Dates 2018: May 12-18 (7 places left)
IMPROVE YOUR SWIMMING WITH OLYMPIAN JAMES GODDARDWe are delighted to welcome three-time Olympic swimmer and three-time Commonwealth Champion James Goddard to the SwimQuest team. On this trip, all our guests will receive invaluable one-to-one technique coaching, to help improve swimming confidence and efficiency. Because of our small group sizes (max 12), we can ensure that every indivdual receives one-to-one advice and stroke analysis, as well as the opportunity to complete some stunning open water coastal swims. This is a unique opportunity to learn from one of Britain’s best in a stunning setting.
IS THIS FOR ME?This Improve tour is aimed at beginners and intermediates. Whether you are new to open water, slightly nervous about swimming in the sea, or simply keen to try more open water swimming and wanting to improve your stroke, this trip will help you to get in touch with your inner mermaid (or merman!). You will receive solid advice about stroke technique, and build confidence in the water. This tour is ideally placed in October, so that you can return home with a wealth of knowledge and skills to practice over the winter months.
WHERE IS THE TOUR?These tours are based on the beautiful island of Formentera, just a 30 minute ferry ride away from its more crowded, better known island neighbor, Ibiza. Formentera is positioned off the southern coast of Ibiza in the Mediterranean Sea. It is the smallest of Spain’s Balearic islands and famous for its clear waters and long stretches of vanilla-white beach, backed by sand dunes and pine trees. With crystal clear waters and shallow beaches, this is a great location for improving stroke technique and building confidence in the sea.
- Price: from £925pp (£200 single room supplement)
- Focus on swim technique and feeling confident in the water
- Dates: October
- Minimum swimming requirement - none
- Average daily swimming - depends on ability, adaptable
- Approx sea temperature range: 23-25 ̊C
- Non-swimming partners welcome
- Accommodation in beachside bungalows
- Swim coaching
- Swim itinerary
- Home-cooked lunches
- Swim guides
- SwimQuest dry bag and swim cap
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Travel to and from Formentera Island (see ‘travel’ tab for more information)
- Wetsuits and fins (optional)
- Evening meals
- Single room supplement (£200)
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.
MEALS & TECHNIQUE COACHINGOn this trip we will use the beautiful Can Erik Villa as our base for breakfast, lunches and land based seminar sessions. Breakfast and lunches are included in your trip price. If you have any particular dietary requirements, just let us know in advance, we are happy to cater for you. We advise budgeting around €25 per evening for your evening meal, plus any alcohol you may wish to buy.
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 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 SWIMWe will meet in the late afternoon for the mandatory safety briefing. Topics covered include: swimming safely in open water, swim preparation, swim routes, prevailing weather, and safety procedures. We will then complete a short 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: introduction to technique, filming, and a bay swimThe day is designed to be easy, allowing you to settle in after your journey. After breakfast we will complete the safety briefing (if not completed the night before) followed by the first swim. During the swim session the guides will film your stroke above and below the water. After lunch, James will give a land-based talk on swim technique, and you will be given points to focus on for the afternoon session. After dinner, we will watch the swim footage and each guest will be given detailed feedback to take through into Monday’s session.
MONDAY: the open water difference
This morning we will head to the award-winning carribean-white Playa de Illetes beach to put new skills into practice. Depending on your needs, you will be given drills and new skills to try out. After lunch, the focus will be on open water swimming: you will learn about sighting, waves and working with the water, before heading back into the sea.
TUESDAY: pool session & relaxed open water swim
After breakfast we will make our way to the pool for a structured swim technique session. This is a great opportunity for James to monitor your progress up close and give you personalised skills to work on for the afternoon session and to take away and practice at home. After lunch, we will complete a relaxed open water swim allowing you to stretch out and enjoy your new skills.
WEDNESDAY: upping the distance
There will be optional one-to-one technique sessions with James before breakfast. After breakfast, we will travel by car to a local bay, and depending on the weather, will attempt a slightly longer continuous swim. In the afternoon there will be another land based technique session.
THURSDAY: into the deep!
This is your last full day of swimming with two great seas swims. The morning swim is a coastal swim along the peninsula. With amazing shallow beaches along the way, it is the perfect way to stretch out and enjoy your new stroke. In the afternoon we will walk to Punta Prima and use the swim zone, but this time we will head out of the bay and swim back to the beach by the accommodation. The swim is a great way to see the coastline and some underwater sea life. Once back, there will be time to relax and then we will go into town for our last dinner together.
FRIDAY SWIM AM: SHORT BAY SWIMAs this is the last day, there will be a short pre-breakfast bay swim 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.
AN EXTRA NIGHT IN IBIZA TOWN?
RECOMMENDED IN IBIZA TOWN:Hotel Apartamentos el Puerto in Ibiza town is friendly and comfortable, and just a 2 minute walk from the ferry port should you need to arrive a day early / leave a day later. Please feel free to book a room through Lourdes in their reservations team. Tell them you are bookng through SwimQuest and you can claim a 10% discount.
HOTEL CONTACT:CALLE CARLOS III, Nº 24. 07800 IBIZA // Contact number: 971.313812 FAX.971.317452 // E-mail: Lourdes at: email@example.com // Website: www.ibizaelpuerto.com
WHAT DO I PACK?
- At least two Swimming costumes
- Wetsuit - optional*
- Two Pairs of swim goggles – ideally one clear and one tinted
- Towel(s) although the hotel provide bath towels for in-hotel use
- Small daypack/rucksack to use for your personal equipment/clothing during the day (you will receive a 10L SwimQuest dry bag you can use for this purpose if you wish)
- Sandals/aqua shoes/flip flops – for getting wet
- Insect repellent & bite relief
- Fleece or warm jumper, tracksuit trousers/sweat pants
- Sun hat, sun cream and glasses
- Travel insurance
WETSUITS*Anyone that requires a swim specific wetsuit, can hire or buy ta swim wetsuit from www.mywetsuithire.co.uk. Please feel free to call mywetsuit hire and let them know you’re coming on a SwimQuest, they will be happy to advise you. If you do hire a wetsuit, please allow sufficient time for at least 3-4 swims to acclimatise to wearing the suit. Feel free to contact the office if you have any queries.
MAILSPORTS - GET 10% OFF WITH SWIMQUESTSwimQuest guests can claim 10% off any purchases made through our shop partner Mailsports. SwimQuest vests, towels, hoodies and t-shirts are also available to order. Simply insert code QUEST10 at Mailsports' checkout. Click here to shop now.
READY TO BOOK?We're excited about meeting you on tour. To book your swimming holiday, simply fill in the booking form below. Once you have submitted the form, Charlotte (our bookings co-ordinator) will be in touch to request payment and to help you with any additional requirements. A deposit of 30% is required to secure your place, and the final payment is due 8 weeks prior to departure. Payments can be made by debit / credit card, by cheque, or by bank transfer. SwimQuest is a proud member of the Travel Trust Association, the only travel network in the UK to guarantee 100% financial protection to the consumer, ensuring total consumer confidence.
TERMS AND CONDITIONSIn booking with us, you accept our terms and conditions, which can be found here. If at any point you have any questions, feel free to contact us:
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TRAVEL INSURANCEAs a SwimQuest guest, you are required to have in place travel insurance that covers you for all activities you will be taking part in during your trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully covered for these activities. Whatever travel policy you decide on, you will need to bring a copy of your current Certificate of Insurance to the safety briefing at the start of your SwimQuest holiday. Your Swim Guides will need to take a note of your insurer, policy number and the number to call in case of an emergency claim.