Northwest Open Water Swimming Association
The Northwest Open Water Swimming Association, at a regular board meeting, sanctioned its first three swims today.
NOWSA was formed this past April by forum member @wendyv34 and me along with three other local swimmers as the local sanctioning body in the Pacific Northwest. We all believe the the Northwest has some fantastic and challenging swims, and share the goal of promoting our sport in the area and seeing that it is done in a safe and authenticated manner.
The history of marathon swimming in the Northwest has its beginnings in the early 1950s with the rush to cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca, with legends such as Marilyn Bell and Florence Chadwick coming from afar to have a go. Today, we look forward to a reemergence of such swims, and the emergence of new legends.
NOWSA currently sanctions five routes, and is always open to more. This and more can be found at our website: northwestopenwater.org.
And, NOWSA uses the MSF Rules, of course.
I don't wear a wetsuit; it gives the ocean a sporting chance.