The perfect preparation for any long distance open water swim, particularly an English Channel solo crossing
Focused open water training, combined with in-depth video analysis of your technique delivered by world-class swim coaches with extensive backgrounds in endurance swimming
Explore the unique Croatian topography both above and below the Adriatic Sea
Group seminars covering important elements of preparing for a long distance open water swim
Optional six-hour qualification swim
Night swim experience
Based on a few of the roughly seventy-nine islands strewn along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, our Channel and Long Distance Training camp is the perfect opportunity to evolve your open water skills. We've been supporting English Channel solo, relay, and other long distance event swimmers since 2006. Under the expert eye of our experienced SwimTrek coaches, you will have all the support you need to complete six days of intensive and adventurous open water training.
Whether you’re planning on swimming from England to France or building up to another long distance swim in a different corner of the world, 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 – our itineraries have been carefully refined with your specific needs in mind.
If you are interested in completing the channel as a relay, are looking for a team to join, or would like to get some practice in before your relay, please check out our Channel Relay, Swim Training Camp.
While we support you to complete your required number of swimming hours, using circuit style routes, we will also use in-depth filming, video analysis and seminars to cover the following units*:
|Unit 1||Unit 7|
|Breathing||Event Planning & Preparation|
|Unit 2||Unit 8|
|Body Position and Alignment||Nutrition|
|Unit 3||Unit 9|
|Catch and Propulsion||Mental Strength|
|Unit 4||Unit 10|
|Unit 5||Unit 11|
|Open Water Skills and Race Tactics||Night Swim|
|Practicalities Of Feeding|
*We aim to cover as much applicable content as possible for each swimmer. You will be provided with additional resources and material to support the camp, but delivery may vary based on conditions and itinerary.
With expected water temperatures of 12-16°C (guide only), this trip includes an optional six-hour qualification swim for guests who are required to complete this prior to their English Channel swim, as well as an opportunity to experience a short night swim.
Please note that we cannot guarantee that water temperatures will be below the required level for your English Channel qualification swims, but we recommend booking earlier departures to increase the likelihood of the temperature being below 16°C.
Our accommodation on the island of Prvić Luka, Croatia and overlooks the marina so it is close to swim locations, helping to optimise the mix of training and relaxation time throughout your trip.
Who is this camp for?
This trip is designed for the swimmer who is training for a challenging long distance open water swim. It is ideal for those planning to undertake a solo crossing of the English Channel, as the sea temperature should be between 12-16°C during the trip. Previous participants have also been in training for a North Channel crossing, as well the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and a crossing of the Cook Strait. The camp features long open water training swims, mostly circuits in local bays, with full safety cover, as well as technique coaching and training seminars, over the course of the trip.
Swimmers should also have a good understanding of open water swimming, but swimming distances will vary for each swimmer as each swim is a given duration.
We have given this trip an ‘Ultra’ grading. These trips will push you to your physical and mental limits. Ideal for someone looking to take on a personal challenge.
- Professional Swim Coaches & full safety cover in the open water (swimmers only)
- Open Water Swims and Coaching sessions (swimmers only)
- Swim Technique Coaching and Video Analysis session (swimmers only)
- Group seminars
- Five nights’ accommodation
- Five breakfasts
- Four lunches (swimmers only)
- Full ABTOT Financial Protection
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the start of the camp
- Evening meals
- Drinks and additional activities
Coaching Camp Itinerary
Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek coaches and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.
Day 2 - Daily Swim Time: Up to 3 hours
Day 3 - Daily Swim Time: Up to 5 hours
Day 4 – Daily Swim Time: One 6-hour swim
Day 5 - Daily Swim Time: Up to 2 hours
Day 6 - Daily Swim Time: Up to 1 hour
From Split Airport
The perfect location and hotel for the intensive nature of this swim challenge. The guides were informed, reassuring and inspiring. Together with enthusiastic fellow guests I was encouraged to push myself far further than I ever envisaged. The hotel and boat crew were also terrific. They were not simply doing their jobs, they appeared genuinely to love hosting us. I couldn’t recommend the overall purpose and experience of this trip more highly.Julian W, UK - 2023
One of the best adventures in my life with wonderful people.Flurin C, Switzerland - 2023
The Croatia edition of the Channel and Long Distance Training trip checked all the boxes: well-supported swims up to 6 hours, scenic swimming venues among the Croatian islands, experienced SwimTrek guides, a thoughtful educational seminar program, and warm, invitingLawrence C, USA - 2023
I couldn't emphasise enough the quality of the guides. If I come back to another LDT camp it'll be because they made this be an amazing learning experience.Gabriela RM, Spain - 2022
Fantastic experience both in and out of the water. Helped me realise my potential in a fun, encouraging and safe way. I’m now a proud long distance swimmer and looking forward to more experiences with SwimTrek in the future.Lisa, UK - 2022
Where you get to come back feeling physically stretched and challenged and fully refreshed.Emma P, France - 2022
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