11 things you need to know before swimming the English Channel – RedBull

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It’s one of the great swimming challenges and it’s right on your doorstep. We asked one athlete who recently swam between the UK and France to give us the lowdown.

Crossing the 118 miles between the UK and France by just slashing your arms and legs in open water is no mean feat. As a crow flies it works down to 1,340 lengths of a 25m swimming pool – but of course then you have the icy cold waters to deal with. And for UK-based adventures, it’s hard to beat. Read more…

Over 50 years ago Philip Kaye swam the Channel breaststroke – this is how he is remembered


The daughter of a Huddersfield man who swam the English Channel by breaststroke has presented a special trophy in his memory to a local swimmer.

Helen Kaye-Wyatt, whose late father Philip Kaye was the first person to complete the swim by breaststroke, presented The Philip Kaye Memorial Trophy to swimmer Milly Boulding, 13, who is an 800m freestyle swimmer and member of the Borough of Kirklees Swimming Club. Read more…

The UK’s seven toughest swimming challenges – RedBull


With a coastline stretching just shy of 19,500 miles and almost 400 lakes, UK swimmers are spoilt for choice when it comes to open-water options.

Only the hardcore would think of taking on the following seven challenges though. Whether it’s battling it out in sub-zero conditions, a river-based marathon, or a relentless 24-hour challenge, these open-water events would test even the most experienced pros. Read more...

We are looking for open minded, environmentally conscious, adventurous people to join our expedition, The Longest Swim – Explorers Connect.


We are a small group of young and crazy volunteers aka the DISCO CREW, Ben Lecomte’s support team for his world record attempt to swim across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to USA. The expedition is expected to last at least six months, and we will be collecting samples all the way to contribute to oceanic and medical research. More than just a swim, we hope to educate and raise awareness on the state of the world’s oceans. However our family of volunteers is still not complete, we seek the right group of individuals to join our project that can contribute in a variety of way. Read more…