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Tried & Tested: Swim Watch Buyer’s Guide

3 top brands. 3 leading models. All certified by the SwimTrek tribe... We wanted to know which swim watch faired best for pool and open water training, and we opted to enlist the support of our SwimTrek community. We found that 3 brands were mentioned more than any others: Garmin, SUUNTO and...

An Introduction to Cold Water

Cold water is addictive. Once you catch the bug, warm chlorine won’t ever feel the same again… We hear endless stories about the transformative power of cold water. It gives us ways to escape bouts of depression, strengthen the immune system, encourage creativity, improve circulation and even to...

Find Your Fit: SwimTrek's Wetsuit Buyer’s Guide

We’re often asked about the Perfect Swimmer's Wetsuit – an all-purpose armour to avoid chafing and stroke restriction, which is thin and flexible, but still retains heat. The truth is, wetsuits are made for all conditions, temperatures and seasons. And so, while you won’t find a single suit...

Top 10 Swim Adventure Books

Many different styles of outdoor swimming have evolved over the years, and for each one there's a different kind of storyteller... Roger Deakin’s Waterlog set the benchmark for books about swimming in nature - a man with a giddy, rebellious streak, who escaped to country spots across the UK...

SwimTrek: 10 Trips With Wildlife

Animal encounters are the stuff of swimming legends: Lynne Cox shared a training swim with a grey whale calf. Adam Walker swam shark-infested waters guarded by a pod of dolphins. Ross Edgley bumped into a basking shark during his Great British Swim… So, we thought it was time to look at a few ...

Turkey: Location Spotlight

Historic Swims & World-famous Cuisine Europe and Asia collide in a rich historical blend of old and new. Discover architecture shaped by a succession of fallen empires, ruins carved by ancient wars, and, of course, a world-famous cuisine reflecting a vibrant country with a long and...

Why You Should Try Sunrise and Sunset Swimming

Staycation. The word on everyone’s lips since coming out of lockdown. An opportunity to reconnect with the wonders of the world on our own doorstep and rediscover life’s simple pleasures. And outdoor swimming, whether at sunrise or sunset, is a chance to find the extraordinary in the ordinary and...

Photos of the Month April 2020 – Spring has Swum

Spring is slowly coming to life in the UK, and in places around the world, so we’re sharing some of our favourite destinations that we’ve enjoyed in the spring. Where are some of your best swim spots to dive into at this time of the year? Crisp spring misty mornings in Montenegro, jumping right...

A virtual swimming tour of Milos, Greece

While nothing beats being in the water yourself, if you can’t get to our swim destinations, we’ll take you virtually! With contrasting white cliffs alongside brilliant turquoise seas, a swimming trip around the island of Milos is full of beauty at every turn. Here’s a snippet of the experience...

Best Swim Travel Shows and Films to Watch

With many of us now spending more time indoors and pining after our open water swims, one of the next best things to do is to watch others doing it. There are some great swim inspired films and TV shows to get stuck into, and to help inspire your next swims when you can enjoy the water once more....