Channel crossing

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A channel swimmer escorted by a support crew, a pace swimmer, and John Pittman on the Outrider on a Catalina Channel crossing

noun - Channel crossing (or channel swim) is a non-stop solo swim by an individual or a non-stop relay swim by a group of swimmers across a channel, usually completed without a wetsuit or other equipment like fins, and escorted by a boat, pilot and support crew.

A channel crossing that crosses a natural or man-made body of water, generally understood as an ocean strait, between two land bases or two larger navigable bodies of water, although it can also refer to a traverse between two islands or across a river, slough, archipelago or bay. Channel crossings are generally understood to be a marathon swimming distance (either 10 kilometers or 25 kilometers), but can also be a shorter distance.


The athlete was preparing for her longest channel swim yet by training four days a day. Kevin Murphy has completed 34 channel crossings of the English Channel during his career.


Long distance swimming, Marathon swimming, Ultra marathon swimming, long distance swim, Ultra long distance swimming, Open water swimming, Ultra marathon swimming, open water swimming, rough water swimming, channel swimming, long distance swimming, channel swim

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