OMSC held a successful first Open House at the H2O Adventure & Fitness Centre on Friday evening January 13. Several members shared their experiences with a full house of guests, several of whom then joined the Friday evening group for a complimentary swim session at 7:30pm
Following a welcome by Tony Hoft, Carmelle Guidi-Swan opened with a slide presentation to illustrate the many facets of Okanagan Masters, with strong emphasis on the ‘fun’ moments and more than a few entertaining images of its own members in action. Danita Schreiber, Conny Stamhuis and Brent Hobbs shared their own experiences, specifically how swimming with Masters is such an integral element of what they do to stay young and healthy. It was clear to see how the mantra ” to promote fun, fitness, health, fellowship and participation among adult swimmers” is so relevant to the club and all its members.
Club President Tony Hoft explained that a key objective of the Open House program is to remove the ‘intimidation factor’ that many people experience when considering joining a Masters program: to reinforce that Masters swimming is not an elitist sport, but is open to adult swimmers at any level, whether recreational or competitive. Based on comments from guests, it certainly seems to have been successful … !