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

2021 DatesTide
1st to 9th June Neap
10th to 14th June Spring
15th to 21st June Neap
22nd to 29th June Spring
30th June to 10th July Neap
11th to 16th July Spring
17th to 21st July Neap
22nd to 29th July Spring
30th July to 7th August Neap
8th to 15th AugustSpring
16th to 20th August Neap
21st to 27th August Spring
28th August to 5th September Neap
6th to 13th September Spring
14th to 18th September Neap
19th to 26th September Spring
27th September to 3rd October Neap
4th to 12th October Spring
13th to 17th October  Neap
18th to 25th October  Spring
26th to 31st October Neap

2022 DatesTide
3rd to 10th JuneNeap
11th to 20th June Spring
21st to 28th June Neap
29 June to 2 JulySpring
3rd to 10th JulyNeap
11th to 20th July Spring
21st to 27th July Neap
28th to 5th AugustSpring
6th to 9th August Neap
10th to 18th AugustSpring
19th to 25th AugustNeap
26th August to 3rd SeptemberSpring
4th to 7th September Neap
8th to 16th September Spring
17th to 23th September Neap
24th September to 2nd October Spring
3rd to 6th October Neap
7th to 15th October Spring
16th to 22nd October  Neap
23rd to 31st October  Spring

2023 DatesTide
2nd to 9th JuneSpring
10th to 15th JuneNeap
16th to 21st June Spring
22nd June to 1st July Neap
2nd to 10th JulySpring
11th to 17th JulyNeap
18th to 22nd July Spring
23rd to 30th July Neap
31st July to 8th AugustSpring
9th to 14th August Neap
15th to 23rd AugustSpring
24th to 28th AugustNeap
29th August to 6th SeptemberSpring
7th to 12th September Neap
13th to 21st September Spring
22nd to 26th September Neap
27th September to 5th October Spring
6th to 11th October Neap
12th to 20th October Spring
21st to 20th October  Neap

2024 DatesTide
2nd to 10th JuneSpring
11th to 20th JuneNeap
21st to 28th June Spring
29th June to 4th July Neap
5th to 11th JulySpring
12th to 19th JulyNeap
20th to 28th July Spring
29th September to 3rd August Neap
4th to 10th AugustSpring
11th to 17th AugustNeap
18th to 26th AugustSpring
27th August to 1st SeptemberNeap
2nd to 9th SeptemberSpring
10th to 15th September Neap
16th to 24th September Spring
25th to 30th September Neap
1st to 8th October Spring
9th to 14th October Neap
15th to 22nd October Spring
23rd to 29th October  Neap

Sandettie Lightship Observations

11pm, 18th September 2021

Water: 64.9 °F (18.3 °C)

Air: 66.4 °F (19.1 °C)

Wind Speed: 12.1 kn (22.4 km/h)

Wind Direction: E (100°)

Channel Weather 

Unofficial success on 18 September: 1-way solo Andrey Bozhko, time 13:48, pilot Marilyn Critchley.…

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