Ottawa Swim Masters

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OSM Winter Registration

Hello OSM swimmers,
So very sorry we pulled the plug on registration. The announced shutdown took us by surprise and was very last minute.
We will suspend registration until further notice and keep our fingers crossed it will only be 28 days until we are back swimming. Trust that we will keep you posted in the coming weeks about resuming swimming in the winter season.  
The commonality of these latest restrictions is that it is very hard. Swimmers are known for their work ethic, perseverance and tenacity. Pull out all your reserves and let’s get through this! I am so very thankful for each and every one of you OSM members. You leave an indelible mark every practice.
Wishing all of you peace and hope this holiday season.
Best,Marie, Emily + Coaches

OSM Fall Indoor Starts Next Week

Hi OSM Swimmers,
I hope you are just as excited to start our indoor season next week as we are! Just wanted to send a quick update to remind you of a few things before we jump in the pool.

Your first practice will be Monday, September 21.

Please be sure to enter and exit from the rear doors (closest to the pool)

Friendly reminder that change rooms are unavailable at this time so please be sure to bring a towel and come ready with your suit on

We are starting practices in the SHALLOW end of the pool.

When you enter the building, please follow the coach’s instructions on where to leave your bag/clothes/towel before making your way to the shallow end of the pool.

If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know!

See you poolside,
Emily, Marie and Coaches

OSM Fall 2020 Indoor Program

This week we are concluding our OSM summer swimming! The summer venture was successful, safe and fun! 

Good news- We are able to run an OSM Fall Indoor program, with a few changes this year!  Here is a snapshot at a glance: 

  • Indoor Session dates: September 21, 2020 – December 17, 2020.
  • We will be operating outside the SJCC hours, and we will have the full pool (2 double lanes) for each practice. 
  • There will be a limit of 4 swimmers per double lane to ensure social distancing is kept at all times. 
  • Swimmers are to bring and use their own equipment.
  • No access to changerooms, limited access to the washrooms.
  • Session fee changes: $495 + HST for fall session only 
  • We will strictly adhere to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. 
  • All swim practices will be at the SJCC.
  • Details for the OSM Winter Indoor program are TBD as we continue to navigate the uncertain waters of COVID-19.

Due to COVID-19, the OSM Fall Indoor Session times are as follows:

  • Monday/Wednesday   5:45-6:45 AM
  • Monday/Wednesday.  6:45-7:45 AM
  • Tuesday/Thursday      5:45-6:45 AM
  • Tuesday/Thursday      6:45-7:45 AM
  • Monday/Wednesday   6:00-7:00 PM
  • Monday/Wednesday   7:00-8:00 PM
  • Tuesday/Thursday      6:00-7:00 PM
  • Tuesday/Thursday      7:00-8:00 PM
  • Saturday  6:30-7:30 AM *alternating weeks for AM swimmers
  • Saturday  7:30-8:30 AM *alternating weeks for AM swimmers
  • Sunday    6:45-8:00 AM *alternating weeks for PM swimmers
  • Details for the OSM Winter Indoor program are TBD as we continue to navigate the uncertain waters of COVID-19.

You can register and pay through an Eventbrite link that will be active at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. This link will be sent out in the next week. 

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate these changes! Let us know if you have any questions or concerns before we publish the Eventbrite link.

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

Summer Update

Hello OSM swimmers,

Thank you for your patience – there have been several changes over the past few weeks!  Our session dates have been pushed back a week to line up with camp opening in the outdoor pool. It looks like the week of July 13th. Registration will be opening as soon as next week – here is a list of what to expect.

·  Very limited number of spots (this can be reviewed only as the restrictions ease). We are following City and Provincial restriction guidelines

·  Sign-ups for sessions only (no drop-in as years previous). Registration will be thru Eventbrite for specific time and day

·    4 swimmers per double lane – there will be 3 (double) lanes total in the pool. Swimmers will have to maintain 2m social distance while swimming and at the walls

·  Signed waivers on deck

·  Ensuring the health of everyone with specific entry and exit protocols that will be strictly enforced

·  Change rooms are not available: swimmers are to arrive and depart in their suits or do a deck change

·  Swimmers must bring their own equipment (kick boards, pull buoys, fins, hand paddles)

·  No refunds will be issued in the event of session cancellation 

· If you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms and/or have a fever, you must stay home from practice.

The sessions to choose from are (Note: sessions will begin at 5:45am to ensure final practice concludes before camp kids arrive at 9am). We welcome Emily A back as the primary coach on deck this summer!

Mon/Wed mornings (includes every other Friday same time slot)

5:45-6:45am or

6:45-7:45am or


Tue/Thur evenings (one hour, 2x per week)


Tue/Thu (includes every other Friday same time slot)

5:45-6:45am or

6:45-7:45am or


I will send out one more update giving you advance notice of impending registration. My recommendation is to sign up as soon as the registration link is sent out to secure a spot. 


Emily and Marie

Ottawa Swim Masters (OSM)

OSM Summer Swimming

Hello OSM Masters!
Doug Ford announced today that pools in Ontario are allowed to open! This is really good news for our community summer swimming program!
I have been in touch with the JCC and there are several things that have to happen before the outdoor pool opens. Specifically:

  • The City of Ottawa has yet to unveil it’s plan for pool opening; the JCC must wait for city guidelines in order to reopen.
  • The health inspector must visit the facility.

,The outdoor pool will take a few weeks to complete regular maintenance. I cannot provide a hard date for summer swimming to begin but I am hopeful for around the first week of July.
I also would like to emphasize that we will need to manage expectations; there will be changes that will be strictly enforced; social distancing is imperative. Lanes will be run differently. 
This email is to give you the good news that OSM summer swimming will happen, should you be interested. It will look differently than in the past – and the framework will be clearly set out when you register.
I will be in touch as soon as the city guidelines are made clear and dates are a little more concrete. We are getting closer! Stay tuned for registration details.
Thanks for your understanding and support!


OSM Indoor Season Cancelled and Refund

Hello OSM swimmers,

Hoping you and your families are keeping healthy and upbeat in the pandemic as one day seemingly blends into the next without the pool! In the Japanese language, the word ‘crisis‘ can be broken down into two words: danger and opportunity. Danger aside, let’s make the most of this opportunity to get in different workouts (running, biking, yoga etc), to spend more time with our families, to connect to those who we would normally be ‘too busy’ to during normal times and to spend more time on our hobbies – that bring us so much more life. 

Indoor Program

I have been meaning to send this update earlier but have waited out a bit in hopes of some good news. However, all of our facilities still remain closed and will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Our club has remained on ‘standby’ with hopes of the facilities re-opening, however its not looking like that this will happen before the end of the spring 2020 session. To manage expectations and give some certainty, we have decided to cancel the rest of the Indoor 2020 session. This includes all practices at the JCC and Carleton. We are very sorry to conclude our season!


Understanding the uncertain times and facing reality that we cannot get wet before the end of the indoor session, we will offer a refund for the missed time in the pool (March 12 – June) of $200. Please send us an email separately and confirm your preferred payment method; PayPal or e-transfer. Sending a separate email to ensures your request will not be lost. Requested refunds will be paid out on May 15 2020.

OSM Summer Season

The JCC will begin maintenance this month on the outdoor pool in hopes to possibly open for the summer. This status of this year’s summer outdoor program remains to be determined – I will update you in the next while. Emily is ready to coach – just not sure how and if it will be possible. Stay tuned!

Keep healthy!

Marie and all your coaches

Ottawa Swim Masters (OSM)

OSM COVID-19 Update

Hello OSM swimmers,

Firstly, hoping you and your families are keeping healthy and relatively happy in these unprecedented times. 

As the impacts of COVID-19 continue to unfold, I wanted to send an update to keep you informed in regards to how this affects Ottawa Swim Masters. At this point, all of our facilities remain closed and will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Our club will continue to remain on ‘standby’ until the facilities re-open. We are itching to jump back in as soon as it is safe and we are permitted to do so.

We continue to pay our coaches during this time. 

As for the summer program, registration will not be posted until we have a clearer timeline of when facilities may reopen. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 

Stay healthy and keep up the practice of social distancing!

Marie’s Update for March 15, 2020

Hello OSM Swimmers,
Pool closures

The JCC will remain closed temporarily – a decision made in line with all Ottawa Public Health directives. The JCC pool is slated to open Monday, March 30. All OSM practices (including Sunday mornings at Carleton U) will be cancelled until that time, unless otherwise notified. Thank you for your understanding and support.


MSO has cancelled Provincials. There are 2 upcoming meets still on the schedule (though subject to change): Olympink on April 18th and Spring Splash in Milton. We will remain hopeful!


Our OSM swimmer and Wild Rock crew are scheduled to return home shortly. We will be re-scheduling another training camp at a time when it is safe and healthy to do so. Sending the travelers positive thoughts and smooth sailing for their journey home!

Ottawa Swim Masters (OSM) 

Marie’s Update for March 12, 2020

Here are a few important pointers before we break for this coming week:

JCC closure/Practice cancellation

The JCC is closing the facility indefinitely as of 6:00pm this evening due to COVID-19. Therefore tonight’s practice is cancelled. A reminder that all practices this coming weekend are cancelled due to March break. Regular practices resume Sunday March  22, unless otherwise notified.


Donna, our Wild Rock host has one OSM swimmer attending the training camp in Mallorca. All remaining participants are deferring the trip until travel conditions are more stable. Wishing our Mallorca crew a great time and safe travels. 


As of today, Provincials are being hosted at the Sportsplex March 27-28th.There is still time to enter your events and swim! 

Thank You

personally for all your well wishes. I am home and recovering well. I can’t wait to get back to the pool! In them meantime, be well, be healthy and safe travels if you brave the road this March break.

Marie’s update for February 13, 2020

A few things to update you with. I’ve also attached a calendar at a glance that highlight cancelled practices only, to the end of the year. 
Family Day Weekend Practices

All practices are ON Sat/Sun this weekend – the holiday Monday practice is 6:45-8:00am ONLY (due to last week’s Mon am blip). There is NO pm practice on Monday the 17th.

Upcoming Practice Schedule to end of May

Sunday February 23 – time changed to 8:45-10:15am (waterpolo tournament)

Saturday February 29 – 7-8:00am practice cancelled

Saturday March 7 – 7-8:00am practice cancelled

Saturday March 14 – Saturday March 21 inclusive – practices cancelled (March break)

Sunday March 29th CU only – practice cancelled (ROCS Swim meet)

Sunday April 12-26 inclusive CU practices cancelled (CU shutdown)

Sunday April 12 – 6:45-8:00am JCC practice cancelled (Easter Sunday)


A small but mighty crew will be participating in the OSM training camp. There is still time to sign up- contact me if you decide last minute! I’ve highlighted the week our OSM crew is away on the calendar (over March break). 

Upcoming MSO Provincials

If you are interested – Nepean Masters is hosting Provincials March 27th-29th at Nepean Sportsplex. Registration is online via MSO. They are also looking for volunteers as well.

Summer swimming

We will be opening up summer registration in March. Emily Anzai will be our lead coach, with Taylor Sim and myself as backups. Welcome back Emily! More details to follow.

JCC Fundraiser *OSM Team participants required* Sunday, March 29, 2020

I feel very strongly about supporting the JCC; OSM will take care of the donation, we need a TEAM.

The funds raised will be used for scholarships towards Ganon preschool, summer camps, and memberships.

Stage one of the event takes place in the spin room where a spin instructors will guide the team on a 60 minute ride. After a short break participants will move to the pool where members of our crew will swim laps for 30 minutes. First team will begin at 8:30AM, with subsequent team slots continuing through the  morning and afternoon.  I have requested the 8:30am start. PLEASE consider being a part of the OSM Team this year.

Personal Note

I will be out of commission from Friday, February 28 for 6-8 weeks. I have cancelled the Saturday morning workouts up to the end of March break and will not be on deck for any practices during that time. I am having surgery (I am fine) and hope to bounce back quickly. All practices will be covered so you will be in very good hands! 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any comments or queries!