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JuneO
February 28th, 2006, 03:24 PM
Has anyone done a SwimTrek trip? Not hardcore, but sounds like a lot of fun!

www.swimtrek.com

:)

gemich
February 28th, 2006, 03:35 PM
I did Greece this past September with Swim Trek and it was absolutely one of the best weeks of my life (and I've been around 55 years).

I'm going back to do Croatia with them this year along with a group from the South End Rowing Club here in San Francisco.

JuneO
March 1st, 2006, 10:52 AM
What a great endorsement -- that's what I was hoping to hear! Closest thing to a dream vacation that I can imagine, anyway. So, I picked Malta in the fall (maybe Greece the following year).

watergrrl
March 27th, 2006, 01:41 PM
wow this sounds great. I'd never heard of such an adventure group before. The NZ/Australia ones would be my choice but looks like they have fewer of them...

Debz
April 10th, 2008, 05:24 PM
Going on Swimtrek soon....! Greek Cyclades...feeling nervous!! Any tips on anything....for planning, training, packing, transfers etc!!?

LindsayNB
April 10th, 2008, 08:08 PM
I did the Greek Cyclades trip last June and it was fantastic. Days spent on a sailing yacht and in the water, nights in a comfortable hotel. The food was great, on one of the islands there was a restaurant run by two brothers with the most delicious food I can ever remember. I don't think any special prep is needed other than the ability to swim 5-6km in open water at a relaxed pace. On our trip there was a Brit who had only learned to swim recently and only swam breast stroke, he was extremely fit as he was a serious fell(sp?) runner (running up and down mountains - it's a Brit thing) but not speedy by any stretch and caused no problems. My only problem was sunburn, but I was able to buy a chafe-guard shirt and was ok after that. One the longest swim a couple of the slower swimmers wore fins to make it easier to stay with their group.

Highly highly recommended!

Ripple
April 10th, 2008, 09:16 PM
I did Croatia last fall and had a great time. The first night they have everyone swim a set distance to decide who goes in the fast group and who belongs in the slow group. On ours, one person was sort of in-between. She was about my speed, but got much colder waiting for the others to catch up and couldn't get on with a wetsuit so was given fins and moved up to the fast group. I had to slow down from time to time to let the other two "slows" catch up, but that was okay, it was not a competition.
The recommended train-to distance for this trip was 5k. I only made it to 4, but since they shortened the swims slightly for us slower people, it wasn't a problem. I just wish I'd done some really hilly hikes to prepare for the walking part. The swims were no problem, but my feet and legs really suffered walking over all those hills.

LindsayNB
April 10th, 2008, 09:52 PM
Here's my friend's tale of his Swim Trek experience:

http://mymsc.ca/Article.jsp?id=7

LonghornbackinTX
April 11th, 2008, 12:55 AM
I have been wanting to do a number of their swims.

ViveBene
April 11th, 2008, 08:01 AM
Thanks for all the trip reports! I'm considering Croatia as the most immediately doable for me. All the details - hillwalking, sunburn, divided groups, take my flippers - are great beta!

Any problems with security? Entrusting your passport and ticket home to others while out frolicking?

Did you use special goggles for saltwater swimming?

Thanks, VB

Ripple
April 11th, 2008, 08:30 AM
Thanks for all the trip reports! I'm considering Croatia as the most immediately doable for me. All the details - hillwalking, sunburn, divided groups, take my flippers - are great beta!

Any problems with security? Entrusting your passport and ticket home to others while out frolicking?

Did you use special goggles for saltwater swimming?

Thanks, VB

The hotel desk clerk in Prvic asked for our passports when we checked in, which was a little un-nerving, but they put them in a safe so we didn't have to worry about it. We came back there every night, Swimtrek has largely done away with the format of swimming from island to island and staying in a different one each night.
My luggage got left behind in Frankfurt, but was delivered in time to go to the island the next day. Luckily, the suits and goggles were in the carry-on bag. A good reason to arrive a day or two early.
I used my ordinary goggles, one in a dark tint and one clear. Just don't touch the parts of you that are vaselined and then touch your goggles!
If you have to stay overnight in Split either coming or going, stay in the center of town, it's actually easier to get to the airport or the island from there because the bus stop is there.

ViveBene
April 11th, 2008, 08:39 AM
Thanks, Ripple! Helps the dreaming!

Thanks to Lindsay for linking his friend's account. The Cyclades caught my attention first - the wine-dark sea - so it is good to know the conditions and actual swim segment lengths as they play out in real life.

:wave:

VB

gemich
April 11th, 2008, 09:48 AM
Hi Everyone:

As a part-time swim guide the past 2 years for Swim-Trek's Croatia trip & and as a customer 3 years ago on the Greece trip, I've enjoyed reading the postings.

For the Croatia trip, bring some good walking shoes (there's a 1-hour hike to the Krka waterfalls and there can be some shorter island hikes that are on rocky trails). The Croatia trips stay at Privic (when there is one trip going, you stay the whole week there - when two concurrent trips are running, you spend 3-days at Privic and 3-days at another location). The reason I mention this is that the Hotel Maestral on Privic will require you to hand over your passport while staying there but there is absolutely nothing to worry about. This island town is very small and the people exceptionally friendly. And as someone mentioned, the after dinner liquor they serve is like rocket fuel - one is all you need!

And the Greece trip is equally great with a lot of hiking (at least when I did it 3 years ago).

I hope all of you have a great time - the guides love what they're doing and do whatevery they can to make sure you have the vacation of a lifetime.

And for those of you who wish you could sign up today but just can't justify going all the way over to Croatia or Greece, you can check out

http://www.bajaex.com/ChooseYourAdventure/SwimmingExpedition.html

I've been working with Baja Expeditions in La Paz Mexico (they've been leading kayaking & whale watching trips for 25 years) and in October they will be offering 2 1-week swimming expeditions in La Paz.

If anyone has any other questions about Swim Trek, I can give you my spin both as a customer and as a guide.

Gary

lkremer
May 5th, 2008, 04:52 PM
I did the Croatia trip last August and loved it so much that I am going to Malta this year. Re: how strenuous (or not) the trip was, previous to Swimtrek I had been only a recreational swimmer except for training for a triathlon 20 years ago. Six months before my Swimtrek I worked with a coach who taught me bilateral breathing and helped me refine my basic technique. Before I left I felt confident and well prepared. This first day of our swim the water was very choppy and on the second day the current was so strong that anytime you paused to rest you were pushed back 500m within moments. Suffice to say, early on i wasn't having much fun! On the third day things went swimmingly (pun intended) and I really began enjoying myself. The boat pilot and guides were great too. I felt very safe, well cared for and well fed. What more could you want?! When you go, buy a local map and plot out your route; it makes a great souvenir of your adventure and it impresses the folks at home too!

LindsayNB
May 6th, 2008, 01:34 PM
I went on their Greek trip last year and have signed up for Sardinia this year. I didn't realize that the tour I signed up for was their very first tour in Sardinia, I'm sure it'll be great...

fifi
August 7th, 2008, 09:45 AM
Hi everyone,
I'm considering doing a Swimtrek holiday, but there are a few things I'd like some info on if possible.
First, I'd have to go on my own, as although I have a lot of very fit friends, unfortunately none of them are keen swimmers - I run and cycle with them, but they all seem to hate the water!! Would it be a problem going on my own as a female?

Second, what about wetsuits? I only swim in a pool at present, and although I can swim the distances recommended in the brochure, I've never swum in open water, and wouldn't know whether or not to invest in a wetsuit. Or can you hire them from Swimtrek? Do they provide any kit?

Third, I'm a vegetarian. Do you think I'd have any problems with that, or do Swimtrek cater for this? I realise that it would be very important to get enough calories in for the long swims.

Fourth, sunburn! I'm a pale Scottish lass, and I'm a bit worried about reports on this forum about sunburn - I wouldn't stand a chance!! Any tips?

Thanks all,
fifi

LindsayNB
August 7th, 2008, 11:22 AM
I've been on two SwimTrek tours and most of the swimmers were there by themselves, some single, some whose partners just weren't that into swimming.

SwimTrek provides websuits for free. Depending on which trip you go on you may not need a wetsuit (e.g. Greece) unless you are the type that is always cold.

I don't think you'll have any trouble eating vegetarian for breakfast and lunch (which are supplied), it could depend on which trip you go on and the local food for supper (where you'll eat out). It wouldn't hurt to let them know in advance.

I sunburn extremely easily and sunscreen only gets me so far, both trips I had to resort to wearing a rashguard shirt. I would recommend getting one in advance, they do have some you can borrow or buy but you might not get one that fits you exactly, depending on your build. If your suit provides good coverage then the size of the rashguard is less critical, my problem was they didn't have one that was snug enough around the chest but long enough to make it to my swimsuit. I found sunscreen was enough for my legs, when wearing jammers. So, just put some thought into your suit choice and a rashguard shirt and you should be okay.

Of course, if you go with a wimpsuit, I mean wetsuit, that can provide the UV protection.

Ripple
August 7th, 2008, 04:31 PM
...Would it be a problem going on my own as a female?...
A lot of women go on these trips - I was one. I felt quite comfortable traveling on my own in Croatia to get there, and there were a few other single females on the tour itself.
I ended up with my own room despite not requesting one and would now pay extra to get one on future trips. European hotel rooms are small and it was great to have the extra space to spread things out and not have to worry about taking up the whole bathroom with damp swim stuff.

chattcatdaddy
September 10th, 2008, 12:18 PM
Good to hear that Swimtrek is getting some positive reviews. Just recently I have started swimming again after a 15yr hiatus. My dream has always been to swim the Hellespont and was real excited to se that Swimtrek has a trip for this swim. Looks like it will take me 2 years before my schedule will allow me to take the trip, so plenty of training time to work up my fitness level. Yeah I`m guilty of being a couch slug of late and need to drop a few pounds or 20-30. Gonna go to a total immersion technique seminr to refine my stroke technique so I can be more efficient. Anyone use the Total Immersion technique and is it efective in open water? To keep my motivation up I plan on swimming across the local lake next spring(~2-3km).

mjtyson
June 9th, 2010, 10:05 PM
Trying to "wake" this thread up and found the perfect excuse.

chattcatdaddy, you mentioned it would take you two years before your sked will allow you to go on the Hellespont trip. So, are you going? I just found SwimTrek online and am thinking of doing the Hellespont swim, if the boss allows that is. :whiteflag:

Chloe663
January 2nd, 2019, 04:21 AM
With so many amazing locations to visit, we can see why our total number of guests are higher than ever before! But what to do if your dates donít work with friends, or donít have anyone to travel with? Many of our guests arrive as solo travellers, but after a SwimTrek tour, they leave with a whole host of friends. Solo travel can open a world of possibilities, and our guests accounts below show just how amazing these experiences can be!

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flystorms
January 7th, 2019, 09:57 AM
I went on a SwimTrek to the Maldives last year to celebrate my 50th and loved it! It was a fantastic vacation with like minded peeps. The swims were as challenging as you made them. It was great for all skill levels. And yes, I traveled all the way over alone and ended up with some great new friends. Actually, about 5 of us still keep in touch (they're all in the U.K.). One lady is getting married this year and we were invited to her wedding! Crazy, huh? We've talked about going on another SwimTrek trip together in 2020.

miklcct
January 28th, 2019, 11:31 PM
I'll be doing my first SwimTrek trip this year, which is a competition trip because I feel that the existence of a group and a leader will certainly help my first overseas competitions experience, especially it will be the longest competition I do up to that date, and also my first current-assisted competition (I have no river swimming experience).