2017 dates: one week only May 13-19, Formentera Island, Spain
CASSIE PATTEN’S PERFORMANCE WEEK: OVERVIEWAfter extremely successful swim coaching tours in 2015 and 2016, to are excited to launch a brand new Performance Week with Cassie Patten for 2017. Unlike our Improvers weeks, which are suitable for all abilities, our Performance week will focus on making you a faster, more efficient swimmer, both in the pool and in open water. This week is ideal for pool swimmers, club swimmers, triathletes and open water swimmers who are experienced and want to take their speed to the next level.
ABOUT CASSIEIn addition to winning bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Cassie is a double world silver medallist and cup winner and European Champion. She made history as the first swimmer in the world to both final in the pool and medal in the open water events at an Olympics, and is one of only nine British swimmers to have won Olympic medals in the last 20 years.
MAKE THE MOST OF EXPERT TUITIONBecause of our small group sizes, our Cassie Patten tours ensure that every indivdual receives one-to-one advice and stroke analysis from Cassie and the SwimQuest guides, as well as the opportunity to complete some longer sea swims to put their new found skills into practice.
- Sea temperature: approx. 23 – 28 oC
- Daily swimming distance: up to 3km, a technique session in the morning followed by a sea swim in the afternoon (please note this location is flexible and swims will be tailored to the needs of individuals in the group)
- Swimming ability: this tour is aimed at more experienced swimmers. Ideally you should be comfortable swimming 100m on 1.40 pace or faster, or 3km / hour.
- Are non-swimmers welcome? Absolutely – non-swimmers are welcome to join the tour and take advantage of beautiful Formentera.
- Accommodation in beach-side bungalows
- Technique advice and coaching from Cassie Patten
- Swimming, assisted by safety boats where required and always escorted by swim guide/s
- Technique and open water seminars from Cassie and the guides
- Safety boats, as and when required
- Swim guides
- SwimQuest dry bag and swim cap
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Travel to and from the island (we can pick you up from the island harbour, see individual trip notes for information)
- Wetsuits and fins (if required)
- Evening meals
- Single room supplement (£200 for the tour if you wish to stay in a room on your own)
ITINERARYPlease note that the below itinerary is a rough guide and will be governed by your needs, aims and ability in the water. This itinerary is adaptable and will change depending on the weather and your requirements. If you have specific aims you would like to focus on, let us know and we will do our very best to ensure the week is tailored to suit.
SATURDAY ACCLIMATISATION SWIMWe will meet at the accommodation late afternoon for the mandatory safety briefing. Topics will include: swim preparation, swim routes, feeding, prevailing weather, and safety procedures prior to the acclimatisation swim. Once completed, we will complete an initial swim in the shallow bay by the hotel. This allows the Cassie and the guides to assess your stroke and if necessary, adapt your personal itinerary. Once completed, we will then relax and have dinner. If for any reason guests are unavoidably delayed, the briefing may be deferred to Sunday morning.
SUNDAY AM: ‘GETTING YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT’ CASSIE TALKS TECHNIQUE PM: COASTAL SWIM, PLAYA DES ILLETESThe day is designed to be easy, allowing you to settle in after your journey. After breakfast we will begin our first technique session with Cassie. Cassie will talk through each element of an effective open water stroke, and will find out a little more from you about your aims and objectives for the week and for events you may have in mind. We will film your stroke both above and below the water. In the afternoon we will complete a coastal swim along the beautiful while sand Playa Des Illetes beach. Later in the day Cassie and your swim guides will play back the swim films, offering advice on your swim stroke. This will be a continuing them throughout the week with regular filming and feedback to help you excel.
MONDAY AM: ‘BLIND SWIMMING’ – TECHNIQUE WITH CASSIE SWIM PM: HEADLAND SWIM (3-5KM)
After breakfast, we will start another technique session with Cassie, with a focus on open water swimming specifically. Cassie shares her expert advice on how to approach swimming in rough water, whilst maintaining speed, how to sight without slowing, and getting to know your strengths in a sea swimming environment. We will also go over turning effectively at a buoy. After lunch we will swim across the bay, and out along the headland, exploring a little further afield. Once completed, we will make our way back to the hotel for some relaxation time prior to dinner at a local taverna.
TUESDAY AM: ‘IN THE POD’ WITH CASSIE – ADVICE FOR SWIMMING IN GROUPS PM: (3KM)In the morning Cassie introduces us to pod swimming and drafting – we look at ways to gain confidence, and speed when swimming next to other swimmers. In the afternoon we put this into practice with a swim out and around Can Rolls bay.
WEDNESDAY AM: MIJORN BEACH (UP TO 4KM) PM: DIAPOLOS ISLAND GROUPToday we will journey to Platia De Mijorn, a long stretch of beach on the south coast. This is a great opportunity to swim a 2km stretch at pace (optional 4km swim in total). Your SwimQuest guides and Cassie will be on hand to give you advice in the water and technique tips. In the afternoon we will stop of at Cala Saona for a dip, relax and a drink before we head back to the accommodation.
THURSDAY SWIM AM: ONE-TO-ONE COACHING WITH CASSIE SWIM PM: RODONA ISLAND AND SURROUNDING AREA
This morning provides each guest with a chance to make the most of Cassie’s technique coaching with one-to-one sessions in the bay throughout the morning. In the afternoon, there will be an opportunity to complete a beautiful swim, starting in Rodona bay, then swimming out, along the coastline, back round and into the bay.
FRIDAY SWIM AM: SHORT BAY SWIM BY THE HOTELAs this is the last day, there will be a short pre-breakfast sunrise swim by the hotel as you will need to pack and prepare for your ferry back to Ibiza.
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.
WHAT DO I PACK?
- At least two Swimming costumes
- Wetsuit - optional*
- 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