Reviews




"How to swim stronger. The ultimate guide to pool training for triathlon."



We think it's the BEST site in Europe for a swimming training camp.

But don't take our word for it.. take theirs! Here is a selection of feedback from some of the swim teams we have organised camps for recently. For more information on our camps why not ask one of the coaches or swimmers from the teams below. The testimonials are from teams who have visited the BEST Centre, and from camps we have organised elsewhere in Europe.

“I’d already been out to the BEST Swim Centre twice this year, once for the annual BEST Fest swimming festival and again for a swim-focussed holiday.So when it came to choosing somewhere to shoot our annual 220 Triathlon swim special, it was the obvious choice. The centre is focussed around a 50m outdoor pool with 10 lanes, meaning there’s plenty of opportunity to book space for training. No only that, but with ex-Olympic swimmers Matthew O’Connor and James Parrack running the centre, there’s always someone on hand to pick up some swim tips from, or get advice on your technique.

The BEST Swim Centre is in a great location for triathletes too. Colonia St Jordi is a peninsula and in around 10 minutes walk in each direction you’ll find beautiful beaches and coastlines perfect for open-water swimming. My only trouble is I get distracted watching the fish and forget to focus on my technique (which is why it’s great to have the pool as well!). I can’t recommend the centre enough and we owe them a huge thank you for all their help with the January issue of 220 Triathlon. Not only do the photos look great, but the help of the coaches and athletes was invaluable in making sure all the swim drills were demonstrated perfectly!“

- Helen Webster, Editor 220 Triathlon

The recent training camp in Mallorca was one of the best I've ever been on. There were about 35 swimmers plus staff and the atmosphere was so relaxed. Normally when I'm at a camp there's a big competition around the corner, but not this time and you could tell. We trained as hard as we always do but there was a bit of time set aside for us to have some fun. The team's main sponsor, British Gas, were out there with us and organised some games for us to play that were so funny! We even managed to play a round of crazy golf!"

- Rebecca Adlington OBE, Double Olympic Gold Medallist, Beijing 2088

It’s very easy to understand why James and Matthew selected Colonia de Sant Jordi for their new training camp site. The pool is located in a small, picturesque coastal town and is a short walk from the hotel and the city centre on the harbor. It offers the best of both worlds with quiet shops, restaurants and beach areas within walking distance but does not include diversions and distractions that would detract from the camp purpose. The new pool is state of the art and the fact that the owners are former world class swimmers enables them to anticipate our needs in advance of our enquiries. All in all, it is an ideal training camp environment."

- Dennis Pursley, Head Coach, Great Britain Swim Team

Anteayer, miércoles,en el Campeonato de España Infantil Victor Goicoechea hizo 1:53.33(1º) en 200 libres que es record del Campeonato y ayer en 400 libres hizo 3:56:84 que además de record del Campeonato es record de España infantil. En gran parte tambien es un éxito tuyo y de todos los que trabajais en el BESTCENTRE por las facilidades que siempre nos habeis dado para entrenar y la posibilidad de compartir con otros entrenadores unas experiencias muy positivas para nosotros.."

- Fernando Reino, Head Coach Balaeric training centre, Mallorca

Majorca has been a terrific training base since arriving from the USA. The majority of Europe is still very cold but Majorca has been ideal weather and the training here is outstanding. A number of Olympic swim teams are currently here and the island is a cycling haven with a number of pro-teams choosing to train here regularly."

- Shaun Stephens, Head Coach Australian Triathlon

The boys arrived back safe and in a great mood. The camp was excellent and all worked hard and well. Many thanks for your assistance and care. We will certainly come back to your nice place."

- Steffen Liess, Swiss Swimming senior coach

Well we had a great camp, the pool is first class and the gym suited our needs well. The location to the hotel and beach is just perfect. We will definitely will be back. Thanks to all the staff for your hospitality."

- Sean Kelly, Head Coach, ITC Stockport and GBR senior coach

Once again thanks for everything. I knocked 9 mins off my time in the 1500m triathlon and finished 3rd man over 45. It was a very big event so the swim camp worked. We would love to come back next year."

- Gerry, Triathlete

It is really nice here and we like it. The pool is excellent."

- Swedish National Junior team

We had a great time at your pool and hope to see you again."

- Valhenburg, NED

Thank you for helping us to have a fantastic camp! All the swimmers and coaches had a great time and this has definitely been one of the best we've been on, if not the best.. The meals at the hotel were fantastic. The Best staff were fantastic about changing session times and being flexible to our needs. This really helped us in the week - thank you! Also, The support given to us when one of our girls needed to go to the Medical centre was great, thank you."

- Kevin Brooks, Maxwell Swim Club

First of all thanks to you and your staff (especially big Pat) for making us feel so welcome! The BEST Centre is a fantastic facility in a great location, and I certainly will be visiting again!"

- Rob Greenwood, ITC Stirling

Thank you for a terrific week. Thank you for making the whole booking process so easy for me and for helping everything run so smoothly - you've basically thought of everything! Our swimmers had a great time and they thought the pool facilities were very impressive. It was the first time on swim camp for many of the swimmers and they really made the most of the experience."

- Nicola Parks, City of Liverpool SC

For us it was a perfect campsite. The pool was excellent with a good gym as well as extra training equipment. The surroundings was calm and everything was nearby, nothing took extra time to get to. And not to forget; a friendly staff who knew swimming and the needs we have as a sport, no matter if you are aming for the Olympics or just a small competition in your hometown.”

- Anne Forsell, Head Coach Neptun, Sweden

To be honest we were really impressed with the pool and all your staff looked after us extremely well. Hotel was excellent and the staff were very polite and helpful. All the athletes thought the food was very good. Transport was excellent and journey time to and from San Jordi' was excellent. From our camp's perspective we had a great week. We had step tests on the Monday afternoon and the athletes all produced their best ever results.”

- Mick Massey, GB Disability HPC Manchester

Always a pleasure, never a chore in a facility and with staff like this. The water quality is excellent and definitely in the top three for any pool that I have used around the world.”

- Jodi Cossor, Lead Biomechanist, British Swimming

Amazing pool sooooo want to come back. Thanks!”

- Hannah Miley, European record holder

Amazing pool! We had a great time thank you.”

- Cassie Patten, Olympic bronze and world championship open water silver medallist

Garioch ASC enjoyed a fantastic swim camp at the BEST Centre - I am hugely grateful to you, Matthew, Patrick and the BEST team for all of your support, flexibility and consistent support throughout our camp. The facility is tremendous and the Hotel provided full board service of a very high quality; the location at the sea front added an unexpected dimension for sea swimming too - this raised the bar of our expectations for the training in Majorca - wonderful. All in all taking a group of 24 club swimmers including Hannah Miley to your facility was the best decision we have made for a long time. We will definitely be back.”

- Patrick Miley, Head coach Garioch ASC

Thank you very much for a great week of training!!! You have a fantastic facility!”

- Kerri-Anne Payne, world open water champion

We enjoyed the camp very much, i feel that it was a great experience not only for the swimmers but for the staff as well. The pool itself was perfect, and the swimmers really improved their performance. It was great to get into a gym with the swimmers and then to go straight into the pool afterwards. The staff were very helpful and relaxed and catered to our every need. I felt that this really took the stress away from myself, as i knew that any issue would be resolved straight away. I know that next time i organise another sports camp the best centre and Blue water will be the first place i come to.”

- Adrian Allen, Newburn Swimming Club

The training camp this time was our most successful yet. Everyone thought the pool facilities were fantastic and the hotel choice was great. The food was excellent and full of choices. The fully inclusive arrangement’s took the hassle away in terms of drinks and snacks. It also helped by having all of our team on one floor. The first question I was asked was “are we going back next year?”

- Paul Drawbridge, Head coach, Dunstable Swim Club

We had some fantastic results at nationals after our great prep camp at your fine establishment. We were far and away the best looking team at the meet with our stylish Spanish sun tans! The pool was just magnificent. The staff were genuinely excellent. They made us feel very welcome and at home straight away and were entirely recetive and responsive to any of our needs. The weights room had everything in it that we would nessesarily want. The Lemar Hotel was a great venue. The rooms were clean and airy, and the food offered by the hotel was absolutely first rate. ”

- Jol Fink, Millfield School

The BEST training centre in Mallorca provided the right ingredients for a first class experience for our swimmers and coaches. The services of the staff, the hotel proximity, food quality and especially the swim facility and training environment were fantastic and contributed to the positive results of our team. In over 35 years of attending training camps and staging of teams, the BEST centre experience ranks at the top for performance needs."

- Dave Johnson, former Canada head coach and head coach Cascade Swimming Calgary

I really enjoyed it. I really don’t want to leave. Thank you. It was amazing. Wow!”

- Jemma Grant

Cannot get the kids out of the water they love it so much!”

- Garry Holmes, Garioch

I think your facility is first class and could not have asked for anything more or better. The service we get from yourselves is first class and goes way beyond the normal services one would expect. The hotel, it’s facilities and staff were all of the highest order. All around, a pretty first class camp from start to finish.

- Billy Pye, GB Disability, HPC Swansea

Thank you very much for your excellent and absolute professional support and organisation. We had an excellent trainingcamp and everybody was satisfied with the perfect conditions. We trained in an fantastic pool and one week later we had great results at the World Championships in Rome. Surely we will come back.

- Ingolf Bender, Head Coach Luxembourg National Team

Our stay with u was superb. The pool, the clean water, the atmosphere u created. Tops. And Pernille won gold and a world record in the 50 fly at the Deflympics in Taipei. We are all very happy...and the week in Sant Jordi helped a lot.”

- Sverre Kile, Sweden

Thanks for making the camp a fantastic way to begin the new season. The swimmers really enjoyed getting back in the pool for this pre season camp. We will definitely be back next year.”

- Adam Baker, Swansea

The camp was really great. Thank you to you and Matthew for all your assistance in setting it up. Really good two weeks. Thanks again and we look forward to next year!”

- Ian Wright, Head Coach, Warrender Baths Club

Many thanks. Overall an excellent camp with everything going to plan. We got back safe and the flight was on time. Our swimming camp was successful.”

- Jari Louma, Someron Esa, Finland

From the minute I booked with your company I was looked after. Thanks to all of you for a successful first training camp. I would be more than happy to use your service again and recommend you to others. We will now have to start planning next years trip. Thanks!

- Karen Greener, Team Manager, City of Milton Keynes

I would like to thank you very much for all your help. The camp went very smoothly and made my role very easy. This was my second camp organised through Blue Water begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting and I have enjoyed your friendly efficiency on both occasions.

- Jenny Shaw, Great Britain Team Manager

As I said to you whilst I as there I think the service you give us all is excellent and I for one as a Team Manager really appreciate the help you give us and the fact that you meet us to iron out any problems, it all makes it so much easier and nicer for us.

- Christine McCabe, Great Britain Team Manager

The camp was excellent. I have spoken to the swimmers since we got back and they are still hyper. What can I say. Brilliant. This is the first training camp the club have done either at home or abroad and the experience was a really good one. The organisation was first class and we didn't have to worry about anything. A big thank you to Judy for being at the end of the phone to organise last minute trips for us. In all a very positive experience and huge thank you to everybody at Blue Water who helped make it successful.”

- Lindsay Lewis, FINS C.S.C.

The training camp was great. We are now a stronger and more positive team. The whole experience and the weather was great, the facility was superb. It´s been a successful training camp. Thank you.”

- Andreas Lidholm, Head coach, Torllhattens, Sweden

The camp was very good. The facilities like the pool, the gym, the hotel and the pool staff were excellent. Thanks.”

- Lars Sorensen, Head coach, Danish national swim team

We had a great camp! Thanks to you and your team. Regards.”

- John Atkinson, World Class Programmes, Great Britain National Youth Coach

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Blue Water on behalf of the City of Leeds swimming club for our training camp. The arrangements with the hotel and pool were excellent and as the team manager I had no problems at all. The food in the hotel was first class and plentiful and the professional way in which your member of staff Judy dealt with our arrival and check in at our hotel was second to none."

- Barbara Lancaster, City of Leeds and former Great Britain Team Manager

I would recommend Bluewater to any club wanting to organize a hassle-free training camp. They've got the facilities, the contacts and the knowledge of what is required to run a great camp. No other company can have staff with such a depth of experience at international level. With Blue Water you can concentrate on what you came for: getting some quality training in with no distractions."

- Ben Lafferty, Head age group coach, Stockport Metro

“We enjoyed the training camp and the journey back home went well. The people were friendly and the food was good. The distance to the swimming pool and the beach was also very good. We had no problems in the swimming pool, it was a very good pool to train in, the swimmers worked hard.”

- HZA swim team, Belgium

The hotel was excellent, the staff extremely helpful and considerate and the pool facilities were also top class. Thank you for your attention to all our needs throughout the whole process - that made things extremely easy for me. Whatever we decide next year, it will be with Blue Water.”

- Roger Adams, Peterbrough swim team

We're now on our last day of this training camp and want to really thank you for setting us up great! (yet again! You are the best!). The training facilities here where great and in a really nice atmosphere. All the people at the pool where nice and helpful as well. All the best.”

- Therese Alshammar, World Long Course Champion and Olympic silver medallist

Another very successful camp. We were looked after well. The pool was excellent. The staff in the hotel were always very helpful and friendly. The food was better this year, excellent quality and variety. Good range of pastas for the swimmers. Fantastic weather which really made the week.”

- Karen Greener, Milton Keynes swim team

The camp was superb, very professionally organised in advance and similarly monitored by your staff once in situ. The hotel, pool and other facilities where everything we could have wished for, enabling us to have a very productive and enjoyable week.”

- John Rudd, Plymouth Leander

Thanks to you and Matthew for another great training camp. This is the third one I have been on with Haslemere Swimming club and organised by Blue Water and once again we had a fantastic time.”

- Alison Baranowski, Haslemere Swimming Club

On behalf of CSWPC may I once again thank you and your team for helping to make this swim camp a memorable one.”

- Steve French, Cheltenham Swimming Club