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Channel swimming coaching

English Channel Swimming Association - Coaching and Training Programmeswith Get SET 4 Success Ltd

Channel SwimmingWanting to Swim The English Channel? Then you are in the right place. The Sport of English Channel Swimming and the original Channel Swimming Association traces its origins to the latter part of the 19th Century when Captain Matthew Webb made the first observed and un-assisted swim across the Strait of Dover – swimming from England to France in 21 hours and 45 minutes. To date, there have been approximately 1000 successful swims of the Channel and have included swimmers all over the world, as well as solos and relay swims.

Julie's first solo swim with the Channel Swimming Association was aged 15 and in that year, she was swimmer number 174 with a British Junior Record time of 10 hours and 9 minutes that stills stands today. The swim itself is a distance of 22 miles in a straight line; however, due to the tides and currents swimmers swim much more. For example, on her Butterfly World Record solo Channel swim in 2002, she covered 29 miles in 14 hours 18 minutes. This was seen on Julie's chart, which was given to her after her swim.

Swimming the Channel is not just about getting in and swimming. It’s much more than that. You need the right Channel Swim Training progamme. This is where the Channel Swim Coach and Trainer (Dr. Julie Bradshaw MBE 20 times World Record Holder) with excellent knowledge of the English Channel swim is SO useful - over 37 years involvement both in breaking records and coaching expertise in the field of English Channel Swimming

Julie is the only professional specialist qualified coach in the world within the English Channel Swimming association community having over 37 years of continual experience in the sport and with so many long distance and English Channel world swimming records. After deciding on a Channel swim, you have to book your boat. even before you embark on a Channel swim training programme. The Channel Swimming pilot vessel is very important, in what is classed as the busiest shipping lane in the world. The boat IS your best friend during the swim and the pilot is the person with the expert knowledge of tides, course and weather (given our weather in the UK!!). So once the boat is booked, what’s next?

  1. Registration - register with the appropriate Channel Swimming Association/Organisation approved by both French and English Coastguards

In 1927 (at a time when less than a dozen swimmers had managed to emulate Captain Matthew Webb’s feat), the Channel Swimming Association was founded to authenticate swimmer’s claims to have swam The English Channel, and to verify crossing times.


  1. Channel Swim Training/Coaching (Sport Performance/Bespoke Channel Swim Training Programmes)

This is about the MIND, BODY, SPIRIT relationship. And without the correct mental attitude, no matter how much swim training you do, then forget it. When you are out there, you have to be totally positive and focused. Julie has been through it successfully several times. There’s the Channel swim training (mileage and of course technique) feeding, cold water acclimatization (outdoor/openwater swim training), and so much more. Having a Channel swim coach is very important, and Julie definitely 'walks the talk'.

What does Get SET 4 Success Ltd do for you?Channel Swimming

Along with Life Coaching (Mind-Set) and being a qualified teacher and coach of swimming (Head Swim Coach in Canada and in Leicestershire), you get the whole package:

“Get SET 4 Success: The future of English Channel swimming, coaching and training, now" 


"To me, the sea is like a person - like a child that I've known a long time. It sounds crazy, I know, but when I swim in the sea I talk to it. I never feel alone when I'm out there."   

Gertrude Ederle (First Woman to swim The English Channel)

To listen to Julie talking about her illustrious swimming career click here now


 RADIO 2 Live April 15th 2011 (scroll to 1hr 43mins)