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Swim Schedule

Swims workouts can vary depending on the season. Select the season below to see our times and locations and coaches.  Typically we swim weekday evenings at the Ottawa University Pool in Montpetit Hall and the YMCA on Argyle Avenue.



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YMCA, Argyle Avenue




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Swim Programs

Our experienced coaches will help you reach your goals. We offer regular swim practices. 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.  Swim Clinics are held to improve swimming technique and Private Lessons are available for those who want more one-on-one attention.

Seasonal Membership


Swims per Week



$ 91.00


$ 156.00


$ 200.00


$ 240.00

During registration costs will be calculated on a prorated basis based on the swims remaining in the season up to a minimum of four weeks. Seasonal memberships can be prorated to the number of consecutive weeks the swimmer commits to before purchase. No refunds will be given.

Seasonal Membership offers swimming and membership of the Rideau Speedeaus.  The membership covers a single season and includes prepared workouts, coaches on deck and access to the historical workouts online.

Note that people (for example, unemployed, full-time students, refugees) with low incomes and facing financial hardship that would make it difficult for them to register with the  Rideau Speedeaus can apply for a 50% discount on all registrations. Ask about our bursaries

No refunds are provided except if Covid restrictions close the pool facilities.

Introductory One Month Offer


Do you want to try the swim club out for a month? Choose up to three weekly swim practices for the month then decide if you'd like to become a regular club member. This is a one-time introductory offer.

Swim Clinic


Our swim clinics are now open to all, including non members. Click the register link to see what clinics are available and register. Clinics are free to members.

Competitions Only


For swimmers who have their own training plan but would like to represent the Rideau Speedeaus in competition. This option provides the necessary club affiliation to compete and join us on relays.

Drop In Swim


Non-members and visitors to Ottawa can join us for a one-off regular swim workout.

Private Coaching

Cost Varies

Private Coaching is available to members and non-members. Work on that specific stroke or component with a private coach for a one hour session. Contact before registering.

Other Swim Options

Learn to Swim

The Learn-to-Swim program is for those who do not feel ready to attend regular practices, or who want to learn or improve their techniques and strokes. Participants learn the basics of freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly and/or work on stroke improvement. They also learn to use the timing clock, develop aerobic pacing, floating, flip turns and pool etiquette.​ 

Our program aims to develop the swimmer’s competency and comfort in the pool. Each session is tailored to the participants’ abilities and swimming goals. For beginners, we will work with individuals to develop a certain level of comfort in the water and to introduce them to the various swimming techniques. For experienced swimmers, we will work on developing and refining the techniques, introduce swim workouts, as well as developing endurance. A previous swimming background is not required.

The learn-to-swim fee includes access to the members’ website and swim team news. You will receive a Rideau Speedeaus swim cap at the beginning of the session! 

Learn to Swim Options

Learn-to-Swim Stroke Improvement


The objective of the Learn to Swim Stroke Improvement program is to develop the minimum fitness and technique required to participate in regular coached practices with the club.

Prerequisite for Registration: Swimmers should be able to swim one 25 meter length of the pool (any stroke) continuously without stopping.

Classes run on Thursdays from July 18 for 5 weeks.

2 spaces available

Muscle memory is important for swimming technique. This is an optional bonus class that focuses on applying techniques learned from previous classes and building swimming cardio fitness. 

Bonus classes run every Sunday through the learn to swim program for both beginner and improvement groups.  Add to your registration on the form.

Prerequisite for Registration: Swimmers must be registered a Learn to Swim class. 

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Learn to Swim Plus

There are no learn to swim classes this season. Please check the newsletter for updates.

Swim Clinics

Swim clinics are open to members and non-members!  Swimmers with a Seasonal Membership can register for clinics for free.  The following swim clinics are scheduled:

Mental Performance Session 1

99 spaces available

Thursday, Jul 25, 2024, 7:30 p.m.

Mental Performance Consultant: Kiera Wortley

Mental Performance Session 2

99 spaces available

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2024, 7:30 p.m.

Mental Performance Consultant: Kiera Wortley


Our Coaches

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Want to coach for the Rideau Speedeaus?...


Upcoming competitions and meets are listed below.  You can also subscribe to the Rideau Speedeaus Meets Calendar and join the messenger group!

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Jul 16 - Jul 29

Trinidad and Tobago

Nov 4 - Nov 9

Buenos Aires, Argentina




Open Water Swimming

With the Rideau Speedeaus

Come swim with the Rideau Speedeaus during the summer months as we take advantage of the great outdoors. We informally organize ad-hoc open water swims at locations such as Lac Leamy, Lac Meech and Lac Philippe usually followed by the chance to have a picnic or meal together. Click the link to join the Messenger group to discuss and organize the next outing.


There are two open water swimming races in the Ottawa area that the club frequently takes part in: Bring on the Bay and Riverkeeper.  Click the links to the side for more information.

For more on open water swimming races see the

Riverkeeper Open Water Swim

Disclaimer: These activities are not included as part of the club membership. Any risks associated with these activities are assumed by the individuals choosing to participate. The club assumes no liability for anyone participating in these activities.

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