Keats to Armours Mile Swim

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Welcome to the historic Keats to Armours Mile Swim

Swim Coordinators


This year's swim will take place on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 9:45am.


8:00–8:45am at Armours Beach.
Escort boaters must be at the Keats Public Dock by 9:30am.

Entry Fee:

$20.00 payable on race day, cash only. Entry fee includes your ride to Keats, event swim cap, event towel, and snacks.

To compete in the swim you must have an escort boater and wear the event safety cap. Space is limited to 40 entrants, register early to secure your spot!

2018 top 3 males

Application Form:

Printable Application Form (PDF) and Waiver (PDF)
Completed applications and waivers can be emailed to Application forms must be submitted by Friday, July 27 at 2:00pm.

If for some reason you are unable to email the application please contact the event organizer at 604-315-9755 to make other arrangements.

Thanks to our Event Sponsors:

RBC Gibsons Tapworks Trail Bay Source for Sports The Black Bean Cafe First Response DKI Gibsons Yacht Club Valhalla Strength & Conditioning

Surf & Turf Mile Challenge

Compete in both the Keats to Armours Mile Swim AND the Sea Cav Mile and you'll automatically be entered in the Surf & Turf Mile Challenge! Those with the lowest weighted combined times (1/4 swim time plus run time) will be the winners: 1st Male & Female. Prizes will be awarded!

Surf & Turf Challenge Sponsored by:

PaceSetter Athletic Footwear Gibsons Yacht Club


Escort Boat and Boater Rules

Escort Boat
  1. The Escort Boat may be a rowboat, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or canoe. No motorized boats.
  2. The Escort Boat must be rowed / paddled by an adult wearing a DOT approved PFD. If there are other passengers in the boat, they must also be wearing an approved PFD. Boat must have at least one extra approved PFD in the boat for the swimmer they are accompanying.
  3. The Escort Boat may only escort ONE SWIMMER during the crossing.
  4. Escort Boats must stay as close as reasonably possible to their swimmer to watch for boat traffic, passing other swimmers, and swimmer fatigue or emergency.
  5. Escort Boats must carry 1 blanket and towel for their swimmer in case of emergency. Regular boat safety equipment is required as per Canada Coast Guard regulations.
  6. The Escort Boat is expected to follow the swimmer's etiquette rules:
    • You are leading the swimmer, guiding them on the quickest and best route to Armours Beach, going around other swimmers and their escort boats, so:
    • Practice with your swimmer before the event and have some safety rules organized. (One Hand Wave = Distress, stop boat, come and get me ...Two Hand Wave = thirsty, bring water, etc.)
    • Pass other swimmers on the side where there is more room. Don't crowd other swimmers. You have the entire Strait!!
    • Guide your swimmer by keeping your swimmer on the same side of the boat for the entire race. If the swimmer breathes on one side only, choose that side. The Escort Boat must be within 'calling distance' of the swimmer at all times. Your swimmer can adjust his/her distance from you much quicker than you can from them.



Finishing the swim
  1. Train and be in shape for the swim.
  2. One minute and fifteen seconds will be added to swimmer's time if a wetsuit is worn.
  3. Plan where your escort boat will wait during the start of the race. Swim out to them.
  4. This is an unassisted race, so we trust you will not rest or relax on the boat during the race if you are within the top two-thirds of the finishing swimmers.
  5. In the event of an emergency or that you are unable to complete the swim, be sure to check in with the race organizers at Armours Beach before leaving the area.
  6. Keats Swim safety caps must be worn during the swim. Wearing a bright swim cap and suit helps visibility in the open water.

We'll see you at 8:45am at Armours Beach to check in! We'll hope for a nice hot, still day!

Any questions? Contact Chris Morse at



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