Swimming the English Channel is one of the world’s toughest challenges but nothing beats the feeling of reaching France. Join a relay team of six, train hard, fundraise and we’ll take care of everything else.

The Challenge

The Relay Channel Swim covers 22 miles between Dover and France. Completed in teams of six, each swimmer will take it in turn to swim for an hour in rotation until they reach France. The swim on average lasts around 14 hours. Timings and exact distances are governed by the weather, tides, currents etc.

Watch one of our 2016 Relay Teams taking on the channel:

What you can expect from us

We have been offering Relay Channel Swims since 2009 and have a strong relationship with the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation (CS&PF). We take care of all the necessary administration, book and organise CS&PF boats and arrange teams.

Training

We will support you throughout your training and will provide you with a suggested training plan for the winter. We also organise three team training days in Dover where you can prepare for your challenge and have the opportunity to bond with your teammates.

Find out more about our training weekends

What we expect from you

  • Attend our Assessment Day at which we select our swimmers, ensuring that everyone has a real chance of success.
  • Attend our three team training days in Dover (held in May, June and July)
  • Complete the necessary CS&PF registration forms and obtain a medical from your GP by the required deadlines.
  • Commit fully to training throughout the winter and in the lead up to the swim.
  • Be available to swim with your team when conditions are right. Although we will know the earliest you might swim, after that date you need to be free until the conditions become right.
  • Pledge to raise a minimum amount, ideally exceeding this initial target.  Every £1 raised helps Aspire to provide practical help to people paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury.

Click here to read what previous relay channel swimmers have said about their experience of swimming the Channel with Aspire.

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