The Channel Swimming Association are still continuing to function as normal and we are watching closely the measures being put into place by the government on an almost daily basis.
Primarily the UK and the French have to allow the swims to take place. However we currently have absolutely no idea what restrictions the UK/French governments will impose on ourselves in the coming weeks/months, if swimmers are available to swim. Additionally, we have no idea what further limitations other countries governments will impose on their own residents.
We are aware of the problems that have arisen regarding restrictions on exercising and open water swimming. Tthere are countless opportunities for land training which are being made freely available by all sorts of people. Please do take advantage of these while you can.
A few you could try on youtube include:
If you have not managed to complete your medicals, please make sure you have got in touch with the Swim Secretary so she is aware of your situation. Upload all the forms you have available online NOW.
If your swims are disrupted as a result of COVID-19, the Association will refund both your observer fee and your administration fee (minus any card charges). The memberships are non-refundable as we require those each year to cover the very basic costs of running the Association. There is also the option of rolling over your swims to a future swim year 'if' slots are available. To do this, you need to contact your pilot to see how feasible this is as they book a couple of years ahead. It could be a few years before some have slots available - however if you do not ask you will never know!
Please note: The CSA and Pilots are separate and independent companies. The swimmer will need to contact the pilot about any fees that have been paid to the pilot.
We will keep you informed of any further updates as and when they are made. It may be that only some swims are affected and not all - we hope that all swimmers have the opportunity to swim but we do not know and cannot confirm anything until closer to the season. Ultimately we want our swimmers to be safe and well.