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A-Z of Mythical Sea Monsters

Sea Monster (noun): Water denizens, both real and fictional, of appropriate size, unique appearance and mystique to inspire awe and terror. Here be monsters! Join us as we get to know those spooky water denizens, both real and fictional, who've happily haunted human imaginations for the past...

Vindication Swim: Kirsten Callaghan Interview

Brighton-based SwimTrek HQ caught wind of this exciting independent film project - Vindication Swim. And we reached out to lead actress Kirsten Callaghan to find out more about her portrayal of the first female British swimmer to cross the English Channel... Production on Vindication Swim is set...

Against The Tides: Beth French Interview

The Oceans Seven is one of the toughest challenges an open water swimmer could ever face. Seven gruelling crossings around the world. Each with their own unique set of difficulties, kindly designed to 'take a swimmer apart'... Beth French is a self-employed massage therapist and single...

Best SwimTreks For Freedivers

Hold your breath – this ones for the deep divers and seabed explorers among you… Starting out, freediving seems a little like advanced snorkelling. You stay under for as long as you can. Then resurface and blast the water from your snorkel, like a broaching whale. As freedivers progress they...

Recipes for SwimTrekkin’ Foodies

Who knows food better than the hungry swimmer? That dripping banquet hunter, exhausted after wrestling chop and fatigue – deprived of all but a few morsels scoffed while laid-out floating on the water, otter style. In this blog, we’re forgoing old methods of wolfing down carbs and sugar loading....

"So, You’re New To Open Water?"

There are all kinds of questions that come up when you're new to outdoor swimming. Where’s safe to do it? What do I need to take with me? Should I have support in the water? Sometimes outdoor swimming (or open water swimming/wild swimming) seems to be regarded as a new-fangled activity. As...

10 Christmas Gifts For The Family Swimmer

It’s that time of year when gift-giving has us all in a frenzy... Subtle hints drift back and forth. Ideas are planted. Then forgotten. Book titles and chocolate brands fade beyond reach. Remote-controlled helicopters and festive egg cups suddenly litter our social feeds. And it looks suddenly so...

Freezing 15: Bucket List For Ice Swimmers

Of all the bucket lists doing the rounds out there, this surely has to be one of the most obscure. These aren’t your steamy infinity pool haunts or crowded natural wonders – these are places that offer the ideal conditions for Ice Swimmers and chasers of Ice Kms (one km in water under 5C without...

10 Waters That Will Give You Chills

Halloween had us asking ourselves – where are the world’s scariest waters? Haunted pools. Predator-roamed coastlines. Current-filled sinkholes. Where in the world isn’t it safe to swim? And what do conditions have to be like to put off the hardiest of open water enthusiasts? At the same time, we...

Tried & Tested: Swim Watch Buyer’s Guide

3 top brands. 3 leading models. All certified by the SwimTrek tribe... We wanted to know which swim watch faired best for pool and open water training, and we opted to enlist the support of our SwimTrek community. We found that 3 brands were mentioned more than any others: Garmin, SUUNTO and...