ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS
Have a fabulous holiday while the kids train with Olympic swimmers.
The Family Swim Holidays 2013 will take place at the brand new pool at the BEST Centre. Accommodation is provided at a choice of three hotels in the town: The Club Colonia Blau Hotel, which is opposite the pool; The hotel Romantica, a 5 - 7 minute walk from the pool on the coast; and the Apartments Isla Cabrera, a 3 minute walk from the pool.
Our goal for each athlete is to have fun, learn, meet new friends, and take a great attitude about their sport back to his or her home club. See why 85% of families return!”
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After 8 years of successful Family Swim Holidays, we are proud to announce our 2013 holiday programme. By popular demand, Olympic bronze medallist Sarah Poewe will join us with her dates yet to be confirmed. Please click on any of the dates below for more information.
The holidays will take place in the beautiful town of Colonia Sant Jordi on the southern tip of Mallorca where you will stay just minutes from some of Europe’s most stunning beaches.
The swim holiday is designed for swimmers aged 6-18 years old who are used to training regularly with a swim team (please email us if you have any questions). While the children are swimming, parents can relax on the beach or take in some of the beautiful sights on the island. The holiday will cater for all levels of swimmer from club swimmer to international standard.
The holiday will comprise of 9 x 2 hour swimming sessions for 7 day holidays and 14 x 2 hour swim sessions for the 10 day holiday, accompanied by dry land and stretching exercises. The swim holiday will be run by British Olympic swimmers and former British record holders as well as ASA qualified coaches. The focus will be on technique work, kicking, starts and turns, breakouts, and having the most fun you can possibly have in a week of swimming.
Please make sure you bring fins and a snorkel. Either bring your own or send us your order and we will have the kit waiting for you when you arrive. We supply Finis Zoomer and Z2 fins and Finis snorkels. Apart from that, we have all the equipment you will need here on site. Bring your suit, hat and goggles (mirrored are best, and we have a stock here on sale at 10 euros per pair), plenty of HIGH FACTOR sunscreen (factor 30 - 50) and expect to have a great week swimming and making new friends.
Colonia Sant Jordi is one of the most beautiful places on the island and boasts some of the best beaches in Europe. It is a great place for strolling, cycling, fishing and kayaking, as well as numerous other outdoor activities. We will include plenty of fun activities away from the pool to make this a really memorable holiday.
We have a choice of three great family hotels that will suit everyone. The hotels all have their own outdoor pools and relaxation areas and a terrific buffet breakfast and dinner. The 3 star Hotel Romantica is on the coast, while the 4 star Club Colonia Blau hotel and Spa and the 4 star Isla Cabrera Apartments, are a short walk from the beach.
The brand new BEST Centre, an outdoor 10 lane 50m dedicated training pool. Parents can also swim while the kids train! Longer sessions! More time to practice turns and starts! We will also offer special sessions for 6-8 year olds.
Parents can use the pool’s gym for free while the kids train.
This is an example of a typical daily itinerary for a 7 day holiday. For a 10 day holiday we can spend more time on technique sessions, more time for starts and turns and include more excursions, like a trip to Aqualand, one of the biggest water parks in Europe.
|16.00 - 17:30:||Check In|
|17:30 - 18:00||Camp Meeting - where we introduce ourselves, go through the programme for the week and give you all the inside information on the best cafes, restaurants and beaches.|
|18:00 - 19:00||Dinner - enjoy the enormous buffet spread at your hotel|
|19:00 - Bedtime||Personal Time|
|8:00-8:30||Breakfast - another lovely buffet spread to enjoy|
|8:45-9:00||Dry land - a gentle introduction to the kind of exercises we think are important before a session|
|9:00-11.00||Swim - gneral introduction of all the swimmers followed by a general session where we put the swimmers into their lanes according to ability|
|11:00-13:30||Lunch and Personal Time - Lunch might be at the pizzeria in the hotel, sandwiches and take-away local dishes from the bakery and supermarket close to the pool, or a menu del dia in a local restaurant|
|14.45-17:00||Gentle stretching and then Swim - Freestyle drills and learning how to relax in the stroke|
|17:00-18:30||Beach Activity or table tennis tournament|
|18:30-19:30||Dinner - another magnificent buffet including a dozen or more different desserts|
|19:30||Family Quiz - the famous quiz night is a really fun evening of trivia and the occasional chaotic argument over the answers, but all I can say is that Dr No is officially the first James Bond film!|
|8:00-8:00||Breakfast - bacon, eggs, sausage, beans, mmmmm|
|8:45-9:00||Dry land - building our pre-swim routine|
|9:00-11.00||Swim - This morning we recap the freestyle work from last night and start on IM work and sculling. One lane will also spend time in our special 10m pool working on turns.|
|11:00-14:45||Lunch and personal time - Why not head to Antonio's famous Paella restaurant for a Spanish speciality?|
|14.45-17:00||General flexibility and Swim - the focus in this session is Backstroke drills and technique work. One group will also work on dives from the new style starting blocks.|
|17:00-18:30||Beach Activity or table tennis tournament|
|18:30-19:30||Dinner - If you haven't already tried it, the fish from the griddle, freshly cooked is delicious.|
|19.30-Bedtime||Personal Time and while the kids are off doing what kids do, the parents are having some social time with a glass or two of sangria!|
|8:00-8:45||Breakfast - get a table on the terrace outside and enjoy the morning air.|
|9:00-11.00||Swim - General IM and stroke work with an emphasis on kicking technique and working on the streamlines and breakouts. Another group to work on starts and turns.|
|12:45-15:00||Lunch and personal time|
|15.00-18:30||Boat trip or kayaks - here we pile onto a privately hired boat, head off round the coast to one of the beautiful beaches and dive off the boat and enjoy the afternoon. Or we will take the kayaks out for a kayak trip up the coastline. All great fun.|
|18:30-19:30||Dinner - you get the picture...|
|8:45-9:00||Dry land - on the swimmers may be asked to lead the loosening up routine!|
|9:00-11:00||Swim - re-cap on the drills so far, then fly technique, then starts and turns.|
|11:00-11:30||James Parrack's famous Nutrition Talk - everything you wanted to know about what to eat, when to eat it and why lentils, beans and chick peas are nature's energy food.|
|11:30-15:00||Lunch and personal time - been to eat at the harbour yet, looking out over the boats and beaches? Lovely.|
|15.00-18:30||Kids' football match on the 5-a-side pitch in the hotel grounds. Great fun, even for the girls!|
|18:30-19:30||Dinner - another triple shot of ice cream!|
|19.30-Bedtime||Personal Time - and a few more drinks for that table over there please...|
|9:00-10:30||Swim - This morning we will break out into different groups according to your no. 1 stroke and each coach will take their own specialist group.|
|10:30-11:00||Race preparation - a talk on why nerves are a good thing and how to make sure you go to the block confident and fast.|
|11:30-12:45||Parents' Football Match and Personal Time - Competetive as always but steady now people... we're not getting any younger here!|
|12:45-14:45||Lunch and personal time|
|14.45-17:00||Swim - focusing on breaststroke technique and drills. Another group also to spend time on starts and turns.|
|17:30-18:30||Beach Games - head to the beach for some hectic and fun beach games in teams. Make a crocodile in the sand, arrange yourself to spell a letter and skinning the snake to name a few!|
|18:30-19:30||Dinner - more food.... yum!|
|7:45-8:30||Beach Biathlon for swimmers and parents - a regular fixture on the holidays, the parents have had all week to get in shape. Can anyone beat Matthew over the run and swim?|
|09:30-15:00||Peronal time and Lunch - take your time today and relax by the pool or on the beach.|
|15.00-17:00||Swim, including relay races with coaches and a parents' relay! - a great way to round off the week.|
|20:00-22:00||Awards cermenony and talent show! The highlight of the week!|
|10:30-12:00||Clean rooms, pack, & check out. We'll see you again next year!|