Welcome Bluefish!

We’re about to start a new season!  Welcome to all the new swimmers and families who have already registered.  It’s shaping up to be a great year for the Bluefish!

For anyone who might have missed our last session, another Registration Session will occur on Thursday, October 10th, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, in the Lobby of Nick Smith.  Registration packages for our various groups can be found under the “Registration” tab.

A reminder that new swimmers interested in registering who haven’t already done a mandatory Swim Assessment with Coach Jane Dowd can do so on Monday, Sept 30th or Wed, Oct 2nd, between 3:30 and 4:30, on the pool deck at Nick Smith.  

Let friends and family know that that if a child can confidently complete one length of the pool, then they’re encouraged to try out for Bluefish!

Gearing up for the 2019/2020 Season

Dear Bluefish Families,

We hope you’re all escaping the heat and staying wet this summer!  The website has been updated with the Registration Packages for the 2019/2020 season.  The packages contain a checklist with everything you’ll need to register your swimmers for a fun and successful 2019/2020 season – please bring everything mentioned to one of the registration dates below.

Swimming assessments with our Non-Comp. Coach Jane Dowd will take place on Aug 27th and 29th from 4 pm to 7 pm on the pool deck at Nick Smith Centre.  This is a chance for NEW swimmers to meet Jane and figure out which group is best for them. Swim suit, goggles and enthusiasm (in priority order) all strongly encouraged.

Registration will take place on Aug 29th and Sept 5th from 6 to 8 pm in the Lobby of the Nick Smith Centre.  Members of the Exec. will be there to pick up your registration packages and to answer questions about the upcoming year.

Save the date!  Bluefish Bowling at the Arnprior Bowling Centre (120 John St N in Arnprior) on Aug. 27th from 6 to 8 pm.  We’ll be meeting in the lobby.  Feel free to wear your flippers.  This will be a great chance for the children – and parents! – to get together before making a splash in October.

These dates will be advertised in a number of ways over the next few weeks but feel free to forward this email to friends and family considering Bluefish for their children.  If they would like us to add them to our email mailing list, please let us know!  Also remind them that they can follow us on social media and at our website.

Swim-a-Thon 2019

On behalf of the Executive and coaching staff we are excited to announce our Swim-A-Thon campaign for this year.  Swim-A-Thon is our BIGGEST fund raiser of the year.  Our kids will swim for 2 hours or 5km (200 laps), which ever comes first!  Such a big effort deserves our recognition and support! Our Swim-A-Thon will involve all swimmers and it will be held on APRIL 2/3/4 at our pool, during regular swim times. Coaches will work out who swims on which day closer to April

Our club is once again fundraising using Swim Canada’s online fundraising program provide by RaiseAThon.  This allows us to raise money quickly and easily all from just a few clicks from our computers.  All of us will now be able to reach out to family, colleagues, friends, and utilize the tools of social networks in Canada and throughout the world to increase our “Swim-A-Thon” dollars raised this year.

These funds are essential to keep our club operating and registration fees low. REGISTRATION FEES DO NOT COVER THE COST OF OPERATING OUR CLUB.  

Our club goal for 2019 is $15,000. With your help, we know we can achieve our goal! We encourage parents to go online and assist your swimmer with the registration.  Realize this year, the family affidavit is part of the online swimmer registration.  We are starting the fundraising campaign this year on  February 11th, which gives your swimmer 7 weeks to surpass their goal.

This year Swimming Canada is unable to issue any receipts in any circumstance.  You may find out more information here: https://swimming.ca/en/resources/swimming-canada-overview/swim-a-thon-online/

If you have any questions please contact your Swim-A-Thon coordinator RHONDA SAWYER 613-402-1631. 


Congratulations to our Eastern Ontario Qualifiers!

There are five Arnprior Bluefish swimmers to watch for this coming weekend at the 2019 Eastern Ontario Regional Championships at the Nepean Sportsplex. Swimmers must achieve qualifying standard times in order to compete in Regionals.

Hanah Habecker, 11, from Arnprior, is a natural athlete and supportive teammate, dedicated to the sports of swimming and ringette. Hanah qualified in two breaststroke events and will compete in four events this weekend.


Rachel McMaster, 10, from Braeside, is a strong swimmer with a love for speed and competitive meets. She splits her time between the pool and the basketball court. In just her second year of competitive swimming, she has qualified for her first regional championships, and will compete in the 200 metre and 100 metre breaststroke, and two additional events.

Anna McMaster, 13, from Braeside, a spirited teammate and hard working swimmer, can be found singing or on stage when not in the pool. Anna has stepped up in qualifying for her first Short Course Regionals, having competed in a Long Course Championship back in 2016. She will be competing in four events.

Clayton Williamson, 10, from Carp, is a well-conditioned athlete with natural skill for swimming. In addition, he always shows up to practice with a smile and positive attitude. He has qualifying times for all seven of his events and has eight qualifying times for his age group. Clayton will be one to watch in the pool in the years to come. This will be his second Short Course Regional Championships.

Jordan Schaepper, 11, from McNab-Braeside, a focused and accomplished swimmer, has qualifying times for all seven of his events. . This is his third Short Course Regional Championship, and he has twelve regional qualifying times for his age group. Jordan sets high goals for himself in swimming, and works tirelessly to achieve them, taking advantage of all training times and additional learning opportunities. His future is very bright in Canadian competitive swimming.

This is a good warmup meet for both Clayton and Jordan as they are also heading to the 13& Under Provincial Championships in Etobicoke in February.

Bluefish Registration for 2018/19 Season

We offer non-competitive, pre-competitive, and competitive programs in a fun and encouraging environment!  Become the strong, fast swimmer you have always wanted to be!

Registration Dates @ the Nick Smith Centre

Returning Swimmers: August 16th & 23rd (7-9pm)

New Swimmers: August 23rd (7-9pm)

Assessment for new swimmers at the pool on August 22nd from 4-6.

Westjet Gift of Flight – Congratulations to Kevin Hamilton

Congratulations to the winner of our Westjet Gift of Flight, Kevin Hamilton!

Thank-you to Jeremiah Gillet for donating his time in coordinating the donation of these tickets from Westjet.  Finally, thank you to all the families who helped with our final fundraiser for the season and sold so many raffle tickets!

Have a fantastic summer!

Jenn Wroe, ABSC President

Swim-a-thon 2018 Success!

Hello Bluefish Families!

Congratulations to all the kids who participated in the Swim-a-thon and pushed themselves so hard to complete as many of the 200 lengths as possible within 2 hours!

Through all their hard work, the Bluefish members surpassed our fundraising goal of $13,000.

Prizes for the top 3 fundraisers will be awarded at our year end banquet.  Here are some great shots of some of our simmers in action, raising funds within the community.

Swim-A-Thon 2018!

On behalf of the board and coaching staff we are excited to announce our Swim-A-Thon campaign for this year.

Our club is once again will be fundraising using Swim Canada’s online fundraising program.  This allows us to raise money quickly and easily all from just a few clicks from our computers.

All of us will now be able to reach out to family, colleagues, friends, and utilize the tools of social networks in Canada and throughout the world to increase our “Swim-A-Thon” dollars raised this year.   In fact, if you have ever participated in a national charity event you will know that raising valuable funds for special causes is made easier through tools like RaiseAThon.

Our club this year has a goal to raise $13,000. The funds raised are essential to operating our club and in keeping registration fees from rising.  With your help, we know we can achieve our goal.

Our Swim-A-Thon will involve all swimmers and it will be held  APRIL 3/4/5 from 3:15 to 5:15 at the Nick Smith Centre pool.  (Swimmers to arrive at 3:00)

We encourage the parents to go online and assist your swimmer with the registration.  Realize this year, the family affidavit is part of the online swimmer registration.  We are also starting the fundraising campaign this year on  Feb 20, 2018 which gives your swimmer 6 weeks to reach their goal

This year Swimming Canada is unable to issue any receipts in any circumstance.  You may find out more information here.

Please go to our club link at www.ontarioswimathon.ca/absc and register your swimmer and start spreading the word to family, friends, business colleagues, social contacts and those that support the sport of swimming in our community, province and Canada.

Your fundraising goal is $250 per swimmer

Please show your support, help us provide the best resources, coaching and programs that we can by helping to raise these valuable dollars that will support our swimming program.

If you have any questions please contact your Swim-A-Thon : Rhonda Sawyer

Otherwise please contact RaiseAThon at swimmingcanada@raiseathon.ca if you have any technical problems.

Bottle Drive Success!

Thank you to the swimmers and parents that made it out for the Bottle Drive this past weekend.  We had a successful day!

We collected 2,576 bottles. 1,572 cans and 909 larger glass bottles. We also had a few other random returns and some cash donations.

Our grand total was $570.80.

Thank you to Kevin Adam for organizing this event.

Also, a big thank you to Krave Bistro (Amy Rafter) for donating their empties to our fundraiser!