Event Sanction

$250.00$350.00

The purpose of the World Open Water Swimming Association is to support and promote open water swimming in all of its forms. The best way we can fulfill that mission is to help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience when swimmers come together for an organized event or competition.

WOWSA Rules & Regulations as listed here: Rules & Regulations

WOWSA Event Sanction Process

Once you purchase Event Sanction, you will be directed to the Event Sanction Form

Planning Form

You will directed to a form to provide your safety plan, personnel and course map for review

Review Phase

WOWSA to provide feedback and recommendations
WOWSA to provide official sanction certificate
WOWSA to provide safety module
WOWSA to add event to the event calendar
WOWSA to profile the event in the Daily News of Open Water Swimming

WOWSA 10.3 – A WOWSA sanction for a world championship event is US$350 and US$250 for a non-world championship event.  The cost does not include liability insurance, but it does include

  • WOWSA Pro membership for race directors and up to 5 race staff

  • Review of safety plan and course and planning documentation with expert recommendations

  • In-depth profile previewing the event prior to & recapping the event after in the Daily News of Open Water Swimming

  • If in the US, an introduction to a reliable and budget friendly insurance provider

WOWSA 10.4 – The costs of additional services available to a WOWSA-sanctioned event include the following (volume discounts available upon request):

  • Full Press Release distributed to local and international sports news outlets – $250

  • Online Safety training video and liability waiver (per entrant) – $10.00

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Description

The purpose of the World Open Water Swimming Association is to support and promote open water swimming in all of its forms. The best way we can fulfill that mission is to help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience when swimmers come together for an organized event or competition.

WOWSA 10.1 – The WOWSA Sanction Application must be completed for each event.

WOWSA 10.2 – There are several benefits to receive a WOWSA sanction:

WOWSA 10.2.1 – WOWSA can refer you to an event insurance provider to protect the sponsors and race organization staff in the event of accident, injury of death to athletes, volunteers and staff.

WOWSA 10.2.2 – WOWSA will make our safety module available to up to organizers, officials, volunteers or medical staff.  Additionally, for $10 per swimmer, you may offer your registrants the course, which includes a liability waiver.

WOWSA 10.2.3 – WOWSA will offer a free listing in the WOWSA event directory and event calendar.

WOWSA 10.2.4 – WOWSA will offer exclusive product discounts from FINIS and other products as they become available to the participants.

WOWSA 10.2.5 – WOWSA will include the results of all participants in a global database of open water swimmers.

WOWSA 10.2.6 – A certificate that acknowledges the event is a member in good standing with WOWSA.

WOWSA 10.3 – A WOWSA sanction for a world championship event is US$350 and US$250 for a non-world championship event.  The cost does not include liability insurance, but it does include

  • WOWSA Pro membership for race directors and up to 5 race staff

  • Review of safety plan and course and planning documentation with expert recommendations

  • In-depth profile previewing the event prior to & recapping the event after in the Daily News of Open Water Swimming

  • If in the US, an introduction to a reliable and budget friendly insurance providor

WOWSA 10.4 – The costs of additional services available to a WOWSA-sanctioned event include the following (volume discounts available upon request):

  • Full Press Release distributed to local and international sports news outlets – $250

  • Online Safety training video and liability waiver (per entrant) – $10.00

Event organizers who wish to receive an official WOWSA Sanction must follow the WOWSA Rules & Regulations

WOWSA Event Sanction Process

Once you purchase Event Sanction, you will be directed to the Event Sanction Form

Planning Form

You will directed to a form to provide your safety plan, personnel and course map for review

Review Phase

WOWSA to provide feedback and recommendations
WOWSA to provide official sanction certificate
WOWSA to provide safety module
WOWSA to add event to the event calendar
WOWSA to profile the event in the Daily News of Open Water Swimming

Types of Swims Supported

  1. Traditional open water swims
  2. Traditional marathon swims
  3. Traditional channel swims
  4. Assisted open water swims with any kind of equipment (e.g., wetsuits, fins, hand paddles, neoprene caps, tow floats, MP3 players or audio equipment, flotation devices, snorkels), Garmin watches or navigational gear).
  5. Downstream swims.
  6. Whirlpool swims.
  7. Circumnavigation swims.
  8. Stage swims.
  9. Transoceanic swims.
  10. Non-escorted swims.
  11. Adventure and wild swims.
  12. High-altitude swims.
  13. Cold water swims with or without equipment
  14. Traditional relays
  15. Assisted relays
  16. Mass participation races
  17. Professional marathon races
  18. Charity swims or relays
  19. Extreme or expedition swims
  20. Dark or night swims
  21. Perimeter swims
  22. Tandem swims or group tandem swims
  23. Low altitude swim
  24. Contiguous or non-contiguous stage swim
  25. Non-freestyle swim (e.g., butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, individual medley, sidestroke or combat stroke)

These swims can be held in any open body of water: oceans, seas, bays, rivers, fjords, estuaries, lochs, lakes, rowing basins, lidos, dams, reservoirs, canals, channels, coves, firths, sounds, straits, or harbors.

Additional information

Event Type

World Championship Event, Non-World Championship Event

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  • Vendor: WOWSA
  • Address: CA
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