The Ottawa Rideau Speedeaus d'Ottawa is a swim club with a difference: it is primarily a gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer and two-spirited swim club, but welcomes everyone including members from the straight community. Our main purpose is to help members reach their swimming goals, be they for competition, fitness or recreation. Previous competitive swimming experience is not a prerequisite and members participate in competitions only if they choose to do so. Our swim lanes are organized by level of ability, offering a place for everyone, from the beginner to the seasoned competitor.
We value swimming in an inclusive, diverse, fun, open, trustful, 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.
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.
Enjoy your time with the Speedeaus. We're always looking for new people.