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Guide Blogs

A SwimTrek Guide's Packing Essentials For Trips: Elodie De Rover

Packing to go anywhere is always difficult. What exactly do I need? How many of each thing should I bring? Will it all fit? Will the security officer checking my carry-on judge my book and snack choices? Is that enough of a reason to not let me through? Without tooting my own horn too much, I...

How I balance guiding for SwimTrek alongside a full-time job

Our SwimTrek guides often have plenty of incredible experiences of their own and many of them balance their adventures guiding for SwimTrek with regular jobs in their home countries. From musicians and lecturers to psychologists and midwives, there’s no end to our guides talents. Read on to find...

A Year in the Life of a SwimTrek Guide - Simon Emm's 2019

In 2019, I was very lucky to have a busy summer season (in the northern hemisphere) working in Greece on the Ionian Explorer, the Tremiti Islands, Croatia on the Dalmatian Coast and Oman. Here’s a snapshot of my experience in each location to give you a flavour of a day in the life of a guide! ...

SwimTrek Guide Telly Maukonen completes the Lake Zurich Swim

After several years without a 'big swim' Senior SwimTrek Guide Telly took on the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Swim in Switzerland in August 2019, a 26km around Lake Zurich. Here she takes us through all the emotions she felt on the day and all of the aspects that made the swim so special for her!...

SwimTrek Guides Training 2019 Photo Diary

Every May, SwimTrek holds its annual Guides Training weekend and 2019's edition was our biggest and most ambitious to date. With 33 guides both new and old joining us in Brighton over 5 days, the SwimTrek Operations team delivered their specialist programme to produce the best possible guides...

Handling High Winds is a Breeze, What Our Resourceful Guides Do When Bad Weather Strikes

Senior Guide Marlys has spent several years exploring and swimming the world with SwimTrek. On her first visit to the Sporades islands, she recounts a particularly memorable week making the best out of challenging weather conditions. Alonissos is a beautiful Greek island. It was my first visit to...

12 Great UK Lidos

Nothing beats the freedom and the beauty of swimming in the open water, but if you’re landlocked or unable to get to your nearest river, lake or seaside, then an open air pool is the next best thing! We’ve picked out some of the most beautiful and interesting lidos from across the country. How...

It's a Small World After All! How SwimTrek Links Swimmers Around the World!

Our guide Dionne has led SwimTrek trips around the world, but when she's not off on exciting swimming adventures with us, shes based in a small town in Northern Saskatchewan, Canada. Read on for her story of how she met other links to her local area on a SwimTrek trip to Egypt! The people I...

Mallorca Photo Diary, SwimTrekkers represent at Best Fest!

SwimTrek guests and guides alike were part of the hundreds of passionate open water fanatics participating in the 2018 Best Fest Open Water Swimming Festival in Mallorca this May. The festival sees swimmers from around the world gathering to compete in a series of both fun and challenging events...

SwimTrek’s Top Tips for Adopting Drowning Preventative Actions into Your Swim Training

To coincide with the RLSS’ Drowning Prevention Week for 2018, SwimTrek has put together its top tips ensuring your own and others safety in the water and taking steps to prevent drowning wherever possible. Over 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year – equivalent to one person drowning...