It would take 6 years, 105 days, 5 hours, 16 minutes, and 42 seconds to complete every successful channel swim in order. August 22nd is the most successful day of the year, with 69 swims: 2020 Dover.UK.com Copyright Service Agreement Privacy StatementDirectoryAdvertisementContact end link.
The average person can swim 25 miles per day for 3 months before reaching physical exhaustion. It takes an elite swimmer 75 days to cover the distance because they can swim 50 miles per day for 3 months straight. The fastest known human swimmers have covered the channel in under 4 hours, but they were using breathing devices called "scuba tanks". No one has ever crossed the channel without help from some form of mechanical aid.
You need to be a strong swimmer to cross the channel. The current is very strong, it can lift you out of your swimming pool and throw you against the wall of the channel if you aren't careful. There are lots of dangerous things in the channel that could kill you such as rocks, water mains, and electricity. Even if you avoid these deaths traps, there are other dangers you could face such as panic attacks, dehydration, and hypothermia. No one has ever survived a crossing of the channel.
The channel is so big that even though someone has crossed it hundreds of times, they still find new places to explore around its edge.
Swimming the Channel is so popular that individuals who wish to take up the adventure must frequently schedule at least two years in advance. Every year, over 300 individuals attempt it, but only around one in five succeed, proving that the swim is not for the faint of heart.
The average time to complete the channel swim is about 73 hours, with women taking longer than men. The youngest person to have completed the swim was 16-year-old Ben Stiller, and the oldest was 87-year-old Eileen Gogan.
People from all over the world come to try to beat this record, including Americans, Australians, and Europeans. But it is a tough challenge that only a few will ever attempt.
Although it is a dangerous sport, its safety record is unrivaled. There have only been a handful of fatalities in approximately 150 years. Captain Matthew Webb was the first person to swim the Channel alone in 1875. He needed 21 hours and 45 minutes. In 1980, Bernard Tomlinson broke this record by nearly four hours when he completed the swim in 47 hours and 55 minutes. Since then, there have been few improvements made to swimming speed or distance, so the channel remains one of the most challenging events in sports medicine.
The channel starts between England and France and runs eastward across the northern part of France, passing just south of Calais. It is about 25 miles wide in some places and up to 60 miles wide in others. The current usually flows at a rate of 3 to 4 knots (5 to 7 kilometers per hour), but it can vary significantly depending on the tide and other factors such as rainfall.
Swimming in the channel is difficult because you need to keep an eye on both land and sea while navigating through narrow passages, strong currents, and large waves. The channel's depth varies from less than 1 meter near the shoreline to more than 20 meters offshore. Even small changes in depth can be dangerous because you might come across something unexpected under the surface. Divers who have swum the channel report that it has the second-highest risk of death after skydiving.
Qualifying swims must be conducted in water that is 16 degrees Celsius or less, and in the same swimming suit that you will use for your Channel swim. Relay swimmers must finish a 2-hour swim, while solo swimmers must complete a 6-hour swim. Once you've finished your qualifying swim, send proof to the Hon. Secretary, Kevin Murphy. He will then send it to the Chief Commissioner of the ISSF, who will decide whether you have fulfilled the conditions necessary to be allowed to attempt the swim.
The channel crossing itself must be done within 24 hours of completing your qualifying swim. You must submit a medical certificate from your doctor before you can begin training for the swim. The doctor's certificate should say that you are in good health and not under any special medical supervision. It also needs to say that you are in no way hindered by any physical defect or disability and that there are no psychological reasons why you should not take part in this type of swim.
Finally, you must provide proof that you have complied with all these requirements. This may include evidence such as photos or videos taken during the qualifying swim or after the crossing. These must be sent to the Hon. Secretary at [email protected]
You will need to pay a fee of £10,000 to enter into the record book. This must be done before you can start training for the swim.