22 Tips to Swim the English Channel

These are my 22 tips for swimming across the English Channel. The principles are simple, but effective. Stick by them and you will achieve your goal.

We all have our own ‘Channel’ to cross. It may not be between Dover and Calais, but I believe these principles apply to almost any endeavour in life.


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Unlocking a Dream

Sailing in rough seas is one thing. Swimming in them is another.

We were far out to sea in the English Channel, 32 days into the Long Swim, with a long way to go to Dover.

I was swimming past the Isle of Wight in a serious storm and the light was fading fast. Our yacht was surging away from me in the strong winds. The swells were so big that, even if I caught up with her, I didn’t know how I would get back onboard.

That’s when it hit me: getting your message heard can be hard work.

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Marine Protected Areas offer Hope

The Lewis Pugh Foundation was formed to preserve our oceans for a peaceful and sustainable future.

To date the Foundation has been instrumental in securing full protection for over 2 million km2 of vulnerable ocean.

Its goal is to ensure that 30% of our oceans are properly protected by 2030.

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You won’t find a more captivating storyteller.

As an ocean advocate and a pioneer swimmer, Lewis applies his hard-learned lessons to the corporate environment.

He shares the visualisation strategies, radical tactical shifts,  teamwork and focus that enabled him to achieve seemingly impossible tasks.

Most importantly he inspires people to dig deep, define their goals and achieve their own ‘impossible’.

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