Channel Swimming Association to resume sanctioned swims

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The Channel Swimming Association, one of two English Channel sanctioning organizations, announced today that its pilots will resume operations July 6th.

COVID-19 update: 2nd July 2020


The Channel Swimming Association have received confirmation that skippers can now operate from the 6th July. We are awaiting confirmation from the Government for a list of countries that will be required to quarantine upon entering the UK which is due to be released this week. Please check the status of this before travelling.

Landing in France

Immediately on clearing the water, you must return to the escort boat and you must not engage in any social interactions whilst on the French shore.

UK Position

We currently still have a restriction on only 6 people mixing from different households on the vessel including the pilots. Until this changes, it may affect some relays. Accommodation will be beginning to open on the 4th July and more people are being able to travel.

The UK Government are introducing local lockdowns if cases rise and we need to keep an eye on Dover and Folkestone for the next few months as lock downs in these areas would directly affect swims. Currently the Covid numbers are low in these areas. Please ensure you adhere to social distancing guidelines during your stay; face coverings must be worn on public transport and on all CSA vessels.


Ensure you fill out and sign the CSA waiver. Look out for this in your emails this week. You will be required to bring this form with you on your swim day and hand it to your observer.


All our vessels are COVID-19 SECURE and we hope that you will respect the guidelines put in place by the pilots. They have the right to abandon your swim at any point if there is any misconduct while on board their vessel.