The Skaha Lake Ultra Swim is an 11.8k point-to-point swim in the warm, fresh waters of Skaha Lake. The course meanders along the warm-water (23°C or 74°F on average) shoreline nestled within an incredibly scenic valley making it an ideal location for ultra distance swims.
Skaha Lake Ultra Swim Rules & Regulations
- Wetsuits, goggles and or face masks are permitted.
- A swim cap will be provided to each athlete and must be worn throughout the swim.
- Wetsuits are strongly recommended but not mandatory.
- The use of a swim buddy device is encouraged but not mandatory. Other floatation devices are not allowed unless specifically approved by the Race Director.
- No fins, paddles, snorkels or other artificial aids for propulsion are allowed.
- It is mandatory that each athlete be accompanied by one swim escort, on a non- motorized escort craft. The craft must be capable of supporting two people in the event of an emergency.
- Paddlers must have the following equipment: 2 PFDs (one for yourself and an extra one for your swimmer), two paddles, a bailing device, a tow rope, and a whistle. You must have a cell phone (use a plastic zip lock bag for protection).
- Athletes can hold onto the escort craft for a rest or while eating/drinking, but no forward motion is allowed.
- No drafting off of another athlete or escort craft is allowed.
- Athletes must provide their own food/drinks for themselves and their escort for the duration of the swim. Escorts are responsible for providing the athlete with their food and drinks throughout the swim.
- Escorts must carry the assigned numbered paddle of the athlete and be ready to present it when getting close to the finish line.
- In an emergency, any escort needing assistance should wave their paddle overhead and blow their whistle as a signal for help.
- Substitution of escorts may be allowed as long as event officials are notified in advance and the substitute signs a waiver and such substitution does not create an unsafe situation.
- There will be designated officials following the event and one warning for any infraction of the swim rules will result in a time penalty. A second warning will result in disqualification from the race.
- There will be a time cut-off at 8 KM (Ponderosa Point) which must be reached within 4 hours 25 minutes. If your swimmer has not reached Ponderosa Point within the cut off time, a support motor boat will pick them up and take them to the finish. Overall finish cut-off to have an official time will be 6 hours 30 minutes. The paddler will continue to paddle to the finish once your swimmer has been removed from the course.
- Event officials reserve the right to alter the cutoff time for the swim if water and/or weather conditions warrant such an alteration.
Print copy of Rules & Regulations.