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Customer Blogs

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...

Hellespont 2017

SwimTrekker Robin Fry shares his experience of preparing for and completing the Hellespont Swim along with his top tips. JG Ballard described Charles Sprawson’s seminal 1993 book on swimming, Haunts of the Black Masseur, as “an exhilarating plunge into the deepest pools inside our heads”. And for...

Six Widths in a Yellow Cap

Five years ago I stepped outside my comfort zone for the first time in forever. I agreed to accompany two fabulous open water swimmer friends of mine (Roger Allsopp and Regina Luxon) on something called a “Swim Trek holiday”. This particular Swim Trek holiday was a long distance training camp...