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Swimming Tip Tuesday

Swimming Tip Tuesday: Grey Ice

Our Swimming Tip Tuesday of the week:

Grey ice is unsafe. The grayness indicates the presence of water.

During wintertime, many of us like to skate or approach ice on small rivers or lakes nearby. However, the sturdiness of the ice is an incredibly important factor to whether or not we are able to enjoy this pastime. Nobody wants to be the person to end up falling in the ice. Whether it is proving a point to your friends or taking a (very bad) bet, what could seem like a fun innocent idea at first could end up being an absolutely nightmare within moments. It’s important to learn the rules of ice safety before heading out during the winter season.

The colour of the ice is a very strong indicator as to whether or not it is safe to approach and walk on it.  Clear blue ice is considered the strongest form of ice.
Grey ice however is considered to be the weakest of them all and is not considered safe in anyway.

However, there is also the indicator of ice thickness. It is said that 15cm is the minimum required thickness for a single person to walk on ice; 20cm being the required thickness for group skating or games.

Even with these indicators it is not enough to safely assess whether ice is safe enough for you alone or you and your friends to go out on. Ice thickness is a variable that fluctuates very often, and as such you need to be able to reassess the situation often. What could be thick ice one minute could be thin and unsafe the next. Also, one pocket of thick ice could easily be next to a pocket of thin ice, which could mean your next steps would be devastating. Common tips are to check the weather and to take note of the environment you are skating or walking on. Ponds and rivers fluctuate often.

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Grey ice is unsafe

Swimming Tip Tuesday

Swimming Tip Tuesday: Ice Safety – Clear Blue Water

Our Swimming Tip Tuesday of the week:

It’s very important to consider the colour of ice. Clear blue ice is the strongest and safest. It forms when the temperature has been at least -8ºC for three consecutive weeks. The colder it gets, the faster blue ice will form. At a minimum thickness of 12 inches, blue ice will even support a large vehicle such as a mid-size pick-up. According to the Lifesaving Society, clear blue ice needs to be at least four inches thick to support a person and at least 12 inches for a mid-size pick-up. And of course, stay clear of grey ice.

Blue ice occurs when snow falls on a glacier, is compressed, and becomes part of the glacier. Air bubbles are squeezed out and ice crystals enlarge, making the ice appear blue. Small amounts of regular ice appear to be white because of air bubbles inside them and also because small quantities of water appear to be colourless. In glaciers, the pressure causes the air bubbles to be squeezed out increasing the density of the created ice. Large quantities of water appear to be blue, as it absorbs other colours more efficiently than blue. Therefore, a large piece of compressed ice, or a glacier, would appear blue.

Blue ice is exposed in areas of the Antarctic where there is no net addition or subtraction of snow. That is, any snow that falls in that area is counteracted by sublimation or other losses. These areas have been used as runways (e.g.Wilkins Runway, Novolazarevskaya, Patriot Hills Base Camp) due to their hard surface which is suitable for aircraft fitted with wheels rather than skis.

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Clear blue ice is the strongest and safest form of ice

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Motivation Monday: Valentine’s Day

Sometimes home isn’t four walls. It’s two eyes and a heartbeat.

When you’re with your special someone, it doesn’t matter where you are, because you’ll always be home.


Sometimes home isn’t 4 walls

Motivation Monday: Love

Love is just a word until you find someone who gives it definition.

Love is in the air as we approach Valentine’s Day. Just as important to share the importance of love as it is to share motivation. Enjoy our Valentine’s themed Motivation Mondays this week and next week. Wishing everyone a beautiful and peaceful start to the month of February!


Love is Just a Word

#MotivationMonday: Growth

Progress happens slowly every day. The change you do notice over time is the culmination of daily incremental progress.

Swimming is one of quickest ways to progress. Setting personal goals for each swim will incrementally add up over time, making swimming an easy pastime.


If you knew me yesterday

#MotivationMonday: Discipline

On Discipline:

Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want mostDiscipline‬ is the very basis of human progress. Without it nothing can be made or properly maintained.

Swimming is one of the quickest ways to develop self-discipline. Putting yourself in a limited oxygen environment will quickly help to build restraint and to do more with less.


DISCIPLINE is just choosing  between what you want  NOW and what you want MOST


Winter Season Has Started

?❄Winter swimming season has started! Late registration is welcome until January 18. To quickly ensure a spot in our program please call us at 416-904-6284 or email us at [email protected]

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Winter 2016 Registration is Open

General registration for winter 2016 swim season is now open. Please review course dates and times prior to registration to ensure that your desired time slot is not full. If your preferred time slot is full, please email [email protected] as we may still be able to open up your preferred time slot for you.

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We are now using a new registration system which will broadly expand our capabilities. Our new registration system will allow you to register for multiple seasons in one go. Having said that, should you encounter any problems please give us a call at 416-904-6284 and we can still register you over the phone.

If you have any doubts about your own or your child’s level placement, please call us at 416-904-6284 or email us at [email protected]

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you on deck!

Winter Priority Registration is Now Open

Winter Registration is now open for Priority Clients. If you have been invited to participate in Priority Registration (October 26 – November 13) please proceed to the online registration form or approach deck staff when you are ready. General registration will begin on November 13. General applicants can also apply during this time however will not be processed until November 13. For more information or to request priority access please contact Omid or John at 416-904-6284. Thank you.