2017 dates: April 29 – May 5 (1 place left)
May 13-19 “Performance week” with Cassie Patten (8 places left – £895pp)
What can I expect?This is an ideal opportunity for solo or relay English Channel swimmers to complete their mandatory six and two-hour qualifiers. It is also designed for people who are training for a long distance event, and those keen to find out if long-distance swimming appeals to them. With a full safety escort and expert advice from the SwimQuest team, you can expect to push your boundaries, meet likeminded individuals and discover your full potential. John ran the original Channel & Distance training tours back in 2007. Since then, he has worked closely with Nick Adams (President of the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation) and refined these tours to ensure that guests not only return home having completed their mandatory cold water distance qualifiers, but also with a much greater awareness of the preparation and planning required to undertake a successful swim. Alongside the longer swims, the week includes valuable seminars on feeding, pilot boat and support crew selection, as well as swim training and technique sessions.
is this trip for me?“You don’t need to be a Channel swimmer to come on this tour, but you should be serious about swimming. The aim of the week is to encourage and prepare you for your event, giving you the best possible chance of success. If you haven’t entered an event, but are keen to try some longer swims – this trip is ideal, as the guides will ensure that the week is tailored to suit your needs.” John Coningham-Rolls
- Sea temperature: approx. 14-16oC
- Daily swimming distance: Depending on each individual’s event, swims will build gradually throughout the week, culminating in a six-hour swim for those training for a solo English Channel relay. Two swims per day.
- Swimming ability: Designed for individuals training for, or interested in long-distance swims
- Are non-swimmers welcome? Yes, non-swimmers are welcome to join the tour and enjoy peaceful Formentera, although they must be aware that the focus of the week will be on swimming and that partners and non-swimming guests may not be able to accompany swimmers on the boat for safety reasons
- Long distance swimming itinerary
- A selection of snacks
- Safety boats
- Swim guides
- Transfers to and from Formentera harbour to villa
- Transport on Formentera
- Support throughout your Channel journey… we want to keep in touch and help you on your way!
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Travel to and from Formentera (guests are advised to fly into Ibiza, regular ferries run from Ibiza to Formentera, and we can advise on specific arrangements)
- Wetsuits and fins (if required)
- Evening meals
- Single room supplement (if you wish to stay in a room on your own)
ACCOMMODATIONOn this trip we stay in small modern beachside bungalows, in a UNESCO world heritage site. Based off the ice-white Patna de Ses Caynes beach, the rooms have been recently renovated and are fully equipped with air conditioning and hot showers.
ROOM CHOICESYou are welcome to request a twin share room at no extra cost, or, should you wish to reserve a room of your own, you will need to pay a £200 supplement for the week. Simply choose the option on the booking form and you will be invoiced accordingly. Should you choose a twin share, we will pair you up with a guest of the same sex.
BREAKFAST AND LUNCHYour breakfasts and lunches will be served in quirky Can Erik villa, just across the road from your bungalow accommodation. Your SwimQuest guides will be staying in this villa, and you are welcome to use its quiet terrace for sunbathing and recovery time.
the ITINERARYThere are two planned swims per day based on how you progress during the week. Please realise that the below is a very rough guide and that that we will adapt the week carefully for each individual. Swim guides will advise you each day on what is best for you, but in all cases the main objective will be to encourage you to achieve your personal goals. You’re likely to surprise yourself!
saturday Acclimatisation Swim: 400-800mWe will meet in the late afternoon for the mandatory safety briefing. Topics covered include: swim preparation, swim routes, feeding, prevailing weather, and safety procedures. We will then complete an acclimatisation swim in a shallow bay by the villa. This allows the swim guides to assess your stroke and start preparing an individual plan for you for the week. Following this we will relax and have dinner, with time to discuss the week ahead. (If for any reason guests are unavoidably delayed, the briefing may be deferred to Sunday morning.)
Sunday Swim 1 AM: Caynes Beach – 1 hour | Swim 2 PM: Caynes Beach – 1.5 hoursAfter breakfast we will complete the safety briefing (if not completed the night before) followed by the first swim in the bay. During the session the guides will be film you above and below the water. After the session, we will go back to watch the films, offering advice and encouragement on your swim stroke. This will be a continuing theme throughout the week. Regular filming is an invaluable tool, and at the end of the tour you will receive all your films for future reference. The afternoon swim will be a slightly longer swim in the bay, allowing you to think about the stroke session.
Monday Swim 1 AM: Canyes beach – Platja de sa Roquetta (1.5 hours) | Swim 2 PM: Canyes beach – Punta Prima (2 hours)
After breakfast, we will start from Caynes beach and make our way north up to Platja de sa Roquetta and beyond. After sufficient rest and lunch, we will then start from the villa and swim south to Punta Prima. In the evening we will host a seminar on ‘mental preparation’ for a Long Distance swim over drinks and nibbles.
Tuesday Swim 1 AM: Platja de sas Canyes - Racco de ses Ampolles (3-4 hours) | Swim 2 PM: RESTToday we will run one long swim, which will enable you to experience an extended time in the water and out feed regimes into practice. The afternoon offers a chance to relax prior to a long swim the following day. If required we will arrange for a masseur to visit the villa / hotel to work on any tight muscles for each swimmer prior to the long swim for a small additional charge. We will also continue with the informal seminars on topics such as swim preparation (logistics), training schedules, feeding programmes and support crews.
Wednesday Swim 1 AM: Platja de sas Canyes - Racco de ses Ampolles (up to 6 hours)An early breakfast, after which we will start the long swim from the beach heading north along the coastline to Racco de ses Ampolles. We will all start together. The experience you have gained during the week will give you the best opportunity to see what you can achieve! For the solo Channel swimmers in training, it will be the mandatory six-hour qualifying swim, and for all other guests we will have agreed a time to work to as your longest swim. All of you will be supported all the way by the guides with appropriate feeds and words of encouragement.
Thursday Swim 1 AM: 6 hour swim as per Tuesday (weather dependent) or relax with short recovery swims up to 1 hour
Today will be a relaxing day of recovery after the long swim on Wednesday. If the weather dictates, we may use today to complete the long swim if this isn’t possible on Wednesday. The rest day will include a late breakfast, followed by massages for those who want them (for a small additional charge). We also use today to chat collectively about the long swim, continue with seminars and advice and share suggested improvements to existing training programmes. Lunch will be arranged somewhere on the island with time to visit the local towns, but the key to the day is to relax and enjoy the beauty of Formentera.
FRIDAY SWIM AM: SHORT BAY SWIMAs this is the last day, there will be a short pre-breakfast bay swim by the hotel as you will need to pack and prepare for your ferry back to Ibiza.
Travel to Formentera
FLY TO IBIZAFly to Ibiza and then jump in a taxi from the airport to Ibiza harbour to get the ferry to Formentera (please budget approx. €15-20 for this taxi journey.) Taxis are regular just outside the airport. Tell the taxi driver you are going to get a ferry to Formentera and he / she will drop you off by the Formentera ticket kiosks. For the cheapest flight options, have a look at www.skyscanner.co.uk. If you would prefer to arrive a day early, we would recommend the cheap but friendly and comfortable Hotel del Puerto in Ibiza town, close to the ferry port.
Ferry from Ibiza to FormenteraThere are a number of ferry companies offering a regular service (approx. every 30 minutes) from Ibiza to Formentera and back. Trasmappi, Balearia and Mediterranea–Pitiusa are popular options, cost the same and take the same amount of time (approx. 30 minute crossing). There is no need to buy a ticket in advance. Hint – when you buy a return ticket, it is worth checking that your return ferry journey allows you sufficient time to get to the airport, as you cannot transfer your ticket to another ferry provider and will have to purchase an additional single fare.
What do I pack?
- At least two Swimming costumes
- Wetsuit - optional (although not allowed for traditional English Channel Solo or Relay Swimmers)*
- Two Pairs of swim goggles – one clear and one tinted
- Small daypack/rucksack to use for your personal equipment/clothing during the day
- Sandals/aqua shoes/flip flops – for getting wet
- Insect repellent (lemon based non-Deet repellents are good)
- Insect bite relief
- Fleece or warm jumper, tracksuit trousers/sweat pants
- Sun hat, sun cream and glasses
- USB stick for your swim stroke video
- Waterproof watch
- Travel insurance