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Drury Gallagher at the United Nations, photo by Skip Storch
Catalina Channel Swimming Federation representatives at the United Nations
noun - WOWSA, pronounced wow-za, or the [World World Open Water Swimming Association] is an international organization dedicated to the organization, promotion and recognition of open water swimmers, open water swimming events, open water swimming records and marathon swimming records. It follows swimmers and swimming events in oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, dams, reservoirs, canals, channels, lagoons, fjords, estuaries, basins, lochs, coves, meres, firths, sounds, straits, bays and harbors on the seven continents.

WOWSA also honors athletes, coaches, pilots and administrators through its annual Lifetime Achievement Awards given at the Global Open Water Swimming Conference.


WOWSA Information

WOWSA compiles data and demographic information on the following:

WOWSA Awards

The World Open Water Swimming Association sponsors and organizes the WOWSA Awards, held in conjunction with the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. The 2011 WOWSA Awards and the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame ceremonies were held in the United Nations in New York City, U.S.A. The 2010 WOWSA Awards were held in Long Beach, California, U.S.A.

Videos of Open Water Swimmers

WOWSA Properties

External Links

Personal tools
Annual Recognition
Insurance and Sanctions
OWS Conferences
Race Calendar
Travel & Vacations
Education Programs
About OWP
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