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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 50m 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 introductory 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 the joys that come with taking part in a swimming adventure in the great outdoors.

Based in the scenic resort of Colonia Sant Jordi in Mallorca, our guides will work with you in a purpose-built training pool, 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 great outdoors, 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 2km in a pool or in open water and wants to make the transition from the pool to swimming confidently in the outdoors with a focus on both technique and stamina in an encouraging environment.

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
  • Half-board buffet dinners

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour
  • All lunches
  • Any dinners outside of the hotel

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Day 1

We meet at our hotel for a trip briefing where we detail the plan for the week ahead. Following this we go for a short acclimatisation and assessment swim and finish off 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. Next stop is the pool 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 final day will be spent exploring the waters of Mallorca’s most southern point. Your full-day adventure will start in the beautiful clear water off Cap de Ses Salines, where you will start your swim back toward Colónia St. 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

A last chance for a morning swim back in the local bay or at the pool before this trip finishes.

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Hotel Lemar, Colonia St Jordi

Start Time: 17:30 on Day 1

Finish Point: Colonia St 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. SwimTrek will supply swim hats. We will have a limited supply/range of flippers, rash vests and wetsuits available on the trip, however we cannot guarantee sizes for all. If you have your own flippers, rash vest 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.

Facilities

We use the purpose-built 50m swimming pool at the Best Centre, which has a constant depth of two metres, making it the ideal 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, walking is limited. However, we will be walking to and from the pool and another beach location throughout the week. Walks are approximately 15-20 minutes long.

Group Size

This trip has a maximum group size of 14. 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

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 for this trip, as you will need to ensure you arrive in time for the welcome meeting. 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.

Airline Departure Airport
Air Berlin Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt
British Airways Heathrow
Easy Jet Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, Stansted
Ryan Air Brussels, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Manchester
Vueling Paris

From the Airport via Taxi

The fastest way from Palma to the Colonia St Jordi is by taxi costing approx. €55 (up to 4 people) and will take approximately 40 minutes. You can book a taxi via Taxi PMI. Rates are per vehicle and in the event of no availability, they will provide an alternative vehicle such as a minivan or a minibus, without any additional charges. The taxis are marked “SP”, which denotes that they are official transport vehicles by the Palma Town Hall. They are fully equipped with secure child seats, data phones to pay by bank card, fixed rates and the drivers will greet you directly at the airport.

From the Airport via Shuttle Bus

Shuttle Transunion offers the cheapest shared shuttle option costing around €15. We would however recommend using a taxi service instead of this option as occasionally the shuttle transfers can be unreliable. For further information or to book visit their website: 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 St 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, Hotel Lemar is 5 minutes walk away, heading towards the seafront.

Practical Information

Accommodation

Our accommodation for the week is in the three-star Hotel Lemar. The hotel offers comfortable three-star accommodation just a few minutes walk from one of Mallorca's famous white sand beaches in the seafront town of Colonia de Sant Jordi. Accommodation is offered on a twin-share basis, with a limited number of single supplements available.

Meals

All breakfasts and dinners are included in your trip price (half-board), however lunches are at your own expense. This gives you a fantastic opportunity to explore and experience the local cafes and restaurants of your choice over the course of your trip.

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.

Vaccinations

There are currently no essential vaccination requirements for Spain, 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.

  • 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
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