Wednesday, December 18, 2013

2013-14 Winter Session

Greetings OCM Swimmers!!

The first practice of the winter session will be TUESDAY JANUARY 7th, at 7:30pm!

Below is our practice times and the dates of the remaining sessions this year, we have kept the same format as last session, though there were some price changes.
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:
Winter:  January 7 to March 30, 2014
Spring:  April 1 to June 22, 2014

The pricing options are:
12 drop-ins per 12 weeks session for $175.00
Unlimited swims per 12 weeks session $275.00

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.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Website changes

Hi all!

I just wanted to let you know that there has been some minor updates to the website. If you look to your right, you will see a schedule and below it a link to our coaching schedule that will be updated regularly. If you have questions, comments, or just want to say hello, send us an email at ottawacentremasters@gmail.com.


See you at the pool!

Friday, August 16, 2013

2013-14 Fall Session

Hello OCM Swimmers!!

The first practice of the Fall Session is TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 10th, 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 10 to December 8, 2013
Winter:  January 7 to March 30, 2014
Spring:  April 1 to June 22, 2014

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 24th, if you would like to post-date your cheque to September 24th, 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.

A coach 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. 

Contact Us:
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 ottawacentremasters@gmail.com. You may have noticed we have changed our email address to gmail. We will still check the old one for at least the near future, but please use the new one from now on. 

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

Friday, June 14, 2013

OCM is on Summer Hiatus!

We are on hiatus until September, 2013.

Please check back for new information on the 2013-14 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!!!

OCM

Monday, May 13, 2013

Coach Ian's practices now available online!


Hello members! We are happy to announce another online resource. Coach Ian has started uploading his practices onto a shared Google doc. So far, we have his practices from April 28 and May 2 online. You can find them here: http://goo.gl/HikjQ

We're still figuring out how to make these systems work, so this is still a work in progress. Let us know what you think.

And remember, updated coaching schedules are also available online: http://goo.gl/NdYzA

See you in the pool!
 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Coaching schedule for April and May now online!

We're happy to announce that the coaching schedule for April and May is now online for all members! Follow this link to see the schedule.

Please note that the coaching schedule is subject to change -- we are still finalizing who's coaching on a few days, but we'll make updates to the schedule as soon as we have them. The schedule for June should be filled in by the end of the week.

The design is still a work in progress, so we'd definitely welcome feedback. More features will be added over the next little while, so stay tuned!


Monday, April 8, 2013

Post Swim Brunch - Saturday April 13, 2013


Hello everyone! 

This Saturday, April 13, we'll be having the first OCM brunch of the Spring Session. This is a great chance to catch up with old OCM friends and meet some new OCM friends. 

We'll make a reservation for 11:00am, at the Black Thorn: http://theblackthorn.ca/brunch . 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 by emailing us at ottawacentremasters@yahoo.ca

(You can definitely still come if you don't RSVP, but it would help to have an estimate of numbers)

We hope to see you there!

Your OCM Board

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Coaching Announcement


We have a few coaching announcements.  Jeannette coached her last practice with us on Sunday, and will be returning Toronto this spring after completing her degree at Ottawa U.  We'd like to thank Jeanette for all her great work with the club and we wish her all the best in Toronto.

We’re happy to tell you we have two new coaches joining us this spring.  Rachel Sullivan, who is a trained lifeguard and also has Master coaching experience, will begin coaching Thursdays starting March 21st and Ian Fraser, an former pro triathlete who is a certified swimming coach, and has coached swimming for several years. Ian will be observing the practice tonight.  In addition Alvaro will be a regular coach on the roster this spring.

Please give these new coaches a warm welcome to the club!

OCM will make an effort to ensure there is a uniform approach to the practices, as we want to have our swimmers best interests at heart when designing your work-outs.  You are always welcome to email the club or speak to a coach or board member if you really enjoyed a particular work-out or if you have a suggestion on how we can make things better.

Some of you have expressed interest in seeing the coaches schedule – if you are please let us know and we’ll be sure and get you a copy.

Thanks very much, and see you at the pool!

Your OCM Board

Friday, February 15, 2013

Spring 2013 Swim Session Information

Spring is quickly approaching.  At OCM this means we switch gears and focus on longer distance swims in our practices, and really use all those drills we've done in Fall and Winter to get moving through the water as efficiently and smoothly as possible.

We register our swimmers on a first come first served basis at the pool.  If you are interested in joining us, please send us an email at ottawacentremasters@yahoo.ca or just show up to a practice, introduce yourself as a new member and one of our board members will help you with your questions and get you step up as a member.

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)

Spring Swim Session Dates 2013:  
April 2 to June 10, 2013

The pricing options are:
12 drop-ins per 12 weeks session for $150.00*
Unlimited swims per 12 weeks session $235.00*

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 two weeks after the first swim of the session, which is April 16. If you would like to post-date your cheque to April 16, you may do so.

*If you are did not swim in the Fall or Winter - 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 $185, and for unlimited swims $270.

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@yahoo.ca

Thank you and we'll see you on deck this Spring!

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

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Winter 2013 Swim Session Information

Are you interested in joining us in the New Year?

Here is the Winter Session schedule, practice times and pricing options.

We register our swimmers on a first come first served basis at the pool.  If you are interested in joining us, please send us an email at ottawacentremasters@yahoo.ca or just show up to a practice, introduce yourself as a new member and one of our board members will help you with your questions and get you step up as a member.

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)

Winter Swim Session Dates 2013:  
January 8 to March 31, 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 two weeks after the first swim of the session (January 22 for the Winter Session), if you would like to post-date your cheque to January 22nd, you may do so.

*If you are did not swim in the Fall - 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.

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@yahoo.ca

Thank you and we'll see you in the New Year!

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

Thursday, January 3, 2013

OCM Update / See you in the New Year!

Hi there OCMers! 

Thanks so much for taking part in the Fall Session. We hope you enjoyed it, and are planning on coming back in 2013. If you have any feedback about your session, feel free to send us an email.

Just a few quick reminders and updates.

Reminder - Winter Session:
First, a reminder about the dates for the Winter Session. Our first practice of 2013 will be on Tuesday, January 8 at 7:30pm. Please remember to come early for registration (if you're  new to the club) and payment.  Just like in September, board members will be waiting to process paperwork. The Winter session finishes up on March 31. The practice times and fees will be the same as they were in the fall. For the complete info see the blog entry here: http://ottawacentremasters.blogspot.ca/2012/11/winter-2013-swim-session-information.html

Upcoming Swim Meets:
Also, save the date now for the 9th Annual "Almost Serious Swim Meet" in Brockville. It will be held on Sunday, January 20, and we're hoping to get a big OCM contingent out for the day. It's a traditional favourite for the club, a really fun time, so I think it will be good and we encourage you to come out and give this lighthearted competition a try. The entry deadline is January 12, so we'll send an email early in the new year. For more info, see the meet package: http://www.mastersswimmingontario.ca/pdf/BrockvilleJan202012.pdf

Swimming over the break:
Finally, there won't be any OCM practices until January 8th, but if you're looking for lap swims the pool at the U of O has some convenient times, I've heard that among the OCMers, Kevin at least might be going on Tuesday and Thursday. Schedule for this week is as follows: Tue 20:00 to 22:00 (50 m); Thursday 19:00 to 21:00; Saturday 14:00 to 16:00; Sunday 13:30 to 15:30. The pool is closed December 22 to January 2.

Also please see the City of Ottawa's web site for lane swim times and locations here: http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/parks-and-recreation/drop-activities/public-swimming-schedules

See you all in the New Year!  Send us an email if you have any questions about the Winter Session, swim meets, or anything else.

Dan



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