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Average Times For Successful English Channel Swimmers


from 1875 - 2010

Open Water Source analyzed 1,612 individual solo crossings of the English Channel that are included
in Julian Critchlow’s database of English Channel swimmers. All solo, two-way and three-way
crossings were included (with the 2nd and 3rd legs of the two-way and three-way crossing counting as
solo legs). These are the average times found:

Overall average time: 13:20 (1,612 total crossings)


Average female time: 12:56 (523 total crossings)
Average male time: 13:33 (1,088 total crossings)

Average female time from England to France: 12:48 (429 total crossing)
Average male time from England to France: 13:24 (908 total crossings)

Average female time from France to England: 13:33 (94 total crossings)
Average male time from France to England: 14:19 (180 total crossings)

Country-by-Country Analysis

Average time of all swimmers from Argentina: 13:58 (14 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Argentina: 14:00 (13 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Argentina: 13:26 (1 crossing)

Average time of all swimmers from Australia: 12:44 (103 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Australia: 13:13 (80 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Australia: 11:01 (23 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Bangladesh: 10:16 (1 crossing)


Average time of male swimmers from Bangladesh: 10:16 (1 crossing)
Average time of female swimmers from Bangladesh: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Barbados: 11:30 (1 crossing)


Average time of male swimmers from Barbados: 11:30 (1 crossing)
Average time of female swimmers from Barbados: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Belgium: 14:07 (15 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Belgium: 14:54 (12 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Belgium: 10:58 (3 crossings)

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Average time of all swimmers from Brazil: 11:55 (21 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Brazil: 11:26 (13 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Brazil: 12:41 (8 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Bulgaria: 7:09 (2 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Bulgaria: 7:09 (2 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Bulgaria: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Canada: 12:07 (40 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Canada: 12:42 (11 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Canada: 11:53 (29 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Chile: 12:02 (1 crossing)


Average time of male swimmers from Chile: 12:02 (1 crossing)
Average time of female swimmers from Chile: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from China: 11:59 (2 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from China: 11:59 (2 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from China: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Croatia: 10:36 (2 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Croatia: 10:36 (2 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Croatia: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Czech Republic: 11:57 (21 crossings)
Average time of male swimmers from Czech Republic: 13:01 (15 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Czech Republic: 9:17 (6 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Denmark: 12:58 (8 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Denmark: 12:04: (4 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Denmark: 13:51 (4 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Ecuador: 12:03 (1 crossing)


Average time of male swimmers from Ecuador: 12:03 (1 crossing)
Average time of female swimmers from Ecuador: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Egypt: 12:41 (45 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Egypt: 13:03 (35 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Egypt: 11:25 (10 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from England + UK: 14:06 (515 crossings)
Average time of male swimmers from England + UK: 14:23 (355 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from England + UK: 13:34 (160 crossings)

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Average time of all swimmers from Finland: 12:35 (1 crossing)


Average time of male swimmers from Finland: 12:35 (1 crossing)
Average time of female swimmers from Finland: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from France: 12:56 (20 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from France: 12:54 (17 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from France: 13:09 (3 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Germany: 13:41 (20 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Germany: 13:00 (12 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Germany: 14:43 (8 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Greece: 13:31 (9 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Greece: 14:01 (7 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Greece: 11:47 (2 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Guatemala: 12:50 (5 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Guatemala: 12:43 (4 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Guatemala: 13:19 (1 crossing)

Average time of all swimmers from Hungary: 12:33 (4 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Hungary: 13:09 (3 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Hungary: 10:47 (1 crossing)

Average time of all swimmers from India: 13:42 (43 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from India: 13:49 (30 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from India: 13:26 (13 crossing)

Average time of all swimmers from Iraq: 15:08 (2 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Iraq: 15:08 (2 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Iraq: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Ireland: 14:49 (48 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Ireland: 14:50 (39 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Ireland: 14:45 (9 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Israel: 13:13 (1 crossing)


Average time of male swimmers from Israel: 13:13 (1 crossing)
Average time of female swimmers from Israel: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Italy: 14:18 (7 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Italy: 14:18 (7 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Italy: --- (0 crossings)

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Average time of all swimmers from Japan: 13:51 (24 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Japan: 13:46 (11 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Japan: 13:56 (13 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Jersey: 13:19 (22 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Jersey: 13:31 (14 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Jersey: 12:57 (8 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Korea: 9:35 (1 crossing)


Average time of male swimmers from Korea: 9:35 (1 crossing)
Average time of female swimmers from Korea: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Lebanon: 13:36 (4 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Lebanon: 13:36 (4 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Lebanon: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Macedonia: 10:25 (2 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Macedonia: 10:25 (2 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Macedonia: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Malaysia: 13:41 (2 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Malaysia: 13:41 (2 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Malaysia: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Malta: 12:40 (1 crossing)


Average time of male swimmers from Malta: 12:40 (1 crossing)
Average time of female swimmers from Malta: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Mexico: 12:29 (27 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Mexico: 13:28 (16 crossing)
Average time of female swimmers from Mexico: 11:04 (11 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Namibia: 13:51 (1 crossing)


Average time of male swimmers from Namibia: --- (0 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Namibia: 13:51 (1 crossing)

Average time of all swimmers from the Netherlands: 11:17 (22 crossing)
Average time of male swimmers from the Netherlands: 12:42 (8 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from the Netherlands: 10:28 (14 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from New Zealand: 11:07 (24 crossing)
Average time of male swimmers from New Zealand: 10:41 (15 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from New Zealand: 11:51 (9 crossings)

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Average time of all swimmers from Northern Cyprus: 13:59 (1 crossing)


Average time of male swimmers from Northern Cyprus: 13:59 (1 crossing)
Average time of female swimmers from Northern Cyprus: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Northern Ireland: 15:43 (5 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Northern Ireland: 16:05 (4 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Northern Ireland: 14:15 (1 crossing)

Average time of all swimmers from Norway: 13:47 (4 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Norway: 13:56 (2 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Norway: 13:39 (2 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Pakistan: 13:17 (7 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Pakistan: 13:17 (7 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Pakistan: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Peru: 18:55 (2 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Peru: 18:55 (2 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Peru: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Poland: 12:19 (3 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Poland: 12:54 (2 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Poland: 11:10 (1 crossing)

Average time of all swimmers from Republic of Cyprus: 12:26 (2 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Republic of Cyprus: 12:26 (2 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Republic of Cyprus: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Rhodesia: 15:36 (1 crossing)


Average time of male swimmers from Rhodesia: 15:36 (1 crossing)
Average time of female swimmers from Rhodesia: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Russia: 10:44 (4 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Russia: 10:49 (2 crossing)
Average time of female swimmers from Russia: 10:39 (2 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Saudi Arabia: 10:21 (8 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Saudi Arabia: 10:21 (8 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Saudi Arabia: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Scotland: 14:25 (30 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Scotland: 14:31 (21 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Scotland: 14:09 (9 crossings)

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Average time of all swimmers from Serbia: 19:24 (1 crossing)


Average time of male swimmers from Serbia: --- (0 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Serbia: 19:24 (1 crossing)

Average time of all swimmers from Singapore: 12:24 (1 crossing)


Average time of male swimmers from Singapore: 12:24 (1 crossing)
Average time of female swimmers from Singapore: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Slovakia: 13:56 (4 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Slovakia: 13:56 (4 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Slovakia: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Slovenia: 16:28 (1 crossing)


Average time of male swimmers from Slovenia: 16:28 (1 crossing)
Average time of female swimmers from Slovenia: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from South Africa: 12:55 (35 crossings)
Average time of male swimmers from South Africa: 12:52 (31 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from South Africa: 13:20 (4 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Spain: 12:29 (13 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Spain: 10:35 (8 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Spain: 15:32 (5 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Switzerland: 16:46 (7 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Switzerland: --- (0 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Switzerland: 16:46 (7 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Syria: 11:23 (6 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Syria: 11:23 (6 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Syria: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Tunisia: 16:35 (1 crossing)


Average time of male swimmers from Tunisia: 16:35 (1 crossing)
Average time of female swimmers from Tunisia: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Turkey: 14:06 (9 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Turkey: 13:56 (7 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Turkey: 14:39 (2 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from U.S.A.: 12:46 (324 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from U.S.A.: 13:01 (218 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from U.S.A.: 12:13 (106 crossings)

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Average time of all swimmers from Ukraine: 10:29 (1 crossing)


Average time of male swimmers from Ukraine: 10:29 (1 crossing)
Average time of female swimmers from Ukraine: --- (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Venezuela: 11:44 (2 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Venezuela: 10:09 (1 crossing)
Average time of female swimmers from Venezuela: 13:20 (1 crossing)

Average time of all swimmers from Zambia: 13:00 (1 crossing)


Average time of male swimmers from Zambia: 13:00 (1 crossing)
Average time of female swimmers from Zambia: 13:00 (0 crossings)

Average time of all swimmers from Zimbabwe: 13:54 (3 crossings)


Average time of male swimmers from Zimbabwe: 13:42 (1 crossings)
Average time of female swimmers from Zimbabwe: 14:20 (1 crossing)

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