Our Swim Ottawa Family

Overview

Swim Ottawa (SWOTT) is a thriving not-for-profit swim club focused on swimming excellence in the heart of Ottawa for over 17 years (previously as Gefilte Fish Swim Club prior to 2011).  Swim Ottawa has two streams: 

  • The pre-competitive stream (Minnows, Guppies and Whales) practices primarily at the Soloway JCC pool (Whales also have one practice Saturday afternoon at Brewer pool). 
  • The Competitive program includes Senior, Age Group and Junior levels. They practice at various City of Ottawa pools, but primarily at Brewer as well as Plant and Sawmill Creek.

We are fortunate to be small enough to provide individual attention regardless of skill but large enough to be able to participate at the elite levels offered by the sport. We are athlete centred, coach driven and parent supported.

SWOTT has 100 competitive age-group swimmers from Junior to Senior/Lead levels, and primarily swims out of the 6 lane 25-meter Brewer Centennial pool located in the centre of Ottawa.  In addition, the club runs a highly sought after pre-competitive program to develop effective stroke technique and stream into our competitive group.

We have an experienced coaching staff – including two Olympians - working together on our pre-comp and competitive programs.  The families of our swimmers are our other great strength – we have created a positive culture of involvement and teamwork without the need for fundraisers and mandatory officiating.  We generally host two competitive meets and three pre-comp skills showcases each year.

In early 2020, SWOTT placed 1st for women in the Eastern Ontario Winter Regionals, based on club results across all age groups.  We also boast a growing number of provincial and national-qualified swimmers.

We are creating the best swimming environment in Canada and welcome potential new swimmers.  Recognizing the current uncertain COVID situation, increased safety requirements from Swim Ontario/Swim Canada and public health authorities, as well as looking to the future, SWOTT is kicking off our 2020-21 season in mid-September.  We are priviledged to have secured all our pool times at Brewer, Plant and Sawmill pools for our competitive program. 

Mission

Our mission at SWOTT is to be a leading swim club in Canada by creating the best environment for our swimmers, where we can grow as an intimate team, achieve the highest individual and team results, and produce some of country's strongest age-group swimmers.  We believe in Long Term Athlete Development and not only do we believe in this, we stay true to this. Our hope is to support all our swimmers to enjoy a lifetime of swimming - including supporting our high-school graduates with a scholarship and facilitating the step into varsity swimming.

It is the goal of Swim Ottawa to:

  1. Provide safe, healthful exercise and an opportunity to practice social skills in a positive environment for all participants.
  2. Help each swimmer realize their potential as an aquatic athlete through instruction in stroke technique, starts, turns and endurance given by qualified coaches.
  3. Develop the qualities of good sportsmanship, self-discipline, and endurance.
  4. Provide a way for families to volunteer and contribute in the Swim Ottawa tradition