As of December 26th, we are closed to the public due to the province-wide shutdown. Once we can reopen, our available classes will be listed at the bottom of this page.
As a temporary measure during the Covid-19 shutdown, we are offering physically distanced indoor classes, and outdoor drill classes when weather permits. Outdoor classes are expected to resume in April 2021.
Information on each of the classes is below. Please check our Covid-19 policies before registering.
To Register for a class, click on one of the listings below or on our Calendar Page.
These drop-in style weekly class offer physically distanced, guided solo sword practice. Please register for each individual class you will attend.
Each one-hour class includes a warm-up, and instructor guided solo drills, including instructor feedback. Participants will also get access to the Ottawa Swordplay Discord Server, including access to our Saturday live video classes. In-person classes will often build on the Saturday live video class content. Single sword class content may vary from the longsword drill classes where appropriate.
Students will need a water bottle, a non-medical mask, indoor shoes, and a practice sword. If you do not have a training sword, we will loan you a training sword. Loaner swords are sanitized after each class. You do not need a fencing mask (unless you are doing paired drills with someone from your household). For outdoor classes, you are encouraged to wear a non-medical (cloth) mask, but for outdoor classes a mask is not mandatory. Check each class description to confirm the equipment needs.
Sliding Price Scale
These sessions are offered with a sliding price scale. Choose between the Generous, Standard, or Subsidized rates according to your means.
COVID-19 Precautions (Updated November 4)
Ottawa Swordplay is following all public health recommendations to offer a safe class experience. Classes will be held with physical distancing from each other and from instructors. Indoor class size is limited to 6 students and 2 instructors, and all participants will be 3 metres from each other. Outdoor class size is limited to 12 students and 2 instructors.
No freeplay will be allowed due to the risk of close contact.
Students may not attend class if they have traveled outside the country in the last two weeks, if they have any symptoms of Covid-19 such as fever or cough, or if they have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive or suspects they may have Covid-19. If you need to cancel your registration for these reasons, you will be receive a refund for the class.
Should an instructor become ill, classes they lead will be cancelled for two weeks or until they are confirmed to have tested negative for Covid-19.
Weather Cancellation Policy
In the event of severe weather, outdoor classes will be cancelled and registration fees will be refunded. Cancelled classes will not be rescheduled. Cancellation messages will be sent at least one hour before the class start time.
Intermediate Classes Indoors
These indoor classes will take place at the Ottawa Swordplay sword hall, at 1760 St Laurent Blvd.
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In addition, we have a 30-minute online drill class on Saturdays at 1:00 pm. This class is run through our Discord server. Access to the server and this class is available for students with paid memberships or participants of our outdoor classes.
Outdoor classes build on the previous Saturday's online class. Recordings of drill classes are posted on YouTube on Thursdays.