Welcome to the Vancouver Open Water Swim Association

The Vancouver Open Water Swim Association (VOWSA) is a registered Society under the Societies Act of the Province of British Columbia. We create safe and enjoyable open water swim experiences for people of all ages and abilities through our practice swims and races. We have been a volunteer-led, non-profit organization for over three decades.

Practice Swims

VOWSA runs open water practice swims at Kits Beach on Mondays and Thursdays in the summer. Exact dates for the upcoming season will be announced.

Learn more about our practice swims.


Each year VOWSA hosts three races: the Canada Day Challenge, the Kits Challenge, and the Bay Challenge.

Learn more about these races.

Canada Day Challenge

Canada Day Challenge registration is open! Join us on July 1, 2020 for some great fun!

Kits Challenge

Come for a swim in our very own practice area on July 25, 2020.

Bay Challenge

Qualified swimmers make their way across the English Bay on August 9, 2020.

Thank you to all swimmers, volunteers, lifeguards and our sponsors for a great 2019 season!

We are working on setting up the 2020 practice swim and Bay Challenge registrations.

Our Sponsors

Thanks to our 2019 sponsors!

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