Kathy Batts

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Katherine Batts (born 4 September 1960) is a British channel swimmer and channel swimming coach as well as a teacher of pool lifeguards and first aid.

Open Water Swimming Career

Batts has completed 18 English Channel relays, the latest relay crossing with Last of the Summer Waves, the oldest Ladies team in history.

  • On 6-7 August 2013, she crossed the English Channel from England to France in 22 hours 31 minutes 11 seconds at the age of 53 to join the Half Century Club.
  • On 16 June 2015, she completed the 45.8 km Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in New York City in 9 hours 36 minutes 57 seconds at the age of 55.
  • On 21 August 2016, she completed a 34.8 km crossing of Loch Lomond in Scotland in 18 hours 7 minutes 48 seconds, the 57th person to complete it as the oldest person to complete a crossing.
  • Batts serves as the Treasurer of the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation.
  • Batts previously served on the Channel Swimming Association committee.
  • Batts serves as a coach together with Kevin Murphy and Ian Muir at The Kings Swimmers’ Swim Camps.
  • Batts completed an English Channel relay crossing at 57 years 3 months together with Sally Minty-Gravett at 59 years 11 months 24 days, Ellery McGowen at 70 years 10 months 12 days, Chris Pitman at 66 years 23 days, Dee Richards at 62 years 11 months 1 day, and Irene Keel at 76 years 9 months 5 days on 8-9 July 2017 in 15 hours 17 minutes.
  • On 26 September 2017, Batts completed a crossing of the Catalina Channel from Santa Catalina Island to the Southern California mainland in 18 hours 28 minutes 8 seconds at the age of 57, observed by Steve Robles and Sumner Williams, and crewed by Kevin Murphy to achieve the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.
  • On 7 October 2017, she completed a widthwise crossing of Lake Tahoe in 7 hours 41 minutes 48 seconds with -1°C air the night before the 8:30 am start in 13°C water in a record-setting swim with frost on the ground and fresh snow on the mountains, escorted by Tom Linthicum.
  • On 2 September 2018, she completed a crossing of Lake Tahoe in 19 hours 59 minutes 38 seconds at the age of 58 years 4 months.

Accreditation and Awards

Holder of the Triple Crown
1st British lady to swim the length of Lake Tahoe
Channel relay, 1975 at the age of 15
18 Channel relays, one planned 2023
Member of the Oldest Ladies Channel Relay team
Oldest person to have swum Loch Lomond (21.6 miles) in 2016
Open Water Swim Coach
Director of Kings Swimmers Ltd
O/L of the CSPF (2016 to Current)


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