Pre-Competitive Swim Program (2022) 

Update on Spring Programming for April - Updated April 19, 2022

Our Minnows/Guppies and Whales 8-week programs are scheduled to commence On Saturday, April 23 to Thursday, June 16.  Our Sharks will start a little earlier and start on Tuesday, April 19 to Friday, June 25.

Registration will open for returning members on Monday, April 4 and for new members on Wednesday, April 13. Registration will close on Wednesday, April 20.

If you are new to Swim Ottawa, you must sign up for a 15 min 'assessment block' during 1 of our 2 assessment days. Dates to choose from are: Sun, April 10 between 9-11 am 1 or Tues, April 12 between 5:30-7:00 pm.  Please email [email protected] if you are interested.

This program is designed for keen aqua kids who intend to progress to our Competitive stream by learning speed swimming skills, strokes, starts and finishes. By skill development in practices and timed events at fun swim meets, these levels promote development through learning and experience in organized competitions. All practices are conducted at either the Jewish Community Centre or Brewer Centennial pools.  

The Program

The program is divided into four groups corresponding to the age/capability of the swimmer. 


Swimmers must be at least 7 years old (max 8 years old) and have a swimming capability corresponding to a minimum of level 4 and be able to swim to swim 25 meters (one length) of "recognizable" front crawl (arms recovering over the water, side breathing with little to no hesitation), and 25 meters of backstroke. Objective is to progress them to a Guppies level with efficient breathing and an introduction to breast stroke with whip kick.


Swimmers must be at least 7 years old to a maximum of 10 years of age, and have a swimming capability corresponding to a minimum Swimmer 5. Must be able to do 50 meters (two lengths) of recognizable front crawl with continuous arms and breathing (arms recovering over the water, side breathing with no hesitation), 25 meters of backstroke, dolphin kick, and breast stroke with whip kick. 


Swimmers must have a swimming capability corresponding minimum Swimmer 7 and be between 9-11 years of age. Must be able to do 150 meters (6 lengths) continuous using a mixture of front crawl, backstroke, butterfly (development) and breast stroke (ankles outwards on the extension) AND swim 50 meters freestyle in 75 seconds or faster.


Whale swimmers identified by our coaches within our Whales groups, have an oppotunity to join our Sharks groups as a pre-cursor to our competitive program. Swimmers are aged 9-12 (*some 13 year olds will be considered due to pandemic delays) and will swim within our sessional dates, however will be registered to be able to compete in competitions withing the National Capital region.


The swimming year is divided into three sessions (8 weeks, note: Sharks will start earlier and run for 12 weeks). - UPDATED April 19, 2022

  • Session # 1:  Minnows/Guppies/Whales: Oct 12th to Dec 9, 2021, Skills Showcase will be on HOLD for this session
                           Sharks will start earlier on Sept 22 and run until Dec 18 (12 weeks)

  • Session # 2:  Minnows/Guppies/Whales: Feb 5th to Apr 7, Skills Showcase Tentitively set for Saturday, April 9, 2022
                           Sharks will start earlier on Feb 2 and run until April 13, Meet Schedule TBD

  • Session # 3:  Minnows/Guppies/Whales: Tentitively set for Apr 23 to June 16, Skills Showcase June 18
                           Sharks will start earlier: Tentitively set for April 19 and run until June 25, Meet Schedule emailed


Practice Schedule

The typical practice schedules for the different groups are as follows. 


You can register for one of the following three groups, offered one time per week:

  • Mon 4:00-4:45 pm @ JCC, OR
  • Sat 1:05-1:50 pm @ JCC, OR 
  • Sat 2:05-2:50 pm @ JCC


 You can register for one of the following four groups, offered twice per week:

  • Mon 4:00-4:45 pm @ JCC and Sunday 10:00-11:00 am @ Brewer , OR
  • Tues 4:00-4:45 pm @ JCC and Sunday 10:00-11:00 am @ Brewer , OR
  • Wed 4:00-4:45 pm @ JCC and Sunday 10:00-11:00 am @ Brewer , OR
  • Thurs 4:00-4:45 pm @ JCC and Sunday 10:00-11:00 am @ Brewer

Note: all three groups come together to swim at Brewer on Sunday (6 lane pool) compared to the 2-lane JCC pool.

*No practice substitutions allowed.


You can register for one of the following two groups, offered three times per week:

  • Mon and Wed 5:00-6:00 pm @ JCCplus Sun morning 9:00-10:00 am @ Brewer
  • Tues and Thu 5:00-6:00 pm @ JCC, plus Sun morning 9:00-10:00 am @ Brewer

*No practice substitutions allowed.

Sharks (Note: this group will be eligible for local swim meets)

This group only has one option, and is offered three times per week:

  • Tues and Fri 5:30-7:00 pm @ Brewer, plus Sat afternoon 2:15-3:30 pm @ Brewer

*No practice substitutions allowed.




  • $190 per session for 2021-2022 + 1x yearly Swim Canada Registration fee


  • $270 per session for 2021-2022 + 1x yearly Swim Canada Registration fee


  • $380 per session for 2021-2022 + 1x yearly Swim Canada Registration fee


  • 10-wk program for 2022: $480 per session for 2022 ) + 1-time per year competitive swim registration fee for Swim ON/Swimming Canada - $150

Pool Locations

All swimming is done at either


Existing members

  • May register early to secure their spot in the next session. Those that do not return for the successive session will not be eligible for early registration and will be on the waiting list with other new members.

New members

  • Must complete a new swimmer evaluation before they can proceed with registration and payment. Refer to the website for evaluation dates offered before each session OR email us at [email protected] to schedule a date/time.

Included: Swim Ontario Developmental (pre-competitive) registration allowing participation in local fun meets and the sessional Precomp Fun Meets (prizes for each participant!).

Returning members and new members that have successfully completed an evaluation will be sent an online registration link. For information, you can email [email protected]


PROPER SWIMSUIT REQUIRED made of light material (polyester or nylon) must be worn.

  • Female: A one-piece suit (No bikini style)
  • Male: Speedo or Jammer style (no beach shorts with pockets)

AquaSport is located on Iris Road by Ikea

 This will be monitored by the coaches.

Advancement to Competitive Program

It is our club policy to have a member at one level for no more than two years. Within the two years, the swimmer will be expected to move up (including competitive streams).