Across the Lake Swim
Gellatly Bay

August 31, 2024

West Kelowna, bc, canada

Spectator Friendly!
Distances
2.5km
5km
Route
Loop
Loop
Avg Water Temp
22°C
  • Details

    We are excited to bring to you this swim in beautiful Gellatly Bay in West Kelowna, BC.

    The swim features a choice of two distances, either 2.5KM or 5KM, in a stunning swimming area in Okanagan Lake, West Kelowna.

    Gellatly Bay is an incredibly scenic swimming spot, with a wide pedestrian pathway that follows the swim route on the final legs.

    Gear Dropoff: The gear tent is at Willow Beach. Just put your stuff in a bag and drop it off. We’ll tag and watch over it until you finish your swim!

    Support Craft: If you have a support craft with you, please have them sign the waiver and you (or they) can bring it to package pickup or the morning of the swim. Download the waiver here.

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  • Course

    2.5km:

    5km:

  • Schedule

    DateStart TimeEnd TimeEventPlace
    Sat, Aug 316:00 am6:45 amShuttle LeavesTim Horton's in the Westbank Shopping Centre
    Sat, Aug 316:00 am6:45 amPackage PickupWillow Beach, West Kelowna
    Sat, Aug 317:00 am5km Swim StartWillow Beach, West Kelowna
    Sat, Aug 317:30 am2.5km Swim StartWillow Beach, West Kelowna

    Times are subject to change.

  • Package Pickup

    Event package pickup is in the morning before the swim from 6-6:45AM at the Start Line at Willow Beach in West Kelowna.

    You will pick up your timing chip the morning of the swim when you pick up your package. You must place your timing chip on your ankle outside of your wetsuit.

  • Updates

    • Registration for 2024 is OPEN!

      We are excited to be back for 2024! After cancelling the swim in 2023 due to wildfires, we are looking forward to welcoming all 2023 swimmers back, as well as new swimmers looking to swim this beautiful course.

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    • 2023 Gellatly Bay Swim Cancelled

      Due to the ongoing wildfires in the Okanagan region...

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  • FAQ

    Are there change rooms and showers available for after the swim?

    Yes and no. There are public washrooms at the Finish Line but no showers. There is an outdoor shower at the Kelowna finish line.

    Is a Support Paddler required?

    Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim Kelowna a support paddler is not required.
    Kal Lake: Support paddlers are not required for either distance.
    Cultus Lake: Support paddlers are not required for either distance.
    Gellatly Bay: Support paddlers are not required for either distance.
    Kelowna Two: Support paddlers are not required for either distance.
    Skaha Lake: Support paddlers are required for the 11.8km distance, but not for the 4.5km distance.
    Rattlesnake Island: Support paddlers are required for the 7km distance, but are not required for the 1.5km or 3km distances.

    However, each junior swimmer (10 years & under) MUST be accompanied by a support craft if they are swimming alone and not accompanied by an adult swimmer.

    Know your limitations. You should be able to swim 1000-2000 meters comfortably with or without the aid of a wetsuit.

    What is the water temperature?

    The water temperature averages 19-21C on swim day. In 2013 we had a very warm summer which resulted in a record 23C temp!

    Is there food after the event?

    Yes, there are light snacks and drinks after the event. Typically cookies, bagels, bananas, oranges, water, coffee and juice boxes. (subject to change)

    Is there a gear check?

    Yes, the gear check opens early in the morning so you can drop off your items. Be sure to put them in a bag so we can tag it for you to pick up at the end of your swim.

    Is there parking at the start line?

    No, there is no parking available at the start line.

    Also check out our general FAQ's here
  • Parking

    There is very limited parking at Gellatly Bay. Therefore, included in your registration is a free shuttle to and from the parking lot near the Tim Horton’s in the Westbank Shopping Centre (between Gosset Rd & Bering Rd) to Willow Beach.

    The shuttle starts leaving at 6am and will do several round trips. After your swim it will bring you back to the parking lot.

  • Results

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Across the Lake Swim Gellatly Bay is located on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the syilx/Okanagan people.

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Free Swim Clinics Start This Saturday

June 11, 2024

The Fresh Air Open Water Swim Clinics start this Saturday, June 15th at Boyce-Gyro Beach in Kelowna. 

The clinics start at 7am, but we encourage you to get there well before (6:30ish) to get signed in. Just bring your wetsuit, goggles and a change of clothes. We’ll supply you with a swim cap. We’ll have a few laughs, lots of giveaways and a beautiful morning on the beach.

To speed things up, please download and complete the waiver and bring it with you. Download the waiver

The free clinics run every Saturday until July 20th and are free for participants of any of our swims. Want your best bud to come with you for support? No problem, it’s just a measly $5 for them to join.

These clinics are geared towards newer swimmers who need to get comfortable in the open water. Our coaches will teach you sighting, swimming with others, drafting, swimming with waves, and other open water swimming skills, perfect for the anxious or first time swimmers.

Fresh Air will be on site so you can demo wetsuits and the ATLS team will be there to answer questions!

Over 50% of our participants are first time swimmers, so you first timers are not alone! Come join us!

Find out more about the clinics here