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2018 Package Pickup

Package pickup is from 3-7pm on Thursday, July 12th and 3-7pm on Friday, July 13th at the Capital News Centre, 4105 Gordon Drive, in Kelowna. Here is a map

In your swim package you’ll get your gear bag, swim cap, wave #, additional instructions and some other goodies :).

Orientation meetings will be held every 45 minutes and although not mandatory, we encourage first time participants to attend. Look for the signs in the Capital News Centre!

New Swim: Kid’s Shore Splash!

The Across the Lake Swim Shore Splash is a free event for kids aged 5-12. Kids swim about 25 metres in a roped off area along the shore in City Park. The event starts at 8am, the exact same time as the first wave of swimmers on the other side.

The kids will get a timing chip and cross under the finish line arch just like the big kids! They will finish just before the first Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim swimmers come in. Parents must walk along the beach beside their child during the swim (parents should expect to get their feet wet!).

The swim is in a roped off area in very shallow water along the shore and is supervised by lifeguards. Lifejackets are available.

Parents register your child the morning of the swim near the finish line.

Note that conditions must be deemed as safe before the event takes place. Organizers will cancel the event on the day if there are high waves or other adverse conditions.

NEW! VIP Package

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? Or bypass the line up a gear check? Those are just a few perks you’ll get when you purchase a VIP Package for just $79!

Here is everything you get:

  • Reserved parking spot in City Park
  • VIP quick gear check in and check out
  • Free t-shirt
  • 15% off everything in the store
  • Double the pancakes (if breakfast purchased)
  • Additional towel
  • VIP line for package pickup
  • VIP bus loading line

Sales of the VIP package support sending kids for free swim lessons.

There are only 30 packages available. So buy yours soon!

You can easily add it to your existing registration or if you haven’t registered yet just add it when checking out.

>> BUY NOW <<

Our Math Malfunction

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. It is the 70th anniversary of the swim since year 1 occurred in 1949. However, if you were born in 1949 this will be your 69th birthday year.

This math malfunction led to a number of emails from some astute 69 and 70 year old swimmers. “I have done the swim many times and would like to take advantage of the fact I am seventy and the swim is about to celebrate being 70 years old,” said Dwight Carroll.

“It had me questioning my age. For a second, I really thought I might be turning 70 this year” said a soon to be 69 year old swimmer, who asked to remain anonymous.

“There’s really no excuse for it,” said Alexis MacMillan, Media Volunteer for the swim and writer of the announcement. “I actually really like math.” Fortunately, Peter Rudd, Race Director for the swim, has made the decision to include both groups. “We’re going to do the right thing. If you’re born in 1949 OR if you’re 70 we would love you to come swim for free,” said Rudd. Our whole team told me “Let’s make the celebration even bigger because that aligns with the spirit of our event.”

To obtain a free registration, send proof of birthdate to

Swim For Free If You Were Born in 1949

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. “We have swimmers of all ages enter the event and this year we’d like to celebrate with those that were born the year the swim started!”

“For the first year ever, we’re adding a Silver and Gold Club status for people who have entered the swim for 10+ and 20+ years,” says Rudd. “This includes some extra benefits as well as distinctive silver and gold swim caps. We want to highlight their commitment to the swim and to helping us raise funds for the YMCA Okanagan Swims program, which provides basic water safety instruction to all grade 3 and grade 4 students in School District 23.”

Rudd continues, “This 70th year is going to be special and we hope our community continues to support us by registering for the swim, coming out to cheer, and sharing our event with Kelowna friends and visitors. As Canada’s largest and longest running open water swim, there’s really nothing else like it.”

To obtain a free registration, send proof of birthdate in 1949 to

Package Pickup

Package pickup is Thursday, July 13th and Friday, July 14th from 3-7pm at the Capital News Centre on Gordon Drive in Kelowna.

If someone else if picking up your package, they must have your confirmation ID you received when you registered.


Registration Closes July 9th

Registration for this year’s swim close midnight July 9th so register soon.

There is no registration at package pickup or the morning of the swim.