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Chris Sifleet

A CSA approved Channel Swimming Coaching Service, Scotland. She has swam the Channel twice and is now utilising her knowledge by offering coaching to prospective swimmers. Contact Chris:

Mobile: 07917 432900

Email: chrissifleet@yahoo.co.uk

Website: www.swim4miles.com

Ed Williams

A CSA approved Channel Swimming Coaching Service, Cambridge area. Ed swam the Channel in 2006.

Contact: Cambridge Swimming Academy

Tim Denyer

A CSA approved Channel Swimming Coaching Service, London area. Tim swam the Channel in 2005 and has been involved with a number of relay swims and assisted some 9 hour solo swimmers.

Email: Tim Denyer

Carol Breiter

A CSA approved Channel Swimming Coaching Service. Carol (American) is a retired Marathon Competitive swimmer. She has coached numerous successful (100%) English Channel crossings since 1985. Carol is based in Northern California between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe and has been approved for anyone wanting to do their 6-hour swims with her.

Email: carollikestoswim@aol.com

Home phone: (916) 729-7644

Travel Advice

For travel arrangements from Heathrow and other London Airports to Dover, download our guide here

Taxi Service

Stephen Smith is a fellow Channel swimmer. He has been bringing our Channel swimmers to Dover for over ten years from various London airports. His price for travel from Heathrow to Dover is £170 in their 6 seater Mercedes Vitos (price per trip not per person).

Contact Stephen:

Email: sktransfers.london@gmail.com

Air Link Cars

A family run Airport and seaport specialist transfer company which has been operating since the year 2000. We have a range of vehicles including 8 seater minibuses. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction at a competitive price, for example our Heathrow prices are £120 for a car upto 4 passengers and £150 for a minibus upto 8 passengers going to Dover.

Contact: Air Link Cars:


T: 01303 670370

M: 07766824474


For anyone needing help having their medical, we have a contact in the Dover area. Dr Mark Jopling is willing to help our swimmers have their medicals if they are in the Dover area. For more information contact our swim secretary for more information.


Just-health are based all over the UK and are available for medicals. £75 each. Contact them here.

Dr McKenzie - Dover

Pencester Surgery, 01304 240553

In the Cambridge area we have Miguel. He will travel if there are several swimmers requiring medicals.

Dr Miguel Arbide, Linton Health Centre CB21 4JS

For anyone needing help having their medical, we have a contact in the Cambridge area. Dr Miguel Arbide is willing to help our swimmers.

Tel: 07549 931958

Email: marbide79@gmail.com

In the Cambridge area we have Miguel. He will travel if there are several swimmers requiring medicals.

Midland Medical Group

For anyone needing help having their medical:

Tel: 02476 959 695
Website: www.midlandmed.co.uk
Email: M-info@midlandmed.co.uk

Dr Andy Brereton, Worthing

For anyone needing a medical in the worthing area contact Dr Andy Brereton

Website: https://www.theworthingclinic.health/our-services

Tel: 01903 372 774


Odycy is a search engine for self-pay healthcare in the UK. Odycy allows those requiring a medical to choose their healthcare provider based on their location, price, and quality. Search and compare providers here.


If you require a house to stay in with your family during your stay and a beach on your doorstep, then Margate may be for you. The accommodation called 'Serenity House' can sleep up to 11 people with 3 double bedrooms and a king sized room. It is 100m from the beach with local amenities nearby.

Website: https://www.serenitymargate.com/

Tel Kristian: 07538 732446.


Holmwood is a stunning Edwardian House overlooking Walmer's wonderful pebble shoreline and is a few minutes walk into Deal town centre. It is approximately a 10 minute drive into Dover. This large and spacious masionette with four double bedrooms, three bathrooms and three reception rooms was recently refurbished and is immaculately presented.
This is an AirBnB property but happy to discuss a discount for a stay longer than 3 nights. If you book directly with us the price is cheaper than through Airbnb.
Property details


Richard: 07973660365
Kate: 07968596303
E-mail: kate_at_work@hotmail.com


Beaumont, 5 Marine Terrace 01303 252740

Burlington Hotel, Earls Avenue 01303 255301

Chilton House, 14 Marine Parade 01303 249786

Cross Channel, 11, Marine Parade 01303 242205

Gran Canaria, 4 Marine Parade 01303 251247

Garden Lodge, 324, Canterbury Road, Densole 01303 893147

The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone 01303 222222 (excellent for larger groups wishing to self cater)

The Southcliff, 22-26 The Leas, CT20 2DY

All prices are INCLUSIVE of bed and breakfast;
Tel: 01303 850070
Email: sales@thesouthclff.co.uk
Website: http://www.thesouthcliff.co.uk
The Southcliff have offered CSA Members a reduction in room rates on production of a CSA Membership card;
Single room – Normal Rate £36.50 CSA Rate £30.00 a saving of £6.50
Double/Twin – Normal Rate £64.50 CSA Rate £52.50 a saving of £12.00 (Sea View)

The Old Spy Headquarters - A beautifully presented, first-floor apartment based in Folkestone, Kent. Smart TV. On-street parking. Sea views. Capel-le-Ferne 2.9 miles; Hythe 5.1 miles. two double bedrooms Book here

AirBnB house in Sandgate, Folkestone. Here is the link to our house on AirBnB.

It has 4 bedrooms and sleeps 10. Across from Folkestone beach.
Contact Nick Kemp: 07962118572

AirBnB in Folkestone. Apartments include:
Sunny Sands: https://bit.ly/2Z0XxN9
3 BRW: https://bit.ly/2TMnjin
The Boardwalk: https://bit.ly/2Mp3Nri
The Warren: https://bit.ly/2Mqf7n9

If you are interested then contact Denise via e-mail State you are a CSA swimmer and you will be eligible for a 10% discount.


AirBnB property - two bedroom self contained annex with parking in Dover that is only 10-15 minutes from the seafront.
Website: link (book directly)
Email Karen: springdaleannex@hotmail.com
Tel: 07920 724725.

AirBnB - Darling cottage - two bedroom self contained cottage in Temple Ewell. We offer you our peaceful cottage accommodation based in temple Ewell a quiet village with train and bus links direct to Dover or a 10 min drive. We are swimmers & accommodate many relays and solos. Please send us a message for or flat rate price only for swimmers. We look forward to hosting you.
Website: https://guide.touchstay.com/guest/b2Zlalc11elSC/
AirBnB link: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/51879359?
Contact: Charlotte and Luke: Charlottejodi@yahoo.co.uk

Castle House, 10 Castle Hill Road, Dover CT16 1QW 01304 201656
Email: dimechr@aol.com
Website: http://www.castle-guesthouse.co.uk

Castle View, 9 Citadel Heights, Dover, CT17 9DS 01304 213197 / 07816 412051
Email: castleviewdover@gmail.com
Website: http://www.castleviewdover.co.uk

Dover Town Rooms, 5 Eastbrook Place, Dover, Kent CT16 1RP

Email: Info@kentescapes.com
Website: www.kentescapes.com
Tel: 07971 607979 (Leigh)

Hubert House, 9 Castle Hill 01304 202253

Linden Guest House, 231, Folkestone Road 01304 205449

Longfield Guest House, 201 Folkestone Road 01304 204716

Maison Dieu Guest House, 89 maison Dieu Rd, Dover CT16 1RU 01304 204033
Email: info@maisondieu.co.uk
Website: http://www.maisondieu.com

The Churchill Guest House, 6 Castle Hill Road, CT16 1QN 01304 204622
(Alastair & Betty Dimech)
Email: churchillguesthouse@gmail.com
Website: www.churchillguesthouse.co.uk

BEST WESTERN PLUS Dover Marina Hotel & Spa 01304 203633
Email: reservations@dovermarinahotel.co.uk
Website: www.dovermarinahotel.co.uk
For long term stays, please email or call them for special channel swimmer rates.

The Olive Branch, 104 Maison Dieu Road 01304 212593

Sutton Vale Caravan Park, Vale Road, Sutton-by-Dover, Kent CT15 5DH 01304 374155 (ideal for small gps)

Email: office@sutton-vale.co.uk or mrpeters@keystone.uk.net
Website: http://www.sutton-vale.co.uk

St Margaret's Holiday Park
2 bedroom bungalow, sleeps 4. Kitchen, sitting room, bathroom. Variable rates also on Airbnb.
Phone Kathryn on 07732 421697
Website: http://www.stmargarets-holidayhome.co.uk

St Margaret's Holiday Park
2 bedroom bungalow, sleeps 4. Kitchen, sitting room, bathroom. Variable rates also on Airbnb.
Phone Kathryn on 07732 421697

St Margaret's Holiday Home
3 bedroom caravan, sleeps 5
Contact Simon / Amanda directly for more information: Tel: 07795196184 E-mail: amandaandsimon@msn.com
For more information and photographs click here

The White Cliffs Bunkhouse in St. Margaret's-at-Cliffe
We're really keen to host swimmers here, we have rooms apartments and kitchens for groups to use. We're ideal for swimmers training at St. Margaret's Bay 2 minutes away or Dover Harbour as we're only 10 minutes drive from there.
Contact Gavin directly for more details: Tel: 07841406070 E-mail: gavin@thewhitecliffs.com
For more information click here

White Cliffs Cottage
1 or 2 bedroom cottage available - can sleep up to 6 people
For more information click here
Contact Karen either via email or telephone 01304 331299 / 07914 055999

“Dover Seafront accommodation in family home for channel swimmers". Bedroom with bunk beds, plus comfortable put you up If required. Lounge with sofa, tv and cd player. Small kitchenette, toilet and bathroom. Shared use of washing machine. £10 a night per person for up to 3 people. Phone for availability. 07850 698433.”


Swim Lodge - ideal for relays or a family. 1 minute from the beach.
3 bedroom house, sleeps 7.
Phone Emily on 07815919149
E-mail: Armily20@hotmail.com
Website: AirBnB

Kingsdown Holiday Park - great for relays or a family
3 bedroom chalet, sleeps 6.
Email Anita: 47kingsdown@gmail.com
Website: https://www.47kingsdownholidaypark.com/

Wondering where you can train for your Channel Swim: read more here:


British Long Distance Swimming Association - www.bldsa.org.uk

Brojen Das the 'King of Channel®' - www.brojendas.com

Cadiz Freedom Swim in South Africa - www.freedomswim.co.za

Cambridge Swimming Academy - www.cambridgeswimmingacademy.co.uk

Cambridge University Swimming Club - www.cuswpc.co.uk

Catalina Swimming Federation - www.swimcatalina.com

Channel Crossing Association (CCA) - www.louisejane.net
Tel: +44 (0)1797 329479 | Mobile: 07966 521192

Channel Swim Coach Edward Williams - www.cambridgeswimmingacademy.co.uk
Mobile: 07739 804 389 | Tel: 01223 693 536

Dan Earthquakes cold water blog: www.coldwaterculture.blogspot.com

Exmouth Swimming and Lifesaving Society's Masters Squad - www.exmouthswimming.org

Fiji Swims - www.fijiswims.com

Gibraltar Straits Swimming Association - www.windtarifa.com

Greece - Marathon swimming - www.marathonswim.gr
Webmaster Katrantsiotis Dimitrios - marathonswim@marathonswim.gr

Inter-Service Cross Channel Team Relay Race - www.channeleagle.co.uk

King of the Channel - www.kingofthechannel.com

Lewis Pugh - www.lewispugh.com

Netherlands Open Water Web - www.noww.nl

Ocean Swims: Paul Ellercamp - www.oceanswims.com

Open Water Swimming - www.openwaterswimming.com

Oxford University Swimming Club - www.ousc.co.uk

Paul Hopfensperger's Site - www.hoffyschannelswim.org.uk

Queen of the Channel - www.queenofthechannel.com

Santa Barbara Channel - www.santabarbarachannelswim.org

South African Open Water Swimming - www.swimsa.org

SurvivaLifeguard Channel Swimming Club - www.myspace.com/slcsc

Swimming Times - www.swimming.org

Thomas William Burgess - http://www.derbyburgess.ca/histories/twburgess.php

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