Swimming the English Channel will be one of the hardest things you do, but nothing beats the feeling of finally reaching the shore in France after completing one of the world’s toughest open water swimming challenges.

In relay teams of six your job will be to train hard and fundraise, we’ll take care of everything else.

Due to unprecedented demand we have closed registrations for the 2020 swim. If you would like to join us 2021 then please email Andrew to register your interest.

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 the channel for an hour in rotation, until they reach France. Swimming the English Channel in a relay team on average takes around 14 hours. Timings and exact distances are estimated and are governed by the weather, tides and currents.

Watch one of our 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.


We will support you throughout your English Channel Swim 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 swimming challenge and have the opportunity to bond with your teammates.

Relay channel swim training weekends

What we expect from you

  • Attend our Assessment Day in November 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 your Channel 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.

For more information please email Andrew on [email protected]  or call him on 07825 740623.

Testimonials from previous Aspire relay channel swimmers

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Mum training four times a week for Relay Channel Swim

Channel swimmer to Channel boat leader

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