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 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.

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!

Arnprior Bluefish Swim Club Registration for 2016/17 Season

Where: Nick Smith Centre
When: September 8th and 15th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

We are a non-profit, volunteer run organization with the goal of fostering youth fitness, sportsmanship, and friendship for our members. The organization delivers a number of youth programs for all ages and abilities including:

  • Non-Competitive
  • Pre-Competitive
  • Competitive

Members enjoy an encouraging environment, exhilarating team atmosphere, and tremendous fitness and character-building opportunities.  Registration forms will be posted on the Bluefish Website soon.

Non-Competitive Program

The non-competitive program is ideal for younger swimmers (age 7+) that are interested in trying competitive swimming. It is the ideal next step for those swimmers that have graduated from the Swim Plus program. Swimmers should be strong enough to swim one length of the pool without stopping. The focus of this program is on the Fundamentals phase of the Long Term Swimmer Development (LTSD) model for all four strokes, starts and turns.

Swimmers in the non-competitive group can participate in 1 sanctioned swim meet during the season.

This program runs from October to June. Practices are twice a week for 50 minutes (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday) at either 3:30-4:20pm or 4:30-5:20pm.

Cost for Season: $400.00 plus Swim Canada fee of $44.90


Pre-Competitive Program

The pre-competitive program is the ideal next step for swimmers from the Non-Competitive program or for older swimmers (age 9+) that have good fundamentals in at least 3 strokes. This program continues to build on swimmer Fundamentals and introduces swimmers to the Learn-to- Train phase of the LTSD model. Team participation and good sportsmanship are developed.

Swimmers in the pre-competitive group can participate in 1 sanctioned swim meet during the season.

This program runs from October to June. Practices are twice a week for 80 minutes (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday) from 4:00-5:20.

Cost for Season: $500.00 plus Swim Canada fee of $44.90


Competitive Program

The competitive program introduces swimmers to the Train-to- Train and the Train-to- Compete phases of the Swim Canada LTSD model. While becoming more efficient in the water, there is more endurance focus and swimmers in this group are required to swim four or five practices (8+ hours) per week. Setting goals and personal best times comes into focus.

The competitive group participates in up to 8 sanctioned swim meets during the season, this includes both local and out-of-town swim meets.

This program runs from early October to June. Practices are (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) from 3:30-5:20pm, and Sundays 7:30-9:00am.

Cost for Season: $1,000 plus Swim Canada fee of $90.80 to $150.80 (depending on age)

Swim-A-Thon 2016

Selection_811The Arnprior Bluefish Swim Club is pleased to announce this years Swim-A-Thon campaign! This year, our goal is to raise $10,000 for the club.  With your help, we know we can achieve our goal!

For more details, including how to register your swimmer, see our Swimathon page.

To see how we are doing, check out our RaiseAThon page.

Donations can be submitted online or collected using our pledge form.

If you have any further questions, please contact your Swim-A-Thon coordinator, Pat McIntyre.

Good Luck!

Eastern Ontario Short-Course Regionals

BluefishRegionals2016-1Four competitive Arnprior Bluefish Swimmers competed at the Eastern Ontario SC Regional Championships at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre in Belleville, January 29-31 – Lauren Herter, Rylee Moffatt, Cameron Shepherd and Alex Wroe. Regionals is a qualification meet where swimmers must meet qualifying times in at least three swim events in order to attend. This year there were nineteen teams in attendance from all across eastern Ontario. It is a quite an achievement to make qualifying times for Regionals and compete against the fastest swimmers in eastern Ontario, and Bluefish qualifiers rose to the challenge.

In Herter’s first year attending Regionals, she swam seven events and had a wonderful result, with six personal best times (PBs).  Most amazing is that she swam four of these events just three weeks earlier at a meet in Perth but still managed to drop a total of thirty-six seconds off her seven events.

It was Moffatt’s third consecutive year at Regionals and she had by far her most successful year, with seven out of eight PBs.  Moffatt also made finals, in her 50 metre backstroke, her first Finals race at Regionals. This will likely be Moffatt’s last year at Regionals, as she is attending University next year, but she has been a true leader for the team for the past several years.

In his third consecutive year at Regionals, Shepherd swam seven events and made finals in all seven. This is a really an amazing achievement.  All swimmers thirteen and older swim each of their events in a Preliminary race and the top sixteen swimmers compete again that same evening in an A or B final, just like at the Olympics. The pressure can be significant, as on Saturday night Shepherd swam three finals in under one hour. His best finish was his 100 metre freestyle where he went under one minute and finished in fourth place, just .03 seconds behind third place.

It was also Wroe’s third consecutive year at Regionals. He swam seven events and finished in the top eight in five of his seven races, with 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th place finishes.  He also scored the most points for the team with 78, scoring points in each of his events- an outstanding performance.

Given Bluefish’s late start to the season for pool repairs, the team only had one swim meet for swimmers to make the qualification cut off –  the Mike Brown Invitation Swim Meet in Perth, January 9-10th. So for Herter, Moffatt, Shepherd and Wroe to make the standard for the 2016 it was an extra special achievement.

The Bluefish team had some incredible results at the Perth Meet. Fifteen Bluefish swimmers competed in a total of 90 swims, achieving 74 personal best times. Shawn Moffatt, Head Coach of Bluefish said of this achievement: “Given the amount of time that they have had in the pool since the December 7th opening, this is really a special effort by our swimmers. They dropped a total time of 328.79 seconds off their times.”

Ten Bluefish swimmers swam to the top five finishes in individual events – Herter, Moffatt, Shepherd, Wroe, Anastacia GorBenko, Abby Harrod, Mason Kenny, Anna McMaster, Owen McMaster and Michelle Reid. Shepherd swam to four first place finishes, Wroe to two, and Anna McMaster to one in the Female 10 and under 200 metre breaststroke.

The next qualifying meet will be the Eastern Ontario Long Course Regional Championships at the Nepean Sportsplex in June, but all competitive Bluefish swimmers will have opportunities to compete at four additional swim meets before the end of the season. Many pre-competitive swimmers on the team are also looking forward to the Black Fly Swim Meet in May, in Deep River, which is an annual tradition and team building weekend for Bluefish’s pre-comp and comp swimmers alike.

More pictures from the meet can be found here.

More information about the Bluefish team can be found at

Bluefish Fun Meet – March 24th

Hello to all Bluefish Parents and Athletes!

Our club will be holding a fun meet for all non-competitive, pre-competitive and competitive swimmers on March 24th between 3:30 and 5:30.  Afterwards, there will be pizza and prizes at the hall in the Nick Smith Centre.  ALL swimmers are encouraged to attend and all parents and family members are invited to watch on deck.   This is a fantastic team-building event and a great opportunity for the whole club to swim in fun races and for parents to get a chance to meet and know each other past our quick visits at the viewing window!  Coach Shawn along with the other coaches will be putting the heats together based on swimmer ability and level of interest.  We have also invited members from the Redfish Swim Team as well as the Greyfish Masters Swim Team to compete with us.

Just a few items to note:
We need parent volunteers for:
– 12-18 timers  (no experience necessary, we’ll train you before the meet starts)
– 2 parents to help hand out pizza
– 2 parents needed to help marshal swimmers to events
– 2 parents needed to help with awards and prizes
Each position is worth 2 points towards your volunteer point requirement.

Also, pizza slices will be sold at $2 per slice (pepperoni pizza from Dominoes).  Please email me how many slices you would like to pre-order for your family.  We will have drinks (pop, water and juice) for $1.

Finally, if you would like to bring in additional treats to share (fruit trays or baked goods – NUT FREE), please feel free to do so!

Thank you for your time and commitment to our amazing club!  Please email me at for pizza slice pre-order as well as how you would like to volunteer during the meet.

Jenn Wroe
Vice-President ABSC

Bluefish Meet Schedule Announced

The following is the 2015/2016 tentative meet schedule for the Bluefish Swim Club.  You can find all of the details in the Bluefish calendar as well.

January 9-10, 2016 Mike Brown Invitational Swim Meet Perth and District Indoor Pool All
January 29-31, 2016 Eastern Ontario SC Regional Championships Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre Qualifiers
February 27-, 2016 Swim To The Beat Brewer Pool – Ottawa All
April 1-3, 2016 Welcome to Long Course (LC) Nepean Sportsplex All
May 14-15, 2016 Black Fly Deep River Community Pool All
June 3-5, 2016 Eastern Ontario LC Regional Championships Nepean Sportsplex Qualifiers
June 25-, 2016 Belleville Youth Swim Team Season Finale Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre All


Book Sale, Saturday Dec 5th (9am-12pm) – 44 MacDonald Street North

We hosted a very successful book sale this past weekend to raise funds for the club.  We still have many books available, so we will re-open the book sale this coming Saturday, December 5th from 9am to 12pm.  All books are $2-$5, and make great Christmas presents!  There is a wide selection of children’s and adult books available.

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We hosted a very successful book sale this past weekend to raise funds for the club.  We still have many books available, so we will re-open the book sale this coming Saturday, December 5th from 9am to 12pm.  All books are $2-$5, and make great Christmas presents!  There is a wide selection of children’s and adult books available.

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