If you’re an avid swimmer looking for a fitness themed adventure then look no further. Today we’re looking at three of the top swimming camps around the world. This means beautiful locations, exceptional facilities, world class instructors and a week of training you’ll never forget.
#1 MP Swim in the UK
MP Swim or Maximum Performances Swim Camps if you want its full title, is a UK based swimming camp run by none other than two-time Olympian Edward Sinclair. His impressive record also includes being the world and European medalist, as well as an ex-European and British record holder.
But a good coach isn’t all it takes to make a great swim camp, there also needs to be amazing facilities and accommodation. Luckily, MP Swim steps up to the challenge by having an agreement with Epsom College, a beautifully maintained period building set amongst 84 acres of greenery and home to some of the best sports facilities in the country. Nutrition is also taken care of, as MP Swim has arranged for Epsom College to provide healthy, fresh meals on a daily basis, as well as nutritious snacks to fuel a packed day of swimming.
Speaking of which, swimming courses range from 1 or 2-day intensives focussing on specific styles and strokes, through to week long video analysis camps to really hone in on technical perfection. Most courses are open to ages 8-18 (competitive swimmers do start young!) but there are also a limited number of courses open to adults if you book enough in advance.
#2 Tenerife Top Training
Tenerife Top Training (affectionately known as T3) offers some of the best pools available. It has a 50m oOlympicpool complete with starting blocks, all of which meets FINA standards. It also has a 6 lane 25m training pool, which just like the 50m pool is connected to a filtration system in order to limit chlorine exposure for swimmers. The site also comes with specific strength and fitness training areas to improve your performance in the water. There are even on-site physiotherapists, sports massage providers as well a full spa service complete with saunas, Jacuzzi, and a Turkish bath.
One of the facility’s main draws is its state of the art ‘Flume,’ essentially a wind tunnel for swimmers, which allows for a technique to be meticulously analyzed and improved. Here’s a video from T3 showing exactly how they use the flume for analysis. It should probably come as no surprise that the venue has been used by the Spanish and French national teams as well as competitive teams from Harvard and Edinburgh Universities. Your coach for your stay is Dr. Tomas Barreda, whose doctorate is in swimming biomechanics, so if anyone can analyze your technique it’s him!
#3 The BEST Centre
Last but certainly not least we have the BEST center in Mallorca, which promises, as its name would suggest, to be the “best site for swimmers and triathletes of all levels”. Coaching wise, the center definitely lives up to its promise. Heading up the team are Matthew O’Conner and James Parrack, both of whom competed at the Olympic level. James is also a ten times national champion in England, as well as a swimming commentator for Eurosport.
The facility is also a strong selling point, with a well maintained 10 lane 50m Olympic pool heated to a comfortable 27 degrees year round, making it the perfect temperature for swimming practice. The center doesn’t have a ‘flume’, but it does have two viewing windows under the water, a viewing platform on the roof of the main building and a ‘shark-eye’ moveable underwater camera. The center is also home to a gym full of Technogym equipment, as well as mats, medicine balls, the rabands and swiss balls for teams to complete their dry land practice. It should come as no surprise, then, that the centre has received high praise from none other than double Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Adlington, who called it “one of the best camps I’ve ever been to.” it was also highly praised by Team GB Head Coach Dennis Pursley, as well as Shaun Stevens, head of Australian Triathlon.
Perhaps the biggest selling point for the center is its favorable location. The center is located in a picturesque coastal town, large enough that there are things to do when you’re not training, but not so large that there are too many distractions. What’s more, Mallorca is cheap to reach as it’s a popular travel destination. At present, the center runs training camps for teens, adults and masters swimmers, with 7 days training, accommodation and half-board food costing around £500 per person.
Time to Hit the Pool
Whether you’re a young elite hopeful or an improving masters swimmer there should be something for you in at least one of these training camps. Plus what could be better than spending some time in the sun, with friends, eating delicious food and practicing the sport you love?