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)
Tue/Thur evenings (one hour, 2x per week)
Tue/Thu (includes every other Friday same time slot)
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.
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! Kindly,
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
To confirm the Holiday schedule coming up. Our last practice is this coming Sunday (JCC or CU); no practices next week until the following Saturday (the 28th) morning. Note that CU is cancelled Sunday the 29th (so there are only 2 practices available that weekend).
Monday -Thursday Dec 23-26
Sunday December 29 at CU 9:45-11:15am *JCC practice is ON
Tuesday – Wednesday December 31/January 1 (*practices are ON Monday the 30 and Thursday the 2nd)
Sunday December 29th, JCC 6:45-8:00am is Coach Diana’s last OSM practice. She will be focusing on the SwOtt pre-comp swimmers! We wish her all the best.We welcome Taylor S as the new coach for that practice time beginning in January. Saturday morning b’fast
Mary G has kindly organized bfast after the 7-8am practice this Saturday. There are only a few settings left at the table, so if you are interested in coming out, please be sure to ask Mary during practice! HappyHolidays everyone!