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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Getting Away From It All...To Swim

Open water swimmers just cannot get enough of their sport. Swimming before and after work...weekdays and weekends.

And with open water swimming tour operators finding thousands of customers from open water hotbeds from Great Britain to Australia, an increasing number of specialized operators are organizing creative tours throughout the oceans, seas and lakes of the globe, from the South Pacific to the Mediterranean Sea.

Coningham-Rolls Swimming Holidays was founded by John Coningham-Rolls. Coningham-Rolls Swimming Holidays specializes in luxury swimming holidays for small groups (10-12 guests) that range from relaxing to challenging, from Italy to Norway, from warm water to cold.

Its tours include four days in Lago d'Orta in Piemonte, Italy. Lago d’Orta is situated in northern Italy where guests do a number of swims up to 3.5 km exploring different parts of the lake. There are swims along the shoreline, as well as crossings to St Julian Island and across the lake in comfortable 18-22°C water. Dates of the tours are May 18-21, June 8-11, June 22-25, July 6-9 andd July 20-23.

The four-day tour in Windermere in Cumbria, UK is set around Lakeside Hotel on the southern end of Windermere. The swims offer stunning views of the lake along the north and south shorelines, as well as through a local tarn and along the River Leven. Swimmers cover distances up to 3.5 km in refreshing 15-18°C water. Dates of the tours are May 25-28, June 29 - July 2 and July 20-23.

The one-day River Arun tour in Arundel, West Sussex, UK offers a chance to experience escorted swims with qualified swim guides in the delightful River Arun. The current-assisted 4 km swim in 15-18°C water starts at Greatham Bridge and finishes at Bury village, traversing rural Sussex in an unspoiled environment. Dates of the tours are June 30 and July 14.

Another one-day River Arun tour is the longer 5 km current-assisted swimming adventure along the picturesque River Arun. Swimmers are taken to the start at Houghton Bridge and complete the scenic journey back to the Black Rabbit pub in 15-18°C water. Dates of the tours are July 1 and July 15.

The three-day St Michael's Mount tour in Cornwall, UK is based in the picturesque village of Marazion. The fully escorted swims averaging 1.5 - 2 km are a great way to explore the Cornish coastline, heading west and east from the village along Penzance beach and towards Perranuthnoe. The swim around St Michael’s Mount is the highlight of the trip in seas of 15-18°C. Dates of the tours are June 1-3, June 8-10 and June 22-24.

The 6-day tour of the Lofoten Islands in Norway is most challenging. The expedition begins in Svolvaer and includes stays in traditional Norwegian cabins. The twice-daily swims of 5 km in 14-18°C water are set within remarkable coastal scenery and complimented by warm-hearted Norwegian hospitality from Svolvaer to Gimoya. Dates of the tours are September 8-14 and September 15-21.

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