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If your sights are set on completing a solo crossing of the world-famous English Channel, or if you’re planning to take part in any other long distance open water swimming event around the world, this swim training camp in Mallorca is the perfect way to prepare yourself, both physically and mentally, for the challenge ahead.

Under the expert eye of our experienced swim coaches, you will have all the support that you need to complete six days of intensive open water training. Incorporating video analysis to improve your technique and performance, and seminars on critical topics such as “Feeding and Hydration” and “Mental Preparation,” this camp will ensure that you are ready to take on your open water challenge with a solid level of preparation behind you.

Whether you’re planning on swimming from England to France, or heading off to take part in another long distance swim in a different corner of the world, at SwimTrek we understand what you’re going through. We’ve been there before and we know what it takes to prepare yourself for such a challenge.

With expected water temperatures of 12-16°C (guide only), this trip includes an optional two and six-hour qualification swim for guests who are required to complete this prior to their English channel swim.

With all meals included and accommodation in the comfortable self-catering apartments of Ferrera Beach in Cala d'Or, all you’ll have to focus on during your time in Mallorca is your time in the water.

Who is this trip for?

This trip is designed for the swimmer or triathlete who is training for a long distance open water swim. It is ideal for those planning to undertake a solo crossing of the English Channel, or similar, as the sea temperature will be approximately 12-16°C during the trip. The tour features long open water training swims, mostly in local bays, with full safety cover, as well as technique coaching and training seminars, over the course of the trip.

What's included?

  • Fully guided swim training camp in Mallorca
  • Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
  • Technique coaching and video analysis
  • Five nights accommodation
  • Group seminars
  • All breakfasts
  • All lunches
  • All dinners

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour

Tour Highlights

  • The perfect preparation for an English Channel solo crossing or other long distance open water swim

  • Support and encouragement from world-class guides with extensive long distance swimming backgrounds

  • Focused open water training, combined with in depth video analysis of your technique in the pool

  • All meals included throughout the duration of your trip

  • Group seminars covering important elements of preparing for a long distance open water swim

  • Optional six-hour training / qualification swim

  • Preparation of a post-trip training plan

Accommodation

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Ferrera Beach

For your comfort on this coaching tour, we have selected the Ferrera Beach apartments next to Cala Ferrera beach, in Cala d’Or. Perfectly suited to accommodate the long distance swimmer, these self-catering apartments with kitchenette offer a clean and modern home away from home during your stay.

Full board is included as part of your package and apartments are all equipped with wifi.

Day 1

Saturday

We meet at the hotel in Cala Ferrera for a pre-trip safety briefing and to discuss in detail the plans for the week ahead. After focusing on the swim schedule and seminar plan we then hit the water for the first time for our acclimatisation swim.

Day 2

Sunday Daily Swim Time: up to 3hrs

We hold an initial swim in Ferrera Bay. This is an ideal time to get used to the conditions and temperature. Following this, we head to the pool to film your stroke under the water using specialised video equipment. We review the videos with detailed stroke analysis for each person. In the afternoon we are back in the sea working and improving our endurance with another bay swim. Later in the evening we will meet in the hotel for our first seminar.

Day 3

Monday Daily Swim Time: up to 5hrs

A big day as we fit in two long swim sessions in the Mondragó National Park. Distances will vary according to each swimmer and their training goals, and we will also focus on your feeding plan, suggesting alterations if required.

Day 4

Tuesday Daily Swim Time: One six-hour swim

One six hour swim. The precise swim location will be based on the current weather, so for Channel soloists it’s a mandatory pre-qualifier and for all others it’s a chance to see what you can do. We will provide full safety boat cover and nutritional support during your swim. Following this we will work with you individually on assessing the outcome.

Day 5

Wednesday Daily Swim Time: up to 2 hours

A day to swim, a day to focus on your technique, a day to relax! The day is planned with an easy, but important, recovery swim after yesterday’s efforts, and a chance to relax on a boat nearby. Time will be set aside for a group Q&A session and one-to-one discussions with your guides to consolidate your learning and to plan your future training.

Day 6

Thursday Swim Time: up to 1 hour

There’s time for one more morning swim session before the trip ends. We swim as a group and it is an excellent time to work on your technique and afterwards to swap information with other guests and guides from your tour.

Accommodation

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Ferrera Beach

For your comfort on this coaching tour, we have selected the Ferrera Beach apartments next to Cala Ferrera beach, in Cala d’Or. Perfectly suited to accommodate the long distance swimmer, these self-catering apartments with kitchenette offer a clean and modern home away from home during your stay.

Full board is included as part of your package and apartments are all equipped with wifi.

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Ferrera Beach Apartments, Cala Ferrera

Start Time: 17:00 on Day 1

Finish Point: Ferrera Beach Apartments, Cala Ferrera

Finish Time: 11:00 on Day 6

Trip Information

Equipment

In addition to your daily non-swimming clothes, we also recommend that you bring the following items:

Item Item
Swimming Costumes (x2) Towels
Swimming Googles* (x2) Small Daypack
High Factor, Water Resistant Sun Cream Waterproof Trousers / Jacket
Gloves and Warm Socks Sweater / Fleece / Woolly Hat
Swim Earplugs (if you use them) Waterproof Watch
Tracksuit Trousers / Sweatpants Thermal Underwear / Base Layers
Aqua Shoes / Sandals Specific Nutrition

*Try to bring one clear lens and one tinted lens for different light conditions.

SwimTrek will supply swim hats. We will have a limited supply/range of flippers, rashvests and wetsuits available on the trip, however we cannot guarantee sizes for all. If you have your own flippers, rashvest or wetsuit, we would recommend you bring these with you in order to maximise your enjoyment of the trip. Please note that SwimTrek will provide water and electrolyte drinks in shared water bottles on your safety boat. If you prefer to use your own drink bottle, please feel free to bring one along.

Seminars

These are an important part of the trip and areas covered include the following:

Topic
Mental Preparation
Feeding and Hydration
Stroke Technique and Analysis
On-going Training
Pilots and Crew
Hypothermia & Fatigue
Other Long Distance Swims

Swimming Circuits

Due to the nature of this training and the wide range of distances that will be covered by different members of the group, most of our swims take place around a series of circuits in locals bays. Circuit swims allow you to complete your training at your individual pace with full safety cover at all times.

Your SwimTrek Guides

The guides that we use on this trip are all experienced long distance swimmers and/or swim coaches, with a number of them having completed English Channel solo crossings. While final schedules are yet to be confirmed, past guides who will be back in 2017 include Fiona Southwell (three departures: 01 - 20 April) and Cliff Golding (two departures: 25 March - 30 March / 15 April - 20 April), with additional guides to be announced in the lead up to the trip

Medical Forms

A signed medical form from your doctor is required for this trip. If you have already completed a medical assessment in preparation for a swim in 2017, please send a copy to the office, as this may be sufficient. Alternatively, please download the SwimTrek Medical Form from . This form must be completed after 1st September 2016 and uploaded to the SwimTrek website by 26th February 2017.

Temperatures

Month Water Temperature* Air Temperature*
Late March 12-14˚C l 53-57°F 18-20˚C l 64-68°F
Early April 13-15˚C l 55-59°F 20-22˚C l 72-75°F
Late April 14-16˚C l 57-61°F 21-23˚C l 70-73°F

*Please note that these temperatures are indicative and should be used as a guide only.

Weather Caveat

For safety reasons, we rely on decent weather conditions when carrying out our swims. As a consequence, open water swimming holidays require a certain degree of on-trip flexibility which can result in changes to the planned itinerary. These changes often add a touch of uniqueness to your trip and will be communicated to you by your SwimTrek guides as quickly as possible. In addition, please be aware that we cannot guarantee that the water will be 15ºC or under for the six-hour swim.

Swimming Conditions

Swimming in the sea is a fantastic experience, however you should be aware that certain marine life such as jellyfish, sea lice, sea urchins and coral could be present during the swims. In all cases we will work on reducing your contact with these creatures, however if you suffer from anaphylaxis, please consult the office prior to booking.

Group Size and Boat Support

This trip has a maximum group size of 16. The group will be accompanied by 3-4 SwimTrek guides and safety vessels at all times.

Boat support on this trip includes one main boat and two inflatable boats to be piloted by your SwimTrek guides and a local boat pilot. Please note that this boat support is subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Getting There

While we have outlined various travel options below, they are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. We suggest that you use www.skyscanner.net to search for alternative flight options.

Whichever route you choose to take, we recommend confirming your flights and other travel arrangements as early as possible in order to avoid price rises and availability issues.

Flights to Palma

The following airlines fly to Palma from various European destinations.

Airline Departure Airport
Air Berlin Berlin Schoenefeld, Frankfurt
Air Europa Brussels, Paris
Easyjet London Gatwick, Berlin Schoenefeld
Jet2 Manchester
Monarch London Gatwick
Norwegian Air London Gatwick, Oslo
Ryan Air Berlin Schoenefeld, Dublin, Manchester
Thomson London
Thomas Cook London, Manchester

Transfer from Palma to Ferrera Beach Apartments

The fastest way from Mallorca Airport to Ferrera Beach apartments is by taxi, costing approximately €70 for up to four passengers with Taxi PMI. An alternative option is to book a place on an airport shuttle via Shuttle2Book which offers a transfer to your accommodation for approximately €15 per person. Please note that this transfer will make several stops between the airport and the accommodation and will result in a longer journey time that catching a taxi.

Bus Transfer from Palma to Cala Ferrera

To get to Cala Ferrera from Palma Airport via bus, you will first need to catch a local bus from the airport to Gabriel Alomar 39. Buses are available every 10-20 minutes and run throughout the day (Monday to Saturday) the timetable can be found at EMT Palma. The journey time is approximately 20 minutes and will cost between €3-5 . From Gabriel Alomar 39, it’s a one-minute walk over to the bus terminal where you will need to jump onto the 501. The journey time from here is approximately 1½ hours and will cost between €10-20. The timetable can be found at www.tib.org.

Car Hire

Some guests prefer to hire a car for the duration of their stay in Mallorca. To find more information regarding this, please visit www.palmaairport.info/car-hire. For Sat Nav input, the accommodation address is: C/Es Forn 76, 07669 Cala Ferrera, Cala D'Or, Majorca, Spain

Practical Information

Accommodation

During the duration of your stay, we choose to stay in the comfortable self-catering apartments of Ferrera Beach in Cala d'Or. Guests who book a twin share room will share a one-bedroom apartment, guests who book a single room supplement will get their own apartment. All of the rooms are modern and equipped with A/C, self catering kitchens, en-suite bathrooms, safe deposit boxes and balcony / terraces.

Meals

All meals are included within this package, meaning that all you will need to focus on during your time in Mallorca is your training and recovery. As all the apartments are self catering and come with kitchenettes, guests can supplement the hotel’s Mediterranean breakfast by bringing along other items such as porridge and granola should they wish.

Extra Expenses

You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as drinks, entertainment, souvenirs, etc. The local currency in Mallorca is the Euro (€).

Passports and Visas

Spain is part of the European Union. Non-citizens of Spain require a full passport to enter the country, which should be valid for six months beyond the expected length of stay. Citizens of most countries, including all E.U. member states, U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter Spain for less than 90 days. Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your personal visa obligations prior to travel.

Vaccinations

There are currently no essential vaccination requirements for Montenegro, however it is advisable to re-check this information eight weeks before you travel. You should also ensure that your immunity to tetanus and polio is up-to-date.

Tour Highlights

  • The perfect preparation for an English Channel solo crossing or other long distance open water swim

  • Support and encouragement from world-class guides with extensive long distance swimming backgrounds

  • Focused open water training, combined with in depth video analysis of your technique in the pool

  • All meals included throughout the duration of your trip

  • Group seminars covering important elements of preparing for a long distance open water swim

  • Optional six-hour training / qualification swim

  • Preparation of a post-trip training plan

Accommodation

Ferrera beach  ldt  small
Ferrera Beach

For your comfort on this coaching tour, we have selected the Ferrera Beach apartments next to Cala Ferrera beach, in Cala d’Or. Perfectly suited to accommodate the long distance swimmer, these self-catering apartments with kitchenette offer a clean and modern home away from home during your stay.

Full board is included as part of your package and apartments are all equipped with wifi.

  • This channel and long distance training in Mallorca should be made compulsory for all channel swimmers as their preparation and information about the channel are second to none. If you want to complete your channel swim, this is for you.

    Andrew R. 2016 - UK
  • The combination of the wealth of knowledge from the guides sets it apart. Their personalities, their experiences, their motivation and enthusiasm drives you to beloeve you can achieve your goals. I loved it!

    Leopold V. 2016 - UK
  • Essential trip for anyone considering the Channel or a similar swimming challenge.

    Phil B. UK - 2016
  • A must-do trip for anyone who wants to swim from England to France.

    Barbara J. UK - 2016
  • A truly outstanding trip. A great location, the best guides you could ask for working with a great group of fellow swimmers. To kick of the swim year for anyone preparing for a Channel or Long Distance swim event this is just perfect.

    Martyn W. Switzerland - 2016
  • Superb opportunity to train with some of the worlds most experienced Channel swimmers.

    Adrian B. 2016 - UK
  • I absolutely loved this trip - it was fantastic value for money and great fun. I also learnt a lot - though I'm a bit of a swimming rookie so that's not surprising! I can't overemphasise how good the 4 guides were - my advice would be never to let them go!

    Zoe B. 2015
  • Every seminar was extremely relevant and inspiring. All the guides were excellent and friendly and approachable.

    Bronagh. 2015
  • Just home from the long-distance training trip in Majorca! Had a brilliant time - swims were fab and the guides Kevin, Anna, Fiona and Trish were brilliant. Always felt 100% safe and supported! Thanks for a brilliant week - and i'm already looking forward to booking another SwimTrek trip!!

    Sarah H, April 2014, UK
  • ìIf you are planning a channel swim no matter whether a relay or solo then this coaching trip is a must do. I have come back home with loads to think about and consider and feel much more positive about my challenge ahead.

    Lisa North - 2014
  • I think the trip is excellent. The timed swims cut out any 'competitive' elements and the guides provide a balance of encouragement and challenge. I didn't expect to do either a 6 hour swim or sign up for a channel solo, but ended up doing both. Thanks to all the guides for their enthusiasm and dedication.

    Sarah Kenyon - 2014

Tour Highlights

  • The perfect preparation for an English Channel solo crossing or other long distance open water swim

  • Support and encouragement from world-class guides with extensive long distance swimming backgrounds

  • Focused open water training, combined with in depth video analysis of your technique in the pool

  • All meals included throughout the duration of your trip

  • Group seminars covering important elements of preparing for a long distance open water swim

  • Optional six-hour training / qualification swim

  • Preparation of a post-trip training plan

Accommodation

Ferrera beach  ldt  small
Ferrera Beach

For your comfort on this coaching tour, we have selected the Ferrera Beach apartments next to Cala Ferrera beach, in Cala d’Or. Perfectly suited to accommodate the long distance swimmer, these self-catering apartments with kitchenette offer a clean and modern home away from home during your stay.

Full board is included as part of your package and apartments are all equipped with wifi.

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