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Posts Tagged: "swimmer story"

Why everyone should try winter swimming (at least once)

I was told winter swimming was addictive. It is the potency of the icy water which gives us our dopamine fix and keeps us coming back for more. And with the same strange intensity it yields an intoxication that is all consuming, like a teenage infatuation. Yet most of my family and friends view...

Jumping into the discomfort zone

As a child I hated swimming – I couldn’t seem to swim without swallowing half the pool and I remember my Dad finding me crying as I didn’t want to go to my lessons anymore. That coupled with a very sporty secondary school meant that I viewed myself as rubbish at all sport. When I hit my thirties,...

From Joanne the Fearful to Joanne the Conqueror: My Introduction to Open Water Swimming

The sea, and water in general, have been something I have feared for most of my life. One of my earliest memories is of being frightened of the sea and what it holds beneath the surface. To me, the ocean was something to avoid, to fear and to mistrust. It was too deep, too vast, too unknown - too...

A unique swimming holiday in Oman - our guests and staff's experiences

Oman is one of our more unusual swimming holidays, offering up the chance to swim in the fjord like khors of the Musandam Peninsula and enjoying the company of a variety of sea life along the way. With an incredible swim backdrop, this trip will see you exploring in depth the Khor Ash Sham and...

Burn Survivor: How I took on the Bosphorus Swim

Years after having an accident as a child that left her with 3rd degree burns, Sylvia decided enough was enough and began sharing her story of learning to love her body. She campaigns for acceptance and visibility of scars and skins conditions with her Love Disfigure movement. As part of her...

How swimming saved my life

As regular swimmers, the positive of effects on swimming are familiar and routine to us. Nothing beats the glow of tired satisfaction you feel in your core when you’ve been in the sea for a cool swim, or that first dive in after being away from the water and feeling your whole body submerged. But...

Sink or Swim - Ginny's story of swimming to Mongolia

After a lifechanging family illness, SwimTrekker Ginny found her solace in the water. Along with her sister-in-law Saf, they took on the Mongol Rally challenge in summer 2019. Here's how she wove her love in swimming into her trip! In July 2013 my partner was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer....

Swimming the Tremiti Islands and Sardinia’s La Maddalena – A Photo Diary

Italy is home to some of our favourite swim locations, and our Emerald Coast – Sardinia and Tremiti Islands trips have been amongst our most popular trips for many years. Our Customer and Sales Manager Chad visited both of our Italian destinations in summer 2019 and documented the fantastic...

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...