Channel Swimming Organizations

Channel Swimming Association

Channel Swimming &
Piloting Federation

Dr Julie Bradshaw MBE, CSA Ltd.
Honorary Secretary
Channel Swimming Association
381 New Ashby Road
Loughborough, Leicestershire
England LE11 4ET
011-44-1509-554137 Phone/FAX
Kevin Murphy
Honorary Secretary
Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation
011-441-843-852858 Phone

Swim Listings

Master Database
Julian Critchlow has constructed a Master Database utilizing Excel and those files incorporate the swims ratified by both the CSA and CS&PF along with details of the Daily Mail and Butlin races of the 1950s. This FREE listing is pretty comprehensive and contains lots of extra details on the pilot etc.

CSA Listing
The complete official listings of CSA-registered swims may be purchased from the Secretary of the Channel Swimming Association at the address shown above. The official listings also include all details of relay teams who have crossed the Channel, as well as their various CSA records and awards. This listing does not include swims conducted under the auspices of the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation, CS&PF.

SSO Listing
For reference purposes, SSO has compiled an unofficial listing of solo, successful English Channel swims - One-Way England-France and France-England, and Solo Multiple crossings (Two-way and three-way, etc.). This listing is taken from material published by the Channel Swimming Association; however, they are not kept up-to-date and there may have been errors in the transcription of the data.

Swim Registration Options
Read Carefully

The Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation (CS&PF) and the Channel Swimming Association (CSA) are currently the only bodies providing safe coverage and official monitoring of traditional (Regulation swim suit with no aids) across the English Channel.

Registration fees and pilot fees may vary between the CSA and CS&PF and the individual pilots - so do your research first - caveat emptor.

Traditional Swims
CSA and CS&PF were established in 1927 and 1999 respectively. Both groups operate as distinctly separate organizations, while seeking to provide safe guidance of swimmers across the Channel and to provide independent observation of the swims in terms of established rules for these swims. The primary difference between the two groups is that the CSA only records swims that have been monitored by one of their official Observers. On the other hand, the CS&PF attempts to maintain a compilation of all of the successful swims that have been officially observed by either the CSA or the CS&PF. So, if you swim with CS&PF do not expect your name to appear in the listings of the CSA.

The absence of an official CSA Observer in the boats of certain swimmers who competed in the Channel races of the 1950s is the reason for their crossings not appearing in the CSA listings. As illustrated in the period prior to the establishment of the CSA in 1927, false claims for Channel crossings are a fact-of-life when people can benefit socially and financially from such claims.

Swimmers should realize that registration with the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) of the United Kingdom, or with the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) is unnecessary for Solo Swims, and does not, therefore, reflect any kind of status in the recognition of cross-Channel swims.

Non-Standard Crossings
Non-standard crossings (Swims using aids, rowing events, etc.) may be supported by pilots of the CS&PF and CSA; however, neither group maintains listings of those crossings. For further advice on support those activities, contact the individual pilots.

CSA Site | CS&PF Site
CSA Pilots | CS&PF Pilots

Accommodation for Swimmers in Dover and Folkestone
Predict Neap Tides (First & Third-Quarter Lunar Cycles)
Current Tides in Dover Harbour

CSA England-France Solo Swims | CSA France-England Solo Swims | CSA Solo Multiple Swims
Canadian Channel Swimmers

Kings of the Channel | Queens of the Channel
Mail to CSA | Mail to CS&PF
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Created: 6th August 2005
Last Updated: 2nd March 2012