Canada's Largest and Longest Running Open Water Swim




It's our 70th Celebration!

JOIN US ON JULY 14th, 2018

top 100 swims in the worldWelcome to the Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim, the largest and longest running open water swim event in Canada! It is time to start planning to take part in the Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim on July 14th, 2018! 2018 will mark the 70th consecutive edition of an event that has always offered a challenge and a standard for young and old, newly minted swimmers and seasoned racers.

Since its beginning in 1949, the Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim in Kelowna, BC has always been more a demonstration of swimming ability than a race. Each summer, swimmers of all ages and abilities challenge themselves to swim 2.1 kilometres across Okanagan Lake, to test what they have learned and to master the distance.

Today's Okanagan Lake Water Temperature

Updated: Jun 19, 2018 9:00pm


The YMCA Okanagan Swims Program was created in 2012 to help drown-proof our kids. Solely funded by the Across the Lake Swim Society, we donate funds from our event to run the program. Each year we send EVERY 3rd grader in School District #23 (from Peachland to Lake Country) for FREE swimming lessons to teach them lifesaving water safety skills. This is over 1400 children each year! Your registration fees fund this rewarding program.


NEW! VIP Package

May 11, 2018

We are super excited to announce the launch of our incredible VIP Package! How would you like to just drive into your own reserved parking spot?

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Our Math Malfunction

March 1, 2018

We recently announced that we are offering “free registration for all swimmers born in 1949, the first year of the Across the Lake Swim.” We also said we would “like to celebrate with a few more 70-year-olds” at this year’s event on July 14, 2018. For anyone doing the math, this doesn’t quite add up.…

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Swim For Free If You Were Born in 1949

February 26, 2018

The 70th celebrations are ramping up for the Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim Kelowna on July 14, 2018. “First off, we are offering free registration for all swimmers born in 1949, the first year of the Across the Lake Swim,” says Peter Rudd, Race Director.

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A big thank you to all the organizers. I have wanted to do this swim for a long time and something always prevented me from entering, so had the best day. Everything was so well organized including all the swim clinics. The atmosphere was great. All your efforts were very much appreciated and I'm so proud to have been part of it.

~ Julia H.

This was my 1st time in this event and I had a truly wonderful experience! I wanted to thank all the volunteers’ and especial the crew that help out at the swim clinics as that in fact made the actual swim possible for myself. Well Done!

~ Shane H.

Just wanted to say, another fantastic event. This is my 4th year doing the swim, and I plan to keep attending as long as I am able. Must be your great organizing and and the great people you have working to make the event so fun for everyone! Cheers!!

~ Joanne G.

In all my years of volunteering this was THE BEST event I have ever volunteered at (and that’s saying a lot!)

~ Heidi H.

So much planning and support from volunteers and sponsors goes into such a huge event, which must be overwhelming at times, but you people seem to have such a positive attitude and great leadership that you do an excellent job year after year! Again, please know that ALL of you are very much appreciated for your time and effort in all you do in making this community event such a FUN time. 

~ Rick C.

This was my first time being a part of your event to swim across the lake and it was fantastic.. On the day of the swim, everything was so well organized, it was incredible. Outstanding event in everyway!! Hope to be a part of the swim again next year… Thank you again!

~ Melody G.

This was my first time participating in this event and I was very impressed with how well run it is.

~ Patricia B.