English Channel

The English Channel is the body of water separating England and France, and the 33 km (20.5-mile) swim across it is the world's most historically significant and iconic marathon swim. The standards and traditions of Channel swimming inspired the global sport of unassisted Marathon Swimming.

Two organizations have exclusive authority to sanction cross-Channel swims: the Channel Swimming Association (CSA, founded 1927) and the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation (CS&PF, founded 1999). The English Channel swim forms part of both the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming and the Oceans Seven.

English Channel Records


Most Crossings

Directional and Gender-specific

English Channel Swims