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Introduction to Open Water - Mallorca

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TRIP OVERVIEW

6 days
Coaching Camp
2km/day
Beginner

Trip Dates

2023
07 Jun - 12 Jun, 2023
Full
19 Jun - 24 Jun, 2023
Available
01 Jul - 06 Jul, 2023
Available
04 Sep - 09 Sep, 2023
Available
16 Sep - 21 Sep, 2023
Available
28 Sep - 03 Oct, 2023
Available
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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 skills, tutored by our seasoned guides, and make a smooth transition from pool to sea

  • Improve your technique with one-to-one and group coaching sessions in the pool - dive into in-depth video analysis sessions in a purpose-built 50-metre Olympic pool

  • Enjoy your first safe open water swims in the secluded bays and beaches of Mallorca's beautiful coastline

If you are looking to make the transition from pool swimming to swimming outdoors, this introduction to open water swimming coaching camp 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 coaches 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 swim technique and open water swimming skills. You will have the chance to take part in open water swim coaching in 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 pool to the open water, our qualified swim coaches run 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 camp for?

This camp is designed to suit swimmers who can comfortably swim at least 500m in a pool and want to make the transition to swimming in the open water with a focus on swim technique, open water swim skills and endurance. Whether you are relatively new to pool swimming or have been following the black line for years, this coaching camp will provide you with the skills and reassurance that you need to make the move into the sea with confidence.

We have given this trip a ‘Beginner’ grading designed for people new to open water swimming.

If you’ve already got some open water experience but would like to develop your technique, work on open water skills or build your endurance, you may like to consider our Open Water Development - Mallorca coaching camp 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
  • Technique coaching with 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
  • Massages or yoga classes taken at the BEST Centre



Related Trips

Coaching Camp Itinerary

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 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.

Trip Schedule

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

Start Time: 17:30 on Day 1

Finish Point: Colonia de Sant Jordi, Mallorca

Finish Time: 11:00 on Day 6

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 some basic open water skills. Our next stop is the 50-metre pool at the Best Swim Centre, where we film your stroke above and under the water for video analysis and detailed coaching advice 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. After your swim we head back to the hotel for dinner.

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 greater buoyancy of seawater. Our coaches will also concentrate on specific areas of your stroke during a one-on-one session with the second group. After a well earned break, we head back to the pool to work on drills that help pinpoint particular elements of your stroke. We’ll then take dinner back at the hotel.

Day 4

Today we start at Marques beach, heading north through the clear blue water along the beautiful Estanys and Trenc beaches. On our return we’ll swim across deeper areas, where you’ll be able to get a true feel of the open water experience. It’s an ideal opportunity to implement the improvements you’ve learnt to your stroke while working on more specific open water swim skills. The final session of the day is in the pool to focus on technique and drills and then we return to the hotel for dinner.

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 but rewarding way to end the week. For tonight's dinner we head out on the town for a group celebratory meal.

Day 6

We have the chance for one last morning swim in the local bay before our camp draws to a close.

Location Summary

Colonia Sant Jordi

Historically an agricultural area, the fishing village of Colonia Sant Jordi is our home for the duration of the coaching camp. Colonia Sant Jordi is a popular beach resort town on Mallorca’s south west coast and offers the chance to explore a part of the world that is plentiful for sporting activities such as swimming, walking and cycling, as well as on the doorstep of the Es Trenc-Salobrar National Park. It is also only a short distance away from one of Mallorca's most well known natural attractions, the long stretching beach of Es Trenc itself.

Trip Grading

We have given this trip a ‘Beginner’ grading designed for people new to open water swimming.

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 camp in consultation with your coaches.

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.

Walking Distances and Conditions

As this is a swim coaching camp, 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.

Temperatures

Month Water Temp* Air Temp*
June 21-24°C / 70-75°F 21-26°C / 70-79°F
July 23-27°C / 73-81°F 23-28°C / 73-82°F
September 23-27°C / 73-81°F 22-27°C / 72-81°F
October 21-24°C / 70-75°F 19-24°C / 66-75°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 the camp and will be communicated to you by your SwimTrek coaches as quickly as possible.

Trip Information

Group size and Boat Support

This coaching camp 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.

You will be escorted on this camp by two support boats to be piloted by your SwimTrek coaches. Please note that this boat support is subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Extra Activities

A local massage therapist can be booked locally at the Best Centre’s counter, this is not part of the SwimTrek arrangements and but can be arranged at the centre or potentially at your hotel. Group & private yoga classes are also available from €20 per session.

Equipment Checklist

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

Item Item
Swimming Costume (x 2) Towel
Swimming Goggles (x 2)* Sweater / Fleece
Sun Hat and Sunglasses Waterproof Jacket
Waterproof Sun Cream Walking Shoes / Sandals
Small Daypack Aqua Shoes / Sandals
USB Memory Stick Personal Drink Bottle x 2

For more information, please visit our Packing List page on the website.

*Try to bring one clear lens and one tinted lens for different light conditions.

SwimTrek will supply swim hats, water, and electrolyte drinks. The guides will no longer distribute shared drinks bottles but will fill your personal drink bottles. Please ensure these are clearly marked to help our coaches identify yours. If you would like to use a wetsuit, rash vest, snorkel, or fins during your swims, please ensure that you bring these with you.

Coaching Sessions

The camp’s coaching sessions will cover swim technique & open water skills in the following areas:

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

We use the purpose-built 50m swimming pool at the 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.

Getting There

The easiest way to reach the start of the coaching camp is to fly into Palma de Mallorca International Airport and then catch either a taxi or airport shuttle service to your accommodation at Hotel Romántica.

As SwimTrekkers come from all over the world, and join our swimming holidays in numerous destinations, we don't currently offer flights as part of our SwimTrek packages. We do however want to do as much as we can to ensure that our guests get the best deals when travelling to one of our trips so check out our SwimTrek flight tips page on the website.

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.

From the Airport via Taxi

The fastest way from Palma to Hotel Romántica in Colonia de Sant Jordi is by taxi. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes and costs approximately €75 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: www.taxipmi.com.

You can also search for transfers through Hotel Romántica’s transfers page

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 shuttletransunion.com.

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 Colònia de Sant Jordi takes 1.5 - 3 hours (depending on route). Below is the easiest route and the bus runs every 60 minutes:

● From stop 547 at Palma Airport, you will need to catch the A51 bus to Campos (approx 45 mins and 9 stops).

● From Campos, you will need to catch the 517 towards Santanyí, getting off at Av. Primavera Colònia De Sant Jordi (approx 16 mins and 2 stops). For up-to-date schedules, availability and the latest route options for this journey please visit: www.tib.org/portal/en/web/ctm/inici.

● From Av. Primavera, Hotel Romántica is about a five minute walk away.

Accommodation

Our accommodation for the week is in the seafront Hotel Romántica. The Hotel Romántica is located in one of the most beautiful locations in the Mediterranean, in the town of Colonia de Sant Jordi. It offers modern seafront accommodation, situated within a short walking distance of Mallorca's most stunning beach 'Es Trenc'. It is also within easy reach of the world-class facilities at the Best Swim Centre which we’ll be using throughout the camp. Our accommodation is based on twin-share rooms with en suite facilities. The standard and sea view rooms are similar in size and quality, however the sea view rooms offer up unrivalled views out over the bay and are well worth the upgrade to. There are a limited number of single supplement rooms which can be reserved during the booking process, subject to availability.

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation and Trip Extension Options

If you would like to extend your stay in Mallorca and need to book additional accommodation nights before or after the camp, please book directly via the Hotel Romantica website (link below):

Hotel Romántica - https://www.universalhotels.es/hoteles/universal-hotel-romantica

You should include the Discount code: UNIVERSALBEST23

Please also add the following note to this booking: ‘Linked to SwimTrek camp with BEST Centre please reserve the same room for the entire stay.’

Food and Drink

All five breakfasts and four dinners are included in the camp 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 coaching camp 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.

For more information, please visit our food and drink page on the website.

Travel Advice

For more information on any of the following sections please visit the Travel Advice page of our website

Money, Extra Expenses and Tipping

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 (€). Please note a tourist tax will need to be paid on location, currently €2.20 per person per night.

We believe that tipping is done entirely at your own discretion. If you have been provided with excellent it may be something you wish to do. Your SwimTrek Guides can advise on local norms for service providers like boat crew, waiters or taxis. Nothing is expected for your SwimTrek Guides but many groups like to present something to the Guides at the end of the trip.

Responsible Travel

SwimTrek is conscious of the importance of protecting the world’s natural wonders. We are acutely aware of our responsibility to not only take care of the natural environments which we are lucky enough to explore, but also to educate our guests about the importance of conservation efforts and responsible tourism. It’s for this reason that we have worked so closely with our partners to ensure that our trips are conducted in the most responsible and sustainable way possible, working tirelessly to minimise the impact of our presence on local marine life and the natural habitat.

For more information, please visit our Responsible Travel page on the website.

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 all EU member states, the US, 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.

Travel Insurance

We consider comprehensive travel insurance to be essential, and we strongly recommend that you purchase insurance which includes, but is not limited to, cover for illness, accident, emergency repatriation, ambulance, air ambulance, helicopter rescue services, cancellation, lost luggage and delays. Your travel insurance should also cover you for open water swimming and any other activity listed in your trip itinerary (including races and competitions, where applicable). Please read your policy details carefully and remember to take them with you on your trip for your own reference.

For further information, please visit our Travel Insurance page on the website.

Health Information and Recommended Vaccinations

Here at SwimTrek we pride ourselves on our focus on safety and the well-being of all our guests. As we operate in some beautiful and remote locations medical facilities are not always easily accessible. SwimTrek Guides, and many staff working for our local partners, are first aid trained. However we ask that you read our Travel Health page to ensure that you are informed about general Travel and Swim Health precautions.

Internet Access, Electricity and Travel Plugs

There is complimentary Wi-Fi internet access in the hotel and bedrooms. For a useful source of information on the different electrical outlets, electrical plugs, and electric sockets, please visit worldstandards.eu.

  • "The Introduction to Open Water trip to Mallorca changed everything for me - my style of swimming (it's getting longer for longer), my ability to swim in the sea, and my confidence in and out of the water. After every swim I'd have a massive smile on my face which was in part due to the phenomenal guides, John and Ant. The group was brilliant and I'll have so many fantastic memories that I will carry with me. Bring on the next trip!"

    Selina H, UK - 2022
  • I had a fantastic trip - I have built my confidence in sea swims and definitely improved my technique. I was a little apprehensive on arrival but the guides put me at ease and it was great to be in the company of the other like-minded guests with similar experiences and expectations.

    Helen B, UK - 2022
  • SwimTrek exceeding expectations!

    Christina van Dijk, 2021
  • Ben and Ant gave us an excellent intro to open water swimming. Fantastic instruction in the pool, detailed video analysis and safe sea swims to try out our new skills. It was fun too.

    Yvonne Rogers, 2021
  • I can't recommend SwimTrek enough. Great trip to Mallorca with amazing instruction and fabulous sea swims.

    Caroline Knight, 2021
  • The best thing I've done in years. Lovely people, who gelled quickly and a wonderful location. Overall has inspired me to continue open water swimming at home.

    Jeremy Olver, 2021
  • Just returned from the beginners open water trip in Majorca. The location and swims were beautiful. As a “weaker” swimmer I can't thank our guides Alex and Mike enough. Their patience and safety knowledge enabled me to swim in the sea as I have never done before! I have returned home and I feel landlocked! Italy next year!

    Corinne R, UK - 2019
  • This trip exceeded my expectations, its perfect for solo travellers. It was great!

    Penny J, UK - 2019
  • I would definitely recommend the Mallorca trip as a way to gain confidence in open water. Being able to use the lovely nearby ‘best’ swimming pool was great. The trip taught me that I can swim further than I thought!

    Barbara S, UK - 2019
  • Apprehension overcome - now addicted to the water

    Julie C, UK - 2019
  • I had a wonderful time. Challenging at times but always safe and very satisfying. It was great to swim with a group of like minded spirits.

    Robert B, UK - 2019
  • I was really worried whether I would be able to do this. After the first swim with the guides, I could relax as they were so supportive and knowledgeable. My fellow swimmers were all fabulous too!

    Anne P, UK - 2018
  • I loved every minute of this trip! I feel completely encouraged, empowered and motivated to continue swimming in the sea, open water and the pool as well.

    Mariel Z, The Netherlands - 2018
  • A wonderful experience which far exceeded my expectations! Definitely worth coming back again.

    Amrit D, UK - 2018
  • I would recommend this trip to anyone interested in open swimming. It was challenging and tiring but fantastic fun and a trip I will remember forever.

    Maddy A, UK - 2018
  • The trip has made me far more confident in the water. Excellent tuition for improving technique - "longer for longer". It was such a pleasure being able to swim distances I thought were impossible. Thank you!

    Jane M, UK - 2018
  • 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

Book with Confidence
Our flexible booking conditions include a 14-day refund guarantee and free trip changes.
Terms and Conditions apply.