Our aim is to grow the sport of open water swimming by building a worldwide series that connects swimmers from around the globe, creating a competitive and fun environment. We want to encourage participation as much as ability.
We give swimmers the opportunity gain exposure to new open water races, each with their own unique venue and environment, while still competing against other swimmers across the globe.
Our new goal

Swimming popularity

Our new goal is to leverage the popularity of Legends in the sport of swimming to get everyone in the water by competing in our “Race The Legends” events!

Race The Legends events allow swimmers a chance to race against some of the greatest swimmers of past and present. Creating a unique environment and experience not seen anywhere else. One you don’t want to miss!

Our History


The Global Swim Series started as an idea put together by a few local race directors in Ontario, Canada. That we could create something bigger than just our own local race. We wanted a way to connect swimmers from other races and give them a fun way to compete against one another.

Founded in 2014

The Global Swim Series had its inaugural season known as the Canadian Open Water Swim Series and had 12 races spread across Canada from Halifax to Vancouver. The first season had over 2,000 participants with a breadth of experience from former Olympians, nationally ranked club swimmers, NCAA and USport athletes, marathon swimmers, and Ironman triathletes. But welcomed plenty of participants without any auspicious credentials and encouraged those new to the sport of Open Water Swimming to join the fun.

Our unique balance of competition and participation encouraged all those enthusiastic about the sport to come out and get into the competition.

After an impressive first year in Canada

The decision was made to go global and thus the Global Swim Series was born. We had our first full year starting in May 2015 and the series was a resounding success in a multitude of locations worldwide.
We experienced tremendous growth and enthusiasm and saw the series grow to 200+ races, in 35+ countries, with over 100,000 participants!


We shifted gears and created “Race The Legends”. We reached out to our connections with some of the best swimmers around the world to create a unique experience for all. With global sights and incredible partners, we look too to grow the sport and create unforgettable memories and amazing experiences.


Rob Kent

Rob has a breadth of swimming experience that spans decades. A former National silver medalist, an accomplished marathon swimmer including a 21 hour crossing of Lake Ontario, has run 45 marathons and ultra-marathons and 6 Ironman triathlons.