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Customer Blogs

'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...

How I Overcame My Fear of Deep Water to Swim The Hellespont: Susie's Story

SwimTrekker Susie Whitfeld completed her crossing of the Hellespont in 2013 after a year of preparation that saw her overcome a fear of deeper open water. Here, in her own words, is her story of how she came to participate in this life-changing event. I immediately recognised the familiar writing...

A Trip of a lifetime, Virginia’s Galapagos Diaries

_Long time SwimTrekker Virginia has swam with us from the Mediterranean to the Middle East and is a self-confessed SwimTrek super fan! Read on for her incredible account of her recent Galapagos adventure… _ Six years to the day since I embarked upon my very first Swim Trek trip, I found myself...

How I Fell In Love with Open Water Swimming: Sue's Story

I used to be passionate about gardening. Every winter, I’d surround my armchair with seed catalogues and sketches of my yard and plot out the next season. A few years ago, while my late 40s, I changed. I discovered open water swimming; the freedom from lane lines and flip turns, the wonderful...

Hellespont: What Our Guests Have to Say

‘Where else can you do an intercontinental swim and have such fun doing it?’ ‘This exceeded all expectations. Met some fantastic people from all over the world and thought the swim was truly memorable.’ 'Great moments are born from great opportunities' With testimonials like these, it’s...