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OSM Summer Swimming

Yesterday morning concluded another fabulous summer outside with OSM.

Thanks for your smiles, dedication and love of the water. 

See you next summer!


4K Riverkeeper trial swim on August 2nd

If you are interested in participating in the Riverkeeper 4K trial swim it will take place on Friday, August 2 at 9:00 AM. The swim starts at the Lac Deschenes Sailing Club and goes to the Aylmer Marina. Swimmers will be escorted by a boat.

You must contact Katie Shafley at to reserve one of the two remaining spots on the boat.

This is not an OSM organized event.

Ottawa Riverkeeper update

Have you registered yet for the Ottawa Riverkeeper swim?

Next to Bring on the Bay it’s probably the next biggest open water swim event held in the Ottawa area. And, it’s a great fundraiser for the Riverkeeper initiative that works hard toward making the mighty Ottawa River a swimmable, drinkable and fishable body of water.

I went out last Saturday morning for a quick dip with some old water polo friends to check out the conditions and I am happy to report that they are ideal.

Water levels are still high. Saying that, the entry off the black floating docks at Lac Deschenes Sailing Club is shallow. It’s around 4 feet deep. The bottom is sandy with a few rocks – but nothing major. The ever-important temperature is 76 degrees – very comfortable.

Since we did not have a boat to bring us back from Quebec we decided to swim to the middle of the Ottawa River and then back to Ontario. We were escorted by my friend Paul on his SUP and he was equipped with a GPS device that allowed us to find the middle with ease and plan out a 4K route.

For those of you frightened of foliage, it was at a minimum on the Ontario side. I can’t report on the Quebec side, but historically speaking it’s usually nasty around the boat channel some 400m from shore.

What was interesting was the effect of the currents. We decided to swim 500m hard alternating with 500m steady. On a couple of occasions our 500m times for the steady section were faster than our times for the 500m hard sections. And believe me, we were trying to swim fast – bragging rights were on the line! So never give up, you may just have the current at your back and not even know it!

I will be on vacation for the swim, but I encourage everyone to sign up and be a part of this event. They’ll be lots of kayaks and SUPs keeping watch and hopefully you’ll enjoy the same ideal conditions that my friends and I had.

There’s nothing better than being in the middle of the river.

Coach Fraser

Coach’s note – this was not the Trail Swim. The plans for the Trial Swim are still being made by people outside of our swim club. If I hear of any news regarding the Trial Swim I will post it to our web site.

OSM Indoor Registration

Registration is now open for indoor Masters. If you won’t be returning, please let me know…keep swimming wherever that might be!

*Returning indoor members are given first priority until Friday Aug 23, 2019 provided, they choose the same practice days/time as last season (should a different practice day/time be required, you will be put on a waiting list and contacted upon approval). After this date, new members are will be contacted and invited to complete all fields including payment We will contact you if needed to confirm your spot.

*Suggested: We would love your participation (swim or volunteer) in at least one Ottawa Swim Masters (not Age Group) event during the season (e.g., Sat Nov 16, 2019 Masters meet, Feb Winterlude Sportsplex meet etc.)!

Session dates: Sept 23, 2019 through to end of May, 2020. JCC is closed for holidays tentatively Sept/Oct and will work around the schedule.  Please refer to the listed dates on Eventbrite. *We will send an updated practice calendar each month.

Click here to register before the Aug 23 deadline

You can register and pay through Eventbrite (search OSM – link above). We must receive payment by the deadline to secure your spot.

Hope to see you indoor poolside,
Marie and coaches
Ottawa Swim Masters

What swimming taught me about happiness

I’ve been thinking lately that there’s a lesson here that goes beyond the pool. We all wanted to swim faster and the more hysterically we tried, the more speed escaped us. The same goes for happiness. Everyone wants to be happy, yet the more directly we pursue happiness, the more elusive it becomes.

Read the full article.

Fall Registration link to come out mid July

OSM is truly a team – and our philosophy is not only to individually achieve success in the pool, but to participate in local events as a team, as it will give you a reason to train and promote local charities at the same time (so you are swimming for a greater cause).

In the past, fall registration was prioritized to those who fulfilled their event participation. This year we highly encourage you to sign up for the open water swims (your team mates will be there) – and as well reserve Saturday November 16th for the Willy Lee Meet to either swim or help out (donations, prize table, baking etc).

The registration link for the fall session will be emailed in the next week or so (please do not copy it to others) to those who were indoor members last year; open registration will begin August 1st. If you are a new summer swimmer, please us know if you are keen to swim in the fall!

Inclement weather/practices

Always assume practice is ON (unless there is active lightning and thunder). Andrea and I are always at the pool – rain or shine.  If its raining, come out anyway!

Swimming with the current has never been so much fun!

Congrats to Caroline BP who finished swimming down the St. Lawrence River in a 2.5km swim (Berthier-Sur-Met) last weekend. If you get a chance, ask her who she met at the race…

Bring on the Bay Update

Remember to register by June 30th to save on your registration fee.

Swimming Haikus

A haiku is a short poem that follows the syllabic pattern of 5-7-5.

Approaching the wall
Head down, tuck, legs up, over
Success, coach is wet

Sunrise over trees
Remembering why we swim
When light hits water

Take me back, way back
Chlorine kissed hair, no goggles
When life made more sense
(Full credit to Sir Van Morrison)

No place is better
Than the midst of the river
Nowhere to go but home

Sculpted by water
Broad shoulders falling forward
Waiting for the start

Add your Haiku in the comments below.

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