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

2019 DatesTide
10th to 14th JuneNeap
15th to 21st JuneSpring
22nd to 30th JuneNeap
1st to 9th JulySpring
10th to 16th JulyNeap
17th to 21st JulySpring
22nd to 30th JulyNeap
31st July to 7th AugustSpring
8th to 14th AugustNeap
15th to 21st AugustSpring
22nd to 28th AugustNeap
29th August to 5th SeptemberSpring
6th to 12th SeptemberNeap
13th to 20th SeptemberSpring
21st to 25th SeptemberNeap
26th to 1st OctoberSpring

2020 DatesTide
11th to 19th JuneNeap
20th to 27th June           Spring
28th June to 2nd July     Neap
3rd to 9th July               Spring
10th to 19th July            Neap
20th to 26th July            Spring
27th July to 2nd August  Neap
3rd to 9th August          Spring
10th to 17th August       Neap
18th to 25th August       Spring
26th August to 1st SeptemberNeap
2nd to 7th September    Spring
8th to 15th September  Neap
16th to 23rd September Spring
24th to 30th September Neap
1st to 7th October       Spring

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 August Spring
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


Sandettie Lightship Observations

7pm, 1st August 2018

Water: 64.8 °F (18.2 °C)

Air: 64.4 °F (18 °C)

Wind Speed: 12.0 kn (22.2 km/h)

Wind Direction: WSW (240°)

Channel Weather 

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