Open Water


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​​​​​​​​Open Water Events and Divisions

  • Competition Date: August 14, 2016 
  • Registration Deadline: August 7, 2016 11:59pm MST 
  • Venue: Lake Summerside, 1720-88 Street SW, Edmonton, AB, Canada. A bus shuttle will be available from the downtown host hotels to the venue.
  • 10-acre park featuring a 32-acre lake.  Porta-potties, medical and change tents will be available.
  • Sanction: This event is sanctioned by Swim Alberta
  • Host: Making Waves Swim Club


PDF Results are posted here.


The Open Water Swim will be held on Sunday morning, August 14, 2016. Note that this information may change as the open water swim organization moves forward.

Participants will have the choice of two distances:

  • 4000m (Non Wetsuit Event). As per Swimming Canada regulations, accredited open water swims do not allow the use of wet suits.
  • 1000m (Wetsuit Event). This event will allow wet suits, but will be run as a demonstration event meaning the results will not count for official standings.

Each distance has the same age groups within men’s and women’s divisions as the Indoor Swimming events. The three best times in each gender division’s age group will receive a medal. A participant’s age group is determined by that person’s age as of 31 December 2016. The age groups are as follows: 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-99, 100+

The Open Water Swim course is a 1km loop (swum 4x for the 4000m event).  Click here for a larger image.

​The current water temperature has been ranging between 22-23 degrees Celsius (71-73F) since July 1, 2016 and the average air temperature has been a steady 22-24 degrees Celsius (71-75F).  The water temperature is not expected to change significantly between now and race day.


Each participant must be a valid 2016 member of Swimming Canada or the international equivalent from the participant’s home country.  Swimmers registered with Swimming Canada must provide their 9 digit ID number with registration. U.S. Masters swimmers must use the USMS registration verification utility. International swimmers must provide proof of affiliation from their respective country to

For those swimmers not affiliated with a national body, they must register with Swim Alberta/Swimming Canada for a Limited Event Membership (the 2016 fee is $23/person). For individuals with a limited event membership, their times would count for purposes of the meet but would not stand for records and we will not upload the results onto the national site.


All entries shall be submitted through the IGLA online registration system here:

Entry Fees

$60 CDN Until August 7 2016

Due to the nature of open water events, there may be circumstances where the race may have to be cancelled (for example: thunderstorms with lightening, excessively choppy water). If the Race Referee determines it is unsafe to race, the event may be cancelled. In this event, no refunds can be made of the entry fee.


The Open Water Swim competition will occur on August 14, 2016. 

A mandatory safety meeting for participants/coaches will be held Saturday August 13, 2016 at Kinsmen Sports Centre from 12:00pm to 1:00pm in the Kinsmen Field House (lower level).

Open Water Timeline:

  • Shuttles depart downtown: 5:45am
  • Check-in: 6:15am
  • 4000m Pre-Race Instructions: 7:15am
  • 4000m Start: 7:30am
  • 4000m Final Swimmer out of the Water: 10:30am
  • 1000m Pre-Race Instructions: 10:45am
  • 1000m Start: 11:00am
  • 1000m Final Swimmers out of the Water: 12:00pm
  • Conclusion of Awards Ceremony: 12:30pm


The meet will be conducted under the published rules for Masters of the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA), supplemented by published and approved Swimming Canada and Swim Alberta rules and regulations, and the recommendations of International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA). In addition, this meet package shall outline all changes to and specific application of the published rules.  Swim Alberta policies and procedures, including competition guidelines, where appropriate will also apply.

There will be an enforced cut off time for each race:

  • 4000m: 3 hours.  Swimmers not finished by 10:30am will be picked up by water craft.
  • 1000m: 1 hour. Swimmers not finished by 12:00pm will be picked up by water craft.

No wetsuits allowed for the accredited 4000m race. Swimmers may apply grease or gels to exposed skin FOLLOWING body marking.

No on-course warm up swims will be allowed on race day. A designated warm up area will be provided.  

A pre-race practice swim will be available on the evening of Thursday August 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  The course buoys will be in place for this practice.  Note that there are NO SHUTTLES running to the lake that night, so participants will have to find their own transportation.

Special Notes

  • Please have picture I.D. available at check-in.
  • Swim caps are REQUIRED and provided by IGLA.
  • Participants must bring their own towels.
  • Body marking of your competitor number means NO sunscreen or water protection gels or greases prior to having your competitor number marked on your body.
  • All competitors must have clipped finger and toe nails. This will be checked on race day.
  • Jewelry of any kind (including watches) is not allowed during the event. This will be checked on race day.
  • ​Food trucks will be on site so bring cash if you'd like to purchase food or drinks.


Summerside Lake is located in the south part of Edmonton and is accessible by car, public transportation and IGLA shuttle buses. Travel time from downtown to the lake is approximately 30-40 minutes, depending on traffic.  

Shuttles: ​We are still finalizing the shuttle schedule, however the *tentative* plan calls for a shuttle to depart Chateau Lacombe at 5:45am, stop at MacEwan Residences and arrive at the Lake at 6:30am.  A second shuttle will depart Chateau Lacombe at 6:00am, stop at MacEwan Residences, and arrive at the Lake at 6:45am.  These two shuttles will get competitors to the venue in time to be checked in for the 4K event.  A third shuttle will depart Chateau Lacombe at 9:30am to arrive at the Lake at 10:15. This will allow the 1K swimmers (who did not arrive earlier) enough time to check in for their event. 

Return shuttles will leave Summerside Lake at 6:30am, 8:00am, 11:00 am and 12:45'ish to return competitors to MacEwan Residences or Chateau Lacombe. 

NOTE: As each shuttle can only take 45 competitors, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to board your shuttle of choice, so please plan ahead and don't delay your departure to the last shuttle in case it is full.  Complete details regarding the shuttle services will be provided in the Participant Program.

Parking:  If you wish to drive, there is plenty of street parking along both sides of 88 Street, which runs along the lake and park.  The Summerside Lake parking lot is reserved for officials, volunteers, concession services, medical vehicles, and Summerside staff and residents.

Bicycle:  If you wish to ride your bike to the venue, please remember to bring a lock. There is no dedicated, supervised bicycle storage at the venue.  None of IGLA, Making Waves Swim Club or Summerside Residents Association are responsible for lost or stolen property.  


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