Open Water / Long Distance Swimming

Dover Lifeguard club has a long established Long Distance /Open Water section which is normally active during the summer months.

A number of sea swims take place in Dover Harbour just in front of the Club's base at the Dover Sea Sports Centre.

The Club also organises Dover's Annual Boxing Dip on the beach at midday in front of the Dover Sea Sports Centre.


Open Water Results


2016 Open Water Results  
2015 Open Water Results  
2013 Open Water Results Boxing Day Dip Records
2012 Open Water Results Open Water Trophies & Winners
2011 Open Water Results DLGC Channel Swimming Records
2010 Open Water Results DLGC History of Channel Swimming
2009 O/W Results - Boys - Girls Open Water Records
2008 Open Water Results 2008 Channel Crossing
2007 Open Water Results 2005 Channel Crossing
2007 Away Results Open Water Procedures
2006 Open Water Results Dover Regatta
2005 Open Water Results 1 Hour Postal Swim Results 2008
Keith Gillman Memorial Results 2007 1 Hour Postal Swim Results 2007
Keith Gillman Memorial 2007 1 Hour Postal Swim Results 2006


Photo to Right - Breakwater Swim in Dover Harbour
Front(L-R) Eileen Morly-Wendy Button-Pam Bowley-NK-NK-Jackie Fleet-NK-Edward King
NK-Brenda Morley-NK-Horace Button-Jim Flack-Alan Loveard-NK-NK-Alan Fisher

What is Open Water Swimming?

The definitions:

Open water swimming shall be any competition that takes place in a river, lake or sea.
Long distance swimming shall be an event in open water competitions up to a maximum of 10 kilometres.
Marathon swimming shall be an event in an open water competition over 10 kilometres.
Club organised swims:

Dover Life Guard Club hosts a series of swims from their base on Dover beach at the Dover Sea Sports Centre from May through to September. (This is the open water season) and a calendar of events will be posted.
We travel to events such as Brighton for the Pier to Pier race, the Kent & SE Regional Championships at Portsmouth, Junior International & British Championships at the Albert Docks and National Age Groups at Nottingham.
We have a history of solo and relay team successes across the English Channel. (escorted by one of the regulating firms)
ASA organised swims:

Grand prix series each year, which consists of 5K races, held in the South, the Midlands, the North and the finals being held at Nottingham.
National Age Groups which are held at Nottingham.
British 5k & 10k championships.
Some ASA Regions organise regional championships and grand prix. The SE Region ASA is one of the regions to do this.

FINA organised events:

FINA organise an International programme. There is qualifying criteria for these swims as there is big prize money.

British Long Distance Swimming Association organised events:

The BLDSA organise their own grand prix which includes approximately 13 swims at different venues around the country.
Please don’t be confused by the definitive word of "competition" as “open water swimming” is also about personal challenges
and achievements.


DLGC Open Water Gallery

1st Sept 1975 - First ever DLGC Channel Swimming Team -
(L-R Alan, Duncan, Terry, Paul, Robert and Jane) completed the swim in 12hrs 46mins

20th Aug 2011 - Successful DLGC Channel Relay Team
Lewis Young (16), Sophie Tills (18), Matthew Austin (14), Chelsea Callow (14), 
Abigail Oram (14) and Joe Denton (16) completed the swim in 11hrs 39mins

Tom Russell's Channel Swim

Start of a Sea Swim

This Photograph was taken at the Southern Counties Long Distance Championships, at the Royal Albert Dock London 1999

The DLGC First Ever All Female Channel Relay Team

27th Aug 2005 - 

Sophie, Tori, Lucy, Mel, Corienne and Laura completed the swim in 9 hours 47 mins.

Dan Seagrove-Castle...1st Regional & Kent junior boy
Laura Austin....2nd Regional & Kent junior girl
Tom Russell...3rd Regional & Kent junior boy

30th Jul 2008 - Successful Channel Relay crossing

Dan Seagrove-Castle, Dominika Szucsova, Sophie Tills, Tessa Dunford, Danni Pryor,  Katie Brown, Dawn Bissett (Chaperone), Lee Wakeham (Coach) completed the swin in 10 hours 2 mins



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