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 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 a not-for-profit organization almost entirely run by volunteers for over three decades.

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

Registration for our 2019 Practice Swims and Races is now opened!

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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:

  • Improve your physical health
  • Meet new people who love it!
  • Practice for other open water swims or triathlons
  • Enjoy the benefits that come with taking part in swims and 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.