VOWSA is a group of people who swim in open water – mainly the ocean but also lakes. Do you like swimming, especially outside? Then VOWSA is for you! We offer evening swims at Kits Beach, with a lifeguard escort and lots of other swimmers for company. Sometimes there is a seal or two to join us. As motivation to improve, we have three timed race events during the summer season.

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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.