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Julie Bradshaw's Manhattan Island Swim

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Congratulations to our secretary Julie Bradshaw who was recently nominated in the H2O awards for her butterfly swim around Manhattan Island in August last year. See her video now:


2012 Dover Tide Tables out now!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

If you are swimming in 2012, do have a look at the tide table for your approximate swimming times.

2012 Dover Tide Tables


CSA Directors among the 101 movers and shakers in open water swimming

Friday, 27 January 2012

The Daily News of Open Water Swimming has published a list of 101 movers and shakers in the open water swimming world. These include our own President Michael Read MBE, Chairman Peter van Vooren, Secretary Dr Julie Bradshaw MBE, Webmaster Susan Ractliffe, Joan Metcalfe and Montserrat Tresserras.

Women's List:

Men's List:


CSA President awarded MBE

Friday, 06 January 2012

2004-present Michael ReadCongratulations to Michael Read, our CSA president who has been awarded an MBE for over 50 years of service to swimming.

Born in Brighton, Michael began swimming relatively late at 14 years old. During the period from 1969 to 1971 he became a FINA judge, timekeeper, referee and starter and he remembers his time at the Edinburgh Commonwealth pool with great affection. English Schools champion, British Universities Champion, and second in the ASA National Championships in 1959, Michael was selected to represent Great Britain in Swimming in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome but unfortunately due to injury, was never able to compete.

He joined the Channel Swimming Association (CSA) in 1969, making his first crossing that year and became a committee member in 1973. He was elected Vice Chairman from 1977-93 and Chairman of the CSA from 1993-1999. He joined the Board of Directors of the newly constituted CSA in 1999 and was elected Chairman. After a long struggle with the former King, Des Renford, he finally became King of the Channel in 1979. He still retains this title along with being the CSA President, helping swimmers cross the Channel every year. On behalf of the CSA and all its swimmers we would like to congratulate Michael on his achievement.


New CSA Website launched today!

Sunday, 11 December 2011

New CSA Website launched today with all this years results and trophy winners. Check out the CSA Annual Dinner photo's and the latest newsletter.


Another Successful Swim Season

Sunday, 04 December 2011

shield2011 was another successful swim season with 38 solo swimmers and 33 relays successfully crossing the channel. It was great to see so many of you at the Annual Dinner last month - photo's are now on the website!

Annual Dinner Success!

Sunday, 06 November 2011

awardsWe had our Annual Dinner on 5th November which proved to be another success. It was lovely to see many of our swimmers and pilots reminiscing about their swimming experiences. Thanks to you all for coming and making it a memorable night. Look out for the photo's which will be uploaded soon. Next years dinner is on 3rd/4th Nov 2012 so make a note in your diaries.

If anyone has photographs of your swims for uploading to our site please send them to our webmaster:

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2011 Marks a Significant Year

Monday, 03 October 2011

2011 marks a significant year for some of our Channel swimmers. These include the Centenary of Tom Burgess' swim in 1911; 50th anniversary of Antonio Abertondo's first 2-way crossing of the Channel in 1961 in 43 hours and the 50th anniversary of Rosemary George's first crossing in 1961.

Doug Wright who swam the Channel has written to us saying....'not to be melodramatic but my swim experience touched me deeply. I won't be back for awhile but i will return someday. The Channel has that effect on swimmers'.

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