Due to the ongoing wildfires in the Okanagan region and the provincial state of emergency, which includes a travel restriction for non-essential purposes, we are sorry to announce the cancellation of the 2023 swim. All registered participants will be receiving an email with additional information.

Swim with us on September 2nd, 2023

We are excited to bring to you this swim in beautiful Gellatly Bay in West Kelowna.

The swim features a choice of two distances, either 2.5KM or 5KM, in a stunning swimming area in Okanagan Lake, West Kelowna.

Gellatly Bay is an incredibly scenic swimming spot, with a wide pedestrian pathway that follows the swim route on the final legs.


The Start and Finish area at Willow Beach.


Drown Proofing Our Kids

The YMCA Okanagan Swims Program was created in 2012 to help drown-proof our kids. Solely funded by the Across the Lake Swim Society, we donate funds from our events to run the program. Each year we send EVERY 3rd grader in School District #23 (from Peachland to Lake Country) for FREE swimming lessons to teach them lifesaving water safety skills. This is over 1400 children each year! Since the program's creation in 2012 we have sent over 16,000 children and donated in excess of $145,000


Latest Updates

2022 Results Posted Online

Thank you for taking part in the first ever Across the Lake Swim in Gellatly Bay! The results are online at
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Swim Clinic Aug 24th

The Fresh Air Open Water Swim Clinic is free to all participants!
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More Spots Available!

The response has been overwhelming so we are excited to open registration again!
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