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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 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.

Reminder: OSM Outdoor swimming starts on Monday!

Hello OSM swimmers!
A reminder that the outdoor summer session begins Monday. You are invited to come out to any practice during the week that suits. Full schedule begins Monday:

  • 6-7am
  • 7-8am
  • 8-9am


  • 6-7am
  • 7-8am



  • 7:30-8:30pm

Bring any/all equipment that you own – and a warm towel (or two). The pool is heated and the showers are working, but this spring has been exceptionally cool! We do not have access to the indoor pool, so be sure to bring all your equipment outside; there are a few change rooms on deck.The only event where practices will be cancelled is in the event of a lightning storm (and the pool has to be cleared for 30 minutes if there is thunder). A reminder that there are NO practices is Monday, July 1st. The last day of the summer session is Friday, August 23.
We’re in for another great summer in the pool. Andrea and I are certainly excited to begin – thanks for coming out to join us!
Let me know if you have any questions!



Ottawa Swim Masters (OSM)



JCC Pool re-opens Thursday, June 13

Hello OSM summer swimmers,
Thankfully the JCC indoor pool is open for business tomorrow morning, which means we get ONE session in tomorrow evening 8:30-9:30pm. For those of you who signed up for Thursday night, I’ll see you there. If you’d like to join us, send me a separate note – there’s room for 5 more.
The outdoor pool is open for business – we will be the first crew in the water on Monday morning. See you there!

JCC indoor pool remains closed

Hello OSM Summer swimmers –

The JCC pool remains closed – hopefully by the end of the week we’ll be able to jump in. Therefore, our technique workouts scheduled this week are indefinitely postponed. I am very sorry this has happened.

I haven’t heard anything that is delaying the outdoor pool opening (no news is good news!) We are still aiming to start the outdoor summer program on Monday.

Stay tuned and I will update you as soon as I hear!

Marie and Andrea