Planning a Channel Swim or Channel Relay Swim? Congratulations. We salute you.
So that you can get on with organising your training plan, we've set out below the rules and regulations regarding what you can and can't wear for a Channel Swim including which Deakin and Blue swimsuits and bikinis have been accredited by the Channel Swimming Association (CSA). Make sure you read the below carefully to ensure your impressive feat is successfully ratified.
What is and isn't allowed?
Swimwear is not allowed to be used for a channel swim if:
Can I swim the channel in my Deakin and Blue swimwear?
Good news! A number of our swimsuits and bikinis are CSA accredited which means they have been approved for swimming across the channel and other marathon swims.
In fact, we are already aware of a number of our customers having swum the channel in D&B swimwear - including impressive Hildi pictured above.
We deliberately design a number of our pieces with long distance swims in mind so a number of our styles are specifically tailored for endurance swimming. If you have any questions on the best styles for distance swimming get in touch with us at email@example.com and we can happily advise you.
Which D&B styles can I wear for a Channel Swim?
The only D&B swimwear not eligible for ratified channel swims is:
1. Our Long Sleeve Swimsuit (because of the long sleeve)
2. Any of our swimsuits made from bonded Lycra (as these pieces offer additional warmth and bouyancy). The swimsuits made from bonded Lycra are our Signature Swimsuit in Black, Navy and Coral, and our Essential Swimsuit in Black and Aqua.
All other Deakin and Blue bikinis and swimsuits have been confirmed for use in swimming the channel.
Need more help?
If you have any questions or want further clarification, please get in touch with us - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Otherwise, good luck for the swim! If you do swim the channel in D&B swimwear, please send us a photo of you in action and we'll send you a gift for your achievement.
We've developed our unique Muse Measurement sizing system to offer a comfortable, sleek and sculpting fit, whatever your shape or size.
We know that no two “size 12” bodies are the same, so our sizing is tailored to three different body shapes:
Step One: Pick your usual UK dress size from 8-20.
Step Two: Pick your bust size based on our Muse Measurements system:
|BRA CUP SIZE||AA - B||C - E||F - HH|
So if you typically wear a UK size 14 and wear a 34A bra, you’d order a 14 Hepburn. Likewise if you’re a UK size 10 and wear a 30F bra, you’d order a 10 Hendricks.
All our pieces are designed to offer stretch. However, if you’re in between sizes we recommend sizing up.
If you are very long in the body, we also recommend going up a dress size to offer additional length.
Our Swimbras & Swim Crops are designed to fit snugly so that you feel 100% secure as you move. We have developed a precise Bikini Sizing System to help you identify your correct size.
|BIKINI TOP SIZING||Cup Size|
Band Size (inches)
|26-28||8 Hepburn||8 Monroe||8 Hendricks|
|28-30||10 Hepburn||10 Monroe||10 Hendricks|
|30-32||12 Hepburn||12 Monroe||12 Hendricks|
|34-36||14 Hepburn||14 Monroe||14 Hendricks|
|38-40||16 Hepburn||16 Monroe||16 Hendricks|
|42-44||18 Hepburn||18 Monroe||18 Hendricks|
All our knickers come in standard UK dress sizes from size 8 - 18.
We currently offer all bikinis in sizes 8-18 and all swimsuits in sizes 8-20.
We are very aware that our size range is still relatively limited. We’re a small independent brand, and have focused initially on offering a highly comprehensive and effective set of products to women who wear dress sizes 8-20.
However we are very responsive to demand. If you would like to see more sizes in different types of products please get in touch at email@example.com - we'd love to hear from you.
For example, when we first launched back in June 2017 we tested customer demand for our products in sizes 8-16. So many of you got in touch to say that you were interested in our swimwear but needed larger sizes that within six months we expanded our size range up to UK size 20. We're really listening to you.
Any questions or want to check your size in more detail? Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.