Lake Swims

An exemplary Lake Swim would be the Lake Travis Relay is a 12-mile relay organized by the American Swimming Association in Austin, Texas and is one of America's Top 50 Open Water Swims. This page features a list of Lake Swims in the Race Calendar.

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Czech OWS Championship 20km + Relays @ Lipno nad Vltavou
Aug 23 – Aug 26 all-day

11:30 – 12:30 registration
13:10 1km
14:00 4x2km relays

8:00 – 9:00 registration for 20km + 10km
9:30 20km + 10km
12:30 – 13:30 registration for 3km
14:15 3km

Lake Washington Crossing @ Lake Washington. 1.4 mile lake crossing from Matthews Beach, Seattle to Denny Park, Kirkland, WA.
Aug 25 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am
1st Annual Variety Village Open Water Swim @ Buttermilk Falls Resort
Sep 6 all-day
Loch Ard Swim Festival @ Loch Ard
Sep 7 @ 12:00 am – 1:00 am

Loch Ard is one of the smallest fresh water lochs in Scotland. It is situated in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park  near Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire.  The loch is approximately 4  kilometres long and 2 kilometres wide. Its shelteres location means it is ideal for Open Water Swimming.​

This event will include a 2k and 5k swim.​


This event will be swum from Forrest Hills Watersport Centre, Kinlochard.


​Registration will take place from 6am with events starting from 8am. Full competitor details will be send out prior to the event.
Registration will take place from the Forrest Hills Watersport Centre, Kinlochard., FK8 3TL.



Sun Moon Lake International Swimming Carnival @ Sun Moon Lake
Sep 7 @ 8:00 am

Sun Moon Lake International Swimming Carnival (Sun-Moon Lake Ten-Thousand Swimming Carnival) is the world's largest mass participation open water swim. The 3.3 km cross-lake point-to-point swim, organized under the leadership of Professor Morrie Chiang, is held in central Taiwan in Sun Moon Lake and is ranked among the Top 50 Open Water Swims In Asia and the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims. After growing large, the non-competitive, non-timed event is now capped at 25,000 participants who all must use a swim buoy.

Lake Hopatcong Open Water Swim Festival @ Lake Hopatcong
Sep 10 @ 8:00 am – Sep 11 @ 4:00 pm

About the Lake Hopatcong Open Water Swim Festival

The Lake Hopatcong Open Water Swim Festival began as a charity event to honor one of Lake Hopatcong’s most well-known businessmen, Tom Wear, owner of one of the marinas on Lake Hopatcong and the Wearhouse Grille restaurant who passed away in 2008. Bridgette Hobart-Janeczko, an avid open water swimmer established an open water swim to honor Tom. The first Tom Wear Memorial Swim took place in 2009, with over 100 swimmers taking place in quarter mile and one mile races and swimmers ranging from their early teens to their late 70s. Over eight thousand dollars was raised for the Jefferson Township Animal Pound.

The success of the 2009 swim led to it being selected for the 2010 US Masters One Mile Colonies Zone Open Water Swim championship, bringing athletes from throughout the Northeastern United States. In subsequent years the event has been expanded with races to accommodate experienced and novice swimmers from all over the region and country, with options for passionate competitors as well as “fun” swimmers to enjoy the experience. Our charities have also diversified to four different but vital animal organizations. The event was renamed the Lake Hopatcong Open Water Swim Festival in 2012 to reflect the common enthusiasm we share in open water swimming, and we continue to honor Tom Wear through the 1 Mile Tom Wear Memorial Swim. Our 2012 event was a great success, raising over $11,000 to benefit our animal rescue and K-9 charities.

The event takes place on the beautiful Woodport Bay section of Lake Hopatcong.

Nov 2 all-day

Lake Eland Mile Open Water Swim takes place each year on the first sunday of November , the next event will take place in the Lake at the Lake Eland Game Reserve, in Kwazulu Natal South coast of South Africa on the 3rd of November 2013. For a truly wild swim experience this is an event not to be missed. Set in the bush amongst wild animals the lake is a draw card for swimmers from all over the world as the location although in the bush is also only 35km away from the beach in the closest town of port Shepstone. The events offered include 500m / mile events and 3000m event which is a SSA qualifying event. The Lake Eland mile sees swimmers from ages 6 - 76 enter the event each year, an activity the entire family can join in for. Cash prizes and Gold Silver and Bronze medals are won each year over 29 different categories and all swimmers receive finishing medals. Although many stands is available for browsing on the day including food stalls, the Reserve allow visitors to bring in their own drinks, gas braais and food should they not wish to purchase food at the venue. Fees for 2013 ranges from R85 per swimmer for team events to R260 (including towels and depending on date of entry) many fee structures are offered in between and largely depend on the date entered, whether a towel is ordered and whether discount applies. Lake Eland Mile offers discounts on entries in 2013, should a swimmer swim more than one event discounts are given and should a swimmer be a pensioner 20% discount on entry fees are offered. Entries in 2013 can be done online at loads of info can also be accessed on the Lake Eland Mile section of the Margate Swimming Club website, who is the host of this annual event. Click top links for more info on directions, accommodation, entry procedures, maps and don't forget the Pre-Entry Prize draw for a holiday on offer for a family of 4 if you enter before 30 September 2013. Bring the whole family, make it a fun day out or a weekend trip or incorporate it in a week's holiday, very rare you find the bush and beach within a radius of 40km from each other. Truly an event not to be missed!

3rd Annual Sunset Crippen Mile @ Miromal Lakes ( Fort Myers Area)
Dec 2 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am

The 3rd Annual Event honoring Fran Crippen.  Proceeds from the event go towards the Elevation Foundation set up in Frans memory. Held as part of the 2013 Open Water Festival being held at Miromar Lakes, located in the Fort Myers Area.

Swim Across America – Chicago – Lake Michigan Open Water Swim @ Ohio Street Beach
Dec 2 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am

The Chicago Open Water Swim includes swimmers of all ages and skill levels.  Swim as an individual or as a team to honor loved ones who have been affected by cancer. All proceeds from the swim benefit the Rush University Medical Center. Whether you are a returning SAA swimmer or looking to do your first open water swim, we welcome you to the Swim Across America family and hope you will join us as we "Make Waves to Fight Cancer.

Swim Across America – Dallas Open Water Swim @ Lake Ray Hubbard, Rockwall, TX
Dec 2 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am

Welcome to the annual Swim Across America, Open Water Swim. Swimmers of all skill levels are welcome to join the event to raise money for the Innovative Clinical Trials Center at the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center. Swim as an individual or as a team to honor loved ones who have been affected by cancer. Whether you are a returning SAA swimmer or looking to do your first Open Water swim, we welcome you to the Swim Across America family and hope you will join us as we "Make Waves to Fight Cancer."