Dates 2017: 6-12 May (5 places left)
13-19 May (Performance Week – 3 places left)*
2-8 Sept (4 spaces left) | Sept 16-22 (10 places left) | October 7-13 (9 places left) | October 14-20 with guest Coach Cassie Patten (10 places left)
OVERVIEWOur Improvers Tour is aimed at people who are new to open water, slightly nervous about swimming in the sea, or simply intrigued by open water swimming. This trip will help you to get in touch with your inner mermaid (or merman!) find out more about stroke technique, and build confidence in the water. Whether you are a complete beginner, looking to return to the sport after injury, or simply have a fear of the water and want to try swimming in safe and supportive surroundings, you are very welcome to join us on this trip.
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. Whether in a wetsuit or not, you will be part of a small group that will be mentored and personally advised throughout the week.
- Price: from £835pp
- Focus on swim technique and feeling confident in the water
- Dates: May and September
- Minimum swimming requirement - none
- Average daily swimming - depends on ability
- Approx sea temperature range: 20-23 ̊C
- Non-swimming partners welcome
- Accommodation in beachside bungalows
- Swim coaching
- Swim itinerary
- Home-cooked lunches
- Safety boats
- 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 (see accommodation tab for single supplements and room options)
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 SWIMWe will meet in the late afternoon for the mandatory safety briefing. Topics covered include: swimming safety 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 SWIM 1 AM: 25M POOL: 1 HOUR TECHNIQUE | SWIM 2 PM: LOCAL BEACH
The 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 at the local pool. During the session the guides will focus on swim drills to refine your stroke, and you will be filmed above and below the water. After the session, we will 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 in a local bay in shallow water and will allow you to start to acclimatise to the sea.
MONDAY SWIM 1 AM: POOL | SWIM 2 PM: CANYES BEACH – PUNTA PRIMA (2 HOURS)
After breakfast, we are back in the pool focusing on the continued development of your stroke using the video analysis and advice gained previously from your swim guides. Focus may be on the efficiency of your stroke, breathing, head position, body line in the water and hand entry (freestyle stroke). Whatever the swim guides suggest, in each pool session the plan is to improve and build on the quality of your stroke. Once completed, we will return to the accommodation for some relaxation time. After lunch we will complete another sea acclimatisation swim. With each sea swim the technique gained in the morning is the key to your transitional progress – we will encourage you to put your pool technique into practise in open water. The swim maybe increased in time and distance and is always based upon your personal progress; when the session is completed we will all relax before dinner at a local restaurant.
TUESDAY SWIM 1 AM: PLATJA DE SAS CANYES | SWIM 2 PM: PLAYA DES ILLETES
After breakfast we will make our way to the beach for a swim session. This is a great opportunity to reinforce all the work you have done and to work on the efficiency of your stroke in the sea. After lunch we will relax and then later on in the afternoon the guides will take you to an award winning beach for a swim in the safe swim zone. During this group swim you will be under constant supervision by the guides from the safety escort boat.
WEDNESDAY SWIM 1 AM: RODONA ISLAND BAY | SWIM 2: ROCABELLA BAY INTO CAN ROLLS BAY
This early sea swim before breakfast is to continue the work on your sea acclimatisation. We will travel by car to a local bay, and depending on the weather, will attempt a slightly longer continuous swim. After breakfast we will return to the pool for the last pool swim session. The swim guides will film your stroke again. In the afternoon the guides will take you to a local bay where you will (if you feel ready) attempt a bay-to-bay swim.
THURSDAY SWIM 1 AM: PENINSULA SWIM | SWIM 2: SWIM BACK TO THE VILLA
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 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
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 of 1-1.5km to acclimatise to wearing the suit. Feel free to contact the office if you have any queries.
DATES FOR 2017
- 6-12 May
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. here. If at any point you have any questions, feel free to contact us: Charlotte Benton | +44 7743 233803 | email@example.com Alice Todd | +44 7825 301443 | firstname.lastname@example.org
TRAVEL INSURANCEPlease ensure you have adequate travel insurance before your tour, including cover for all the activities you are participating in. If you are in doubt that an activity is covered, you will need to contact your travel insurance provider for advice on cover. Fogg Travel Insurance are authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and are used to covering escorted open water swimming trips. To book travel insurance through Fogg, please click here.
ACCOMMODATIONOn this trip we stay in small beachside villa called "Can Rolls", once owned by John Coningham-Roll’s grandparents. Nestled away amongst shrubs and trees, Can Rolls looks out over the ice-white Patna de Ses Caynes beach. The villa was built in the late 1950’s and is nestled away in a UNESCO world heritage site. The setting is unspoilt, idyllic, peaceful and just 80 metres from the sea. In line with its eco-location, the villa is uniquely powered by solar electricity with a backup battery for the water pump and gas for the hot water. Although not exhaustive, with careful use there is plenty for all. Fresh water is taken from a traditional well in the kitchen, and in the evenings the villa is lit by candlelight and battery powered torches.
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 Can Rolls villa. Eat lunch on the terrace looking out over the sea, and spend your quiet time on the private terraces, sunbathing and relaxing.