Swim Information 2024

Page revised 14 June 2024

Fully booked at this time

Please check back for any updates

Pilot booking & Contract:

The cost for a solo / relay, 1-way swim for the 2024 season – £3,200

Booking conformation

On booking a slot for 2024 you will receive an email with the tide window and slot number

We strongly recommend that international swimmers be in the UK five days before and after the swim window and UK based swimmers to be flexible for the entire swim season, this gives the best chances of swimming if the weather is against us

When and What happens now

Booking fee – £300Due no later than 2 weeks after contract sent out
Contract ReturnDue no later than 2 weeks after contract sent out
Deposit – £1,200No later than 30th January 2024
Remaining balanceUp to and including day of swim, cleared funds or GBP cash on day of swim

It is important that you READ & UNDERSTAND your channel swim pilot contract which will be sent once you have chosen a swim date & slot and clarify what you are agreeing to before you (and any team members) sign as this is a legally binding document. The terms and conditions are on page 2 of the pilot’s contract.

We will notify the CS&PF or the KCSC office the first week of January 2024, depending on type of swim you wish to undertake and that your swim reservation is confirmed (booking fee, contract returned & deposit paid)  they will then contact you by email with your 2024 application form.

Channel Swimming & Pilot Federation

Before you start to complete the paperwork, please READ THE CS&PF RULES and information on the CS&PF web site: www.cspf.co.uk .

You can only get the 2024 CS&PF application and medical forms from the CS&PF office and you can only use the forms sent to you which are specific to the year of your swim. This is so that the CS&PF office can regulate and track the swim reservations. Check the CS&PF web site for the latest arrangements for registration.

Please check the CS&PF website for any updates on costings which includes the administration fee, observer fee and membership. 

Kent Coastal Swimming Challenges

If you wish an attempt to swim the English Channel while wearing a wetsuit, please let us know so the swim can be registered through KCSC (www.kentcoastalswimmingchallenges.com) to gain permission by the British & French authorities. 

You can only get the 2024 KCSC application and medical forms from the KCSC office and you can only use the forms sent to you which are specific to the year of your swim. This is so that the KCSC office can regulate and track the swim reservations.

There is an administration fee which will be on the registration paperwork. The observer fee is optional depending if you want an observer on board to document your swim

Over the last couple of years, we are noticing international swimmers arriving in the UK the evening before their tide window opens and / or departing Dover the early hours the day after their tide window closes. This has greatly impacted on their chances of making an English Channel swim due to Jet lag, lack of acclimatization to sea / air temperature, travel plans, accommodation and the biggest being swims getting delayed due to the unpredictable weather conditions of the English Channel and then expecting their swim to be deferred to the following year.

This is not expectable, and we will not defer any swim to the following year

UK swimmers need to be flexible and we can discuss travel times

We are very keen to meet you all before your swim. When you arrive in Dover give us a call, we normally get together on board “High Hopes” or on the beach in Dover to have a chat, answer any questions and have a look around “High Hopes” so the day of the swim all feels familiar. Just to let all swimmers know there is a very high chance you will be swimming in the dark at some point of your channel swim.

Be prepared – be successful..

Notes reference – Booking Priority, swimming and our system

Below are some explanations and answers to the most frequently asked questions? We have added them to help swimmers who want to try and understand what happens, when and why.

Booking Priority

Our system for booking priority is –

  • 2 solo places are booked per set of Neap tides.
  • 2 relay places are booked per set of Spring tides.

The first swimmer/team on the tide is/are offered the chance to swim, if they say no we will offer the place to the next in line, on the next good swim day available we start with the first in line again and offer the swim to the swimmers in priority until the position is accepted. This system means that the slot 1 person can choose the day they want to swim on but if they decline to swim other swimmers get the option offered to them.

If a swimmer is offered a chance to swim and turns it down but is then unable to swim later because of the weather or other reasons they will have forfeited their full swim fee. 

NOTE: We reserve the right to

  1. Move a slot (Solo or relay) to allow international swimmers the chance to swim if the tide window is affected by weather
  2. Move a relay swim to another slot on the same tide if we feel that the window would be better suited to a solo swim