Nevis Cross-Channel Swim Article

The Nevis cross channel swim to St Kitts is a must do challenge for any open water swimmer

Words by Linda Jackson, Editor – Active Caribbean

The Nevis cross channel swim means crystal clear warm water for 2.5 miles, through a channel so shallow you can see the bottom all the way over. Turtles and stingrays abound. Last year 130 swimmers took part and it’s been described as the open water swimmer’s dream event

Nevis cross channel swim to St Kitts

The annual Nevis cross channel swim to St Kitts takes you across the ‘Narrows’ between the sister islands, when open water swimmers can enjoy a water temperature of between 76 and 80 degrees and water so clear you can see the bottom all the way. It really is an open water swimmers dream event.

The 2.5 miles (4.1 km) Nevis cross channel swim starts on Oualle Beach on Nevis and finishes at the Reggae Beach Bar, Cockleshell Beach on St Kitts. This event is both a race and a challenge.

Challenge participants are able to do the crossing assisted with fins, snorkel, etc; however, assisted swimmers are not eligible for race prices.

All participants receive T-shirts, finishing medals, breakfast party at the finish line, and return passage back to the start (or passage from St Kitts to Nevis), plus refreshments during the swim passage.

Our hotels partners are offering special ‘swim rates’ for the event. There is a twice weekly direct British Airways flying from London Gatwick into St Kitts.

For swimmers staying four days or more, escorted beach to beach swims with a lunch at the finish and an open water coaching clinic can be arranged.


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[Updated August 2017 – original article posted January 2014]

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