About Us

The Madison Open Water Swim (MOWS) is organized by Madison Swim Club, Inc. The organization's board is a small group (about seven people) of Madison Area Masters swimmers who host one pool meet and the Madison Open Water Swim every year.  We have been organizing both pool and open water swim competitions in the Madison, WI area since 1996.

Madison Swim Club, Inc. is a nonprofit entity, and as such, we give back to the community. Over the years, we have given money to be used for scholarships for age-group swimmers, the City’s Clean Lakes Foundation, and various Madison swimming facilities such as the YMCA, Goodman Pool and the City of Madison Parks new pool fund.

As a club governed by Unites States Masters Swimming, we have certain restrictions and policies we must follow. USMS sets membership rates and also carry our insurance and must approve our safety plan. We are responsible for carrying out a safe open water event.

Every year, we try to improve on what we do. With our small number of volunteers, we try to put on a safe, fun, memorable, and economic event.  Every year we learn more, and we hope to keep improving.

For questions or more information on MOWS, please email swim.mows@gmail.com.