The Challenge

Would you like to conquer the Everest of the swimming world?

Want to swim from England to France and be proud to say “I am a Channel Swimmer?”

This swim is seen as the Mt Everest of all swims because more people have climbed Mt Everest than have swum the English Channel.


SwimTayka provides this unique opportunity to raise money for a swimming non-profit organisation and follow your passion for swimming at the same time.

Swim to France and know that you are helping some of the poorest children around the world learn to swim and receive education about looking after the open water where they live.

We are delighted to help bring swimming enthusiasts closer to their swimming dreams and help you conquer this world-renowned challenging swim as part of a six-person relay swim.

Your Commitment

  • Attend our Assessment Day, 15th December 2018 at Westonbirt, School, at which we select our swimmers, ensuring that everyone has a real chance of success. See below.
  • Attend our four team training days.
  • Complete the necessary CS&PF registration forms and obtain a medical from your GP by the required deadlines.
  • Commit fully to training throughout the winter and lead-up to the swim.
  • Be available to swim with your team when conditions are right. Although we will know the earliest you might swim, after that date you need to be free until the conditions become right.
  • Pledge to raise a minimum amount, ideally exceeding the initial target.  Every £1 raised helps SwimTayka to support the teaching of drowning prevention, swimming and environmental water stewardship.
  • You will be responsible for gaining a signed medical certificate to prove you are fit enough for the swim.


The assessment day is held by Swim Smooth Certified Coach Jason Tait. You will receive :

  • All the information and tools you need to help you swim faster, more efficiently, and with less effort.
  • The day clinic includes around 3-3.5 hours of water time.
  • You start the day with an introduction and a classroom session before heading to the first pool session, where we video your stroke for later analysis. During this part of the session, you can either swim yourself or watch your clinic mates swim, picking up tips and tricks from the coach on the pool deck.
  • Then you retire back to the classroom for the analysis session, where you go through the earlier footage of your swim and highlight key areas where you can develop your stroke, as well as learning about good techniques that underpin an effective front crawl stroke.
  • We conduct an interview with you to find out how you will raise enough money and what fundraising ideas you have.
  • At the end the day you are back in the pool with a squad session designed to put you through your technical paces, showing you common drills and developing your technical ability in the water.

Even if you do not qualify for the team you will improve your swim through the South West Swim Day Clinic and prepare yourself for future swims.

We have a number of locations where you can practice but also gain your two-hour qualifier.


Applications must be received by 15th November 2018


Complete the form below and hit send.

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