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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 open water swim coaching trip on the Spanish island of Mallorca is the perfect way for you to take your open water swimming to the next level. Increase your confidence and improve your technique and open water stamina through a combination of pool and sea swims with the help of our experience and qualified swim coaches.

Whatever your swimming goals, our guides will work with you, both in the sea and in a purpose-built 50-metre pool at the world-class Best Swim Centre, 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 which allow you to develop your technique and improve your stroke when you get back in the open water. The facility also includes an underwater viewing area which gives you the chance to learn from your fellow guests as our guides analyse their strokes.

Over the course of the trip you will also have the opportunity to complete some fantastic coastal swims and short crossings amongst some of the island’s hidden bays and secluded beaches. These swims 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 is a confident in the pool and has some open water experience but would like to take their open water swimming to the next level. It is perfect for those who are looking to improve the open water technique and stamina under the watchful eye of experience guides and coaches. Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing a swim of 2 km or more in either the pool or open water.

If you are completely new to the open water or feel that you need some further assistance with making the transition from the pool to the sea, you may like to consider our Introduction to Open Water - 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

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, Blue Water Hotel, 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

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.


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
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 3 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.


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


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 or by telephone on +31 971 65 65 60.


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

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  • I got EXACTLY what I hoped for, on this trip. Exacting but fun (and expert) guides; a chance to get better and longer in open sea; beautiful water; and a wonderful group of like-minded souls from many countries. Thank you!

    Randall B, USA - 2017
  • This is a fantastic and fun experience. I learned and improved my swimming a lot, and came back wanting to swim more and set myself new goals. I'd recommend the trip to anyone who likes swimming!

    Tiina L, UK - 2017
  • 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