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TRIP OVERVIEW

6 days
Coaching Camp
7km/day
Challenging

Trip Dates

2025
03 May - 08 May
Available
09 May - 14 May
Available
16 May - 21 May
Available
22 May - 27 May
Available
2026

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Tour Highlights

  • Ideal preparation for any adventurous swimmers training for a 10km swim race, or another marathon swim event

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

  • Fantastic chance to meet like-minded participants in a wonderful training environment

  • Train with a full safety escort on all swims and dive into technique analysis with in-depth video playback

  • Discover the unique Croatian scenery both above and below the Adriatic Sea

Ready to take on a new open water challenge? Whether you’re preparing for an upcoming 10km swim race, a marathon swim event, or simply want to put your skills to test, this open water swim coaching camp has everything you’ll need. Expand your training alongside like-minded swimmers, hone your physical and mental attributes and prepare for the challenges ahead as you push to 10km... and beyond!

Backed by a team of experienced marathon swimmers, specially chosen to support and inspire you at every turn, our coaching camp includes video analysis of your swim technique, as well as key coaching points to improve your overall performance in the water. Q&A sessions with your SwimTrek coaches also give you a fantastic opportunity to discuss your progress and focus on future training needs.

In addition, we will of course support you to complete the given distance, using circuit-style routes, while delving into in-depth filming, video analysis and seminars to cover the following units*:

Practical Theory
Unit 1 Unit 8
Breathing Nutrition
Unit 2 Unit 9
Body Position and Alignment Mental Strength
Unit 3
Catch and Propulsion
Unit 4
Sighting
Unit 5
Open Water Skills and Race Tactics

*We aim to cover as much applicable content as possible for each swimmer. You will be provided with additional resources and material to support the camp, but delivery may vary based on conditions and itinerary.

After building up the swim distances over the first few days, you will have the chance to complete a full marathon (10km) swim to truly gauge the improvement that you’ve made throughout your time in the water. Our accommodation in Croatia overlooks the marina and is close to our coastal swim locations, which helps to optimise the mix of coaching and relaxation time throughout your trip.


Who is this camp for?

This coaching camp is ideal for swimmers who are planning to take part in an open water 10km marathon or swim event of up to 15km, or those who are looking to challenge themselves in a safe and supportive open water environment.

Whether your marathon swim is in cold or warm water - in the sea or a lake - this camp is a perfect opportunity to improve both your stroke and endurance, expanding your skills under the watchful eye of our experienced coaches. The camp features long and short open water swims, with full safety cover. It also incorporates technical analysis and a nutrition seminar over the course of your stay.

Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average swim distance and average daily swim distance (over the course of two swims) prior to the start of the trip.

The average swim distance is around 4km. The average daily swim distance is around 7km.

We have given this trip a ‘Challenging’ grading. These trips are for experienced open water swimmers who want to push themselves.

If you are training for an endurance Long Distance event, like an English Channel solo swim, or similar ultra-marathon, please check out our: Channel and Long Distance Training Camp on the Dalmatian Coast.


What's included?

  • Professional Swim Coaches & full safety cover in the open water (swimmers only)
  • Open Water Swims and Coaching sessions (swimmers only)
  • Swim Technique Coaching and Video Analysis session (swimmers only)
  • Group seminars
  • Five nights’ accommodation
  • Five breakfasts
  • Four lunches (swimmers only)
  • Full ABTOT Financial Protection

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the camp
  • Evening meals
  • Drinks and additional activities

Coaching Camp Itinerary

Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during 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 Maestral, Prvić Luka

Start Time: 17:00 on Day 1

Finish Point: Hotel Maestral, Prvić Luka

Finish Time: 11:00 on Day 6

Day 1

We meet in the late afternoon, where you will have a chance to relax before our pre-trip briefing and short acclimatisation swim. We will return to the hotel for a welcome drink and to discuss in detail the plans for the week ahead. You are welcome to join us for dinner in the hotel before heading off for an early night to prepare for tomorrow’s swims and the challenging days ahead.

Day 2 - Daily Swim Distance: Up to 6km

Today, we will be coaching you through 6km of swimming, with a 4km swim in the morning and a 2km swim in the afternoon. Our initial swim takes us along the coast to the sheltered bay of Šepurine and will be the base for a technique videoing session. The coaches will video your stroke above and below the water. After lunch, you will complete your afternoon swim before returning to the hotel for dinner and video feedback.

Day 3 - Daily Swim Distance: Up to 7km

Today, we travel to Kaprije for a big day of swimming. We build our endurance with a 5km morning swim and a further 2km after a well-earned lunch on the boat.

Day 4 - Daily Swim Distance: Up to 4km

Today, we head along to coast of Zlarin, with its rugged coastline and fertile interior. In the afternoon, we will head back to Prvić Luka where there may be an opportunity for a short afternoon swim before returning to the hotel. This is followed by an evening seminar.

Day 5 - Daily Swim Distance: Up to 10km

The Big One! After the preparation, practice, advice and training of the past few days, this swim gives you the opportunity to bring it all together and complete a marathon swim of 10km. To optimise your experience, the precise swim location will be selected based on prevailing weather conditions. We will provide full safety boat cover, with nutritional support during your swim. Once you’ve fully showered and recovered, time will be set aside for a full Q&A session with your SwimTrek coaches.

Day 6

There’s time for one more morning swim session before the camp ends. We swim as a group, and this is an excellent time to work on your technique and swap any final information with your fellow guests and SwimTrek coaches.

Accommodation

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Hotel Maestral

A real SwimTrek favourite, the Maestral is a locally owned and run traditional Croatian hotel set within a beautiful old stone house situated on the seafront in the village of Prvic Luka.

Rooms at Hotel Maestral are decorated in traditional Mediterranean style with original stone walls, wooden parquet flooring and wooden windows with typical Dalmatian shades.

Location Summary

Prvić Luka (near Šibenik)

We will be based on this car-free island contains two beautiful traditional Mediterranean towns. Almost invisible from the mainland, they have preserved their peace and original appearance for generations. Our swims for the week will explore the neighbouring islands of the Šibenik archipelago.

Trip Grading

We have given this trip a ‘Challenging’ grading. These trips are for experienced open water swimmers who want to push themselves.

Swimming Distances

Swim Distance Swim Distance
Sepurine 4km Prvić Coastal 2km
Kaprije 5km Kaprije 2km
Zlarin 4km Prvić Luka 1km
TBC 10km Prvić 800m

*Please note that these swims are an example of what may take place during your trip and should be used as a guide only. Actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and swim conditions.

Coaching Sessions

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 local bays. Circuit swims allow you to always complete your training at your individual pace with full safety cover, as well as enabling you to feed as and when you require.

Your coaches on this trip are all highly experienced long distance swimmers and/or swim coaches. Q&A sessions with your SwimTrek coaches give you a fantastic opportunity to discuss your progress and focus on future training needs and they are an incredibly valuable part of the trip.

Swimming Conditions

Swimming in the open water is a fantastic experience, however you should be aware that certain marine life such as jellyfish, plankton, sea lice, sea urchins and coral could be present during the swims and may cause some discomfort. In all cases we will work on reducing your contact with these creatures and that any interactions are managed safely. If you suffer from anaphylaxis, please consult the office prior to booking.

Temperatures

Month Water Temperature* Air Temperature*
May 18-20˚C / 64-68°F 17-21˚C / 63-70°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.

Camp Information

Group Size

This coaching camp has a maximum group size of 14 with a coach/swimmer ratio of approximately 1:5. The group will be accompanied by SwimTrek coaches for coaching and safety support at all times.

Boat Support

Boat support on this camp includes one main boat and two inflatable boats to be piloted by your SwimTrek coaches and a local boat pilot. Please note that this boat support is subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Equipment Checklist

For your basic, essential packing list, please visit our Packing List page on the website. For additional, location specific items, please see the information below.

SwimTrek will provide water and electrolytes at every location and refill your bottles.

Item Item
Swimming Costume (x 4) Small pack towels
Swimming Goggles (x 2) Waterproof Daypack
Waterproof Trousers / Jacket Warm clothing including thermals, fleece, and trousers/sweatpants
Gloves and Warm Socks Waterproof Watch
Swim Earplugs Any Specific Nutritional Needs
High Factor, water resistant sun cream

We recommend bringing several swim costumes and recommend taking 2 or 3 with you per day to ensure you have a clean, dry costume for each swim.

SwimTrek will supply swim hats, water and warm carbohydrate drinks and fill up each individual guest’s personal drink bottles where required.

SwimTrek will also supply a variety of snacks, but if you have a specific feeding plan, snacks, or equipment that you wish to train with, please bring these with you. Where possible, our coaches will use your specific equipment to help you practice feeding during your long swim.

If you would like to use a wetsuit, rash vest, or fins during your swims, please ensure that you bring these with you.

Getting There

The easiest way to get to Prvić Luka is to fly into Split airport and take the private transfer which is organised through the Hotel Maestral.

Whilst 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 the following websites to search for alternative flight and ferry options for this trip. 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 Split Airport

Private Transfer to Prvić Luka

To arrange a private transfer from Split Airport to your accommodation at Hotel Maestral, please contact the hotel directly by emailing your arrival information to: info@hotelmaestral.com. This service includes a car and taxi boat transfer, with a journey time of approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, dependent on traffic. The rates are indicated below and are payable on location.

NUMBER OF PASSENGERS PRICE PER PASSENGER (EURO)
1 110 EUR
2 55 EUR
3 50 EUR
4 45 EUR
5+ 40 EUR

Public Transport to Šibenik

Public transport from Split Airport to Šibenik involves catching two different buses. Please note that the information below should be used as a guide only and is subject to change. From Split Airport, you will need to take the number 37 bus to Trogir, which takes approximately 10 minutes. From Trogir, you will need to board another bus to Šibenik, which takes approximately 1 - 1.5 hours. For up-to-date schedules, availability and the latest route options for this journey please visit: - Split Airport to Trogir: Promet Split - Trogir to Šibenik: Arriva

Ferry from Šibenik to Prvić Luka

The ferry ticket office is just 50m from Šibenik bus station, to your left when facing towards the sea. The journey time is approximately 30 minutes and Prvić Luka is usually the second stop, however, we recommend you check this locally. For up-to-date schedules, tickets and further ferry information, please visit: Jadrolinija

Zadar Airport

Private Transfer to Prvić Luka

To arrange a private transfer from Zadar Airport to your accommodation at Hotel Maestral, please contact the hotel directly by emailing your arrival information to: info@hotelmaestral.com. This service includes a car and taxi boat transfer, with a journey time of approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, dependent on traffic. The rates are indicated below and are payable on location.

NUMBER OF PASSENGERS PRICE PER PASSENGER (EURO)
1 110 EUR
2 55 EUR
3 50 EUR
4 45 EUR
5+ 40 EUR

Public Transport to Šibenik

Public transport from Zadar Airport to Šibenik involves catching two different buses. Please note that the information below should be used as a guide only and is subject to change. From Zadar Airport, you will need to take the airport bus to the main bus station in Zadar city centre, which takes approximately 20 minutes. From Zadar city centre, you will then need to take another bus to Šibenik, with a journey time of approximately 1.5 hours. For up-to-date schedules, availability and the latest route options for this journey please visit: - Zadar Airport to Zadar:Get By Bus - Zadar to Šibenik: Bus Croatia

Ferry from Šibenik to Prvić Luka

The ferry ticket office is just 50m from Šibenik bus station, to your left when facing towards the sea. The journey time is approximately 30 minutes and Prvić Luka is usually the second stop, however, we recommend you check this locally. Please be aware that at times, the last ferry leaves Šibenik at 1930pm, but for up-to-date schedules, tickets and further ferry information, please visit: Jadrolinija

Accommodation

Our accommodation for this trip is in Hotel Maestral - one of the region’s finest locally owned hotels. The hotel is perfectly situated directly on the waterfront and offers a range of 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.

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation and Trip Extension Options

If you require any additional nights’ accommodation before or after the trip, this can be arranged directly through the Hotel Maestral.

Email: info@hotelmaestral.com Tel: +385 22 448 300

Food and Drink

Breakfast and lunch are included on this training camp. 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 dinners, souvenirs, entertainment, etc. The local currency is Euro €. There is one ATM available in Prvić Luka where you can draw local currency out, it is located 100m down the road from our hotel. It is advised to draw local currency out before arriving on the island, you can exchange currency at the post office and there is a cash machine in Šibenik.

Please note a tourist tax will need to be paid on location and will be up to €2.20 per person per night.

In some countries, tipping (gratuities) is not part of the culture - in others it has become an expected norm. 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.

Passports and Visas

Croatia is part of the European Union. Non-residents of Croatia 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 Croatia. Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.

As of 1 January 2023, Croatia became part of the Schengen area. Travellers from other Schengen countries do not require a visa to travel to Croatia. Generally, citizens of European countries, regardless of whether their countries are Member States of the EU or not, do not need a visa to come to Croatia but do require a full passport, valid for six months beyond the expected length of stay. The only exceptions to this rule are the Russian Federation, Belarus and the Republic of Turkey. Visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.

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

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.

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 across the hotel and room. For a useful source of information on the different electrical outlets, electrical plugs, and electric sockets, please visit worldstandards.eu worldstandards.eu.

As of 1 January 2023, Croatia became part of the Schengen area. Travellers from other Schengen countries do not require a visa to travel to Croatia. Generally, citizens of European countries, regardless of whether their countries are Member States of the EU or not, do not need a visa to come to Croatia but do require a full passport, valid for six months beyond the expected length of stay. The only exceptions to this rule are the Russian Federation, Belarus and the Republic of Turkey. Visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.


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    Victoria M, UK - 2023
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    Alice B, UK - 2022