A North Channel swim attempt start time is dictated by tides and weather. The start time could be 4am or 4pm.
It is important that you will be able to arrive at these locations in a timely manner to meet the swimmer and swimmers crew and complete the pre-swim documentation.
You may only get as little as 8 hours’ notice in advance of the start time, so your flexibility / availability will be required. Rotas are based on availability and on a rotational basis as there can be days when there are 4 – 5 swims planned. You would never be asked to work on two successive days. The North Channel Secretary will advise you of the start time / meet point the evening before your swim.
The average crossing time for a solo crossing is between is 12-14 hours so you need to be prepared with food and drinks and clothing for all weathers. If it is a two way swim or multiple crossings, the ILDSA will provide additional observers so that the duties of the ILDSA North channel observer can be shared.