Swim Details

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

  1. Wetsuits, goggles and or face masks are permitted.
  2. A swim cap will be provided to each athlete and must be worn throughout the swim.
  3. Wetsuits are strongly recommended but not mandatory.
  4.  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.
  5. No fins, paddles, snorkels or other artificial aids for propulsion are allowed.
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. Athletes can hold onto the escort craft for a rest or while eating/drinking, but no forward motion is allowed.
  9. No drafting off of another athlete or escort craft is allowed.
  10. 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.
  11. Escorts must carry the assigned numbered paddle of the athlete and be ready to present it when getting close to the finish line.
  12. In an emergency, any escort needing assistance should wave their paddle overhead and blow their whistle as a signal for help.  
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Event officials reserve the right to alter the cutoff time for the swim if water and/or  weather conditions warrant such an alteration.


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