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An epic experience that you will not forget your life
You do not have to be a professional swimmer to make this dream come true. With a healthy dose of perseverance, dedication and the right guidance, a channel crossing is feasible for everyone. We look at where you are now and make a plan together for this ultimate goal. The coaches of OWSC have done this crossing themselves and therefore know exactly what is involved.
Unique about a crossing is that it is about you. It is a beautiful journey and for many a “life changing” event. It is not for nothing that this trip is with many people on their bucket list. Safety of the swimmer is paramount. Professional and personal guidance is a must.
In French La Manche and in English The English Channel, is the sea or strait between Great Britain and France, which connects the southern North Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. The distance from England to France is 33 kilometers worldwide, but that can be as much as 50 kilometers due to the sea current and the wind. In the summer months, at fixed times and depending on the weather, there are possibilities to swim across the canal.
To do a successful crossing, you need lead time. In addition to good health, good preparation is essential. Safety of the swimmer is paramount. Regardless of your current level, this dream is feasible for everyone. The starting point is always the here and now focused on your possibilities. Up to now, everyone is surprised at the speed with which they make steps. Determining your own route at your own pace is paramount. Together we look at your options and we determine a path and training schedule to guide you to this dream goal. The first priority is a safe crossing.
History of the Channel swimming
As far as we know, it was Englishman Matthew Webb who swam the Channel for the first time on August 25, 1875, without assistance. He traveled the 34KM from Dover to Calais in almost 22 hours. The first woman was Gertrude Ederle in 1926. She completed the distance in 14 hours and 31 minutes. The record is in the hands of Australian Trent Grimsey, who swam from Dover to Cap Gris-Nez on September 8 in 2012 in 6:55. Maarten van der Weijden, led by Marcel van der Togt, among others, succeeded in a double crossing in August 2017, something that only about 30 people have ever managed.
“My bucket list included a channel swim. When I approached Marcel I had no swimming experience at all, and, I wanted to achieve my goal in 8 months time. Most coaches would laugh in your face and an opportunist would have gladly taken advantage. But, when Marcel realized I was serious, he set out a plan for me and we got to work. I’ve never been trained so hard in my life, and every week I knew he could pull the plug if I showed any slack. Suffice to say, 8 months later, I realized with success my bucket list dream.”
Are you the next one to join this legend list? Make this year unforgettable.