English Channel

English Channel

Famous for its distance, strong tides, cold water, busy shipping traffic, jellyfish, flotsam and jetsam, and unpredictable weather, the English Channel is the jewel in the crown of marathon swimming. Marathon swimmers from across the world are drawn to the shores of Dover to make their own journey across this famous stretch of water every year.


Chloë McCardel advises that anyone aspiring to swim the English Channel solo should start by participating in an open water relay swim. Throughout 2022 there are opportunities to be coached by Chloë and participate in her England to Belgium Relay Swims.

Coaching Program

Chloë is a highly successful swimming coach, specialising in marathon and endurance swimming. Chloë brings her extensive experience as an elite endurance swimmer, mentor and coach to experienced swimmers considering open water swims greater than 10km, such as the English Channel (34km), Catalina Channel (33km) and Manhattan Island (46km).

Having coached more than 80 people, aged 15-60, to swim the English Channel in a relay team or as a solo swimmer, Chloë has established the England to Belgium Relay Swim as the first step to preparing for an English Channel solo.

This Relay includes the option for you to be coached by Chloë and practice these essential skills before your future English Channel solo swim.

  • Swimming next to an escort boat in daylight and darkness
  • Swimming next to both sides of an escort boat
  • Feeding, whilst treading water, next to an escort boat
  • Trialling different types of feeds (liquid, solid, warm etc…)
  • Changing ‘gears’ (pace) during your swims
  • Fighting tides, currents, chop, cold water and the elements
  • An overall ‘dress rehearsal’ to help with your confidence and mental preparation for your future solo
  • Getting ‘real time’ feedback from Channel Queen Chloë after your swim rotations