France

Mileage ace Van Rouwendaal can no longer be fooled by a coach

Many photos of animals hang from the wall in her parents’ house in Eindhoven. Ducks especially. It is a memory of the childhood of swimmer Sharon van Rouwendaal (26) in France. Duck and Ducky were her best friends.

Van Rouwendaal has always been an outsider. The long-distance swimmer became Olympic champion in the 10 kilometers of open water at the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

How has COVID-19 affected English Channel swims this year?

Student Daniel Shailer has a Channel crossing booked for this year. He's been looking into how the coronavirus pandemic has affected Channel swimming this year.

Channel swimming is always unpredictable, and that has never been more true than this year. Government restrictions on unnecessary travel, social distancing and international travel forced all Channel swims in June to cancel and placed much of the rest of the season in jeopardy.

CS&PF corona update

Members & Swimmers,

The CS&PF Committee has continued to monitor the constraints put in place by the UK Government, and although lockdown is easing across the UK, guidelines that set out the restrictions on the types of escort vessels operated by our pilots have been issued on 11th June by the British Government : UK Goverment Guidence Link

EDF Aqua Challenge Update

As one of our largest annual swim series’ in Europe, the EDF Aqua Challenge annually organizes 13 amazing and diverse open water swimming experiences throughout France and the French region of Martinique.

As anticipated, we have been informed by the race organizers that changes have had to be made to the original schedule, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please visit the GSS calendar for the up to date changes and cancellations to each event.

You look down and see giant shapes moving in the water beneath you’

A jellyfish sting? Ger Carty compares the painful sensation to a bee sting before correcting himself. “I’d say it’s probably more like a bad nettle sting, that’s how I’d describe it.”

He should know because when he climbed out of the sea at Sangatte, in 2011, hauling himself up onto the unwelcoming, rocky coastline of northern France, almost 19 hours after leaving England, his body was covered in them.

New Hampshire teen training to swim English Channel

 A 16-year-old New Hampshire native is training to swim the entire length of the English Channel. Before she heads to Europe in August, she made a training stop in the Upper Valley on Saturday.

Vera Rivard has been training for the 21-mile swim, which goes from Southern England to Northern France, for the past two years, but that isn't when she started her swimming career.

Five spectacular wild swimming spots in France

Explore France’s wealth of wild swimming spots this summer, from rivers and gorges to lakes high in the mountains

With nearly 3,000 miles of coastline, France has many of Europe’s finest beaches. But head inland and you stumble across a magical world of wild swimming – in lakes, rivers and gorges, as well as artificial lakes known as plans d’eau.

Swim the Channel? Neigh bother for horse fan Heather

A WARWICK mother-of-two is undergoing extensive training in preparation for swimming the length of the English Channel next year in aid of the British Horse Society (BHS).

Sarah Thomas: Woman first to swim Channel four times non-stop

A woman who was treated for breast cancer a year ago has become the first person to swim across the English Channel four times non-stop.

Sarah Thomas, 37, began the epic challenge in the early hours of Sunday and finished after more than 54 hours.

This woman wants to swim the English Channel FOUR TIMES!

A woman from the USA is trying to set a new world record by swimming four times non-stop across the English Channel.

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