English Channel Qualifying Swims
Want to swim the English Channel? To qualify you must register to become a CSA Member
1. Contact the CSA:
2. Request and send payment for the Information/Registration Pack £39.
This must be done via the swimsecretary at the CSA.
3. Join the Association as an Associate Member
4. Book your CSA Registered Pilot as early as possible, preferably in the year preceding your proposed swim date, to get the best tides and optimum window. Note that our pilots are currently taking bookings for 3 years ahead. Expect to pay in the region of £2500 - £2750. Pilots can be booked via
5. Register your swim and pay the Association fees to the Channel Swimming Association Secretary
Once you have a confirmed booking you will be sent the forms next January to register your swim with the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation. You will have until April 30 to get those back to the CS&PF office. They will include a medical which has to be completed and signed by your doctor in the calendar year of the swim.
You will also be required to show that you have completed a swim of at least six hours in a water temperature of 16c or less. An assessment form is downloadable from the websitewww.cspf.co.uk/documents
Some interesting facts:
The CSA was formed in 1927
To date there has been 1912 swims this is broken down by 1284 Solo Swims and 628 Relays
The Fastest Solo Swim time was 07:17 set in 1994
The Fastest Butterfly swim was 14:18 set in 2002
If you want more information or to book your Channel Swim please contact The Channel Swimming Association on 01509 554137