Ottawa Rideau Speedeaus

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About Us

The Ottawa Rideau Speedeaus d'Ottawa is a swim team with a difference: it is primarily a gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans swim team, but welcomes members from the straight community too. Our main purpose is to help members reach their swimming goals, be they for competition, recreation or fitness. Previous competitive swimming experience is not a prerequisite and members participate in competitions only if they choose to do so. We arrange ourselves according to ability. There is a place for everyone, from the beginner to the seasoned competitor.

We ask that, as a minimum, new swimmers be comfortable in deep water and have some knowledge of swimming. Special Learn-to-Swim programs are held from time to time for budding swimmers not yet ready to attend regular practices.

We value inclusiveness, diversity, fun, openness, trust, communication and a safe and supportive environment. We are committed to creating a welcoming, non-discriminatory environment, and encourage the participation of women, people of colour, linguistic minorities, and people with disabilities.

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Enjoy your time with the Speedeaus. We're always looking for new people.