COWSS Covers Canada

COWSS Covers Canada

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.



The Canadian Open Water Swim Series (or COWSS) is a rapidly emerging national open water swimming series in Canada.

Initiated by Rob Kent, COWSS offers a growing number of local and regional open water swim events that promotes safe, fun and competitive open water swimming events across Canada.

Kent was a former national level Canadian pool swimmer who became sick of swimming. But he got back into endurance sports via triathlons in his adulthood and has transformed his passion into a number of open water swimming initiatives in his native Canada. “I got into running marathons after I retired from swimming. I fell into triathlons that gradually got me back in the water. In 2006, I took the plunge and attempted swimming the English Channel. I didn’t quite make it across, but the circle was now complete and after 17 years I was a swimmer again. I now much prefer open water swimming and like to say that open water swimming is to pool swimming, what trail running is to treadmill running.” The COWSS races include the following events:

* June 28th: RE7 North Shore Challenge for Camp Trillium at Turkey Point, Lake Erie – 750m, 1.5 km, 3.8 km
* June 28th: Epic Swim in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – 1 km, 2 km, 5 km
* July 1st: Canada Day Challenge in White Pine Beach, Sasamat Lake, Port Moody British Columbia – 1 km, 2 km, 4 km
* July 8th: Caledon Quarry Swim Race in Caledon, Ontario – 1 km, 2 km, 4 km, 5 km
* July 11th: Bring on the Bay Swim from Nepean Sailing Club to Britannia Yacht Club across Britannia Bay in Ottawa, Ontario – 3 km
* July 18th: Across the Lake Swim across Okanagan Lake in Kelowna, British Columbia – 2.1 km
* July 18th: Kitsilano Challenge in Kitsilano Beach, British Columbia – 1.5 km, 3 km, 6 km, 4 x 1.5 km relay
* August 3rd: BrigaSwim in Halifax, Nova Scotia – 1 km, 3 km, 5 km
* August 8th: Bay Challenge from Sandy Cove Beach to Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver, British Columbia – 1.5 km, 3 km, 6 km, 4 x 1.5 km relay, 10 km
* August 8th: Rattlesnake Island Swim in Okanagan Lake, Peachland, British Columbia – 3.1 km, 7 km
* 2nd Sunday in August: The L.O.S.T. Race near Oakville, Ontario – 3.8 km [shown above]
* August 17th: Toronto Island Lake Swim at Center Island Pier in Toronto Island, Ontario – 750m, 1.5 km, 3.8 km

For more information, contact Rob Kent via