Whatever your ability, we will empower you to complete swims you wouldn’t ordinarily be able to complete on your own.
How do you decide which swimming holiday to go for? In this section we break our tours up into categories, to help you choose the perfect trip. At SwimQuest we are flexible, so if there’s a tour you like the look of but you’re not sure if it’s right for you – just give us a call or drop us an email – we will give you an honest answer.
We have tours to suit all ability levels, and with our small SwimQuest group
sizes and friendly staff, we will happily adapt a tour to suit your needs. Maybe you feel completely at home with your head underwater, but your less amphibious partner prefers a more laid back approach to the swimming itinerary. Not a problem – let us know in advance and we will ensure we tailor the itinerary to suit you.
Don’t forget, if you are unsure of the best trip for you and would rather have a chat to us – we’d love to hear from you.
A ‘CLASSIC’ SWIMMING HOLIDAY – RELAX & EXPLORE
Our ‘classic’ swimming holidays are suitable for all abilities and offer an adaptable range of distances. Most of these trips offer two swims a day, starting around the 1-2km / swim mark, and building up throughout the week to 3-4km / swim depending on how you are feeling and your ability level. We have ample boat support, so there is no need to complete all of a swim if you don’t want to – you are very welcome to hop back on the boat and have a rest. These weeks provide a welcome mixture of swimming, time to relax and wonderful food in beautiful surroundings. Whatever your ability, we will empower you to complete swims you wouldn’t ordinarily be able to complete on your own, safe in the knowledge that you will be fully supported by our award-winning guides.
Our “Classic” trips include:
- Mathraki Island, Greece (June, July, September)
- Pakleni Islands, Croatia (May, September)
- The Maldives (April)
- The Visayas, Philippines (August)
- Abaco Islands, The Bahamas (February)
- The Isles of Scilly, UK (July)
TECHNIQUE & IMPROVEMENT TOURS
Our technique tours have become increasingly popular with our regular and our new guests. Both beginner and advanced swimmers have found that they have walked (or should we say crawled?!) away from these weeks with more confidence, invaluable knowledge about their stroke, plus a selection of drills and a training plan to follow when they return home.
Our technique tours include:
- Club La Santa, Lanzarote with Olympian Dan Wallace (June)
- Technique with Total Immersion Coach James Ewart (May & October)
- Technique & Explore, Mathraki island (Greece, off Corfu) with Dan Wallace (July)
- Intensive Technique week, Formentera (off Ibiza) with Ray Gibbs from Swim Canary Wharf (September/October)
It is worth remembering that all of our sea-based locations involve some level of video analysis, however if you would like to see a dramatic improvement in the way you swim over a week, then we would recommend the above tours for you.
WEEKENDS / SHORT BREAKS
We understand that it is not always convenient to take a full week off work to swim. You may wish to consider one of our long weekend tours, short breaks, or simply let us know which part of the holiday you can make, and we will do our best to fit you in accordingly.
Our long weekend tours are:
- Cornwall, UK – Winter Swimming (March)
- St Julian Alps, Slovenia (August)
- Norfolk, UK (August)
- Lago d’Orta, Italy (September)
- Jersey, Channel Islands (September)
- Lake Annecy, France (September)
- Arisaig, Scotland – Winter Swimming (November/December)
- Technique with James Ewart (May & October)
We also run a one-day River Arun swim in West Sussex (July / August / September).
DISTANCE / CHANNEL SWIM TRAINING TOURS
We have a long history of training swimmers for the English Channel, and other big world swims. Our very special Channel & Distance training weeks are an ideal way to push your boundaries, find out more about long distance swimming, build yourself a support network and get coached through your first qualifying swim. On these trips English Channel solo and relay swimmers will have the opportunity to complete a six-hour or two-hour qualifying swim. The trips are designed for people who are training for a long-distance event, and those keen to find out if long-distance swimming appeals to them. Discover your full potential and DREAM BIG.
TRIPS FOR COLD WATER ENTHUSIASTS
For those of you who swim year round, whatever the weather – we have some fantastic trips to suit you. The Lofoten Islands is one of our most spectacular and unique locations. Despite its location within the Arctic Circle, sea temperatures sit between 9-11 oC in August which gives us ample scope to explore this stunning archipelago. In August, these islands in the Arctic Circle are bathed in almost 24 hour daylight, so we can swim in the ‘night sun’ too – truly incredible.
We also have The Isles of Scilly (which sells out fast, so book on quickly!) which brings you the very best the isles have to offer, a weekend of luxury in Cornwall, based at the magnificent Boconnoc Estate, and our South Africa tour, which includes a night on Robben Island!
Finally (and how could we forget?!) our Christmas Breaks in Scotland are a wonderful way to start the festive season. Expect Christmas-come-early, with winter dips, more food than you can eat and carols by candlelight.
TRIPS FOR WARM WATER ENTHUSIASTS
If you are the type of person who wouldn’t dream of dipping your toe in unless it was pool temperature or above – then we have some incredible trips for you. These trips are suitable for all abilities.
- Bahamas (February)
- Fiji (please contact the office to register your interest)
- Maldives (April)
- Philippines (August)
CHALLENGES & EVENTS
It’s important to remember that our holidays are about challenging yourself rather than other people. If you are looking for the buzz of competition, then a swimming race is probably more suitable for you. That being said, if you would like to complete an iconic swim, come with us and swim Lake Annecy in France (15km), land on Robben Island (South Africa) by swimming there as part of a relay (6.5km), or swim with us on the River Arun in West Sussex, one of the most tidal rivers in the country (6.5km), and of course, we have added the unique Scilly Swim Challenge to our list of events.
We have a few ‘specialist tours’ which have been designed with a certain type of swimmer in mind. Our Big Scottish Christmas Break is a winter swimmer’s dream trip. The Long Swims Weeks are suitable for those of you wanting to stay in the water for longer, and the popular Short Swims Weeks for anyone wanting to go on a swimming holiday, but with plenty of time to relax and rejuvenate.
Don’t forget, if you have a specific request, just ask. We will do our best to make it happen
- Long Swims Week, Mathraki Island, Greece (June)
- Short Swims Week, Mathraki Island, Greece (June)
- The Big SwimQuest Christmas Break in Scotland (November/December)
BESPOKE AND GROUP TOURS
We are always happy to make your swimming dreams a reality. We regularly set up private tours for groups of friends, families and corporate groups. We have even organised a swimming wedding, and a swimming honeymoon!
With over 16 years experience setting up swimming holidays and expeditions, we can tailor the trip to suit you. Choose from one of our current locations and set your own dates, let us know where in the world you would like to swim, or ask us for some inspiration.