PREPARING FOR THE SWIM

An event like the 2.1 km Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim takes some preparation: developing the skills to be an efficient swimmer, the fitness to swim continuously for 40-60 minutes, the experience to handle a wide variety of open water conditions, and the mental fortitude to swim in deep water.

Although our goals include helping more and more people to successfully cross the lake swimming, we make safety our highest priority, so that everyone who participates can have an enjoyable and successful day.

If you are a swimming newcomer, or if you are returning to the sport after an extended hiatus, we encourage you to make contact with suitable swimming programs in your area, and get your training underway in the winter months. In the greater Kelowna area, adults have the choice of:

  1. the Kelowna Tri Club at the H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre (www.kelownatriathlonclub.org)
  2. the Okanagan Masters Swim Club (OMSC) at the H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre (www.okmasters.com)
  3. the Westside Thunder Masters Swim Club (WTMSC) at Johnson-Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre (www.freewebs.com/westsidethunder/)
  4. The Kelowna Family Y Masters (KFY) at Athans Pool (www.ymcaokanagan.ca/Programs/Categories/Aquatics)

The local swimming pools also offer adult swim workouts and training:

See the H20 Centre’s webpage on offerings at: www.h2okelowna.ca/H2O-Adventure-Fitness/Programs/All-Programs
See the online registration offerings at Parkinson Recreation Centre at: https://www.kelowna.ca/parks-recreation
If you are not sure of your swimming ability to do the Interior Savings Across The Lake Swim, ask one of your swim instructors.

For the last two years, the Across The Lake Swim Society has offered open water coaching sessions at Gyro Beach for all those interested in preparing for the swim. These sessions (free if you are registered for the Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim) run for 6 weeks leading up to our event, and feature open water swim instructions by highly qualified open water swim coaches. Check out the Swim Clinics page for more information.

For more swimming tips for the Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim, check out our Swimming Safety Tips.

Our new Event Information Video Series are now available for you. Learn all there is to know about the swim from the registration, training and gear to details about event day (such as sighting, etc.).