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Ice Rescue With The Canadian Rangers

I've recently joined the Canadian Rangers, which is a reserve military presence in various isolated and remote communities throughout Canada. We're primarily involved in such things as remote military training exercises (wilderness survival and first aid), search and rescue, and volunteer...

Maldives Magic

One wet, cold snowy day last February, I had a phone call from my pal, Lesley, who was so excited she could hardly speak-“look at Swimtrek’s trip page, quickly !” were my instructions. I duly did as I was told and was completely dumb struck when I saw the new trip being advertised. We had a brief...

Swim For Haiti

Tracee and Duke share their incredible memories of Haiti's 2017 Charity Swim: We are really happy that we took the route of working through SwimTrek for our first "Swim for Haiti" event. You get to experience the event like any other entrant, but you have the added benefit of all...

Photo of the Month

FEBRUARY 2017 WINNER! Congratulations to Caoimhe who snapped this beauty in the Maldives last week. The photo was taken as the guests were heading back to the boat for lunch. Second Place Our guest James Norton captured this incredible image of flying his paper plane off the Omanian fjords. ...

Khor blimey

As one of the SwimTrek guides, I’ve been to some incredible locations and have spent much of my time watching swimmers, sometimes leading to a shortage of my own swimming. Although many guides have some serious credentials many like myself are pretty comfortable paddling reasonable distances in...

Four reasons to get away early in 2017

It’s that time of year again where you’re desperately seeking some much-needed sun after a long, cold winter. You have to rely on watching ‘A Place in the Sun’ in order to get your daily summer fix. Well, that stops right now! Here are the top four reasons why you don’t need to wait till the...

Final Swim. A cracker- Fran in the Galapagos

All good things come to an end. Well I guess that’s true as SwimTrek finishes today. Would it be the sensational last day we hope for? You betcha! Everyone was very chatty on the walk to the port. Last day brings an extra energy even though some have picked up coughs and colds! Into the water...

Day 5 Tintoreras- Fran in the Galapagos

This morning it was hot as we headed to Tintoreras, a bay made up of lava channels and home to assorted wildlife. Predominantly the iguana. The water here is yet another shade of blue. More a beautiful emerald colour. We got off the boat and walked along the rough path, lead by Fernando. We saw...

Day 4: Isola Isabela- Fran in the Galapagos

Tortuga is the remains of a collapsed volcano. It’s shaped like a horse shoe. The water was delicious. Perfect temperature. Nice little current and plenty to see along the way – both above and below the water. Frigate birds, sea lions, masses of fish, and of course marine iguanas. And of course...

Day 3 : Isola Isabela- Fran in the Galapagos

Breakfast was a 7am at Deli Cafe next door to our hotel. Better than yesterday’s at LoLo Cafe. A good coffee is a definite when we have a long day planned. Then it was luggage downstairs ready for the trip across to Isola Isabela our next stay. The swimming group are bonding and it’s fun and...