2020/2021 Registration

The ABSC registration packages for the 2020/2021 Season, which will run from Oct 1st, 2020 to May 31st, 2021 are now ready and will be available on our website http://www.arnpriorbluefish.net under the ‘Registration’ tab.

Registration will work a little differently this year. We encourage you to complete the registration packages electronically, and then submit by uploading if to our confidential Dropbox. Alternatively you can complete a paper version and simply include it with the your cheques. Cheques and paper-registrations can be dropped off in an envelope along with a photocopy of your child’s birth certificate and health card (club must keep these on file) on one of the following dates in the parking lot of Nick Smith. Member(s) of the Exec will have a Bluefish Banner so we’ll be hard to miss.

  • Thursday, Sept. 17 (6-7pm)
  • Friday, Sept. 18 (6-7pm)

New swimmers to the club should have a session to assess their skills and to determine which swim group is best suited for them (Pre-Comp or Non-Comp typically). We’re in the process of organizing this session to occur within the next few weeks and will send out a follow-up email to the team. Our Non-Comp and Pre-Comp coach, Sharona will evaluate all new swimmers.


Bluefish – Early End to Season

Unfortunately, social distancing recommendations and pool closures demand an early end to our 2019/2020 swim season.  It has been a wonderful year for the Bluefish with lots of personal best times and strong friendships!  Look to our website and social media for ways in which our children can remain connected and in shape!  We are already planning for our 2020/2021 season. 

Go Bluefish!

Bluefish Mid-Season Registration

It’s not too late to join the Bluefish! We are hoping to recruit more swimmers to join us in the 2nd half of the 2020 season (February to May 2020). Midseason registration for ABSC is scheduled for Jan 15th, 4-5:30 pm in the lobby at Nick Smith centre. Swimmers should do a swim assessment on deck between 4 and 5 pm with our Noncomp coach, Jane Dowd, before registering, in order to make sure they are ready for Bluefish. Remember that swimmers are expected to be able to confidently complete at least one lap of the pool (25 metres). Registration packages will be available at registration but we encourage parents to complete their packages before they arrive. The mid season registration package can be found under the registration tab on our website at www.arnpriorbluefish.net.

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Visit from Savannah King!

We are very fortunate this year to be graced by the presence of Savannah King for 5 visits throughout the swim season. Savannah is a 2x time Olympian and 2x medallist at the Pan Am Games.

She comes to us from the Head to Head Mentorship program. The program’s goal is to help develop a unique and empowering connection between a club like Arnprior Bluefish and an exceptional athlete (in this case Savannah). The hope is that the relationship developed with her will influence lifelong physical and mental well-being and encourage our swimmers in the sport of swimming

Savannah’s first visit is Tuesday, October 29th. She will be leading practice with the Pre-Comp and Comp swimmers. Please do your very best to be at practice and on time (10 minutes early if possible)! I look forward to meeting her and am excited about the positive influence she is sure to have on our Bluefish swimmers.

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!

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.