Here at the Global Swim Series we’re all lifelong swimmers and crazy about open water swimming. Our aim is to grow the sport of open water swimming by building a worldwide series that connects swimmers from around the globe by creating a competitive and fun environment. We want to encourage participation as much as ability. Life, after all, is a participation sport! We allow swimmers to gain exposure to open water races, each with their own unique venue and environment, while still competing against other swimmers across the globe.
About the Global Swim Series
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 CIS athletes, marathon swimmers, Ironman triathletes, but also welcomed the majority 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 variety of areas around the globe. We experience tremendous growth and enthusiasm and saw the series grow to 37 races in 20 countries!
Now looking ahead to the future we aim to expand to brand new areas as well as enhance the GSS experience for our growing number of dedicated swimmers in existing ones!