Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation "Nothing great is easy", Captain Matthew Webb


Traditionally pilots have only booked swimmers onto neap tides.  It has now become common practice to head out on a spring tide if the conditions are propitious.  Spring tides are on the days inbetween the sets of neap tides.

Dover tidal heights are:

  • Neaps tides - approximately 5.3 - 6.1 metres HW
  • Spring tides - approximately 6.1 - 6.8 metres HW

2016 DatesTide
24th June to 1st JulyNeap
2nd to 9th JulySpring
10th to 18th JulyNeap
19th to 26th JulySpring
27th to 31st JulyNeap
1st to 15th AugustSpring
9th to 16th AugustNeap
17th to 25th AugustSpring
26th to 30th AugustNeap
1st to 6th SeptemberSpring
7th to 14th SeptemberNeap
15th to 22nd SeptemberSpring
23rd to 28th SeptemberNeap
2017 DatesTide
1st to 8th JuneNeap
9th to 13th JuneSpring
14th to 21st JuneNeap
22nd to 29th JuneSpring
30th June to 8th JulyNeap
9th to 14th JulySpring
15th to 20th JulyNeap
21st to 28th JulySpring
29th July to 6th AugustNeap
7th to 14th AugustSpring
15th to 19th AugustNeap
20th to 27th AugustSpring
28th August to 4th SeptemberNeap
5th to 12th SeptemberSpring
13th to 17th SeptemberNeap
18th to 25th SeptemberSpring
26th September to 3rd OctoberNeap
2018 DatesTide
3rd to 10th JuneNeap
11th to 19th JuneSpring
20th to 28th JuneNeap
29th June to 2nd JulySpring
3rd to 10th JulyNeap
11th to 19th JulySpring
20th to 27th JulyNeap
28th July to 2nd AugustSpring
3rd to 8th AugustNeap
9th to 17th AugustSpring
18th to 25th AugustNeap
26th August to 1st SeptemberSpring
2nd to 7th SeptemberNeap
8th to 15th SeptemberSpring
16th to 22nd SeptemberNeap
23rd to 1st OctoberSpring
2nd to 5th OctoberNeap


Sandettie Lightship Observations

5pm, 23rd June 2017

Water: 61.2 °F (16.2 °C)

Air: 32.0 °F (0 °C)

Wind Speed: 29.0 kn (53.7 km/h)

Wind Direction: SW (220°)

Channel Weather 

Unofficial success on 22 June: 1-way relay Over There! (1917), time 13:28, pilot Mike Oram.

2 days ago