Across the Lake Swim
Kelowna

Interior Savings

July 20, 2024

Kelowna, bc, canada

Canada's Largest Open Water Swim
Distances
1.4km
New!
2.1km
Route
Point-to-Point
Point-to-Point
Avg Water Temp
23°C
  • Details

    The annual Interior Savings Across The Lake Swim Kelowna is the largest and longest continuously running open water swim event in Canada. Swimmers complete a 2.1 km swim from the Old Ferry Docks at the bottom of Old Ferry Wharf Rd. in West Kelowna to Hot Sands Beach in City Park, Kelowna.

    Age group swimmers will self-start whenever ready and your time starts when you cross the timing mat and enter the water.

    All swimmers will receive their finish time thanks to the timing chip worn around your ankle as you swim. When you cross the finish line, this timing chip will register each swimmer’s personal swim time. All swimmers will be eligible for medals in their age group, as well as door prizes.

    Swimmers in the Competitive category have a mass start 7:45am. We treat the Competitive category as a separate race, so all Competitive participants will receive a medal for 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their age group, and are not eligible for age group awards.

    There is no registration on the day of the event!

    What you get for your registration fee:

    • An opportunity to swim across the jewel of the Okanagan, and challenge yourself to conquer this bucket list item.
    • A swim monitored by lifeguards and boats on the water, and the RCMP Lake Patrol.
    • Our famous, stylish towel.
    • Automated electronic timing and your results posted online.
    • Medals for top 3 overall in each individual age category.
    • Food and drinks at the finish line.
    • Event insurance.
    • Five FREE Fresh Air Open Water Swim Clinics starting in June.
    • Free ride to the start line.
    • Lots of door prizes.

    We provide transportation by bus (included in your registration fee) to the start line from the City Park. Due to construction on the Westside, there is very limited access to the start area for private cars and NO PARKING at the start.

    History

    ATLS Ribbon won by Joanne Ritchie in 1972
    Across the Lake Swim Ribbon won by Joanne Ritchie in 1972

    The Interior Savings Across The Lake Swim Kelowna began in 1949 and is the longest running and largest annual open water event in Canada. It is also the last event left from the early Kelowna Regatta. The Kelowna Masters Swim Club took over the administration of the Swim Across The Lake from the City of Kelowna in 1986. Back then, the swim started at 6pm on a Friday and ended in City Park which was fenced off as part of the 3 day Regatta.  After the Kelowna Regatta ended in 1988 the swim was moved to Saturday morning. An accompanying canoe was mandatory and the swim became part of the (now folded) BC Open Water Swim Race Series.

    The Kelowna Masters Swim Club had organized the Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim as part of its club activities. However, the surging growth and interest in open water swimming and the Interior Savings Across The Lake Swim mandated more dedicated attention than to just be part of any one swim club. Therefore the organizers created a non-profit society to promote the event and important skills involved in open water swimming. Five veterans of previous ATLS organizing committees became the founding members of the new Across The Lake Swim Society (ATLSS), which was registered in November 2009.

    The ATLSS had its first annual general meeting in September 2010.

    The Across the Lake Swim has been gaining popularity every year and sells out earlier year after year. What once was a swim of just 400 participants just a few short years ago, has now grown to include over 1200 swimmers. And, the swim was recently recognized as one of the top swims in the world by openwaterpedia.com

    Here is an article in IMPACT Magazine written by our own Mark Fromberg about the history of the swim: Read the article here.

    Mark recently discovered an article written in the August 10th edition of the 1901 Kelowna Courier which reviews a swim across Okanagan Lake, so the swim may be a lot older than we think!

    August 11 1910 Kelowna Courier article
    Article in the August 11, 1910 Kelowna Courier

    Do you know any history about the swim?

    Unfortunately, the details of the past history of the Across the Lake Swim are little known and we are looking for any tidbits of information that can help us piece together this incredible event. If you have any information such as pictures, news clips, or if you even swam or watched it years ago, please contact us as we would love to hear from you.

  • Sponsors

    Title

    Inteior Savings

    Silver

    Ecoscape Environmental Consultants Inc.
    Save On Foods

    Bronze

    Fashion Foundations
    Pagdin Health
    Stone Sisters

    Official Goggle

    Vorgee

    Clinic

    Fresh Air

    Media

    Beach Radio
    The Lizard
    OV103.9 - That '70s Station

    Supporter

    Downtown Marina
    First College
    Kelowna Yacht Club
    Kinesys
    OpenWater
    Sunbelt Rentals
    Swim Buddy
    Westbank First Nation
    Wi-Com Solutions
    YMCA of Southern Interior BC
  • Course

    1.4km:

    2.1km:

  • Schedule

    DateStart TimeEnd TimeEventPlace
    Sat, Jun 157:00 am8:00 amFree Fresh Air Open Water Swim ClinicBoyce Gyro Beach, Kelowna, B.C.
    Sat, Jun 227:00 am8:00 amFree Fresh Air Open Water Swim ClinicBoyce Gyro Beach, Kelowna, B.C.
    Sat, Jun 297:00 am8:00 amFree Fresh Air Open Water Swim ClinicBoyce Gyro Beach, Kelowna, B.C.
    Sat, Jul 67:00 am8:00 amFree Fresh Air Open Water Swim ClinicBoyce Gyro Beach, Kelowna, B.C.
    Sun, Jul 147:00 am8:00 amFree Fresh Air Open Water Swim ClinicBoyce Gyro Beach, Kelowna, B.C.
    Thu, Jul 183:00 pm7:00 pmPackage PickupFresh Air Dilworth, 1656 Dilworth Drive, Kelowna, B.C.
    Fri, Jul 193:00 pm7:00 pmPackage PickupFresh Air Dilworth, 1656 Dilworth Drive, Kelowna, B.C.
    Fri, Jul 195:00 pm7:00 pmSupport Craft Drop OffHot Sands Beach, City Park, Kelowna, B.C.
    Sat, Jul 207:00 am7:30 amBuses depart for Start LineCity Park, Kelowna, B.C.
    Sat, Jul 207:50 amCompetitive Category Swim StartStart Line in West Kelowna
    Sat, Jul 208:00 am2.1km Swim StartStart Line in West Kelowna
    Sat, Jul 208:30 am1.4km Swim StartStart Line in West Kelowna

    Times are subject to change.

  • Package Pickup

    Event packages will be available at Fresh Air Kelowna, 1656 Dilworth Drive, Kelowna (get directions) the 2 days before the event. You can pick up your event package on:

    Thursday, July 18th, 3-7PM
    Friday, July 19th, 3-7PM

    Your event package will include your souvenir towel and numbered cap. We recommend personally picking up your event bag, but you can also have a friend or relative pick it up on your behalf. They will need your Registration ID and will be required to sign a form confirming the bag pickup.

    You will receive your timing chip and swim cap at event package pick up. This will save you time on event day (Yay! More sleep!), but it is your responsibility to remember to bring your timing chip and cap to the event. A replacement fee of $50 will be charged for lost or forgotten timing chips.

  • Updates

    • Free Swim Clinics Start This Saturday

      It's time to get in the lake! Clinics start June 15th!

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    • 103.1 Beach Radio Kelowna New Start Line Sponsor

      New Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim Kelowna Start Line Sponsor

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    • Introducing the Splash Dash 1.4km Challenge!

      Can you get a better time? Challenge yourself to beat your first swim time and win some cool prizes!

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    • New Shorter Distances

      We are thrilled to announce that we have added two new swim distances for Kelowna and Skaha Lake.

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    • 2023 Photos Now Online

      The photos from this year's swim are now available to view.

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    • 2023 Results

      2023 results are available online

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    • 2023 Jan Morrow Award Nominations Open!

      Do you know someone in the swimming community who demonstrates determination, inspiration and a positive attitude? If so, nominate them for this year's Jan Morrow Award! Nominations are being accepted from now until midnight July 6th, 2023.

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    • New! Open Registration For Advanced Swimmers

      We are excited to announce our new Open Registration option for more advanced swimmers!

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    • Conny Stamhuis Celebrates 90th Birthday with 6th Swim!

      Kelowna's 90-year-young Conny Stamhuis is ready to attempt her sixth 2.1 kilometre swim across Okanagan Lake on July 16, 2022.

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    • The Story of Linda Sharp, the Final Swimmer in 2018

      Need some inspiration? Here is the award winning CBC story of Linda Sharp, who was the final swimmer in last year's swim. 

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  • FAQ

    When can we drop off our support craft?

    You can drop off the support craft (SUP, kayak) at City Park on Friday night before the swim in our secure area from 5-7pm. We have security on site overnight.

    You can drop off support craft in City Park starting at 6am in the morning of the swim. The drop off location is at the roundabout at the far south end of the park next to the bridge.

    Can I bring stuff on the bus?

    You CANNOT take anything on the bus that you will not be using during the swim (e.g., shoes, sunglasses, etc.) as we cannot bring these items back for you. You will be quite warm in your wetsuit! We will once again have carpets laid down at the start line area so that you don’t need shoes with you.

    There is a bag check tent available in City Park for all items you don’t use during the swim.

    Is there a cut-off time for the swim?

    There is a “soft” cutoff time of 1 1/2hrs to complete the swim. If you are still out in the water after 2 hours, depending on how far out you still are, we may pull you out of the water. After this time it becomes a safety issue as we need to open the lake up for the boaters and jet-skis.

    What time should my support paddler be at the Start Line?

    We recommend getting to the start line no later than 7:30am. The swim starts at 8:00am and this should give you enough time to place your craft in the correct area to meet up with your swimmer.

    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.

    Where is the swim start?

    The swim starts in West Kelowna at the end of Old Ferry Wharf Road.

    Included in your registration fee is transportation from the Finish Line to the Start Line. The buses will pick you up in City Park and drop you off right alongside the lake at the start line in the West Kelowna. The area is fully carpeted and swept so you will not need to worry about walking on gravel.

    Note: There is no parking at the start line!
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    Is there parking at the swim start?

    NO! There is no parking at the start line. The Old Ferry Wharf Road is a narrow windy road and the roadway must be kept clear to allow room for the buses.

    Each year we must apply to the Westbank First Nation for permission to use their land. If the no-parking rule is not enforced, it may affect our being granted permission in the future.

    Let us do the driving and bus you to the start line. It’s much more convenient and it’s included in your registration anyway.

    Is the start a mass start?

    Absolutely not! There are 8 waves with a maximum of 100 swimmers per wave, each separated by several minutes. This gives you plenty of room to swim freely. There’s no washing machine, water churning starts like you see in some triathlon starts.

    What time should I arrive in City Park the morning of the swim?

    We recommend you arrive in City Park at 6am. This will give you plenty of time to park, get your stuff to the gear tent and catch your bus.

    Where does my support person launch their craft?

    It is advisable to launch the support craft at the Finish Line in City Park and paddle across to the start line area. There is also a boat launch near Rose’s Pub by the Grand Okanagan Resort.

    THERE IS NO LAUNCHING OF SUPPORT CRAFT AT THE START LINE!

    Also check out our general FAQ's here
  • Parking

    City Park has limited parking available. Get there early!

    If the lot is full, there is plenty of free street parking, or park in the Chapman Parkade which is one block away on Lawrence Ave, also free.

    There is no parking at either start line in West Kelowna.

    We will bus you to the Start Line.

  • Photos

    Coming Soon!
Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim Kelowna 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