April 2 to June 23, 2013

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

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.

In order to make things easier for our members, we can confirm that cheques will be deposited by Tuesday September 25th, if you would like to post-date your cheque to September 25th, you may do so.

*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.

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 - before we start at 7:30pm.

Our head coach Michel will be giving everyone a run down on coaching plans for the year, your expectations/hopes for your involvement with 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.

We hope you are having a great summer, and we can’t wait to see you all on the deck in September!!

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

Ottawa Centre Masters
Champagne Fitness Centre - 321 King Edward Ave
Ottawa, ON

Monday, August 6, 2012

Fall 2012 Session Info Coming Soon!

Please come back on Friday August 10th for all the info on our Fall 2012 Swim Session!

We're working hard to make 2012-13 our best year yet!!

Your OCM Board

Thursday, June 21, 2012

OCM is on Summer Hiatus!

We are on hiatus until September, 2012.

Please check back for new information on the 2012-13 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:

Carleton University:

City of Ottawa pools:

Have a great summer everyone!!!


Friday, June 1, 2012

Saturday June 9th - Annual General Meeting and End of the Year Party

OCM Swimmers!

As the swim year (in the pool) draws to a close, we'd like to invite you to our Annual General Meeting/End of the Year Party.

This year will be a pot luck lunch at Carol's house.  She also has a pool so be sure and bring your suit along.  The AGM is when we vote in the board members for next year's season, and the board gives you a report on the clubs business for the year, but mostly its a great get together where we have a great time out of the pool.

Date: Saturday June 9, 2012
Time: Any time after 12:30pm
Where: Please email us for the location

Just a reminder - the last day of swimming for the year is Sunday June 17, 2012.

See you at the pool!

OCM Board

Friday, May 18, 2012

Bring on the Bay - July 14, 2012

Summer's approaching and that means some of our OCM Swimmers are gearing up for open water swimming!

The first even of the Summer is Bushtukah's Bring on the Bay 3K Open Water Swim! * 

This event grows in popularity every year, and several of our swimmers enjoy taking the plunge, and have a great time tackling the 3 km swim from the Nepean Sailing Club to Britannia Yacht Club.

Take a look at the web site - and if you're up for the challenge - sign-up, let us know and we'll see you there!!

*OCM has no affiliation with Bushtukah's Bring on the Bay 3K Open Water Swim

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Reminder - No Swim Practice on Easter Sunday

Hello OCMers,

Just a reminder that there is no swim practice on Sunday April 8th, Easter Sunday.

We will swim as usual on Saturday.

Thank you, and have a great long weekend!

Your OCM Board

Monday, March 26, 2012

Spring 2012 Session Information!

Spring is here - and so is the Spring Session with Ottawa Centre Masters! The Spring Session starts Tuesday March 27, 2012.  There is room for new swimmers in the Spring Session (see below for details about joining)*, and you can join at any time after the start date.

Here are our Practice 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)

(please note the new start time* as of Fall 2011)

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

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

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).

*Your first swim with us is free, so please drop by and give us a try, just sign in as a guest at the front desk. Once you've decided to register - we will give you a registration form for you to fill out, and we can take your payment (cheque, cash, or money order - payable to Ottawa Centre Masters).

For new members - 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:

Friday, January 27, 2012

Under Water Video Taping - Saturday February 4th, 2012 (9:00am-10:30am)

Great News OCM!!

We'll be having a video session swim on Saturday February 4th, with not one but two coaches on deck!  So make sure you go to bed early Friday night, because Michel will be reviewing your technique, on the video play back screen, with the help of our underwater video system!