Solos and Relays

Sanctions of Solo Swims and Relays

The purpose of the World Open Water Swimming Association is to support and promote open water swimmers in their pursuit of individual, unprecedented, and team goals in the open water swimming world.

The World Open Water Swimming Association sanctions, recognizes and supports open water swimmers and relays that fall outside the reach of traditional governing bodies and organizations.

Solo swimmers and relays (up to 6 individual swimmers per relay) who wish to receive a sanction from the World Open Water Swimming Association must follow the WOWSA Rules & Regulations here.

Cost of Sanctions

A WOWSA sanction of a solo swim is US$100, inclusive of medical insurance (if desired).

A WOWSA sanction for a relay swim (up to 6 swimmers) is US$180, without medical insurance.  Each additional relay member is US$15 per individual.  If each swimmer elects to become a WOWSA member, for $19.95 they would receive the benefits listed.

Please email [email protected] if you are seeking insurance for your solo or relay swim.

Benefits of Sanctions

The benefits of joining the World Open Water Swimming Association for solo swimmers and relays include the following:

  • An online open water swimming safety education program.
  • Pre- and post-race articles to generate more attention to the race in both Swimming World Magazine and the Daily News of Open Water swimming.
  • 20% product discounts from FINIS.
  • Openwaterpedia entry.
  • Individual WOWSA standard membership.
  • Open Water Swimming Magazine
  • Open Water Swimming Almanac
  • Open Water Workouts of the Week

 

OBSERVER REPORTS
The observer reports include the following:

observers-report-solo


Download the report in PDF format.


observers-report-relay


Download the report in PDF format.


 

 

Solo Swim

noun - Solo swim is a non-stop swim performed by an individual swimmer. It usually refers to a channel crossing or marathon swim across a channel, lake or bay, and usually completed without a wetsuit or other equipment like fins, and escorted by a boat, pilot and support crew. It is different from a relay swim that is performed by a group of individuals.

The athlete was preparing for her longest solo swim yet by training four days a day.

Synonyms

Long distance swim, Marathon swim, Ultra marathon swim, channel swim


 

Relay Swim

noun - Relay swim is a non-stop swim performed by a group of swimmers who swim separately one after each other. The relay swimmers swim legs of anywhere from 10 - 60 minutes each, usually rotating in the same order. Relay swims usually refer to a channel crossing or marathon swim across a channel, lake or bay or in a river done by a group of swimmers ranging from 2 - 8 individuals escorted by a boat, pilot and support crew. It is different from a solo swim that is performed by a single individual.

The athletes were preparing for their longest relay swim yet by training four days a day.

 



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