About Us

We have been providing a structured and well coached swimming environment for swimmers in Ottawa’s west end for over ten years.  Our members range in age from twenty to over seventy and represent all levels of swimmers with various swimming goals.

General Qualifications for New Members

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

Other Qualifications

  • As a general guideline to be comfortable with our program, swimmers should be able to swim 400 meters (16 lengths).
  • Although not mandatory, it is recommended that swimmers have basic experience with three of the four strokes (front crawl/freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly). Our workouts generally include all of the four competitive strokes.
  • Ensuring a positive swim experience for all members includes evenly distributing swimmers among the pool lanes, and may mean additional requirements may be necessary for joining SVFM.  This may include a minimum distance and/or knowledge of the four strokes.

Note: While coaching and stroke improvement is provided, basic ‘learn to swim’ instruction is not. Those needing to develop basic swimming skills prior to joining, are encouraged to join the excellent Adult programs available through the City of Ottawa.

Our club is currently swimming out of the new Richcraft Recreation Centre in Kanata, which is a twenty-five metre, eight-lane facility.

More information can be found here.