As I believe my swim between Oroville WA, USA and Osoyoos BC, Canada on Osoyoos Lake to be a first attempt I wanted to get as much data as possible. English Channel relay swimmer Phred Martin was asked to act as swim observer and took notes as we progressed north to Canada. Two digital thermometers were mounted in the front of his kayak, one to measure water temperature and one to measure air temperature. The final swim distance and track was taken from the FINIS Hydro Tracker GPS that was mounted on the back of my head attached to my goggle straps. All GPS information has been verified by the technical team at FINIS.
When I started this website and blog almost three years ago I was convinced that nobody would be interested in anything I said or did. That I would essentially be talking to myself. I'm flattered to say that the map of website visitors over the last 30 days people suggests otherwise.
I knew it would be a slow swim. I was right I knew it would be painful. I was right I knew if we pulled it off it would be awesome. I was right. The USA to Oroville swim took over a year to plan but as Hannibal Smith said in the A Team “I love it when a plan comes together”
I am excited to announce that Finis have agreed to be official sponsors of the upcoming USA to Canada cross border swim between Oroville WA and Osoyoos BC. They will be providing most of my gear for the swim and in particular a Hydro Tracker GPS unit which will attach to my goggle straps to officially record the statistics of the swim including the route, distance and times.
Osoyoos Lake is Canada's warmest lake and is found in the country’s only true desert. The area is home to the hottest, driest climate and is a place we have visited many times. The city of Osoyoos is a place where we have camped, swam, and sometimes just passed through to get to the Canada-USA border. February 2013 was one of those times Angelique were passing through the city, heading down to Omak in Washington State, USA to meet friends for dinner and an overnight stay. As we drove by Osoyoos Lake I found myself thinking aloud “I wonder if it’s possible to swim across the border?” “How cool would that be to swim from USA to Canada?” I even asked the US border guards if it was possible and even if they knew who I would have to contact to maybe get permission. I was given the contact details of the Area Port Director in Seattle, I wrote to them but got no reply. This, I later found out, was the first of many dead ends.
The calendar says it, the computer says it, the newspaper says it but I still can’t quite believe it. HOLY CRAP IT’S AUGUST ALREADY! The summer is flying by but I am having a blast. If I haven’t been swimming myself, I have been kayaking beside Angelique who is blossoming into a very confident and capable open water swimmer in her own right. When I haven’t been in or on the water I have been regularly hitting the gym. Without doubt this is my best summer ever. In fact I have been too busy with swimming to write about it on here.
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Paul Duffield. Forty something, English guy, wannabe English Channel swimmer. Married to a Canadian girl, Angelique, living in British Columbia.
I only discovered the joy of open water swimming in 2009. It was my first summer living in West Kelowna, British Columbia and I signed up for the annual Across The Lake Swim (ATLS), held in Kelowna. I suddenly realised I had only given myself six weeks to prepare for the 2.1 km swim. Gellatly Bay is only two minutes from my home so began my open water journey there. I fell in love with the sport immediately. The freedom, the nature, the open air and living in the Okanagan I was surrounded by mountains too.
Open water swimming highlights include: ATLS 2009 (read about it here), ATLS 2011 (read about it here), Rattlesnake Island Swim 2011 (2nd placed 40-44 male), English Channel qualification swim 2012 (read about it here). Salish Sea relay swim 2012 (read about it here). One Man, Ten Lakes, One Day swim 2012 (read about it here) . Canada’s first ice swim 2012 (read about it here)Read More