There is something truly amazing about open water swimming. It requires stamina and endurance. But there is something truly peaceful about being out in the open and swimming along the coasts with only your thoughts and the waves to keep you company. As a swimmer, I find it exhilarating. And so much better than doing laps in a pool.
So, if you’re like me–and love to swim–and you’re looking for your next adventure–we have some pretty awesome swimming holidays coming your way in 2024.
Here are 8 great swimming adventures & holidays to check out this year.
During your unforgettable week on this Madeira Swim Camp, you will swim in the most beautiful places in the region, where the water varies between crystal clear dark blue and turquoise, and where you can explore the caves and natural arches of the cliffs – the Desertas Islands Nature Reserve, Ponta de São Lourenço and the Garajau Nature Reserve.
This is a perfect experience for those who want to discover still unexplored and quiet areas in Portugal and enjoy the pleasant subtropical climate of the island.
During your trip, you’ll stay in a lodge that is situated in the heart of the Garajau Nature Reserve, where you can also enjoy some great dips in the water.
Dates: Multiple Departures from June through to October
Known for its beautiful beaches, old villages and glacial lakes, Montenegro actually got its name of “Black Mountain '' on account of its dark forests.
On this trip, you’ll swim a distance of 33.3km spread over 4 days in a timed event format, point to point, in adventure swim mode with up to 200 other like-minded swimmers from all over the world. World Class safety wrapper, premium support services and super high-quality hotels are all included.
This trip is open to swimmers of all levels of experience in the open water. However they do have cutoff times so all participants should be able to swim at least 2km/h. They also give you the option of swimming solo or as a duo so you can split the distance with a friend.
Dates: October 4 to October 7, 2024
You’ll enjoy some scenic swims in Lake Bennett and Katherine Gorge, with most of the swims being from two to three kilometers in distance (although these can all be shortened as needed).
Guests should all be comfortable swimming at least 1000m. Learn from qualified coaches and instructors during your adventure. You’ll also be accompanied by kayaks.
Dates: July 24 to July 28, 2024
You’ll head to Lake Argyle for this Swim Retreat. Lake Argyle is one of the largest man-made lakes in the southern hemisphere and home to more than 70 islands. Created by the Ord River Dam, it's classified as an inland sea and is about 18 times the size of Sydney Harbour.
You’ll mix in scenic swims between the Ord River and Lake Argyle on this weekend getaway. All of your instructors have first-aid certificates and are fully qualified coaches. Guests should be able to swim a minimum of 2000 meters continuously for this trip.
Dates: June 7 to June 10, 2024
Looking for a long weekend swim getaway? This Swimming Trip to Studland and Durdle Door is a fan favorite.
Spend three days at a private beach house in Studland just 300 meters from Studland Beach. Enjoy daily swims, beautiful sunsets, emerald seas, chalk cliffs and excellent meals and company.
This retreat is all about swimming and hiking into remote areas for spectacular swims and dips. All swimmers looking to do this one, should be able to swim at least 200 meters continuously.
Dates: Sept 27 to Sept 29, 2024
Who doesn’t love a challenge? On this three-day Castle to Castle Swimming Getaway, swimmers will get the opportunity to swim from Hurst Castle in Hampshire to Highcliffe Castle in Dorset, tidal assisted.
Swim along the glorious New Forest coastline to Milford on Sea with a lifeguard team in tow. Cap off your swim with some homemade cake on the beach. Take part in an evening sunset swim before waking up the next day to swim to Barton on Sea. You’ll pass sandstone cliffs, secluded beaches and more. And on your final day, you’ll cross into Dorset-where you’ll wrap your swim at Highcliffe Castle.
Dates: June 7 to June 9, 2024
Head to Snowdon for this 3-day North Wales Mountain Swimming Retreat.
This all-inclusive getaway will take place on the edge of Llyn Cwellyn Lake–one of Snowdonia’s best kept secret swimming spots. Learn from qualified coaches on this clinic and improve your stroke in the process. You’ll also get a chance to hike and explore the local area.
Dates: Oct 25 to Oct 27, 2024
For this epic Croatia Ultra Swimming Adventure, think multi-stage car Rally not Formula One™. Think ultra-trail not road-running marathon.
Swim a distance of 33.3km spread over 4 days in a timed event format, point to point, in adventure swim mode with up to 200 other like-minded swimmers from all over the world. World Class safety wrapper, premium support services and super high-quality hotels are all included.
If you are looking to feel like a pro-swimmer, then this trip is for you! This trip is open to swimmers of all levels of experience in the open water. However they do have cutoff times so all participants should be able to swim at least 2km/h. They also give you the option of swimming solo or as a duo so you can split the distance with a friend.
Dates: May 17 to May 20, 2024
Whether you're looking for a challenging swim race or a hands-on swimming clinic, we have something for everyone. From dips in the warm waters of Madeira to challenging swims along the beautiful coasts of the Adriatic, there's no shortage of amazing swimming adventures to explore.