Masters swimming organizations around the world highlight fitness, friendship and fun. Additional benefits include competition and health including medical rehabilitation (swimming/walking) and EiM – Exercise is Medicine. Recognized by FINA and aligned with Swimming Canada and Masters Swimming Canada, Swim Ontario is Ontario’s only provincial body responsible for Masters Swimming affairs.
On June 2, 2017, the Swim Ontario Board formally adopted the Terms of Reference for an ad hoc committee for the implementation of Masters swimming for the 2017-18 season.
The committee members are:
With the support of Swimming Canada and Masters Swimming Canada this committee is providing a framework for the integration of Masters swimming to Swim Ontario. The scope of the committee includes definitions, athlete registration, club admission standards, governance and more.
The integration of the Masters category into Swim Ontario is a transitional process. The committee has agreed that all procedures and fees that have been determined for the 2017-18 season are best positioned for this year, however, fees and procedures will be consistently monitored and reviewed as necessary for future membership seasons. Swim Ontario recognizes that the integration of Masters will also require review of our By-Laws for possible amendment.
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Masters Membership, Registration and Competition - Joining Swim Ontario - Posted August 11, 2017
Swim Ontario Procedure Manual - August 2017
Registration Forms and Important Documents
Meet Manager Forms
Q: Is Swim Ontario offering an unattached Masters swimmer category?
Q: Is incorporation necessary to join Swim Ontario?
All Swim Ontario affiliated clubs are incorporated (Organizations/Clubs that are the property of Government of Canada (Armed Forces) are exempt). Masters clubs wishing to join Swim Ontario have until Dec. 1, 2018 to complete incorporation (proof of application Dec. 1, 2017). This applies to “Not for profit” and “For Profit” (either sole proprietor or organization) clubs.
Q: I only have a handful of swimmers that want to compete. Do I need to register all of my swimmers?
A: If the club wishes to join Swim Ontario, all swimmers (those that compete and those that do not) need to be registered with Swim Ontario/MSC/SNC. The registration fee per swimmer is $58.90. This is an annual fee that covers registration with SO/MSC/SNC from September 1 to August 31.
Q: What are the implications of not joining SO as a Masters club?
A: Swim Ontario is the sole sanctioning authority for Masters competitions in Ontario. As a consequence, only swimmers registered with an affiliated FINA/SNC/MSC/SO club can compete in sanctioned competitions in Ontario as well as the rest of Canada and beyond (FINA sanctioned competitions, i.e. World Masters Championships). Records, qualifying times, etc. will only be recognized at sanctioned competitions.
Q: Is there an option for a Masters team to become a subsidiary of an Age-Group club?
A: An age group club will need to be consulted to see if offering masters programming is an option they wish to consider. If an age group club wishes to find out information regarding offering masters programming and steps to be able to begin registering masters swimmers they can consult the website at http://www.swimontario.com/page.php?id=3205
An age group club offering masters programming would be required to register all swimmers involved in the masters programming and pool time / contracts would be under the Swim Ontario insurance binder. The registration is simply a registration category similar to competitive and non-competitive that is currently available to age group clubs.
Questions regarding registration and privileges for “MSO activities” should be directed to that organization.