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.


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.



Fiona Southwell
Fiona had a varied background ranging from 18 years as a primary school teacher to being the head of the Sea Section and an Open Water Coach at Brighton Swimming Club. In 2009 she saw the English Channel and at the point held the title for the oldest women ever to have swum it. She loves swimming in the cold water purely down to that feel good factor you get. 

Experiences before Swimtrek:

Swam the English Channel (August 2009) - oldest woman to do so at that time

Head of the Sea Section, Open Water Coach - Brighton Swimming Club

Primary School Teacher for 18 years.

Where I have Guided:

Gozo, Mallorca, Sicily, Turkey, Hellespont;

Brighton Swim-days.

Most memorable Swim moment:

Feeling my feet touch the French beach after a 19 hour and 22 minute solo swim

of the English Channel.

Top tips:

Swimming in cold water for that feel-good factor; plus its cheaper than Botox;

Good pair of goggles, stuff a spare pair down your trunks,costume when on a long;

swim in the event of them leaking - for that small thing that makes a difference.;

Ocean techniques:

Keep a wide arm.

Spear a wave  don’t slap it.

No more than a 2- to 4-beat leg-kick.

Never exhale all the oxygen from your lung.

Patricia Brennan
Trish joins us from Ireland where she is one of the countrys top lifesavers. A keen swimmer, Trish now specialises in the sport of lifesaving. She has trained both in Ireland and Australia and competes internationally with the Irish team in pool and surf lifesaving competitions.

Swim history before SwimTrek

Rarely a day goes by without Trish from Ireland getting in the water. She loves the buzz of open water swim races and the adventure of exploring the world from the water. She competes in the sport of lifesaving and loves taking part in all water sports activities.

She coaches competitive youth swimmers, masters, open water swimmers and lifesaving groups. She hosts video analysis swim sessions and is an experienced pool and beach lifeguard.


Locations guided on

Greece, Turkey, Sardinia, Mexico, Croatia, Finland (&Turkey and Croatia Short Swims)

Most memorable swim moment

Wategos to Main Beach, Byron Bay, Australia                     

This is a favourite swim I’ve done hundreds of times but in March 2013 after 3 days of travelling from Ireland to Australia I had my most memorable swim here. On arrival I cycled straight to the beach. I walked in the sun to Wategos and had the loveliest swim with friends and a turtle back to Main Beach. Having braved the chilly Irish waters with wetsuit and hood while surfing all winter the balmy waters were bliss.

Top swimming tip

Tempo trainer

A tempo trainer is a fantastic little machine for pool swimming. It is like a watch face that slips under your swim cap. You can set it to beat at different intervals. I try to be at the far end of the pool each time it beeps. It is very simple but the immediate feedback on your pace is a great motivation to try hard, particularly when training alone. I set the beeps 0.04 seconds faster each week which is barely noticeable but by the end of the year it should mean an 8 second improvement per 100metres.

Interesting fact about you

If Trish was a book she would be an atlas. She loves maps and travelling.

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.

·     Swim history before SwimTrek

·      In the autumn of 1991 I decided I wanted to swim the Channel.  This was an odd decision as I was a skinny marathon runner with no previous experience as a swimmer save for a bronze certificate.  Six attempts and five years later I finally succeeded.  I did it again in 2003 and, in the six years until that second swim, I swam round Jersey three times, Lake Zurich three times and Windermere twice.  I am running marathons and ultras again but have dusted off the Speedos and am back in the pool.

Locations guided on

·       I have only guided on LDT tours.

Most memorable swim moment

·          Walking out onto Wissant Beach 13 hours and 17 minutes after I had walked into the sea off Shakespeare Beach in Dover to finally become a Channel swimmer.  It remains my most memorable, empowering moment in open water swimming.

Top swimming tip

·      When you think you can't, you can.  When you think you are at the end of your ability and endurance, you aren't.  Swim, swim and swim some more until you run out of sea or lake.  Then you may stop and bask in the glory of your achievement. 

Interesting fact about you

I write, I make art, I juggle, I used to ride a unicycle for fun, whilst juggling (but I also fell off a lot - so I don't do it anymore!)