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
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 to 1st SeptemberNeap
2nd to 7th September    Spring
8th to 15th SeptemberNeap
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 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
22 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

Sandettie Lightship Observations

5pm, 28th September 2020

Water: 62.1 °F (16.7 °C)

Air: 59.4 °F (15.2 °C)

Wind Speed: 18.1 kn (33.5 km/h)

Wind Direction: WNW (300°)

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