The North Channel Swim Application process with Infinity Channel Swimming
*North Channel Swim Pilot Boat slots are very limited. I would advise all aspiring swimmers who are contemplating the North Channel swim to contact Infinity Channel Swimming today for slots
How To Apply To Swim The North Channel
As a North Channel solo swimmer or relay team lead you will need to
1. Fully read and understand the ILDSA NORTH CHANNEL RULES AND REGULATIONS
2. Book your North Channel swim slot with us at 'Infinity Piloting Services' and have received from us confirmation of your swim slot date and contract.
3.Register your Interest with ILDSA by completing their online Application Form, available via www.northchannel.info
4. Finalise your application, by submitting the signed ILDSA's Medical Form, Qualifying Criteria Swim Evidence and pay the balance due to them by 01 June in the year of your swim.
The North Channel Swim Application Information
In accordance with the ILDSA NORTH CHANNEL RULES AND REGULATIONS FEBRUARY 2016(v2)
North Channel attempts are only recognised when they start and finish within Admiralty Chart 2198, Southern Part. No other route will be recognised for this swim. The route is 18.6 nautical miles (21.5 miles) (35km).
- Application Process
- 1.1 Read these Rules and Regulations to see if you meet the criteria required.
- 1.2 Book your Pilot, agreeing a proposed swim date, and 7-day window.
- 1.3 Register your Interest by completing the online Application Form, available via www.northchannel.info, with your deposit (£100), by the 01 May in the year of your swim.
- 1.4 Finalise your application, by submitting the signed Medical Form, Qualifying Criteria Swim. Evidence and paying the balance due by 01 June in the year of your swim.
- 1.5 Late applications will not be processed.
- 1.6 Swims shall NOT be recognised retrospectively.
- North Channel Qualifying Criteria
- 2.1 Solo swimmers must be at least 18 years of age prior to the swim.
- 2.2 Relay swimmers must be at least 16 years of age prior to the swim.
- 2.3 All swimmers must submit medical documentation to prove their fitness to attempt the North Channel.
- 2.4 All swimmers must be members of the ILDSA.
- 2.5 All swimmers must satisfy the ILDSA of their competence to make a realistic effort to undertake a successful attempt of the North Channel, by achieving the qualifying criteria set out below.
2.6.1 Solo swimmers – must have completed at least one of the following verified and witnessed swims within 12 months prior to their North Channel attempt:
a. 6 hour (8 hour for 2-way swimmers) swim in water of 13°C or below.
b. 8 hour (12 hours for 2-way swimmers) swim in water 15°C or below.
c. Proof of completion in a recognised Channel Swim in water 13°C or below for a period considered by the ILDSA to be an acceptable.
2.6.2 Relay swimmers – must have completed at least one of the following verified and witnessed swims within 12 months prior to their North Channel attempt:
a. 2 hour (2 hour plus additional 1 hour within 12 hours for 2-way swimmers) swim in water of 14°C or below.
b. 3 hour (3 hour plus additional 1 hour within 12 hours for 2-way swimmers) swim in water 16°C or below.
c. Proof of completion in a recognised Channel Swim in water 14°C or below for a period considered by the ILDSA to be an acceptable.
d. Copies of Independent Observers logs and photographic evidence of temperature should be included.
- 3.1 The swimmer is permitted to grease the body before a swim.
- 3.2 Goggles, nose clips and earplugs are permitted. No wearable devices are permitted, mechanical / electronic assistance is allowed.
- 3.3 Any kind of tape on the body is not permitted.
- 3.4 All swimsuits must be made from textile materials, and must be in one or two pieces. Swimwear must not extend past the shoulder or below the knee.
- 3.5 One single layer swimming cap is permitted, and must be made from silicone or latex. Caps may not be made from neoprene or other heat retaining materials.
- 3.6 The Observer shall approve all swim apparel prior to the attempt beginning.
4. During the Swim
- 4.1 No physical contact with the swimmer is allowed, even to pass food, drink or secure items, such as light sticks, for safety reasons.
- 4.2 The use of MP3 players or other electrical audio / communication devices is not permitted.
- 4.3 Swimmers must provide their own Support Crew (minimum of 1), who are responsible for your well being, but may not interfere with the decisions of the Pilots or Observers. One additional vessel (kayak, canoe or other) is permitted under the supervision of the pilot.
- 4.4 Starting Position: Swimmers must enter the water from the shore, or from the Pilot boat and swim to beach or rocks with no running sea water behind and start from there.
- 4.5 Finishing: Swimmers must finish on dry land or by touching cliffs with no sea water behind.
- 4.6 Turning on two way swims: land as per 4.4 and 4.5 above. You should immediately return to the water, where you may stand or sit for 10 minutes. You may not be touched by any person, but can have grease, food, medical supplies or swim apparel handed to you. This stop time is added to your overall time.
- 4.7 Support swimmers. Solo swimmers may have support swimmers after the first period of 3 hours has elapsed and for a period of 1 hour. The support swimmer may not re-enter the water until a period of two hours has elapsed. The support swimmer may swim alongside, not in front of, the swimmer. The Pilot may request, at their discretion, the support swimmer to join the swimmer outside these times for health and safety reasons, e.g. major cramp. Relay swimmers are not permitted to have support swimmers or pace makers.
- 4.8 Relay swimmers (minimum 2) must swim for at least 1 hour each, in the same order each time. At change over, swimmers shall enter the water from behind the current swimmer and swim past. The swimmer in the water shall exit as soon as possible, with change over taking no more than 5 minutes. The rota (order of swimmers, length of each swim) for the relay team members must be agreed in advance with the ILDSA Observer.
- 4.9 Any adaptations to these rules required for swimmers with additional needs, must be agreed in advance the ILDSA.
- 5.1 Observers shall be allocated by the ILDSA.
- 5.2 Observers require a full 12 hours notice of the intended start time of the swim, within the allocated seven day window for your swim.
- 5.3 The Observer(s) will ensure the Rules of the ILDSA North Channel are adhered to.
- 5.4 One Observer is required for EACH WAY of the attempt (i.e. two Observers for a 2-way swim, three Observers for a 3-way swim).
- 5.5 The Observer(s) will complete an Official ILDSA Observers Log, which details conditions, incidents, times, food breaks, medication taken and more. A copy of the Log will be available to swimmers within one calendar month of the swim.
- 6.1 Swimmers must satisfy themselves that they have appointed the best Pilot to suit their needs. The ILDSA cannot be responsible for your route, or any decisions your Pilot makes with or for you. The ILDSA does not offer any training to, or endorsement of Pilots or Agents.
- 6.2 Only one swimmer or relay team is permitted to make an attempt with any one Pilot at a time.
7. Code of Conduct
8.1 Swimmers must declare that they have prepared to the best of their ability, having the relevant experience and training regime, abide by international anti-doping policies and have adequate clothing, nutritional requirements and support in place.
Previous rules up to North Channel Season 2015
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