Open Water Swim

Open Water Swimming is the latest Olympic Sport. Most swims are between 1 km and 3 km. In a standard triathlon, the swim leg in 3.8 km (2.4 miles). Marathon swimming is 10 km or more. The pace of these races is very fast right from the start. Swimmers jostle for position then head for the buoys. Competitive swimmers use techniques and strategies to keep ahead of the pack. Many open water swimmers train for triathlons and Ironman competitions.

Notable Open Water Swim events taken place at the WIFC:

• 2012 World Junior Open Water Swim World Championships

Upcoming Open Water Swim events at WIFC:

• Provincial Open Water Swim






Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to Present Gold Medals at the 2015 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships

Aug 21st, 2015

The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, will be in attendance in the afternoon of Saturday, August 22 , at the Welland International Flatwater Centre North Course for the 2015 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships. Her Honour will present gold medals to members of the winning team.


  • The 2013 Junior and U23 champs was the most wonderful experience for us in South Africa. Although our kayak community is relatively small, we are an intense group of loyal supporters. Following the build-up on your website as well as your Facebook and the photos on WIFC Facebook page was the highlight of my day. Not only mine but many of us shared links from early morning. Thanks for the effort and a huge congratulations on your achievement. The live streaming gave many of us goose bumps and the occasional lump in the throat. I checked many comments by parents all over the globe, don`t worry, we are all the same, from Japan, Canada, Africa. Thanks for sharing the wonderful experience. Today I could watch my son`s semi-final on Youtube, tonight we will watch it again and every day I will check Youtube for new uploads.
    Chris Van Den Bergh

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