Channel Swimming

The English Channel swim is from Shakespeare Beach in Dover, to Cap Gris Nez, France. The shortest distance is 21 miles (approximately 32Km), but with the ebb and flow of the tide this can be much much longer. The fastest swim time is just under 7 hours and the longest 27 hours. It is considered the most challenging of long distance swims in the world. More people have climbed Everest than have swum the Channel.

Channel Swimming is regulated by The Channel Swimming Association (C.S.A). They will be responsible for observing and authenticating my swim which is scheduled for July 2016.

My channel swim training and management is the responsibility of my coach and open water swimming specialist, Tim Denyer (Red Top Swim)

I will be accompanied on my swim by the Viking Princess, a fishing trawler captained by Reg Brickell. The boat will guide me across and carry my support crew, including my coach and an observer from the Channel Swimming Association.

The main rules of the swim state: No person in an attempt to swim the Channel shall use or be assisted by an artificial aid of any kind, but is permitted to grease the body before a swim, use goggles, wear one cap, nose clip, ear plugs and one costume.

Swimmers are only allowed to wear traditional swim wear. That is, sleeveless, legless swimwear that does not offer any thermal protection or buoyancy, so no wetsuits.

Nutrition during the swim may be supplied but no physical contact with the swimmer is allowed.


For further information visit the links below:

The Channel Swimming Association

Reg Brickell

Tim Denyer