• Join the Caribbean's premier open water swimming race!
  • Take part in the annual 2.5 mile/4.1 km cross Channel Swim, a challenge you’ll never forget
  • Swim across the “Narrows” which separate Nevis Island from the island St Kitts, the site of many shipwrecks over the years
  • Enjoy the company of turtles and rays along the way
  • Special finishers medal and hand carved turtle awards
  • Be part of the friendliest race around

Welcome to the home of the Nevis to St Kitts Cross Channel Swim. Each year this event attracts hundreds of open water swimmers from all over the world to one of the most unspoilt and relaxing islands in the Caribbean. Vividly green with blue skies, clean air and long empty beaches, Nevis has a gentle pace of life that encourages you to stop and appreciate the natural beauty around you. A perfect setting, then, for a challenge to swim from one island to another!

The swim itself crosses the “Narrows,” a strait that separates not only St Kitts from Nevis, but also the Caribbean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean, making this a unique ocean swim. 

2025 marks the 24th anniversary of the event and we look forward to welcoming you all to our Caribbean shores and to the two beautiful islands, that are St Kitts & Nevis.



Nevis to St Kitts Swimming Rules 2025

  1. The Nevis to St Kitts swim race is a challenging inter-island swim crossing between the islands of Nevis and St Kitts, organised by “St Kitts and Nevis Swim Events (the organisers).” 


  • Participation in the event is open to all swimmers of 14 years and over. It is not necessary to be federated to any club or governing body.
  • To participate, the relevant entry fee must have been paid.


Swimmers Responsibility

  • The swimmer (or their parents/guardians if the swimmer is 17 years or younger) takes sole responsibility for their participation. The organisers cannot be held responsible for theft, breakage, or accidents before, during or after the race.
  • The organisers takes no responsibility for accidents taking place along the swimming course due to the natural conditions of the sea (rocks, inlets etc). Nor do the organisers take responsibility for accidents caused by incompetence, negligence, or poor signalling.
  • Each swimmer participates in the event through choice and as such the organisers takes no responsibility for personal injuries or injuries to third parties.
  • It is the responsibility of the participant to decide whether they should abandon or continue in the event.
  • The organisers take no responsibility for infringements to current national and regional water and beach regulations made by participants or their companions.
  • The organisers, sponsors and collaborators take no responsibility for the actions of swimmers and their companions that may lead to claims/lawsuits by third parties.
  • The swimmers relieve the organisers, its sponsors and collaborators from any claim resulting from damage to equipment, materials, and properties, including (but not limited to) loss, theft, breakage etc.



  • Registration will be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee.
  • If required, participants should show their registration receipt. Failure to do so could lead to exclusion from the event.
  • Registration fees are non-refundable in the case of non-participation in the event.
  • Registration will close at 23:59 on Sunday 23rd March 2025 GMT or when the event is at full capacity.


Start Procedure

  • Participants are required to attend the swimmer briefing before the start of the race. The swim course and other relevant information will be given at this time.
  • Swimmers will be called to their marks 5 minutes before the event begins with notice given with 1 minute to go.
  • The start will be signalled by the blow of a whistle or blast of a horn.



  • Swimmers must wear appropriate swimwear and although not compulsory, it is recommended that swim goggles are worn.
  • Swimsuits must be FINA approved. Tech-suits banned by FINA are not allowed. 
  • All swimmers must wear an official race hat (provided by the organisers) and a tow-float (bring your own or borrow one) during the swim. Failure to start, swim or finish with both your swim hat and tow-float will lead to disqualification from the event.
  • The use of swimming aids such as pull buoys, flippers, paddles, and wetsuits is allowed but will result in the swimmer not being considered for the general classification results and podium places.
  • The use of snorkels is prohibited.
  • The use of, mp3, radio devices etc. during the event is prohibited.


Swim Route

  • The swimming course is from Nevis to St Kitts. We reserve the right to reverse the route should conditions or other factors dictate.
  • Event information will be available at the registration venue.
  • The swim course will be clearly described on the day of the event once participants have been called to the start area.
  • During the crossing, participants will be accompanied by support craft that will provide rescue assistance where necessary.
  • The cut-off time for the swim is 3 hours. All swimmers remaining in the water after this time, will be picked up and taken to the finish point.



  • The event will be postponed/cancelled if the organisers consider that the swim is not safe to proceed.
  • The event can be postponed to a later time on Saturday 29th March 2024 or Sunday 30th March, if the race organisers believe that the conditions will be improved by waiting until later in the day or waiting a day.
  • If the crossing is not possible (either at the time or by relying on weather forecasts) on either Saturday 6th April 2024 or Sunday 7th April, then an alternative “coastal” swim will be offered. This swim will be considered as the race being fulfilled by the organisers.
  1. Cancellation due to ‘force Majeure’ of the swim: The organisers of the race reserve the right to respond to ‘force majeure’ by cancelling the events if:
  • There has been an occurrence that could reasonably be considered to be ‘force majeure’ (e.g., health pandemic, war/conflict, extreme weather event, terrorist threat).
  • For any reason arising from the above, organisers of the event have been prevented, hindered, or delayed in delivering the event.
  • The organisers of the event have met any procedural requirements set out elsewhere in these ‘Rules’, and where reasonably practicable have taken steps to mitigate the impact of ‘force majeure’ and given adequate notice to the entrants affected by any cancellation(s).
  1. In the event of a cancellation due to ‘force majeure’, the following will apply:
  • No refunds will be paid.
  • All entrants at the time of cancellation will be automatically transferred into the equivalent event for the next available Nevis to St Kitts Cross-Channel Swim.
  • Entrants transferred to the next available Nevis to St Kitts Swimming Race may request deferral of their entry/entries for one (1) additional subsequent year. Such requests should be made by email.
  • No alternative goods/services to the value of the transferred entries will be offered.


Swimmers Responsibilities

  • The event is the premier open water swim in the Caribbean. It is a significant crossing of open water and hence is a test of any swimmer, as it involves performing hazardous activities with great skill. I declare I am medically able and properly trained and authorize any person belonging to the Organisers to exclude me from the event if they believe I do not meet the necessary condition to participate in the race. The Organisers may decide at any time during the race that my psychophysical health is compromised and, for my own safety, withdraw me and I will leave the event without opposition. The Race Director reserves the right to exclude participants for the above reason or any others that may arise without cause or reason.
  • I assume any physical or mental harm that may result from the completion of the event, whether as a result of falls, physical contact with other participants, excessive or low temperatures, acts of god, force majeure or other circumstances arising from the nature of the race.
  • I assume full liability for any accident to my person, including loss of life. The Race director and the Organisers are exempt from all civil/criminal liability resulting from any injury that may occur to me in relation to the causes in the preceding and subsequent clauses.
  • I agree not to hinder the objectives of the Organisers and the development of the event as well as not causing any damage to the environment in which the event takes place. I agree to accept full liability to any personal injury or injury to other participants or damage to the environment where the race takes place as a result of any transgression, on my part, of the obligations assumed here whether as a result of negligence, fault or intent and agree to indemnify the Race Director and Organisers for damages arising as a result of the above or other violations that are related to the nature of the event.
  • I agree to properly use safety systems specified by the Race Director and/or Organisers in order to avoid any risk to myself or others.
  • I agree not to abuse verbally, physically, or otherwise any other participant, official or sponsor. The right to appeal must be exercised reasonably, justifiably and in moderation.
  • All swimmers participating in the event do so in a sporting manner.
  • The swimmer will be solely responsible for any errors made by the incorrect interpretation or the course.
  • Participants must not take short cuts, or any other manoeuvre aimed at gaining an unfair advantage.
  • Participants should let those who are faster pass without hindrance or obstruction.
  • Participants must not obstruct the passage of others in their category or those of another category in order to help another swimmer.
  • Participants must respect the decisions of doctors and paramedics in case of accidents.


Age Classification

Awards will be offered in male and female categories in the following age groups:

  • 14-19
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70-79
  • 80+


Example Schedule

Registration must be completed prior to the day of the event, where you will assigned a race number and swim hat

2pm - 7pm

Oualie Beach, Nevis and Spice Mill, St Kitts


Swim Day


Boat from St Kitts departs for Nevis


Boat arrives Oualie Beach, Nevis

6.45 - 7.25am

Swimmer Race Day mandatory check-in

7 - 7.25am

Bag Drop Opens/Closes

7.30 - 7.40am

Swimmers Briefing, Oualie Beach, Mandatory to attend


Entry into swimmers start zone


Start, Oualie Beach, Nevis


First swimmers finish in St Kitts - from approx. 9am


Event ends (3hr cut off time)


Awards Ceremony


Contact Us

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