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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

  • 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

Join us on the original channel and long distance swim training camp in Mallorca which we’ve been running for the past 14 years. With more than 200 successful English Channel solo swimmers having completed this trip in the past, it is the perfect way to prepare yourself, both physically and mentally, for any long distance swim challenge that you’re planning to undertake.

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, 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 optional two- and six-hour qualification swim for guests who are required to complete this prior to their English channel swim.

With our new base in 2018 at Niu d’Aus Apartments, your accommodation now overlooks the marina and is located closer than ever to your coaches and swim locations, which will help to optimise the mix of training and relaxation time throughout your trip.

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

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour
  • Evening meals

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Day 1

We meet at the hotel in Porto Petro 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

Daily Swim Time: up to 3 hours

We hold an initial swim in Porto Petro Bay. 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 to improve our endurance with another bay swim. Later in the evening we will meet in the hotel for our first seminar.

Day 3

Daily Swim Time: Up to 5 hours

This is 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

Daily Swim Time: 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

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

Daily 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 to swap information with other guests and guides from your trip.

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Niu D' Aus Apartments, Porto Petro

Start Time: 17:00 on Day 1

Finish Point: Niu D' Aus Apartments, Porto Petro

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.

Please note that SwimTrek will supply swim hats and 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. If you would like to use a wetsuit, rash vest or fins during your swims, please ensure that you bring these with you.

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 highly 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 2018 include Fiona Southwell and Cliff Golding, 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 2018, please send a copy to the office, as this may be sufficient. Alternatively, please download the SwimTrek Medical Form from here. This form must be completed after 1 September 2017 and uploaded to your SwimTrek account before 26 February 2018.

Temperatures

Month Water Temperature* Air Temperature*
Late March 12-14˚C / 53-57°F 18-20˚C / 64-68°F
Early April 13-15˚C / 55-59°F 20-22˚C / 72-75°F
Late April 14-16˚C / 57-61°F 21-23˚C / 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 three 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 Skyscanner 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, Frankfurt
Air Europa Brussels, Paris
Easyjet London Gatwick, Berlin
Jet2 Manchester
Monarch London Gatwick
Norwegian Air London Gatwick, Oslo
Ryan Air Berlin, Dublin, Manchester
Thomson London
Thomas Cook London, Manchester

Transfer from Palma to Ferrera Beach Apartments

From Palma Airport to Niu D' Aus apartments the fastest and simplest way to get there is by taxi. The journey takes approximately an hour and the cost of the service is €75 (for up to four passengers). To book please visit Taxi PMI. Please note, reservations must be made at least 12 hours before the required time, to be guaranteed.

Bus Transfer from Palma to Cala Ferrera

The cheapest form of transport to Niu D' Aus Apartments is by bus. It can take between an 1½ and 2 hours and costs between €15-20.

From the airport, you will need to catch the A51 to Porto Petro. It is then a 13 minute walk to the accommodation. For tickets and timetables please visit TIB.

Car Hire

Another option to get to Niu D' Aus apartments is by car. In previous years customers have hired a car for the duration of their stay in Mallorca and have found this to be a very useful choice. For anyone using a Sat Nav, please enter the address: Niu D'Aus Apartments, Calle de Estel d'Argent, 18 07691, Porto Petro. The journey should take approximately one hour, prices to hire a car start from £85 a week. We recommend hiring close to Palma Airport, for more information please visit the Palma Airport website.There is on site parking available at the accommodation.

Practical Information

Accommodation

The Niu d’Aus Apartments are our new base for the Channel and Long Distance Training Camp in 2018. Located just 10 minutes walk from the marina of Porto Petro, the apartments are in an elevated position with great views of the bay and hills beyond. All apartments have en suite bathrooms and the SwimTrek rooms have a balcony with views over the sea. Each of the 19 apartments in the Niu d´Aus are spacious (approx. 33-square metres) and have both air conditioning and heating. The lounge includes a sofa bed, while the kitchenette has a fridge, microwave and hob. All bedrooms have two single beds. The complex includes gardens, a large terrace and small freeform pool. There is free wi-fi and on-site parking available for guests as well as a small bar area where we will hold our seminars and have breakfast.

Meals

Breakfast and lunch are included on this training camp and you can choose to have dinner in one of the local restaurants or make use of the small kitchenette in your room. As all the apartments are self-catering and come with kitchenettes, guests can supplement meals by bringing along other items such as porridge and granola or wholemeal pasta 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-residents 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. Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.

Health Information and Recommended Vaccinations

For comprehensive health information for people travelling to Mallorca, including all recommended and required vaccinations, please visit www.travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries. Please note that this information is subject to change and you should re-check this site regularly prior to your trip.

Travel Plugs & Electricity

For a useful source of information on the different electrical outlets, electrical plugs, and electric sockets, please visit ElectricalOutlet.org.

  • Inspiring to meet so many people who have achieved so much in Open Water Swimming. Pushed me beyond what I thought I was capable of. Beautiful Swim locations

    Colin, UK-2017
  • Amazing people - amazing swims - amazing place - amazing week!

    Pourantru, FRA- 2017
  • Just go for it, I did and I will treasure the experience for a long time to come

    Jo. F, UK- 2017
  • I would never have managed so much sea training in such a short space of time or so early in the year and I would absolutely recommend this holiday to anyone planning a marathon sea swimming event.

    Wendy. F, UK- 2017
  • Excellent trip. Great location, great guides. Ideal starting preparation for any long distance swim swim season. Recommended!

    Martyn. W, CHE- 2017
  • The LDT camp is the perfect pre-season warm-up for the upcoming summer. It's good fun, run by inspirational swimmers, and draws the best out of swimmers of all levels. I recommend.

    Leopold. L, UK- 2017
  • Fantastic week of swimming. Location is stunning and water is crystal clear. The guides have amazing knowledge, experience and enthusiasm.

    Eric B, Oman- 2017
  • The six hour qualifier was the hardest thing I've ever done; it was also the best thing I've ever done.

    Tracey H, UK -2017

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Niu d’Aus Apartments

The Niu d’Aus Apartments are our base for SwimTrek's Channel and Long Distance Training Camp for 2018. Just 10 minutes walk from the marina of Porto Petro the apartments are in an elevated position with great views of the bay and hills beyond.