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Marine Parade
Dover, CT16
United Kingdom

This website is for people wanting to train to swim the English Channel.



2018 Seminar Series overview

Following on from the success of the 2017 seminars, I'm running seminars again this year.  This time the seminars take place before the season starts as there are things that are useful to know before May comes around.  The agenda is absolutely packed with content and we have expert speakers lined up for you.  Find out all that you need to know about swimming the channel (many of the information applies to any long swim) and what to expect in training.

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Location:  Tooting BEC Lido


  • Saturday 20th January:  2-6pm  (topics M & E)
  • Saturday 10th February:  10am - 6.30pm  (topics N, S & A)

Cost:  £50 (cost covers both seminars) - NOW DISCOUNTED TO £35 for seminar 2 only


What's included?

  • Hot drinks will be available  
  • Seminar 2 will include a finger buffet
  • If you want to have a swim in the lido, and you're not already a member, you can have a chilly dip as part of the package
  • Any takeaway materials from the speakers
  • Notebook & pen
  • A domino (all will be revealed!)
  • An anti-fog wipe

You'll also have the ability to sign up for the season's training and buy any of the products that are sold.

Click here to book



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Dr Mig Arbide

Mig has been a GP since 2000 and a Partner in a large Cambridgeshire practice since 2002.

Clinical areas of expertise / interest / responsibility: Minor surgery, dermatology, musculoskeletal conditions including therapeutic steroid injections, vasectomy GPwSI, Learning disability medicals, Sport medicals.

Mig did a solo attempt in 2017 and also completed a successful relay.  Mig trains with us in Dover.

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David Coleman

David is an experienced marathon swimmer with a Diploma in Sports and Exercise Nutrition and graduated as an Advanced Sports and Exercise Nutritional Advisor specialising in marathon swimming.

His swims include:

Ø  The first and only person to have crossed the   Channel to France from 2 different Channel Islands (Jersey and Alderney)
Ø  One-way and two-way Windermere
Ø  Round Jersey
Ø  Channel relay and a 14 hour solo that was blown out near the French coast
Ø  Multiple Ice Miles

With more Ice Mile events and Straits of Gibraltar swims to look forward to.


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Ray Gibbs MIOS. FIOS. 


Ray Gibbs took up swimming in his mid twenties when he began competing in Triathlons. A Channel relay in 1992 began his love of open water swimming.

Starting from scratch and frustrated by the lack of clear information on how to become
a distance swimmer, he watched the technique of the talented ex-GB swimmers at his local masters club and realised that natural swimmers engaged the water, rather than snatched at it, breathed rhythmically, rather than gasped, and streamlined their
bodies to slip through the water instead of fighting their way through it.

He also studied with the ASA in order to learn the theory behind what he was seeing. He became one of the fastest swimmers in his age group not by being fitter or stronger than the next man, but by using sound swimming technique. His relatively recent journey from ‘holiday splasher’ to fast and efficient open water swimmer gives him an empathy with his clients as they learn, first the basics and then the more advanced propulsive techniques of front crawl.


Paul Massey BA(Hons) MSc MCSP SRP

Paul is the principal physiotherapist for The Partnership, Physio and pilates centre in
Ashford, Kent and has a particular interest in sports injuries, having worked for a
number of years with Olympic sportsmen at the Games and at home with their injuries
and programmes for prevention. He works closely with governing bodies of athletics,
swimming and hockey, both at home and internationally, and has attended numerous
Olympic and Commonwealth Games, and world championships with a number of these sports.

As well as a physiotherapist, Paul is also a Pilates instructor, having trained with Body Control Pilates, and now acting as the consultant to the organisation. His Pilates experience has lead him to write a number of books on the practise, working on areas of back care, sports injuries and travel wellbeing.

Paul has received the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award 2000 (team Award). He lectures worldwide on sports injuries and Pilates and acts as a consultant to national dance companies and British Airways (in-flight wellbeing programme). Paul also provides the Regional Sports Injuries Centre for the English Institute of Sport.

Sportwise – Paul has swum the English Channel in 2010, completing it and joining the Force 5 Club. Receiving out standing swim of the year for 2010, special recognition for this swim. Further swims involve Lake Zurich marathon swim, The Oceanman series, Travesia Boccina, and enjoys a 10 k Race around the European circuit. He is always up for an adventure and challenge. As well as swimming, also helps in supporting numerous Channel records, a man for all seasons and attempts.

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Keith Oiller

Keith is the swimmer liaison officer for the CSA and is often found on the beach on training weekends.  Keith is also an observer for CSA swims.

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Mandi Bodeamaid

Mandi is an experienced open water swimmer who swims all year round in the sea at Folkestone.  Her accomplishments include two channel relays.

Mandi was vital beach support in 2017 and supported countless cold swimmers and has a very special way of getting the best out of everyone.


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Julian Critchlow

Julian Critchlow has three channel solos swims to his name plus a Relay and Arch-to-Arc Relay. He also maintains the comprehensive database of all Solo English Channel swims, including all Butlins/Daily Mail, CSA and CSPF swims.

I’ve enjoyed many a training swim with Julian. His sense of humour is always present as is his supportive nature when he senses that someone needs some help.

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Cliff Golding

In the autumn of 1991 Cliff decided he wanted to swim the Channel. This was an odd decision as he was a skinny marathon runner with no previous experience as a swimmer save for a bronze certificate. Six attempts and five years later he finally succeeded on his seventh attempt. He did it again in 2003 and, in the six years until that second swim, he swam around Jersey three times, Lake Zurich three times and Windermere twice. He is running marathons and ultras again but has dusted off the speedos and is back in the pool.  

In his inexplicable desire to complete a series of swimming hat tricks, Cliff has now completed his Windermere set with a 2017 swim.  A 2015 Jersey to France swim means he has two more to complete for the hat trick, which just leaves that illusive third Channel swim. Then, and only then, the big swims will be a thing of the past and he will confine himself to the odd relay and nostalgic circuits of Dover harbour.

 Cliff says his most memorable swimming moment was on July 17th 1997 when he walked out onto Wissant Beach 13 hours and 17 minutes after he had walked into the sea off Shakespeare Beach in Dover to finally become a Channel swimmer. It remains his most memorable, empowering moment in open water swimming.

Cliff can be found winging his way through a stint as MC at the annual CS&PF Dinner.

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Dr Nick MurchMB.BCh, PG Cert Med Ed, FHEA, MRCP


Nick is a Consultant in Acute Medicine and Medical Education including Simulation at The Royal Free Hospital in London, gaining his first consultant post in 2010. Having initially trained at UWCM, Cardiff, he completed junior medical jobs in South Wales before travelling up the M4 for the North Thames Acute Medicine Training Programme.

Nick is a keen swimmer. His background is one of pool swimming and beach lifeguarding as a teenager; this was followed by 15 years playing water polo up to an International standard. More recently he has taken up more open water swimming, building on his tendency
to natural bioprene, to enable a Windermere one way swim (10 miles) in 2015 and an English channel crossing (21 miles) and Lake Geneva solo (42 miles) in 2016.

He has an interest in helping others with their goals and helped crew for a channel relay in 2016, with more support planned in 2017. Nick has an interest in the science behind open water swimming; trying to demystify some of the old wives’ tales. He has twice helped run the High Dependency Unit at the Finish of the London Marathon and also provided medical support to the World Tae Kwon Do championships. He is a proud member of #teamselkie and well known to be built for comfort and not for speed.

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Dr. Ruth Williamson, MRCP, FRCR

Ruth is a Consultant Radiologist / Deputy Medical Director at Royal Bournemouth Hospital.  Her professional interests include the full range of women's imaging including Mammography, Ultrasound, and Well Woman screening.

Ruth also has a personal interest in SIPE and hypothermia.  Ruth led the medical team at the ice swimming event at Loch Lomond.

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Ady Brown

Ady is a member of the Class of 2017 with a successful solo channel swim to his name.  Ady was a very popular member of the group who became known for his love of Battenburg cake, or actually just about anything other than bananas. 

Emma France

Emma's first adventure in the Channel was a last-minute Channel relay in 2005 which the team finished in a very respectable time of 9hrs 40mins.

Since that first relay, Emma has successfully completed 10 English Channel relays, 2 solos, Round Jersey, Jersey to France and Lake Zurich solos and completed most of SCAR.

In 2016, Emma took over running training in Dover from Freda Streeter, something that she very much enjoys with a difference being that she also trains alongside the swimmers.

Emma is a Master Practitioner of NLP and a trained hypnotist. 

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Suzanne Langdon

Suzanne is another member of the class of 2017.  She lives by the sea in Hove and planned to visit a couple of times in the season and ended up being am integral member of the group, even after she successfully completed her solo.  Suzanne’s dislike of many varieties of fruit gave her a princess crown for the season!

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Helen Smith

There isn’t much that Helen can’t tell you about the challenges of seasickness.  Whilst battling with it even in training, it didn’t stop her turning up each week with a winning attitude and ultimately succeed in her 2 person channel relay with her sister Hayley.

Neil Streeter

Neil is son of the Channel General, Freda Streeter, brother of Queen of The Channel, Alison Streeter MBE and has been escorting Channel Swimmers for over 13 years.  An open water swimmer himself from the age of 12, with ‘Oceans’ of certificates from his junior days, Neil has been around boats and swimmers for most of his life.

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Jill Tipping

In 2013, JilI became Business Partner and Manager to Fitness and Well-Being Expert, Jessie Pavelka. In creating Pavelka Limited they bring a range of health and well-being products to individuals, groups and corporates.

Jill has also worked alongside England Rugby Player Ben Cohen MBE creating him a vibrant media platform which has enabled him to have a smooth transition from professional sport to his new career as an ambassador for equality and anti-bullying.

She is a communicator, motivator and opportunity spotter.  She is a problem solver. 

She was also a much loved member of the Class of 2017.