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Channel Relay Swim Training Camp - Montenegro

Tour Highlights

  • Support and encouragement from world-class coaches with extensive Relay swimming coach backgrounds

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

  • Group seminars covering important elements of preparing for a Channel team relay swim

  • The option to complete a two-hour training swim and preparation of a post-trip training plan

  • Relax in the beautifully restored former palace with outstanding views

  • Enjoy daily delicious home-cooked breakfasts

New for 2019, our Channel Relay Swim Training Camp is designed to prepare those swimmers who are either set to do an English Channel relay swim (or equivalent) or those who are interested in doing one in the future, meeting like minded swimmers and experiencing a swim for this kind of duration.

Being part of an open water swimming relay team has its unique challenges and this camp aims in covering these and preparing the swimmers for them. 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 open water training. Incorporating video analysis to improve your technique and performance, and seminars on 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 a channel relay swim from England to France, or heading off to take part in another relay 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 18-20°C (guide only), this trip includes an optional two-hour swim for guests who want to push themselves to doing long duration swims. Please note that the 2 hour swim is not intended as a Channel qualification swim due to expected water temperature, but will prepare you to complete this duration of swim back in cooler waters.

Our accommodation is the Perast Palace in the town of Perast located on Kotor Bay. Formally an old palace, it has recently been converted into a home-from-home style accommodation. It’s an ideal facility for these camps and is within 100 metres of the sea which helps 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 group of swimmers who are training for a team relay event where swim legs are between 1-2 hours in duration. The tour features open water training swims, mostly in Kotor and Tivat 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 Montenegro
  • Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
  • Technique coaching and video analysis
  • Five nights accommodation
  • Group seminars
  • All breakfasts and lunches

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour
  • Evening meals
  • First Night's Dinner (Optional €20 at the Palace)

Day 1

We meet in the courtyard of our accommodation in Perast 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, it’s time for an early evening swim to prepare for the next day’s swims and the challenging days ahead.

Day 2 - Daily Swim Time: Up to 1 hour

This morning we hit the water for the first time for a short swim in Kotor Bay. This is an ideal time to get used to the conditions and temperature. Remaining in the Bay, we film your stroke using specialised video equipment. Later on we will review the videos with detailed stroke analysis for each swimmer. After a hearty lunch back at the palace, in the afternoon we are back in the sea to improve our endurance with another bay swim. Later in the evening we will meet at the palace for our first seminar.

Day 3 - Daily Swim Time: Up to 2 hours

Today we fit in two swim sessions in Kotor Bay, each of an hour in duration. Distances will vary according to each swimmer and their training goals.

Day 4 - Daily Swim Time: One 2 hour swim

The precise swim location will be based on the current weather and local conditions. This is your chance to complete your two-hour swim under the watchful eye of our hugely experienced coaches. 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 and plot your way forward from here.

Day 5 - Daily Swim Time: Up to 2 hours

A day to swim and a day to focus on your technique. The day is planned with two individual swims building on yesterday’s qualification swim. Time will be set aside for a group Q&A session and one-to-one discussions with your coaches to consolidate your learning and to plan your future training.

Day 6 - Daily Swim Time: Up to 30 minutes

There’s time for one more morning warm-down 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 coaches from your trip.

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Perast Palace, Perast

Start Time: 17:00 on Day 1

Finish Point: Perast Palace, Perast

Finish Time: 11:00 on Day 6

Trip Information

Equipment to bring along with you

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

Item Item
Swimming Costumes (x2) Towels
Swimming Goggles (x2)* Small Daypack
High Factor, Water Resitant 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 Any Specific Nutritional Needs

*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.


The seminars which are delivered by our experienced coaches are an incredibly valuable part of the trip and cover topics such as:

Mental Preparation
Feeding and Hydration

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. Past guides who are currently planning to be back in 2019 include Fiona Southwell and Cliff Golding, with additional guides to be announced in the lead up to the trip.

IMPORTANT: Please note that a medical form is not required but you will need to complete ‘My Health Details’ section of your SwimTrek account.


Month Water Temperature* Air Temperature*
Early May 16-18˚C / 61-64°F 21-23˚C / 70-73°F
Late May 17-19˚C / 63-66°F 23-25˚C / 73-77°F

*Please note that these temperatures are indicative and we cannot guarantee that water temperatures will be below the required level for English Channel qualification swims.

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 coaches as quickly as possible.

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 15 with a coach/swimmer ratio of approximately 1:5. Boat provision on this trip includes two support boats piloted by your SwimTrek coaches and at times a main boat with local boat pilot. Please note that this boat support is subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Getting there

There are several ways to travel to Perast, however, the most common route is to fly into Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia and book the shared transfer service which leaves between 12:30 and 13:00 on Day 1 of your trip.

It is also possible to fly into Tivat Airport in Montenegro, which is located closer to Perast but is a smaller airport than Dubrovnik and has fewer international flight arrivals.

While we have outlined various travel options below, they are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. Whichever route you choose to take, we recommend confirming your flights and other travel bookings as early as possible in order to avoid price rises and availability issues.

Option 1: Travel via Dubrovnik

Flights to Dubrovnik

To search for available flights into Dubrovnik Airport, we suggest that you use Skyscanner.

Transfer from Dubrovnik Airport to Perast

Dubrovnik Airport Carhire offers a shared transfer service from Dubrovnik Airport to Perast Palace in Montenegro which coincides with morning flight arrivals into Dubrovnik and must be booked directly with the transfer company by emailing Mihajlo on: Please note that this is a shared transfer service and may include up to eight fellow travellers.

The transfer leaves between 12:30 and 13:00, depending on the flight arrival times of the guests who are booked on the transfer, and takes approximately two hours to reach Perast Palace. It is worth mentioning that this journey time could be significantly longer due to possible delays at the Croatian-Montenegrin border.

Prices for this transfer service are as follows and are payable directly to your driver upon arrival:

Number of Guests Transfer Price
1-3 guests €90 to be split between all passengers (one way)
4-6 guests €30 per person
7+ guests €20 per person

IMPORTANT: To book your place on this transfer, you must email with your flight arrival details at least 7 days prior to your arrival. Please note that your transfer will not be confirmed until you have received a written confirmation from Dubrovnik Airport Carhire.

Private Transfer from Dubrovnik Airport to Perast

Private transfers from Dubrovnik Airport to Perast are available at the above rates for guests whose flights to not coincide with the shared transfer at 12:30-13:00. To make your booking, please contact Mihajlo at: Alternatively, you can visit the Peugeot rent-a-car office at Dubrovnik Airport, located in front of the arrivals terminal, to get a quote on location.

Public Transport from Dubrovnik to Perast

There is a bus service which runs from Dubrovnik’s main bus station to the town of Kotor, which is situated just 12 kilometres from our base in Perast. Please note that Kotor is the closest scheduled stop on this service, so you will need to ask the driver to let you off in Perast. Once released, the bus timetable can be viewed at Libertas Dubrovnik, however, please note that it is subject to change without notice.

Private Transfers While Staying in Dubrovnik

If you are planning to stay in Dubrovnik before or after your coaching camp and need a transfer between the airport and your accommodation (including to meet the shared transfer on Day 1), please email Mihajlo with your arrival details or travel plans:

Option 2: Travel via Tivat

Flights to Tivat

To search for available flights into Tivat Airport, we suggest that you use Skyscanner.

Private Transfer from Tivat Airport to Perast

Private transfers are available from Tivat Airport to Perast for €25, which can be split up to three passengers and take approximately 30 minutes. To book this transfer, please e-mail Liliana:

Practical Information


Perast Palace, known locally as Palata Mrshe, is a beautiful former palace which has been totally refurbished in a traditional Montenegrin style and which is booked exclusively for SwimTrek’s use during our trips. The Perast Palace is a home away from home and is situated up a flight of steps, just metres from the water’s edge on the banks of the Bay of Kotor. The house features a large lounge and TV room as well as wireless internet and an outdoor terrace in the heart of Perast.

Please note that there are a range of bedroom/bathroom options at Perast Palace. The majority of the rooms are offered on a twin share basis and have en suite facilities, however, please be aware that there are two bedrooms (Rooms 2 and 5) which have a shared bathroom. Please ensure that you select the correct room type at the time of booking and be aware that all rooms are subject to availability. Due to the limited number of rooms at the house, there is only one single supplement available on each departure, which is often booked very early. If the single supplement is still available for the departure that you are interested in booking, it will be available to select during the booking process.

Full details on Perast Palace and photos of the bedrooms and living spaces can be found here.

Extra Nights at Perast Palace

It is possible to book an extra night at Perast Palace before or after your SwimTrek trip, which is a fantastic way to extend your stay in this beautiful accommodation. If you would like to book an extra night, please contact Liliana by emailing:

Finding Perast Palace

The Perast Palace is known locally as ‘Palata Mrshe’, so if you are asking for directions, it is often helpful to use this name. If you arrive into Perast from Kotor, the steps leading up to Perast Palace are just after the fire station on the right-hand side. If you are coming into Perast from Risan/Herceg Novi, the steps leading up to Perast Palace are just before the fire station on the left-hand side.


Breakfast and lunch are included on this training camp. On the first night, an optional 3-course welcome dinner is held at the Perast Palace at a cost of €20 per person. This meal is always a great way for you to get to know your coaches and fellow swimmers over a delicious, homemade meal, however, if you wish not to be included, please let the SwimTrek office know prior to your departure. Vegetarian and vegan options are available upon request. Please do get in get in contact with the SwimTrek customer team to let them know of any dietary requirements.

Other dinners are not included, allowing you to experience the local restaurants of your choice over the course of your trip or make use of the spacious kitchen in the your accommodation. The average cost of dinner in a local restaurant is €20-25. Although we can assure you that the meals will be sumptuous and delicious, guests can choose to supplement their meals by bringing along your own items.

Extra Expenses

You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as entertainment, meals etc. The local currency in Montenegro is the Euro (€). There is one ATM located in Perast, as well as others nearby in Risan (3 km from Perast) and Kotor (12 km from Perast). Please be aware that the currency in Dubrovnik is Croatian Kuna, not Euros, so it’s best to get Euros and Kuna prior to travelling.

Passports and Visas

Non-citizens of Montenegro 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 Montenegro for less than 90 days. 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 Montenegro, including all recommended and required vaccinations, please visit Travel Health Pro. Please note that this information is subject to change and you should re-check this site regularly prior to your trip.

Travel Plugs & Electricity

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