When my daughter was 2 I remember speaking with my neighbour in early September about registering her for swimming lessons. My neighbour looked at me like I was a crazy woman and told me that registration started mid-August. I kind of rolled my eyes and thought yeah, there is no way it is full for 2 year olds already. I went home and called and found out that it was indeed full. I did a little more research and learned that the only way to get your kids in swimming lessons in Ottawa is to stay up until midnight the first day of registration and beat the rush. So for years this is what I have done.
Today is the first day for swimming registration for Spring/Summer, so last night I was up until midnight getting both kids registered. It is hard to believe that by March 11, you will already be too late to get your kids into any lessons. It is really a crazy system. If you don’t have a computer, you can do it over the phone as well. It is like trying to get tickets for the Elton John/Billy Joel concert, but not nearly as rewarding when you finally get through.
Last night, I was able to get through pretty quickly. I started the registration process but then got kicked out because the server was too busy. Major panic ensued as I tried to get back in. When finally I did, I logged back in right away and it had saved my incomplete transactions so I was very relieved. I finished it all up and they were registered. My girlfriend however, had not yet gotten in so I was able to get in A THIRD TIME and get her children registered as well. We both were ecstatic! We won the lottery! Our kids can learn how to swim! What an insane system. And to add to it, we get to do it all again on Wednesday night for summer camp registration :-).