Welcome to the Vancouver Open Water Swim Association

The Vancouver Open Water Swim Association (VOWSA) is a registered Society under the Society Act of the Province of British Columbia. We are dedicated to creating safe and enjoyable open water swim opportunities for people of all ages and abilities through our practice swims and races. We are an entirely volunteer-driven, non-profit organization and have operated and grown on that basis. And volunteers are always welcome!

Thank you to all swimmers, volunteers, lifeguards and our sponsors for a great 2018 season.

Registration for our 2019 Practice Swims and Races will soon open!

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Enjoy the following benefits by registering for any of the events or signing up for the season pass for ocean swim practices:

  • Get fit
  • Meet new people
  • Learn to improve your swimming for open water races or triathlons
  • Enter to win gifts and prizes at any of the VOWSA swim events


Proceeds from the Open Water Swim Series support BC Special Olympics, and the Vancouver Lifeguard Association.


BC Special Olympics provides high-quality sports programs and competitions that help people with intellectual disabilities celebrate personal achievement and gain confidence, skills and friendships.


The VLA’s  purpose is to raise public awareness of the needs of water safety, provide lifesaving and first aid training, offer lifeguard services for major public events and support sport competitions as a means of improving skills and abilities.