The Swim Around Charleston has been awarded the first “GSS American Championship”. Having garnered great success in the past few years of competition, the “Swim Around Charleston” was the ideal choice for the “GSS – American Championships”.

This event has been growing each year and we expect an even bigger turn-out this year.  This race will bring together many of the best open water swimmers in the US and from across North America.  The winners will earn the titles for the male/female wetsuit and non-wetsuit division GSS – American Champions!


The Swim Around Charleston, entering its eighth year, is a 12 mile/19 km (or slightly over) swim across Charleston Harbor, around the historic peninsular city and up the Ashley River.  It is a warm water (approximately 78 F, 26 C), tide assisted swim, perfect as a prelude towards swimming longer events or as a good training swim late in the open water season. Swimmers have a chance to view some of the most beautiful real estate along the eastern seaboard as they swim while passing under a total of five bridges along the journey. Each solo swimmer has a dedicated kayak escort around the point to point salt water course to guide them through the true open water of the harbor, through the marina and anchorage areas in the Ashley River and into river swimming along the broad stretches of the Ashley River. Swim Around Charleston is a pedestrian friendly swim with the first half of the swim very accessible to friends and family wishing to view the swimmers. The finish is family friendly as well as the swimmers make the final push up the river.


Charleston is considered to be one of the most beautiful small cities in the United States, voted number one city in numerous years by Conde Nast and Travel & Leisure magazines. It is known for its hospitality and award winning restaurant scene. Swimmers are encouraged to make it a long weekend and spend some time exploring a one of a kind city, steeped in history and waiting to welcome you. Race founder and director Kathleen Wilson has a long history in marathon swimming and is happy to answer inquiries and questions regarding the swim… must be that “Southern hospitality!”.  Come join us in Charleston!



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