Everything you need to know about the Global Swim Series

Written by Vansbrosimningen

The Vansbrosimningen has joined the Global Swim Series (GSS) and this year the Vansbrosimnigen will also be the host of the GSS European Championships!

The Global Swim Seriesis the largest swim series in the world.  The GSS has over 104,000 swimmers, in 137 races, in 37 countries including: Canada, USA, Mexico, Haiti, Turks & Caicos, St Kitts & Nevis, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Barbados, Brazil, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Italy, Spain, Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus, Morocco, Russia, South Africa, UAE, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.

The goal of the Global Swim Series is to promote open water swimming and help to create a healthy, active and adventurous lifestyle.

The fun part for the tens of thousands of swimmers that take part in any GSS race is that they also get to compete against swimmers from around the world!  This is done by using the GSS’s unique “Global Ranking”system that recognizes both speed and participation.

The GSS European Championships will include 4 of our swims: Vansbrosimningen (3km), Vansbro Halvsim (1.5km), Vansbro Kortsim (1km) and Vansbro Tjejsim (1km) and each will have a Male and Female Champion!

Participation in the GSS European Championship is free for swimmers and all you need to do to be a part of the Championships, and to get a Global Ranking, is to tick the consent boxon ”My Pages” when you register for the race. If you choose to be a part of the GSS European Championship, we will send your entry details and results to the GSS, which will then publish your results and calculate your Global Ranking.


The key guiding principle from GSS is that each race or event is independent and will be in charge of their own specific rules for their own race(s).  However, they do have some overriding standards that are common among all the races and are used to derive the points, ranking system and season’s Global Champions.

  1. Divisions:
  • Men’s Wetsuit
  • Women’s Wetsuit
  1. All races must track swimmers ages as of the next April 30 (the end of the GSS season), so that a swimmer remains in the same age group throughout the season.
  2. Age groups: Global Rankings will be calculated by 10 year age groups and within each Category.  The following are the official GSS age groups:
  • 19 & Under
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70-79
  • 80 & Over
  1. Winners of the GSS European Championship – will be the Male & Female winners of the 4 Vansbrosimningen races (8 total Champions). There will also be individual age group recognition for each Male & Female winners.


Entire GSS rules can be found here: Rulebook