Across the Lake Swim
Skaha Lake

New Swim!

August 11, 2024

Penticton, bc, canada

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  • Details

    Skaha Lake is historically known as Dog Lake, but the local meaning is “horse”. It is one of the wonderful British Columbia fresh water lakes in the Okanagan Valley. It lies between the south end of the city of Penticton and Okanagan Falls, B.C.

    The Skaha Lake swim is a 4.5km or 11.8k point-to-point swim in the warm (23°C or 74°F on average), fresh waters of Skaha Lake nestled within an incredibly scenic valley, making it an ideal location for long distance swims.

    The 4.5km swim starts from Pioneer Park in Kaleden, B.C. and finishes at Christie Memorial Park in OK Falls.

    The 11.8km swim starts from the Skaha Lake Main Beach and also finishes at Christie Memorial Park in OK Falls.

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  • Course



  • Schedule

    DateStart TimeEnd TimeEventPlace
    Sun, Aug 116:00 am7:00 amPackage PickupSkaha Main Beach
    Sun, Aug 116:00 am7:00 amGear Check OpenSkaha Main Beach
    Sun, Aug 117:00 am11.8km Swim StartsSkaha Main Beach
    Sun, Aug 117:30 amBus Leaves for 4.5km Start LineSkaha Main Beach
    Sun, Aug 118:30 am4.5km Swim StartsPioneer Park, Kaleden

    Times are subject to change.

  • Package Pickup

    Package pickup starts at 6:00am from the Skaha Lake main beach near the end of Parkview Street.

  • Updates

    • New Shorter Distances

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

    • New Swim Announced

      We are delighted to announce the Skaha Lake Ultra Swim in Pentiction, BC is now a part of the Across the Lake Swims!

  • FAQ

    Where can I rent a kayak?

    Kayaks can be rented by contacting Hoodoo Adventures

    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.

    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)

    Why do I need a Swim Buddy?

    The swim buddy is simply a safety tool.  It makes swimmers much more visible in the water.  This is important as swimmers can get quite spread apart and this allows our safety patrol and other boaters who are on the lake at the time a better chance to spot swimmers.

    With the potential for high wind and waves several support people may need to be rescued themselves (It has happened in previous years)!  When a support person goes over, the swimmer is now left vulnerable or trying to help their support get back in their craft. Now 2 people are in the water and potentially not visible to our safety crew and other boats.  Also, when a support person does goes over, naturally other support people go to help them (as they should) but that now leaves other swimmers alone and more vulnerable. So, we don’t feel comfortable relying on swimmers’ support crews to keep them safe.

    Finally, should, god forbid, anything really serious happen out there, many support boaters don’t have the experience, or sometimes the upper body strength to hold onto their swimmers until a powerboat/lifeguard can arrive, especially as they will be trying to both signal the power boats while helping their swimmer.  The swim buddy has enough floatation that it will keep a swimmer’s body up if they hold onto it (which is easier than trying to hold onto a kayak or canoe) .

    The swim buddy does not add any extra drag, and you won’t even notice it very quickly after you have started using it (and your use of it during the race is included in your registration fee).

    Ultimately, we want everyone to have a fun and successful swim, but swimmer safety is of utmost importance to us.

    I have my own Swim Buddy. Do I get a discount?

    Since we are not charging for their use, using your own will not get you a discount.

    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.

    Also check out our general FAQ's here
  • Parking

    Parking is available along Parkview Street or in the main parking lot at Elm and Cypress Street.

  • Photos

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Across the Lake Swim Skaha Lake 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