ALLIANZ Channel Distance Week – Croatia

Date : April  27 – May 3

expect serious training, invaluable seminars, and the opportunity to push your boundaries.

about the week

  • Location, location, location The Islands of Hvar and Palmizana are swimmers' paradise. With miles and miles of wiggly secluded bays, secret beaches, and a place to swim regardless of the weather, this is a great location for this challenging long distance camp.
  • Your Qualifying Swims On this trip you will have the opportunity to complete your qualifying swim - 1.5 hours in, maximum of 1 hour out, plus another hour in (for CSPF requirements).
  • An incredible team  Our long distance guides are amazing people. Not only have they completed unfathomable challenges themselves; but they are passionate and dedicated  to helping you complete yours too, and will go above and beyond to encourage you to find, and push your boundaries. Read more about your guides for this trip in the GUIDE tab.
  • A thorough, busy itinerary  Expect a packed itinerary. Alongside a challenging swim schedule, this trip involves daily seminars, distance swimming skills sessions (such as feeding from a boat), and technique advice.
  • Cuisine to swim for! We work closely with our accommodation providers to provide a fresh, delicious menu for our swimmers. Please speak to us in advance if you have dietary requirements. Breakfast and lunch are included.

SWIMQUEST CHANNEL & DISTANCE HISTORY

John ran the original Channel & Distance training tours back in 2007. Since then, SwimQuest has worked closely with Nick Adams (Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation), Freda Streeter MBE, Emma France and others, 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, kit preparation and support crew selection, as well as swim training and technique sessions.

USEFUL INFORMATION:

  • Sea temperature: approx. 14-16oC
  • Daily swimming: swim duration will build gradually throughout the week, culminating in your qualifying swims. Two swims per day.
  • Swimming ability: Designed for individuals training for, or interested in long-distance swims

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Twin share accommodation at the 4* Adriana Spa Hotel, Hvar
  • A tailored, long distance swimming itinerary
  • Long distance seminars
  • Long distance skills sessions (e.g. feeding from the boat, preparing for a swim, night swim)
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • A selection of snacks
  • Safety boats as required
  • Three SwimQuest guides
  • Swim feeds
  • VAT

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?

  • Travel to and from Hvar (guests are advised to fly into Split, we can arrange a representative to meet you there). See GETTING THERE tab for details.
  • Evening meals and any alcohol purchases
  • Additional in resort extras
  • Sports massages (although we can help you arrange these)
  • Single room supplement (if you wish to stay in a room on your own - see ACCOMMODATION tab) subject to availability
  • Room upgrades (if you want to book a Sea View room) - subject to availability

ADRIANA SPA HOTEL, HVAR TOWN

YOUR ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

  • Twin Share - allocated as standard (we will pair you with a swimmer of the same sex or simply let us know on the booking form if you have a preference on who you would like to share with)
  • Sole Use non Sea View Room £470 supplement
  • Sole Use Sea View Room £740 supplement 

PLEASE NOTE ROOM SUPPLEMENTS / UPGRADES ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY

If you have any particular questions or preferences, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Example Sea View Sole Use

the ITINERARY

There 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: 400-800m

Underwater antics Formentera SwimmingWe 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 sheltered bay. 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: 45 min | Swim 2 PM: BOROVAC ISLAND 1 hour

Formentera tour SwimQuestAfter breakfast we will complete the safety briefing (if not completed the night before) followed by the first swim, which will be a bay swim just along from Hvar Old Town. During the session the guides will be film you above and below the water. 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, allowing you to think about the stroke session.

Monday Swim 1 AM: Vlaka bay (45 mins) | Swim 2 PM: bay to bay (1 hour)

Swim FormenteraAfter breakfast, we will head east out of the bay, towards Vlaka Island. Your first swim will be in Vlaka’s sweeping bay. After sufficient rest and lunch, we will then start from Palmizana and swim west into Palmizana’s neighbouring bays. In the evening we will host a seminar on ‘mental preparation’ for a Long Distance swim over drinks and nibbles.

Tuesday Swim 1 AM: st klement’s south coast (1.5 - 2 hourS) | Swim 2 PM: REST

Formentera SwimQuest Channel Swimming TrainingToday 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. We will continue with the informal seminars on topics such as swim preparation (logistics), training schedules, feeding programmes and support crews.

Wednesday Swim 1 AM: COAStline otok marinkovak (1 hour) | SWIM 2: north coast 1 hour

Swimming Wedding FormenteraAn early breakfast, after which we will start the long swim on St Klement’s northern coastline. Your swim will be a mixture of timed swimming in each bay, plus bit supported sections between each bay, so you get a chance to practise feeding from the boat, and can add some variety to your qualifier. The experience you have gained during the week will give you the best opportunity to see what you can achieve! All of you will be supported all the way by the guides with appropriate feeds and words of encouragement.

Thursday Swim 1 AM: qualifying swim (weather dependent) or relax with short recovery swims up to 1 hour

Formentera pre swim briefing Today will be a relaxing day of recovery after the long swims 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 and the chance to chill. 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 your surroundings.

FRIDAY SWIM AM: SHORT BAY SWIM

Sunrise swimming SwimQuest HolidaysAs 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 boat back to Split.

GETTING TO HVAR

trip start / finish times

  • The trip starts at 4pm on Saturday, however should you need to arrive slightly later due to ferry connections that is fine - please let us know your arrival time in advance.
  • The trip finishes after breakfast on Friday morning, however many guests choose to get a very early ferry (6.35am) back to Split from Hvar so that they can catch a late morning flight. Do take a look at the ferry timetables in the links below.

travel to palmizana

Travel to Hvar is simple. Fly to Split, catch a bus or use the taxi service we can recommend to you, who will take you to the catamaran, give you your tickets, and put you on the catamaran to Hvar. You will then be met by your SwimQuest team.

FLIGHTS TO SPLIT

Flying to Split is a two-hour flight from the UK. Airlines such as easyjet and British Airways provide regular flights from a variety of UK airports. For the best flight information and prices, please refer to www.skyscanner.co.uk or www.kayak.co.uk.

1. Transfer from Split airport to the harbour:

For this, there are 3 options:

    • We can recommend Milivoj and Suzana (father and daughter) for this transfer as they are efficient and cheaper than the taxi’s outside the airport. They can meet you at Arrivals, take you to their taxi, and on to the harbour for your ferry. They can also buy your ferry ticket in advance so it is ready for you on arrival! You will then pay the driver on the day for the ferry ticket and taxi ride. If a number of you are arriving at a similar time, they also have a larger vehicle, so it’s a great way to club together on the taxi cost. If this is of interest, please contact Suzana on mirjana.ivardic@yahoo.com, and say you are a SwimQuest guest and give your flight details. Please inform them of the ferry time you are aiming for and that you would like them to buy your ticket. If they think a different time is more suitable (due to any local events which may cause delays, etc) they will let you know. If you take this option, you pay the driver for the taxi (and ferry ticket if you would like them to book one).Please note, if you buy your ferry ticket yourself in advance, please let Suzana know so they don’t buy you an extra one!
    • Catch a bus - this is a longer journey, it can be around 1.5 hour
    • Get a taxi from outside the airport – this takes 45mins-1hour (around €35-40)
2. Ferry/catamaran from Split harbour to Hvar – this takes around an hour (€15-40, depending on service):

Please take a look at the two providers below to check their sailing schedules for your date of travel to Hvar. If you decide to use Milivoj and Suzana from above, as mentioned, they can buy a ticket for you for the most suitable ferry time, based on your arrival at the airport. If not, you can buy your tickets in advance online.

leaving on the friday morning:

There is an early morning ferry from Hvar to Split on Friday morning at 6.35am, should you wish to catch a morning flight.

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
  • Tow float (required) - if you haven’t got one yet, you can purchase a SwimQuest / Swim Secure float for £25 - please email info@swimquest.uk.com
  • Towel(s)
  • 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
  • Warm hat, fleece or warm jumper, tracksuit trousers/sweat pants
  • Waterproof coat/jacket/Dryrobe
  • Waterproof watch
  • Sun hat, sun cream and glasses
  • Travel insurance
  • USB stick for your swim stroke video (these will also be uploaded to an online folder for you to access)

 

JENNY SMITH

Jenny joins the SwimQuest team from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Jenny’s love for long-distance swimming has led to her completing some incredible feats of endurance, including three of the Oceans Seven channel crossings, and the gruelling Arch to Arc in 2022. In addition to her swimming prowess, Jenny is also a yoga and meditation teacher. "Open water swimming continues to draw me in, and has been a lifelong fascination ...   You’re pushing yourself to a place you can’t get to any other way. You only have yourself. It’s the ultimate meditation. I am passionate about sharing this experience with others and helping them achieve their goals."

STEPHEN GOULD

Stephen learnt to swim at 6 years old and within 2 years was swimming competitively at both a Club and Provincial level. He transitioned to open water swimming when at 21 years old – and long before this genre become popular and trendy. He is a qualified IASA Swimming Teacher and Provisional Club Coach, and an STA qualified Open Water Swimming Coach. Over the last few years he has taken up marathon swimming such as the Thames Marathon, Ullswater, Coniston, Windermere and the English Channel, as well as ice swimming including an IISA ice mile. "I am often found in unheated lidos, rivers and lakes, however, the sea is where I love swimming most. I enjoy meeting new people and especially those who are passionate about open water swimming with all it’s peripheral ancillarisation...oh, and of course all the funny stories that inevitably happen when one mixes an adventurous spirit pitted with Mother Nature!"

TINA NOBLE

Tina Noble Tina has led an impressive career in the travel and activity holiday industry. Her adventures have included working as a Cruise Director for Carnival Cruise Lines, a cycling and hiking instructor for Exodus, a Red Coat for Bultins, and a speed boat driver and water sports coordinator in the USA before joining the SwimQuest team in 2017. Tina completed her own English Channel solo in 2019. “Sharing your love and passion for life and spreading this to guests whilst they are on their lifetime adventures is an amazing feeling. My passion for swimming and travel is contagious, beware!”

BOOKING FORM

We’re excited about meeting you in Croatia. To confirm your long distance trip, simply fill in the booking form below. Once you have submitted the form, Charlie and Sarah (our bookings co-ordinators) will be in touch to request your payment of £868.80, plus any room supplements you choose - and to help you with any additional requirements. Payments can be made by debit / credit card, or by bank transfer. Payment deadline 5th February 2024.
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If at any point you have any questions, feel free to contact us: Charlie Beere | +44 7563 389238 | charlotte@swimquest.uk.com Alice Todd | +44 7825 301443 | alice@swimquest.uk.com

Travel Insurance

As 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, included escorted open water swimming. 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.

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