The North Channel Swimming Association has been formed to offer any potential North Channel Open Water swimmer an opportunity to swim across one of the most difficult spans of water in the world.
The ethos and core values of the Association are simple. We endeavour to offer the competitor the best chance of successfully crossing the North Channel in an efficient, friendly, and, most importantly, safe manner, on the best day possible within their allocated time period or tidal window.
In order to give full attention to the competitor and guarantee the best possible service, the Association would advise a maximum of two/three competitors per tidal window, based on number of boats and tidal window.
We have in place an agreement with both the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) and the Oceans Seven that our ratification will be accepted as a valid attempt of the North Channel. Therefore, subject to the North Channel Swimming Association’s ratification process, any successful completion will be accepted by both organisations. A copy of the agreed rules can be made available on request.
In addition, the North Channel Swimming Association will have in place a number of globally recognised swimmers who have completed at least the North Channel crossing, as independent adjudicators and assessors. These pre-appointed personnel will have the right to inspect and question any part of the swim should there be any discrepancies or questions which arise up to seven days after a successful swim. The North Channel Swimming Association will comply with the independent pre-appointed personnel’s wishes at all times.
Moreover, the North Channel Swimming Association will provide a fully trained and experienced observer for each competitor. The observer will keep a detailed log of each of the swim’s events, which can be made available to the swimmer post ratification. This log will also be made available to the pre-appointed assessors as a matter of course.
The North Channel Swimming Association will remain independent of the swimmer. However, it will have the capacity to help, encourage, and, most importantly, guide the competitor and give feedback to the swimmer’s crew as each swim progresses.