VOWSA is pleased to offer three races in the 2019 season,

Kits Beach Challenge

In our practice swim location

Find out more and register.

Bay Challenge

Swim across the Burrard Inlet!

Find out more.

Get to Know Our Races

If you’re new to VOWSA, you might want to know more about our races in general.


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 Vancouver Lifeguard Association‘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.

Global Swim Series

VOWSA is part of the Global Swim Series!  This includes all 3 VOWSA races.

The goal of the Global Swim Series is to promote open water swimming and increase participation in the sport.  By swimming in any GSS race you earn a “Global Ranking”.  The more races you do, the higher your ranking!  

The GSS now has over 64,000 swimmers, in 98 races, in 29 countries including: Canada, USA, Mexico, Haiti, Turks & Caicos, St Kitts & Nevis, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Barbados, Brazil, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Spain, Greece, Morocco, South Africa, Austria, Russia, UAE, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia… and more joining all the time!

To find out more about the Global Ranking, GSS Rules and other GSS races, visit GlobalSwimSeries.com