The Ottawa Swim Club is a non-profit organization that provides an environment where young people of all ages can develop their swimming ability. The club is focused solely on the swimmers and their needs, to enable them to excel in the sport. The program starts in September. However, new swimmers can join at any time during the swim year after an assessment by the coaching staff to place them at the correct swim level.
Pre-Competitive – Primarily a teaching program for new swimmers who want to improve their swim capability and to understand the sport of competitive swimming. The program focuses on instructing stroke basics, developing strength and stamina, and preparing the swimmer for Competitive Level I. There are 2 pool sessions per week at the Ray Friel Center located on the Tenth Line in Orleans.
Competitive I – Consists of up to 4 sessions per week, 2 sessions with pre-competitive and 2 sessions with competitive. This program integrates the swimmer into the competitive nature of the sport.
Competitive II – Consists of up to 6 sessions per week. At this level, the swimmer has attained or is near Regional Swim Standard. This part of the program introduces the swimmer to an increased intensity and training level.
Junior – Consists of up to 8 sessions per week. At this level, the swimmer has attained or is near Ontario Provincial Swim Standards and is committed to competitive swimming and is capable of participating in a regimented training program.
Senior – Consists of up to 10 sessions per week. At this level, the swimmer has attained or is near National Swim Standard, is committed to the highest competitive swimming level of training and is learning to race. This part of the program also incorporates dry land training and has up to 10 sessions per week.