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Tour Highlights

  • Gain confidence in the open water with this introductory swimming holiday in Mallorca

  • Familiarise yourself with important open water swimming skills which will help you to make a smooth transition from the pool to the sea

  • Improve your swimming technique with one-to-one and group coaching sessions in both the pool and the sea

  • Learn more about your stroke through an in-depth video analysis session in a purpose-built 50-metre Olympic pool with underwater viewing area

  • Enjoy open water swims in secluded bays and beaches along Mallorca's beautiful coastline

If you are looking to make the transition from the pool to the open water, this introduction to open water swimming trip in Mallorca is the perfect way to do it. Under the expert guidance of our qualified swim coaches, you will have the opportunity to discover the joys that come with taking part in a swimming adventure in the great outdoors.

Based in the scenic seaside town of Colonia de Sant Jordi, our guides will work with you in a purpose-built 50-metre training pool at the world-class Best Swim Centre, using in-depth video analysis to help you improve your technique and open water swimming skills. You will then have the chance to take part in your first open water swim in one of the many local bays to familiarise yourself with the conditions and skills that you’ve learnt, before graduating to a boat-escorted swim crossing to an island reef in Es Carbo Bay.

To make sure you thoroughly enjoy the transition from the from pool to the open water, our qualified swim coaches impart all of their experience and knowledge to you in both one-to-one and group sessions. Combining these sessions with a healthy dose of encouragement, patience and, most importantly, fun, your time with us is sure to be an incredible stage in your journey to becoming a true open water swimmer.

Who is this trip for?

This trip is designed to suit the swimmer or triathlete who can swim up to 2 km in a pool and wants to make the transition to swimming confidently in the open water with a focus on both technique and stamina. Whether you are relatively new to pool swimming or have been following the black line for years, this trip will provide you with the skills and reassurance that you need to make the move into the sea with confidence.

If you’ve already got some open water experience but would like to take your swimming to the next level, you may like to consider our Open Water Development - Mallorca trip which also runs out of Colonia de Sant Jordi.

What's included?

  • Fully guided swimming holiday in Mallorca, Spain
  • Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
  • Individual and group coaching sessions
  • Video analysis
  • Five nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Four buffet dinners
  • One picnic lunch

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour
  • Four lunches
  • Group dinner on last night
  • Any other dinners taken outside the hotel


Daily Itineraries

Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during the course of your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek guides 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 1

We meet at our hotel for a welcome meeting and safety briefing where we detail the plan for the week ahead. Following this, we head off for a short acclimatisation swim and before finishing the day with an included group dinner at the hotel.

Day 2

In the morning we swim in the shallow bay just outside of the hotel. This session will allow your coaches to get a feel for your comfort level in the sea as well as introduce the basics of open water technique. Our next stop is the 50-metre pool at the Best Swim Centre where we film your stroke above and under the water for playback and detailed analysis later in the day. The first group analysed will have the option of a short one-to-one session in the sea just outside the hotel, with the second group given the opportunity the next day. Our evening pool session works on the key points for efficient stroke technique and open water confidence.

Day 3

In the morning we take off on a coastal swim along a section of Mallorca’s south coast. This is an ideal time to get used to the deeper water and to the greater buoyancy in sea water. Our coaches will also concentrate on specific areas of your stroke during a one-on-one session with the second group. We then head back to the pool to work on some drills to improve your technique.

Day 4

Today we start at Marques beach, heading north through the clear blue water along the beautiful Estanys and Trenc beaches. To get back we cut straight across deeper water where you’ll get a true open water feel. It’s an ideal opportunity to implement all the improvements on your stroke whilst working on more specific open water techniques. Following this it’s down to the pool, to focus on previous technique and drills.

Day 5

Our last full day of swimming will be spent exploring the waters of Mallorca’s southernmost point. Your adventure will start in the beautiful clear waters off Cap de Ses Salines, where you will start your swim back toward Colonia de Sant Jordi. We will stop for a picnic lunch on one of the tranquil beaches along the way before continuing along the coast. This will be a challenging, rewarding way to end the week.

Day 6

There is one last chance for a morning swim in the local bay or at the pool before this trip finishes.

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Bluewater Hotel ,Colonia de Sant Jordi, Mallorca

Start Time: 17:30 on Day 1

Finish Point: Bluewater Hotel, Colonia de Sant Jordi, Mallorca

Finish Time: 11:00 on Day 6

Trip Information

Equipment Checklist

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

Item Item
Swimming Costume (x2) Towel
Swimming Googles* (x2) Sweater / Fleece
Sunhat and Sunglasses Waterproof Jacket
Waterproof Sun Cream Walking Shoes / Sandals
Small Daypack Aqua Shoes / Sandals
USB Memory Stick

*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.

Facilities

We use the purpose-built 50m swimming pool at Best Swim Centre which has a constant depth of two metres, making it the perfect venue for a structured training program. The small bays and dramatic coastline of Mallorca are an ideal base for our open water swim sessions.

Coaching Sessions

During your trip, your coaching sessions will cover all of the following areas:

Coaching Session
Stroke Improvement
Advance Breathing
Feeding Techniques
Propulsive Phase Dynamics
Video Analysis
Sighting Techniques
Treading Water
Open Water Technique

Swimming Distances

Swimming distances in the sea will vary over the course of the week depending on the conditions and also the ability of your group. As a guide, we expect to cover an average of 2 km per day.

Guests are welcome to take a break from pool sessions or jump onto the boat during sea swims, if required. It may also be possible for those who would like a little more time in the water to extend some of their swims over the course of the trip in consultation with your trip guides.

Swimming Conditions

Swimming in the sea is a fantastic experience, however you should be aware that certain marine life such as sea lice, jellyfish, 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.

Temperatures

Month Water Temp* Air Temp*
June 18-20°C / 64-68°F 20-22°C / 68-72°F
September 23-25°C / 68-77°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.

Walking Distances

As this is a swim coaching trip, there is a limited amount of walking, however we do walk to and from the pool and another beach location throughout the week. Walks are approximately 15-20 minutes long.

Group Size and Boat Support

This trip has a maximum group size of 14 with a maximum coach:swimmer ratio of 1:7. On open water swims, the group will be split into a maximum of two groups, based on speed, with each group being accompanied by their own safety vessel/escort. 

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

Getting There

The easiest way to reach the start of your trip is to fly into Palma de Mallorca International Airport and then catch either a taxi or airport shuttle service to your accommodation at BlueWater Hotel. 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 arrangements as early as possible in order to avoid price rises and availability issues.

Flight to Palma de Mallorca

To search for available flights into Palma de Mallorca, we suggest that you use Skyscanner.

From the Airport via Taxi

The fastest way from Palma to BlueWater Hotel in Colonia de Sant Jordi is by taxi. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes and costs approximately €55 for up to four people. Rates are per vehicle and in the event of no availability, they will provide an alternative vehicle such as a minivan or a minibus, at no additional cost. The taxis are marked “SP”, which denotes that they are official transport vehicles by the Palma Town Hall and all vehicles include credit/debit payment facilities. If you book your taxi in advance, your driver will meet you upon arrival. To book your airport taxi transfer, please visit Taxi PMI.

From the Airport via Shuttle Bus

Shuttle Transunion offers the cheapest shared shuttle option from the airport to Colonia de Sant Jordi, which costs approximately €15 per person each way. It is worth mentioning that the timetable for this shuttle transfer service can be a little inconsistent and departures do not always coincide with the advertised times. For further information or to book, please visit Shuttle Transunion.

Please note that bookings for this shuttle should be made at least 72 hours before your journey.

From the Airport via Public Bus

Taking a bus from Palma Airport to Colonia de Sant Jordi takes 2.5 - 3 hours and involves two different bus companies and a number of stops. As this journey goes via Porta des Camp bus stop in Palma, this option may be suitable for guests who are staying in the city prior to their SwimTrek trip. Please note that the information below should be used as a general guide only and is subject to change.

  • From bus stop 547 at Palma Airport, you will need to catch the EMT Line 1 bus to stop number 450 (39 Gabriel Alomar) in Porta des Camp (Palma). For up-to-date schedules, availability and the latest route options for this journey please visit EMT Palma..

  • From Porta des Camp, you will need to catch Line 502 to Av. Marques del Palmer. For up-to-date schedules, availability and the latest route options for this journey please visit TIB

  • From Av. Marques del Palmer, BlueWater Hotel is less than five minutes walk away.

Practical Information

Accommodation

Our accommodation for the week is in the three-star BlueWater Hotel. The accommodation is run by swimmers for swimmers and offers comfortable accommodation just a few minutes walk from one of Mallorca's famous white sand beaches in the town of Colonia de Sant Jordi. It is also within easy reach of the world-class facilities at the BEST Swim Centre which we’ll be using throughout your trip. Our accommodation is based on twin-share rooms with en suite facilities. There are a limited number of single supplement rooms which can be reserved during the booking process, subject to availability.

If you would like to extend your stay in Mallorca and need to book additional nights’ accommodation before or after your trip, please contact Vanessa Phillips via vanessa@bestswimcentre.eu or by telephone on +31 971 65 65 60.

Meals

All breakfasts and four dinners are included in your trip price. On the last full day of swimming, a picnic lunch is provided for all swimmers. Please note that all other lunches and the group dinner on the last night of the trip are at your own expense. Colonia de Sant Jordi has a wide range of local cafes and restaurants to explore throughout the duration of your stay.

Extra Expenses

You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as lunches, drinks, entertainment, souvenirs, any dinners that you decide to eat out of the hotel etc. The local currency in Spain is the Euro (€).

Passports and Visas

Mallorca is part of Spain, which 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 Spain, 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

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

  • The team and the group were so supportive. Never thought I could ever do 3km so easily. Thank you.

    Patricia J, France - 2017
  • I approached the trip with some trepidation having minimal experience in open water. I needn't have been worried. With the fantastic guides, supportive group and beautifully clear water, the distances ceased to matter. I'm can't wait for my next trip!

    Heather W, UK - 2017
  • Totally amazing exceeded all my expectations. Only problem is how do I go back to swimming in the local pool? Thank You!

    Jenny A, UK - 2017
  • Magic!!! I have no other way to explain what happened this week. magic!!! I have no other way to explain what happened this week.

    Ynon D. Israel - 2016
  • If you are thinking of swimming in open water you couldn't be in better hands than with SwimTrek.

    David J. UK - 2016
  • The trip exceeded my expectations by far. It was an empowering, fun and relaxing experience although we worked hard on technique and distances. I must say, I became somewhat addicted to open water swimming and seem to have found not only a new challenge, but a new passion as well!

    Helga. 2016
  • New experiences, new friends and a much better swimmer by the end of the holiday.

    Adrian J. UK - 2016