Channel and Long Distance Training, Mallorca

 




Tour Highlights


 Structured technique analysis with leading open water swimming coaches.

 Focused training in open water.

 Ideal for English Channel training and other long distance swims.

 Meeting like minded participants in a wonderful training location.

 Video analysis in a pool.

 Optional 6 hour training swim.

 Preparation of a post-trip training plan.

Accommodation

Ferrera Beach

For your comfort on this coaching tour we have selected the Ferrera Beach apartments next to Cala Ferrera beach, in Cala d’Or. Perfectly suited to accommodate the long distance swimmer, these self-catering apartments offer a clean and modern home from home during your stay.

Breakfasts are included and the apartments are all equipped with wifi.

 


Guides

Cliff Golding

A former marathon runner whose life changed when he caught his first glimpse of the English Channel from the air. A solo Channel Swimmer who brings a wealth of open water experience to our trips. In 1981 Cliff was a 26 year old, very contented endurance athlete.


In 1981 Cliff was a 26 year old, very contented endurance athlete. Then he took up Channel swimming and ruined his life – The End!!! Noooo, that's a joke, honest. It definitely enriched his life - really!

Prior to becoming a swimmer in 1991, Cliff was an endurance athlete who only got wet when it rained. A satisfied marathon runner until one day he flew to Africa for a 6 month stint in Zimbabwe and not 30 minutes into the journey saw something that, ultimately, changed his whole outlook on life. It was a bright, clear January day and, as the plane flew over the English Channel, it banked revealing the splendour and beauty of both the English and French coasts, with the busiest shipping lane in the world in between.

In a time way before websites and internet, Cliff’s knowledge of people swimming the Channel was vague and the thought intrigued him. He figured that barring a disaster a marathon could always be finished, even if he walked. But swimming the English Channel, now that would be a challenge. Ten years after that flight Cliff decided to leave his comfort zone. He was going to be a Channel swimmer.

Six attempts and five years later, Cliff finally achieved his dream and became a Channel swimmer learning so many life enhancing things in the process. Now, seventeen years after he timidly (and admittedly petrified!) took those first tip toe steps into the sea in Dover harbour, and with two successful solo Channel swims, three Lake Zurich, two Lake Windermere and three round Jersey swims under his belt, he reckons he know’s what you have to do achieve the 'improbable'. And, far more importantly, what you shouldn't do.

Long distance, open water swimming is an extreme sport, make no mistake. It is also empowering, enlightening, wonderful and cathartic -splendiferous in fact. It's also about balance - cross training, stretching, resting. Whether you want to swim the Channel, or just a mile from one island to another, if you take the ride, boy, will you have fun.


Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy has swum the English Channel an incredible 34 times, more than any other man in history. He completed his channel swim in 1968 and in 1970 he became the first Briton to complete a double crossing of the English Channel.

Kevin Murphy has swum the English Channel an incredible 34 times, more than any other man in history. He completed his channel swim in 1968 and in 1970 he became the first Briton to complete a double crossing of the English Channel.

But Kevin is far from a one trick pony having also completed the 2 way Lake Windermere, Santa Catalina, Manhattan Island Marathon and North Channel (N.Ireland - Scotland) swims.

His extensive swimming experience has also led to him being inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and in 2010 he was inducted in to the International Swimming Hall of Fame.