FORMENTERA TECHNIQUE WEEK WITH JAMES EWART

Price: from £1,345pp

2023 Dates: May 15-19  |  October 9-13   

TECHNIQUE WEEK with total immersion coach james ewart - OVERVIEW

Join Total Immersion coach James Ewart, and the SwimQuest team for a fantastic week of swimming around the stunning Balearic Island of Formentera. This break will include a combination of technique sessions led by James, and exploratory swims led by the SwimQuest team.

IS THIS WEEK FOR ME?

Swimming Holiday Spain FormenteraThis tour is ideal for people who are already comfortable swimming 400m front crawl in 10 minutes and are comfortable swimming out of their depth.  It’s also ideal for those who are new to swimming in open water who wish to develop their open water swimming skills and experience. Because of our small group sizes (max 14), we can ensure that every individual receives one-to-one advice and stroke analysis, as well as the opportunity to complete some stunning open water coastal swims. With a combination of video analysis sessions, pool sessions, seminars, and open water coastal swims, this is a varied trip resulting in new open water confidence and front crawl skills to take home.

ABOUT JAMES EWART

Total immersion (TI) coach James Ewart is a technique-focused swim coach, open water enthusiast and video analysis expert.  James helps you understand what you should be doing when you are swimming and why.  He is also a regular contributor to Outdoor Swimmer magazine. James is a Total Immersion Level 3 swim Coach and an STA Level 2 Open Water Coach.   Total Immersion was established over 30 years ago by Terry Laughlin. It is a tried and tested system for helping swimmers become more efficient. It also helps keep swimmers injury free, encouraging a safe range of movement for the shoulders. TI helps you become more balanced and streamlined, enabling you to move more effectively through the water.

ABOUT FORMENTERA

Formentera Waters
Formentera is a small Balearic Island just off Ibiza, and home to some of SwimQuest’s Technique and Improve weeks. It is well known for its dazzlingly crystal-clear waters and long stretches of beach, backed by dunes and pine trees. The island has escaped Ibiza-style development and is a tranquil place with a laid-back atmosphere. John Coningham-Rolls has a long-standing history with Formentera: his grandparents owned a villa (Can Rolls) in the 50s, and since then John, and now SwimQuest, have maintained a relationship with the island. Formentera has a magnetic pull for so many of our guests, who return year after year for the ice white sand and turquoise blue sea. The clarity of the water in Formentera is largely due to the Posidonia sea grass that grows on the sea floor.  These under-sea meadows were one of the main reasons Formentera and Ibiza achieved UNESCO World Heritage status in 1999. Playa des Illetes, a popular swim spot on our trips, also won Trip Advisor’s ‘Best Beach in Europe’ award.

USEFUL INFORMATION:

  • Price £1,345pp based on a twin share room (see accommodation tab for single supplements and upgrades)
  • Focus on swim technique, with pool and sea swimming and video analysis
  • Minimum swimming requirement - 400m in front crawl, in ten minutes and comfortable swimming out of your depth. If in doubt, please contact the office to discuss
  • Average daily swimming - depends on ability, adaptable
  • Approx. sea temperature range: May = 17-20C  |  October = 23-26C
  • Group size – up to 14 swimmers
  • Age range – 16+ (for family enquiries, please contact the office)
  • Are non-swimmers welcome? Absolutely – non-swimmers are welcome to join the tour and enjoy beautiful Formentera.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Accommodation for 4 nights at the Hotel RocaBella
  • Daily TI technique coaching, including both pool and sea swimming
  • One-to-one video analysis
  • Daily exploratory coastal and bay swims
  • A full swim itinerary and safety cover, including two swim guides and relevant boat escorts where required
  • A ‘challenge swim event’ at the end of the week (distance will be adapted to suit your ability level)
  • Breakfasts and lunches
  • Return transfers from Formentera harbour to the hotel
  • All transportation to and from swim start points
  • Free swim cap and SwimQuest dry bag for all participants
  • VAT

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights (fly to Ibiza)
  • Transport to Formentera Island (getting to Formentera is easy, just a short taxi / bus ride from Ibiza airport to the harbour, and then a 30-minute ferry across to Formentera, where we will meet you)
  • Evening meals
  • Any soft drink or alcohol purchases
  • Wetsuit (if required)
  • Single room supplements (£230), or superior room upgrades (£300)

HOTEL ROCA BELLA

On this tour, you will stay in the friendly Hotel Roca Bella, situated on the beach of Es Pujols, moments away from crystal waters and Pujols town. Rooms are based on a twin share basis. If you wish, you can choose sole occupancy of a standard room (£230pp) or upgrade to a superior room (£300) subject to availability. Roca Bella Formentera

STANDARD TWIN ROOM (SHARING PLACE)

Standard Twin Room Roca Bella £1,345pp  - standard rooms are simple but comfortable. They all have a terrace and sea view.

STANDARD TWIN ROOM (SOLE OCCUPANCY)

£230 supplement - if you would like your own private standard room, a sole occupancy supplement of £230 will be added to your booking. Alternatively, upgrade to a sole use superior room for £300.

SUPERIOR ROOM UPGRADE

£300 supplement - upgrade your booking to a superior room for an extra £300 (please note this applies to sole occupancy places or double shares only - these rooms do not offer a twin share set up). Superior Rooms are located in the newer building of the hotel and are recently renovated. All have a terrace with a sea view.

THE ITINERARY

Please be aware that the below is a guide and that we will adapt the swims and the itinerary carefully, taking into account ability, safety and the weather conditions. Nature can be (and usually is!) unpredictable so swim timings and locations may need to be flexible and adapted from the below.

MONDAY

  • 1pm Arrivals - SwimQuest to run transfer shuttles from Formentera harbour to hotel
  • 2pm Welcome, introduction, and mandatory swim safety briefing
  • 3pm Acclimatization swim in Pujols Bay
  • 7pm Meet for dinner (we will have a group booking at a local restaurants)

TUESDAY

  • 8am Breakfast at Roca Bella
  • 10am TI technique session: Balance and Streamlining
  • 12.30pm Lunch at the Roca Bella’s Café Zulmar
  • 2pm Sea Swim (1.5km – Illettes Bay)
  • 5pm Breathing technique
  • 7pm Sundowners followed by dinner

WEDNESDAY

  • 8am Breakfast at Roca Bella
  • 10am TI technique session: Arm recovery and Stroke Timing
  • 11am Video swimmers in the pool
  • 1pm Lunch at the Roca Bella’s Café Zulmar
  • 2pm Sea swim (2km – Platja de Migjorn)
  • 5pm Catch Clinic
  • 7pm Sundowners followed by dinner

THURSDAY

  • 8am Breakfast at Roca Bella
  • 10am “Challenge Swim” from Can Rolls Bay back to Pujols (2km)
  • 12.30pm Lunch at the Roca Bella’s Café Zulmar
  • 2pm TI technique session: Weight Shifting and Core Connection
  • 4pm Video Analysis Feedback
  • 7pm Sundowners followed by dinner

FRIDAY

  • 7am Sunrise swim (Playa de Ses Canyes)
  • 10am Sea swim (Pujols)
  • 12.30pm Lunch at the Roca Bella’s Café Zulmar
  • 2pm Departures (SwimQuest to run transfers back to Formentera Harbour)

TRAVEL TO FORMENTERA

FLY TO IBIZA

Flying into Ibiza SwimQuestFly 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 el Puerto in Ibiza town, close to the ferry port.

FERRY FROM IBIZA TO FORMENTERA

There are a number of ferry companies offering a regular service (approx. every 30 minutes) from Ibiza to Formentera and back. TrasmappiBalearia 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  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 booking 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: reservas@ibizaelpuerto.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
  • Tow float (required) - if you haven’t got one yet, you can find a great range from Swim Secure HERE and receive 15% off with code: 15SwimQuest23
  • 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
  • Waterproof
  • 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.

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