Northwest Open Water Swimming Association

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noun - NOWSA, Inc. or the Northwest Open Water Swimming Association, Inc. is a non-profit corporation registered in the state of Washington under RCW 24.03. It is also refers to the National Open Water Coaching Association.


NOWSA was founded with the following purpose:

  • Promote interest in swimming in Pacific Northwest waters.
  • Furnish information and advice to those intending to make a NOWSA sanctioned swim.
  • Promote the safety and welfare of sanctioned swimmers.
  • Observe and authenticate NOWSA sanctioned swims which take place in Pacific Northwest waters.
  • Gather and preserve historical data on NOWSA sanctioned swims.
  • Promote public access to the shores and waterways of the Pacific Northwest.


The Pacific Northwest includes the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and may extend to adjacent areas, but not those that conflict with established sanctioning bodies.

Sanctioned Swims


NOWSA is governed by its adopted by-laws, a board of directors, the laws of Washington State, and the Rules of Marathon Swimming.

Board of Directors

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