Dry land Training Session II – Can of Beans and a Pull Buoy

Hello Fellow Swimmers! And winter hikers, snow shoers, cross country skiers, walk-around-the-blockers, road runners, frozen pond skaters, weight lifters, trail runners, zumba-ers, kitchen dancers….


While still out of the pool, there are so many other ways to keep us moving and healthy. If the colder temps are keeping you indoors, a few trips up and down your staircase can get your heart rate up, the circulation going, and your leg muscles working in no time. Moving in some way for just 20 minutes a day will keep you doing all of the things you love to do for a long, long time.


To support your efforts to stay fit & moving, the Swim Club is thrilled to once again offer our Dry Land Training for another 4 week session from the safety & comfort of your own home.


In addition to your mat, towels & pull buoy, please also have some free weights (2, 5 or 10lbs), resistance bands, or a good ol’ can of beans for some additional strength work. We can do a lot with little equipment, some knowledge of movement & joint/muscle loading, and a willingness to move in different ways. The body gets better with variety, so if you’ve done the same workout for years, try something new & see what happens!


We will increase our work in these areas;

  • Core Strength & Responsiveness (for body control & back health)
  • Shoulders & Upper Body (for pulling strength & injury prevention)
  • Hips & Legs (for kicking & push off power)
  • Stretching & Joint Mobility (for swim/activity prep & recovery)
  • Breathing Exercises (for improved breath capacity in the water)


Dates: Feb.9, 16, 23 & Mar.2

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Where: Zoom

Cost: $50 for 4-wk registration OR $15 per class for pay-as-you-go


Registration is easy with the link on our website https://pickeringmsc.ca/ 

or directly https://pickeringmsc.ca/membership/ and select from Swim Sessions

COVID 19 Lockdown Update

Effective Saturday Dec 26, 2020, the province of Ontario is entering into Lock down until  Saturday Jan. 23, 2021. As such, all facilities including the Pickering Rec Complex and Dunbarton HS pool will be closed. This is also been the case for sometime for the Pan Am Sports Center at which the club also swims  i.e. being in the Toronto Lock down since November.

PickeringMSC has just completed two successful sessions, swimming on Saturday morning’s and Tuesday evenings through November and December. Although being somewhat restrictive in only allowing 15-18 swimmers to attend  per session, our executive and coaching staff have been able to adapt the pool configuration and workouts to accommodate the restrictions. Swimmers are being kept safe including screening at every workout and implementing protocols to ensure masks are worn at all times except while in the water. Our swimmers have been able to continue to enjoy a beneficial swim environment, all while maintaining our 2 meter social distancing.

Upon completion of the current lock down, the club is hoping to start new sessions including Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from Tuesday January 26, 2021 through to the March Break. It should be stressed that this is dependent on the pools being allowed to open, which may well not be the case. If this does happen, the club will continue to adjust the schedule accordingly.

While the pools are closed, the club is looking at offering a 4 week block of “Dryland Training for Swimmers” virtually on Tuesday evenings  being led by our very own Laureen Karry, a 500HR Certified Yoga instructor. These sessions will be aimed at moves and exercises specific to strengthening and flexibility as they relate to swimming. Laureen is offing us a great deal to help us get ready to get back to the pool when restrictions are lifted.

Please visit https://pickeringmsc.ca/membership/ for details which should be posted soon. For folks who are not currently PickeringMSC 2020/21 members, it is easy to join. Just go to https://pickeringmsc.ca/membership/

The only immediate cost, is that to join MSO (Master Swim Ontario). You can then sign up for sessions as individually costed.




COVID 19 Pool Setup and General Practice Instructions

Dunbarton HS Pool 655 Sheppard Ave, Pickering, ON L1V 1G2 (directions)


  • Above allows for up to 6 swimmers per double lane.
  • Each swimmer will then have a “home base”.
  • Each double lane will swim in a counter clockwise direction starting at both ends of the pool. The order will be red, orange, and then yellow. Swimmer will leave 5-10 seconds apart from each end. It might be suggested that for each double lane one person be delegated to lead each set.  
  • As indicated in diagram, in multi lap swims, swimmers should cut over to make their turn around the flags. If a swimmer does need to allow a pass or otherwise to needs to stop, they should pull into the area depicted by a circle above. They may then continue and/or proceed to their “home base” . 

General Instructions 

     Please remember to maintain your 2 meters at all times in the water and out

  • Swimmers will enter/exit via main door to pool area adjacent to parking lot which may be accessed from second entrance on south side of Sheppard west of Whites Rd. 
  • Swimmers will arrive 15 minutes before practice begins and proceed to screening area. Upon entry to building and until leaving the building, mask should be worn at all times except when in the water.
  • Upon arriving at screening area, swimmer can sanitize hands with sanitizer. If mask is needed, one can be provided. Swimmer will then initial the screening sheet beside their name and record their temperature i.e. Hand held temperature monitor operated by one of the executive managing the screening.
  • Swimmer can then proceed onto the deck removing footwear (bring bag if required). If swimmer has swim suit on, they can place clothing in bag and place on deck against wall adjacent to where they will be swimming. Change rooms are available to otherwise change and bring belongings on deck and place against wall.
  • Swimmers may await instructions from coach at shallow end of pool or proceed directly to their allocated spot, remove mask and enter water. 
  • The workout for each session will be posted to the website a day or two before the session. If at all possible, swimmers should print a copy and bring to the pool in a zip loc bag for eference.
  • At the end of the session, swimmers can proceed to change rooms, change and leave

PMSC (Pickering Masters Swim Club) COVID-19 October 2020 Update

  Pickering Master Splashers Swim Club is trying to finally start the 2020/21 swim season with a new name, Pickering Masters Swim Club (PickeringMSC.ca). The executive is working hard to salvage some of the season and try to get members back to the pool in some limited fashion in these difficult times. Although the circumstances are very fluid and are changing day to day, we currently believe we can safely start one or two swim nights a week in Pickering at Dunbarton HS if enough interest is shown. Unfortunately, currently TPASC is unavailable to us due to scheduling conflicts, but we will try to include the Pan Am as time goes forward.

It should be stressed that returning to the pool entails many restrictions imposed to try to ensure the safety of participants. These include:

  • Limited 1 hour sessions to 15 participants for the Dunbarton pool.
  • Usage protocols to try and limited any transmission including social distancing, Masks when not actual swimming, and pool usage patterns to try and limited contact.
  • Limited access to change rooms and washrooms. Although there will be access to the change rooms, showers, and washroom facilities, the use of the lockers will be restricted.
  • Participants will be required to sign a few additional waiver as per normal practice with the pandemic.

Equipment – due to the restrictions, there will no equipment such as flutter boards, pull buoys, and fins available at the pool. Arrangements can be made to easily purchase these items. Also goggles and caps as needed. As these are part of most pool sessions, members are encourage to procure them if they don’t already own.

PMSC is a member of https://www.mastersswimmingontario.ca/. As such, all members must register through the club to provide insurance and guidance. In this regard, although not a big expense, MSO is encouraging Swimmer to register early. $6.00 from Sept 1 – Oct 31, 2020  $10.00 from November 1 – December 31, 2020 $12.00 from January onwards. So, even if you want to defer your start to swimming, the club will be happy to get you registered. Just let us know.

The club will try and host some Zoom meetings to keep everyone up-to-date and of course provide some social contact for members. This as physical get togethers such as pubs and our Saturday morning breakfasts will not be possible or recommended to keep us all safe.

If you would like to get more information on the club and/or be added to our email list just drop us a note at membership@pickeringmsc.ca (https://pickeringmsc.ca/contact-us/). Perhaps check our Facebook group at PickeringMSC FB Group

A members meeting will be held Tuesday October 20, 2020 at 8:00 pm. Open to all. If you would like to attend and are not on our mail list, just let us know and a link can be provided.


Pickering Masters Swim Club (PickeringMSC.ca)

COVID-19 Closes DIP, Pickering Rec Complex, and TPASC until April 5, 2020

Unfortunately due closures of all swimming facilities, Pickering Master Splashers will have to suspend all 

swim sessions until facilities become available currently published to be Monday April 6, 2020.

Please see:

 Pickering – Pickering covid-19-update

TPASC  – Any updates specific to Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre will be posted                        to www.tpasc.ca/coronavirus 

During this time, please find time to stay active i.e. get outside (walk/run/ride).

Please check email and web site periodically for any updates

stay safe and well



Dunbarton Indoor Pool (DIP) Available

Good news. Repairs at DIP are complete and the pool is again available. Next practice is Saturday January 11, 2020 7:30 – 8:30 am.

Also remember , you are invited to join us for breakfast after practice i.e. 9:00 am at 

Kathryn’s Grill & Bar Address: 376 Kingston Rd, Pickering, ON L1V 6K4 Phone: (905) 509-4421.

Practices at Dunbarton Indoor Pool (DIP) Temporarily Suspended due to Mechanical Issues

Practices at Dip for Saturday January 4, 2020 has been cancelled and Practice for Tuesday January 7, 2020 has been moved to the Pickering Rec Complex  (Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex ) from 9:00 – 10:00 pm. PMS members should indicate that they are with club and will be admitted at no charge.

Thursday January 9, 2020 will be a long course workout (50 meters)  8:30 – 9:30 pm at TPASC .

Should problems at DIP not  be resolved for Saturday January 11, 2020 7:30 – 8:30 am a further post and email notification will be issued.


2019 Pickering Master Splashers Christmas Party!

It’s that time of year again to

Gather & Graze at the 2019 Pickering Master Splashers

Christmas Party!



So grab your buffet pants, some adult beverages & bring something to share for the potluck table! 

*Friday, December 13th @ 7:00 pm* 

Laureen & Rob are hosting

30 Albery Crescent

Ajax, ON L1S 2Y3 

Please RSVP laureen.karry@gmail.com

or 289-314-8254 

See you there!



Pickering Master Splashers Swim Club 2019/20 Season Startup

    Good Day and welcome to another exciting and rewarding master swim season with the Pickering Master Splashers Swim Club. So whether you have had a great Tri season, open water swims, have otherwise got some swims in over the summer, or just looking forward to getting back in the pool, we are looking forwarding to offering you a great swim program as part of your healthy life style. We start our season on Monday September 16, 2019 at the Pan Am pool with an open swim. All that is required is for you to bring a signed waiver. To save time, download the waiver, go to https://pickeringmastersplashers.com/membership/ or we will have some copies at the pool. If you had a TPASC pass from last year, it should still work. Otherwise just let them know you are from Pickering Master Splashers and they will let you in. Passes for TPASC will be re-issued for 2019/20 in September/October. For directions to TPASC, please check our website. All are welcome, whether you are a returning member or just want to try it out. Following this will be our first swim at the Dunbarton HS Indoor Pool (DIP) on Tuesday September 17, 2019 at 9:00 pm and then on Thursday September 19, 2019, our first long course i.e. 50 meters, at the Pan Am. Please note that all sessions at TPASC start at 8:30 pm. Our official season opening informational session will be held on Tuesday September 24, 2019 at 8:15 pm. Signs will posted at the main entrance at DIP with directions to the meeting room. This to be followed by our regular swim from 9:00 – 10:00 pm. Please feel free to bring a friend(s) to hear more about the upcoming season. Also please note that we are a master swim club for all, so please do not feel that you have to be an expert swimmer to have a rewarding and beneficial experience.

  On the coaching front, we are happy to welcome back Samantha Catania, Iain Johnston and Rene St.Aubin. All did a great job last season and we will be looking for the same this season.

  You are receiving this invitation because you have been a member of the club, expressed an interest in the past or have been identified as someone who might be interested. To proceed to the club registration page, please click on the following personal Link to get you to the Pickering Master Splashers member registration page [signup_invitation_link] It should be noted that once you signed up, you will receive a confirmation email. Please click on the personalized link to confirm your membership. You may pay for your membership either with up to two (2) postdated cheque’s, cash, or preferably e-Transfer to etransfer@pickeringmastersplashers.com.  If you have any difficulties or have any questions or concern, please do not hesitate to let us know at membership@pickeringmastersplashers.com Again, please remember you will still have to download and sign the waiver and bring it to your first swim regardless as to whether you have signed up or not. Or if it is more convenient, there should be copies with the coach or executive member.

Best regards, Pickering Master Splashers Executive