Once swim trek starts there isn’t much more to report than what goes on during the trip day.
It’s all about the trip to the boat, the journey to the start of the day’s swim. The examining of the map, the applying of the vasoline to stop chaffing (believe me you don’t want chaffing from all this salty water! It’s very painful)
Then it’s off and away.
Our group is small but we’re getting along just fine. Four French men and Dann our American, Yves our ex guide and friend, and Steve and I. Lucky me , only girl.
Today we motored down the back of the island we are on and moored in a little bay which sparkled in the morning light. The water is the most exquisite blue.
We set off to cross the channel. It can be busy so we had to stay together.
It was 3.5 km across and fortunately the conditions were perfect. We had a few little stops – for boats or water and then at the end a snack of banana. Then we swam around a little island entered the channel and swam along the coast for another km or so. We took a break in a little bay with a village along the shoreline. People must wonder about us as we swim up past their boats or into the village where they have umbrellas scattered along the shoreline.
We pushed on and finally finished after 6.4 km. All in one swim which for me is the longest distance I’ve done in one swim.
We were given our swim trek t-shirt. And everyone sat around chatting about the swims and the shirts!
This afternoon we may swim on to make it 8 km.
At the end of a great day the guides Neil and Ricky sit with all the gear in the back of our van! The ever smiling guides.
We were in the breakfast room by 8am all dressed ready for the trek.
Yves managed to sleep in! By 8.30 we were away in a van to the other side of the island to save us sailing time in the boat. We headed off with all the gear around us and Ricky gave us the briefing which explained the swims for today.
I was getting nervous. The first swim was to be 5 km. Along some coast line and at least 3 crossings from island to island. This can be hard.
A few pointers were given on efficiency in stroke and vasoline applied to areas that could suffer from chaffing.
Then it was in the water and off .
The first part seemed long and hard then we got into a rhythm. We swam and swam and finally reached the end. It was about 5.3 km. Probably my longest swim in one hit! Feeling chuffed!
We enjoyed lunch on the boat prepared by Ricky and Neil and even made smoothies in the Revablend. It’s a new gadget that blends without electricity. It hand powered. Our friend on the trip Dan Garr has invented it. It’s was fantastic.
By the end of the day we had swum 7.2 km. I was tired.
We had a few drinks, dinner and fell into bed. Tomorrow is another day and another 8 km.