Waiver for Practice Swims

VOWSA Waiver for Practice Swims

I understand the purpose of this waiver is to preclude me and others from bringing any claim or legal action arising out of my participation in VOWSA practice swims. In consideration of the acceptance of my entry in any VOWSA practice swim I, for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, hereby unconditionally release and forever discharge the Vancouver Open Water Swim Association, the members thereof, Swim BC, all sponsors, race directors, lifeguards, volunteers and producers of these events, and their respective heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns, from all liabilities, actions, claims, demands, damages, costs and expenses, which I may now or in the future have against them, or any of them, in any way arising out of or in any way connected with my participation in, or the operation of, any 2023 Vancouver Open Water event and any practice or training session associated therewith (collectively, the “Swim Events”) or other functions or events, including but not limited to any claims that are based on any alleged negligence or other action or inaction of any of the above mentioned parties.

Assumption of Risks: I am aware that my participation in VOWSA practice swims in open water involves many risks, dangers and hazards, which could result in damage, loss, serious physical injury, or death to me. Some of these risks, dangers and hazards include, but are not limited to, physical traumatic injury from boats or other water vessels, drowning, hypothermia, cardiovascular problems, permanent disability, overexertion, dehydration, fatigue, lack of fitness or conditioning, other injuries, bacterial infections, rashes and the transmission of communicable diseases, including viruses of all kinds, bacteria, parasites or other organisms, or any mutation thereof.

I am also aware that my participation in VOWSA practice swims may put me at an elevated risk of contracting or being exposed to viruses, contagious diseases or other illnesses that may be present in the general population and/or in public spaces and that I nevertheless choose to participate in the VOWSA practice swims and fully assume the risk of doing so.

To the best of my knowledge, my physical condition and fitness are adequate for me to compete in VOWSA practice swims for which I have submitted request for inclusion, and I am unaware of any reason, physical or otherwise, why I should not participate. I agree to comply with all rules, regulations and event instructions of the VOWSA practice swims and I consent to receive any and all medical treatment which organizers of the VOWSA practice swims consider advisable in the event of illness or injuries suffered by me during any VOWSA practice swim.

I acknowledge that I have read and understood the terms of this release and waiver.