No, you are not a Channel Swimmer because you’ve signed up to attempt it


You are NOT a Channel swimmer until you COMPLETE one. Until then you are an Aspirant.

Stop writing English Channel Swimmer or Channel Swimmer on blogs and email signatures when you haven’t swam a metre in the English Channel. Or any Channel.


EDIT: this isn’t aimed at people in general, but a couple of specific people. I’ve seen English Channel swimmer on an email signature of someone who is planning to do a one-way relay. Person has never been to Dover. Another has a website with it on, though they are not even an open water swimmer.

Poor original choice of title, updated.

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