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Guide Blogs

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...

SwimTrek’s Top Travel Swimming Hacks

For the passionate swimmer, the love of the sport has taken us far and wide, and every true swimmer has their tips and tricks to making their swimming experience that little bit better. So, whether your flying across the world for your next swimming adventure or simply jumping in the car down to...

Four reasons to get away early in 2018

It’s that time of year again where you’re desperately seeking some much-needed sun after a long, cold winter. You have to rely on watching ‘A Place in the Sun’ in order to get your daily summer fix. Well, that stops right now! Here are the top four reasons why you don’t need to wait till the...

A week of charitable swimming lessons in The Maldives

The Maldives is a dream tropical destination that provides the perfect setting for our swimming adventures, however many locals have never learnt to swim, despite being an island nation and many jobs in the country are based around the water. SwimTrek is committed to effecting positive change in...