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Customer Blogs

How swimming saved my life

As regular swimmers, the positive of effects on swimming are familiar and routine to us. Nothing beats the glow of tired satisfaction you feel in your core when you’ve been in the sea for a cool swim, or that first dive in after being away from the water and feeling your whole body submerged. But...

Swimming between countries, how Dee crossed the English Channel and the Irish Sea

Swimming had been something I loved all my life, but it was somewhat ruined after a particularly difficult Galway Bay Swim. That was until I booked my first SwimTrek trip to Croatia in 2014, I picked this trip specifically because I was trying to encourage my friend Zara to join me in open water...

Discovering open water swimming in Slovenia

Earlier this summer, photographer and nature lover Katherine joined us on our Lake Bled and the Slovenian Alps trip. Though she loves the open water, she was not used to covering longer swim distances, but combined with reassurance from our guides and a fantastic backdrop to enjoy it all in, she...

Sink or Swim - Ginny's story of swimming to Mongolia

After a lifechanging family illness, SwimTrekker Ginny found her solace in the water. Along with her sister-in-law Saf, they took on the Mongol Rally challenge in summer 2019. Here's how she wove her love in swimming into her trip! In July 2013 my partner was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer....

'Solo traveller? Not if you're going on a SwimTrek trip!' - A journey of making friends

I started out as a solo traveler on my first SwimTrek and now, eight SwimTreks later, I have friends all over the world! It all began on the Volcanic Coast - Tenerife SwimTrek in October 2016. Swimming along the coast in Gigantes was spectacular. I liked the Canary Islands so much I returned...

SwimTrekker Rob Lea's Mount Everest and English Channel Challenge

Rob Lea made history in July 2019 when he became the first person to summit Mount Everest and swim the English Channel in the same year. Only a handful of people had ever achieved the two feats before, so to take on both in such a short time frame is nothing short of amazing! Rob joined us on our...

My Cozzies and I – Why I Sew My Own Swimming Costumes

You may have come across the occasional talented person who can sew their own clothes, but sewing a swimming costume may seem a DIY job that is a step too far for many. After getting introduced to the open water by a sewing student, professional sewing teacher Amanda combined her creative skills...

Why I return to SwimTrek

My SwimTrek journey began in Majorca in 2012, on the Introduction to Open Water trip. I joined 10 other novice open water swimmers, 9 ladies and one lucky chap! We all had different reasons for being there but all of us were new to sea swimming. My incentive to go on this trip had been a...

Swimming’s A Family Affair: The Special Feeling of Completing the Bosphorus With Loved Ones

The Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim Race represents many things to many people, be it a chance to push physical limits by finishing as quickly as possible or by completing a mass participation event for the first time. Taking part in its 30th year, the 6.5km swim from Asia to Europe had its...

First Open Water Swim - RNLI Castle 2 Castle Swim Falmouth to St Mawes

I completed my first open water swim yesterday. It was 1.1 miles from Falmouth to St Mawes in Cornwall with 250 swimmers registered and 231 swimmers finishing within the 1 hour time limit. The start was overwhelming with that many swimmers trying to launch at the same time and swimming through...