WOWSA 10.1 – The attached 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 offers event insurance 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 has an online open water swimming safety program, offered for each athlete prior to the event that includes a waiver of liability from each participant.
WOWSA 10.2.3 – WOWSA will create press releases in advance of the event to garner a greater participation and media exposure, and/or write articles for Swimming World Magazine and Daily News of Open Water Swimming.
WOWSA 10.2.4 – WOWSA will create press releases after the event, and write articles for Swimming World Magazine and Daily News of Open Water Swimming.
WOWSA 10.2.5 – WOWSA will offer exclusive product discounts from FINIS and Tri-Sport and other products as they become available to the participants in which the race director/organization can share in the profits.
WOWSA 10.2.6 – WOWSA will input the results of all participants in a global data base of open water swimmers that the race director/organization will have full access. The data base will enable the race director/organization to better understand the demographics and trends of the sport.
WOWSA 10.2.7 – A certificate that acknowledges the event is a member in good standing with WOWSA.
WOWSA 10.2.8 – One-page PDF of similar races around the world for educational, promotional and comparative purposes.
WOWSA 10.3 – A WOWSA sanction for a world championship event is US$350. The cost does not include liability insurance, but it does include a standard WOWSA individual membership for the race directors, his volunteers, and staff. A WOWSA sanction for a non-world championship event is US$250. The cost does not include liability insurance, but it does include a standard WOWSA individual membership for the race directors, his volunteers, and staff.
WOWSA 10.4 – The costs of additional services available to a WOWSA-sanctioned event include the following (volume discounts available):
- Event insurance (based on location and # participants)
- Online Safety training video and liability waiver (per entrant)
- Commission on merchandise sold