Swimming - NCR, ON

Soldier On will be is offering a 6-week swim program at PSP Uplands - Uplands Military Community Centre Pool on 5, 12, 19 July & 2, 9, 16 Aug (23 Aug – rain date). Up to 20 ill/injured serving or retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces will participate in a six-session progressive swim program led by amazing instructors. Participants will be assessed as beginner, intermediate or advanced swimmers and guided through a program aimed at improving their swimming efficiency and aquatic skills. This program will assist in the continuation of a healthy lifestyle.

This activity will bring together both serving and retired ill/injured CAF members, allowing participants to connect through peer support and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.
This event will be aimed at improving swimming efficiency and aquatic skills through swim propulsion, various strokes, endurance exercises and more. The series is suitable for swimmers of any level as the lessons and exercises will be segmented for beginner, intermediate or advanced swimmers, all offering opportunities to expand their potential and skills.

The event will include 1 hour of instruction, skill development and drills for four consecutive weeks lead by qualified instructors.
The event will take place at Uplands Pool (425 Breadner Blvd) in Ottawa, ON.
All skills levels and abilities are welcome as the program will offer adaptations and/or challenges for those who would like them.
Assistance throughout the event will be provided courtesy of PSP Fitness and Sports.

5, 12, 19 July, 2, 9, 16 Aug (23 Aug – rain date).
0750hrs – Be ready to enter pool and begin programming. (Members can arrive as early as 0730hrs to change and shower in locker room prior to entering pool deck.
0800hrs-0900hrs - Instruction and participation.
0905hrs – Shower and depart on own.

The number of Soldier On participants is limited to 20.
Minimum Eligibility Criteria:
Any serving member or veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) from the National Capital Region Georgraphical Area who acquired a permanent physical or mental health illness or injury while enrolled as a member of the CAF; whether attributable or not to service.
Serving Members:
Medical clearance may be required by your chain of command.
Mental & Physical Requirements:
Participants must be able to tolerate 1 hour of moderate to heavy paced activity. Participants must be able to transfer into a pool unassisted.
Participants will be joined with other ill/injured members and civilians, and therefore should be able to function in a social environment. 
Activity Environment:
Activity takes place at an outdoor pool on a military base. Please be aware that there are environmental factors outside of the instructor’s/organizer’s control (noise, weather, etc…). The instructor can assist with special considerations as they arise.

Deadline for Nomination Forms

Must be received by Soldier On NLT 12 June 2023
Click on the Application Form link to express your interest

In order to be considered for selection, all serving members must also complete and submit a chain of command authorization form by the application deadline. 
Authorization Form

Soldier On events are planned in accordance with municipal, provincial, territorial and federal public health measures (PHM) and regulations as well as the Canadian Armed Forces health policy and guidelines. The health and safety of Soldier On participants and staff, PSP staff, and CAF TG personnel are paramount. While specific safety precautions for each event will depend on the scope, scale and location of the event, the utmost care will be undertaken to ensure the risk associated with the spread of COVID-19 is very low.

Confirmation Details
The event OPI will confirm in writing with the participants selected for this activity.
An activity delivery questionnaire will be sent to selected participants to complete and return. This will assist the event OPI and the sport delivery partner with the planning of logistics and the activity.
A joining instruction will be issued prior to event; ensuring applicants are authorized to participate IAW applicable policies & eligibility criteria.

Swimming is an event which will encourage ill/injured serving CAF personnel and veterans to develop new skills, engage with others while personally challenging themselves. 

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