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Tour Highlights

  • Take your open water swimming to the next level with the support of qualified swim coaches and guides

  • 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

This swim coaching trip on the idyllic Spanish island of Mallorca is the perfect chance for you to take your open water swimming to the next level. Whether you’re relatively new to sea swimming or are looking to improve your technique or stamina in the water, this trip is the ideal way continue your open water development.

Whatever your goal, our qualified swim coaches and guides will work with you both in the sea and in a purpose-built 50-metre Olympic pool an underwater viewing area in order to ensure that you get exactly what you want out of your time with us. Your pool sessions will include in-depth video analysis to allow you to develop your technique and improve your stroke when you get back in the open water. Over the course of the trip you will also have the opportunity to complete some fantastic coastal swims amongst some of the island’s hidden bays and secluded beaches. These swim allow you to put into practice everything that you have learnt in the pool in a true open water environment.

Who is this trip for?

This trip is designed to suit the swimmer or triathlete who has some open water experience and is looking to improve their technique and stamina. You should have some experience of swimming in open water and be able to comfortably cover a swim distance of two kilometres or more in a single session in either open water or the pool.

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

We start the day with a 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. We then head to the pool, where your coaches will film your stroke above and under the water. In the afternoon your coaches will carry out a group video analysis with the first group offered an optional short one-to-one session in the sea outside the hotel focusing on points raised in the analysis. Following this we head back to the pool to work on stroke development. You will be able to playback your stroke with the coaches and agree on a list of improvements to work on during the week.

Day 3

The morning swim will take place north of the salt pans, starting at Marques beach, heading south past Tores and Pop points. On our way back to the beach, swimming around Llarga island, you can take in some unique rock formations above and below the water. In the afternoon, there is an optional short one-to-one session in the sea with our coaches for those who missed the previous day’s session. After that, it’s back to the pool for more work on technique.

Day 4

After going over exercises and stretches to maximise the benefit for your swimming we start our swim back at Marques beach. This time we head 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. A beautiful but challenging 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
Race Strategies
Distance Training Drills

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 3km 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.

  • Such a brilliant trip - my confidence has increased hugely and the swims were perfect for me.

    Alexia C, UK - 2017
  • It will take a long time to wipe ths smile off my face

    Cornelia H, Netherlands - 2017
  • This trip topped my expectations: great group experience, fantastic open water challenges and from the coaching sessions a clear picture how to improve.

    Sven L. Germany - 2016
  • A fabulous and fun combination of sea swims and pool training, of challenge and safety, of activity and relaxation. With great coaches and a diverse yet like-minded group this all made for a truly wonderful experience.

    Julian W. UK - 2016
  • Fab group, fab guides, fab swimming. Have returned home feeling healthy, fit and refreshed.

    Lou A. UK - 2016
  • What an amazing experience! As a first time open water swimmer, this trip gave me the confidence to take on greater challenges!

    Jean R. UK - 2016
  • A fabulous and fun combination of sea swims and pool training, of challenge and safety, of activity and relaxation. With great coaches and a diverse yet like-minded group this all made for a truly wonderful experience.

    Julian W - 2016
  • What an amazing experience! As a first time open water swimmer, this trip gave me the confidence to take on greater challenges!

    Jean R - 2016
  • This is one of the few times when I can just swim, think about swimming, and talk about swimming with other people who love to do the same! The ideal swim retreat!

    Curtis C - 2016

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11 Jun -
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Accommodation

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Hotel Lemar

The ideally situated Hotel Lemar 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.