Team Wear Event – October 2nd and 3rd


Parents will have the opportunity to order swim suits and team apparel for their children between 4:00pm – 6:00pm at the Nick Smith Centre on:
Monday October 2
Tuesday October 3

We will have sample swim wear in all sizes for swimmers to try on for proper fitting.
(Boys and Girls) The swim wear available is at a good price and stands up well.

Myself and Cherie will be on hand to help with sizing and questions.

Orders will be paid for in cash or by cheque when order is placed.

Looking forward to 2 successful nights!
First few days back in the water for return swimmers and first time for others!


*** A reminder will be sent on Sunday


Rhonda Sawyer
Swim Wear Coordinator

Bluefish Early 2017/18 Registration

We are holding an early registration for returning Bluefish swimmers on August 14th (7-9pm) at the Nick Smith Center.
Please print out and complete forms BEFORE you come to registration.  This will speed things along.  
Thank you.  Looking forward to seeing you on Monday night.  Please make sure you check the forms over carefully as there may be a few minor changes from the previous season.  
Jenn Wroe
ABSC President

Bluefish Training Pays Off

The busy and successful 2016-2017 season continues for the Arnprior Bluefish Swim Club (ABSC) at the Nick Smith Centre. Positive results at three recent meets have shown that the hard work of the swimmers and the guidance of their coaches is paying off.

In mid January the team travelled to Perth for the Mike Brown Invitational.. This 3 day event included races in length up to the 1500m freestyle. The Bluefish had 25 swimmers attend, the largest number for any meet in 10 years. The Bluefish swimmers achieved 93 personal best times over the 3 days, with 20 swims resulting in Regional Qualifying times. Among the team highlights Abby Harrod dropped a full 54 seconds off her previous personal best, resulting in an 11:56 time for the 800m freestyle (FS). Alex Rowe finished with an outstanding 19:52 in the 1500m freestyle. And in 6 events Clayton Williamson dropped a full 75 seconds off his personal bests. From this meet 4 Bluefish swimmers qualified for the 2017 Eastern Regional Championships.

Held February 3rd to 5th in Belleville, the 2017 Eastern Ontario Short Course Regional
Championships introduced a much more challenging qualifying standard. Each of the 4 Bluefish who qualified, had to do so in at least 3 events in order to attend. This put the. In competition at a very high level. Over 500 of the fastest swimmers from 19 teams across Eastern Ontario were in attendance. Bluefish team highlights included:

Jordan Schaepper, at age 9 qualified and swam in 7 events and achieved 5 personal best times, including a 16 second improvement in both 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley (IM). Hadleigh Williamson age 12, like Jordan, in her first Regional Championship swam in 7 events and had 3 personal best times and 2 events within 1 second of her best time, as well as a very admirable 8th place finish in Breast stroke. A great accomplishment for her first Regional. Alex Wroe age 13, swimming in his 4th consecutive Regional swam in in 7 events. The format for swimmers age 13 and older is like the Olympics; each Swim their events in a preliminary race and the top 16 swimmers then compete again the same evening, with the exception being the longer events (over 400m) which are only swum once. Alex qualified for 3 finals and was an alternate for 2, improving his personal best time in every event. Cameron Shepherd age 15 also qualified for his 4th consecutive Regional Championship but was unable to compete as he was away on a student exchange.

Later in February the team traveled to the Brewer Pool in Ottawa to take part in the Swim to The Beat SWOTT meet. With 21 swimmers from the Bluefish in attendance, they raced in 60 swims. Another very successful day, cheered on by family and teammates, and DJ Pumping dance music, the swimmers had 40 personal best times. As well, the Bluefish had 34 podium finishes: 13 first place, 9 second place and 12 third place. The highlight Swim of the meet was Hadleigh Williamson who swam the 200m Freestyle in 2:50.49 which was 52 seconds faster than her time in the same event 1 year earlier.

With one short rest over March break, the training continued, again paying off with great result at the recent Ontario Youth Olympians, Long Course Swim Meet at the Nepean Sports Complex, held April 9th. This was the one and only Long Course Swim Meet of the year, 50 meter pool, other than Long Course Regionals; the longer 50m pool is much more challenging than competing in the shorter 25m pools.

Of the 17 Bluefish swimmers, 8 were in their first long-course competition. Out of 99 total swims, Bluefish achieved 55 personal best times.  We had 5 swimmers that posted 5 out of 6 personal best times,  They include Hannah Gillett, Liam Gillett, Ava Hammond, Trinity Kaerbye and Tate McIntyre. There are currently have 4 Bluefish swimmers, Anna McMaster, Jordan Schaepper, Alex Wroe and Cameron Shepherd qualified to compete at the upcoming Long Course Regional Championships to be held at the Nepean Sportsplex on Jun 2-4, 2017. There are also 3 swimmers that are within striking distance of qualifying and have one last chance at Deep RIver Blackfly May 13/14. Along with numerous personal best times for all the Bluefish, top 3 finishes included: Alex Ambercrombie 3rd in 400m freestyle(FS); Liam GIllett 3rd in 50m Breaststroke; Mason Kenny 2nd in 200m breaststroke; Tate McIntyre 3rd 100m FS; Jordan Schaepper 1st in 200m and 400m FS, and 100m butterfly; Sam Wallace 3rd 200m breaststroke; Alex Wroe 1st in 400m FS and 3rd in 50m butterfly; Abby Harrod 2nd in 400m FS and 200m IM; and, Trinity Kaerbye with 3rd in 400m FS.

Training will be put to the test at the upcoming Blackfly Swim Meet in Deep River. But the real challenge will be May 15, 16 and 17th when the swimmers will complete the 2017 Swim-A-Thon. This event, held annually by Swim clubs across Canada raises funds to keep local teams and the Swim Canada program going and developing young athletes. This year the 60 Arnprior Bluefish Swimmers will each be attempting to Swim 5km in 2 hours.

To support this great team and the opportunities for these and future swimmers please do so at

For more information about the ABSC, including registration forms, a gallery of images, and list of contacts, please visit their website at

Bluefish Cabi Donation

Rhonda McMaster, Cabi Stylist and Bluefish Parent, donated $356 to the swim club, a portion of proceeds from a recent fundraiser for the club – a Cabi Fashion Experience for Bluefish moms, grandmothers and friends.  On hand to accept the donation were, left to right, Jenn Wroe – Bluefish Vice President, Shawn Moffatt – Head Coach, Elena Williamson – Bluefish Swimmer, McMaster, and Noah Pritchard – Bluefish Swimmer.

Swim-A-Thon 2017

The Arnprior Bluefish Swim Club is pleased to announce the start of this year’s Swim-A-Thon campaign where kids attempt to complete 200 lengths (5km) of the Arnprior pool within 2 hours!

Many Years ago… A twenty two year old fisherman from Iceland named Goulaugur Frioporsson was lost at sea with his crew of five, due to their boat capsizing. The air temperature was -2 degrees C and the water a mere 6 degrees C and Guolugur found himself alone in rough icy water, far from home.

The water could have killed him almost immediately as it did the others, but it is said that he was of “True Viking Grit”, as he remained calm and began swimming west towards the lights of his small village. He swam for six hours in rough icy seas and covered a total distance of 5 km to reach shore.

This survivor had True Viking Grit, let’s see yours on May 15, 16 and 17…and if you don’t believe my tale…Google it! See you in the pool and have some fun with prizes and snacks after the event.

All funds raised keep Blue Fish Going! So we need help from all our swim families to make this event successful.

Register your swimmer, make donations, or track our progress on our Swimathon Page.

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

Bluefish Swim Meet Schedule

Welcome to a new season of Bluefish everyone!  This year’s tentative swim meet schedule has been announced.  As we progress through the year Shawn will determine if we will need to attend some meets based on the team’s overall performance and regional qualifying opportunities.

There is also an opportunity for our Pre-Competitive and Non-Competitive group swimmers to participate in a Fun Meet this December and the ever popular, end of season Blackfly meet in Deep River.

Oct 30 Spooky Halloween Meet Perth & District Indoor Pool Competitive
Nov 26-27 CSL Swim Meet Cornwall Aquatic Center Competitive
Dec 22 Fun Meet Nick Smith Centre All Groups
Jan 14-15 Mike Brown Invitational Perth & District Indoor Pool Competitive
Feb 3-5 EOSA Short-Course Championships Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre Qualifiers
Feb 25 Swim to the Beat Brewer Pool Competitive
Apr 9 OYO Long Course Invitational Nepean Sportsplex Competitive
May 13-14 Blackfly Deep River Community Pool All Groups
June 2-4 EOSA Long-Course Championships Nepean Sportsplex Qualifiers

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!