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.
Wood Lake was lake number 3 of my 2012 10 lakes in one day swim. It is one of the five major lakes found in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada. The towns of Oyama and Winfield are situated at the north and south ends of the lake respectively. An end to end swim of the lake has been on my mind for some time so a few weeks ago Angelique and I drove there to scout out a suitable start point and observation points along the road that runs along the western shore line.
Around 9 am we set off. The lake was flat calm, water temp was 17ºC and I had Angelique kayaking beside me. We made our way around the point and headed over to the western side of the lake. Before I knew it we were approaching a beach, which marked the last bit of Canadian soil/sand before the United States of America. It was quite surreal to think that I could take just a few more strokes and be in a different country. Canadian flags where flying to my right and the American Stars and Stripes flew to my left.
It was a long time coming but this past Sunday saw me clock up my first 'real' open water swim of the year. I was hoping for a two hour swim and a repeat of the 14°C water temp I recorded earlier this week but I was out of luck.
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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