The OWS Family

The OWS Family

The open water swimming world has an intriguing collection of acronyms with common goals and missions, based on OWS (open water swimming). This commonality of purpose and common linguistic usage has helped the sport identify itself as veterans of the sport remember the days when the sport was simultaneously referred to as rough water swimming, long-distance swimming, marathon swimming, ultra-marathon swimming, ocean swimming and cold water swimming.

The OWS family includes JIOWSA (Japan International Open Water Swimming Association), NEKOWSA (Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association), GLOWS (Great Lakes Open Water Swimming Series), CIOWS (Central Illinois Open Water Swim), United States Open Water Swimming Association (USOWSA), Dubai Open Water Swimming Sports Association (DOWSSA), Vancouver Open Water Swimming Association (VOWSA), International Open Water Swimming Association (IOWSA), World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) and Staged Open Water Swimming Association (SOWSA) – and will undoubtedly continue to grow in the future.

John Traynor announced that CIOWS will join the GLOWS Series with its 1.2- and 2.4-mile swims this August.

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