In 2024 we will celebrate 23 years of this iconic event.
Navigate the "narrow" between the sister islands of St Kitts and Nevis.
This 2.5 mile/4.1km open water swim challenge has steadily become one of the "must do" events on the global Open Water Swimming calendar
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One of the attractions of this event is that it is not only a race but also a challenge, so for those not so fast or less competent swimmers please feel free to use fins or a snorkel mask to get you across the beautiful 'Narrows'.
It is the 53 year anniversary since the sinking of the 'Christena' ferry which claimed almost 300 lives. This incident profoundly affected the local population, and the loss of lives was tragic and painful. We aim to honor and remember those lost lives as we develop swimming in St Kitts and Nevis both as a lifesaver and as a sport for all. The cross channel swim has been blessed by the participation of young swimmers from the region as young as 8 years old.
Our ‘GIFTING GOGGLES’ initiative encourages visitors to the islands and anyone competing in the Cross Channel swim to leave behind their goggles, or bring an old pair to leave. We will distribute them to the existing swim programs on the island so that novice swimmers can see there is nothing to be afraid of in the water.
The event is a 2.5 mile/4.1km open water swim challenge
The event starts from Oualie Beach on Nevis and goes across the 'Narrows' to finish at Cockleshell Beach on St Kitts.
There are two competition classes; 1. Race Class where only regulation swimwear and goggles are allowed. This class offers prizes per age group. 2 Assisted Class for those wishing to use fins, snorkels, masks, wetsuits, and/or flippers. There are no prizes for this category
There will be awards for 1st, 2nd & 3rd male and female in all age categories.
The event should be fun and challenging, but most of all safe. The event will provide safety support in the form of boats and kayakers to a ratio that exceeds industry recommended levels.
There are many ways to travel to Nevis by air. Nevis’ own Vance W Amory International Airport (NEV) accommodates smaller, regional aircraft and private aircraft, while the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport (SKB) on neighbouring St Kitts accommodates international flights from commercial airlines.
If you’re travelling directly from the US or UK, your flight will arrive at St Kitts (SKB), where you will be met and seamlessly escorted by taxi to Reggae Beach to your waiting water taxi to your accommodation in Nevis in as little as six minutes.
From the UK
There are flights twice weekly from Gatwick to St Kitts on Wed and Sat. Return economy Flights cost c £500-£600
From the USA
There are regular flights from many USA hubs like Miami or Charoltte direct to St Kitts
From other Islands in the Caribbean
You can fly San Juan and Puerto Rico and connect with any airline that services Nevis.
Seaborne flies direct to Nevis daily while Tradewind Aviation flies direct from Puerto Rico to Nevis Thursday to Monday.
Cape Air flies daily to Nevis from St. Thomas (STT)
Trans Anuguilla Airways fly to Nevis from Anguilla and St Eustatius
From St Maarten visitors can reach Nevis on WINAIR flights daily and from the US Virgin Islands on demand via Air Sunshine or on Coastal Air on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
St Kitts and Nevis Travel Requirements
There are a wide variety of hotels on Nevis, some are steeped in history, some are impressively modern and most are skillfully balanced between the two. Whether your preference is traditional or contemporary, or somewhere in between, there’s something for all tastes and price points.
Guest Houses - https://nevisisland.com/staying-at-a-guest-house-in-nevis/
Full terms & conditions are provided while you book. This includes more details about the cancellation policy.
Until 28 February 2024 - 33% cancellation fee
From 1 March 2024 - No refund
An entry spot may not be carried over to the next year, given to another person or used for another event.