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KALYMNOS ISLAND EVENT DETAILS

DATE:
23 June 2018

WATER TEMPERATURE:
24 - 26°C

AIR TEMPERATURE:
23 - 29°C

DIFFICULTY:
Easy

Kalymnos, Greece is located within the group of islands known as The Dodecanese, 340km south east of Athens.  It is famous for sponge diving and rock climbing. It is typical of the Greek islands of the Aegean Sea offering good food, beautiful beaches, inexpensive hotels and with friendly and hospitable locals.

It is also an amazing location for swimming and fun! This is the 5th year Vladswim has run a holiday camp in Greece. Every year swimmers attended the camp, with many memorable swims and friendships made.

Swim Adventure package starts from $1980 twin share/ 7 nights

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation - twin share for 7 nights
  • Swims – 8 to 10 swim adventures (distance 1km – 6km)
  • Swimmers are accompanied by support crew
  • Coaches' advise on swim technique
  • All breakfasts and four lunches
  • Water and fruit for morning tea
  • Local family support for real Greek experience
  • Local boat skipper
  • T-shirt and logbook for the trip

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Return flights to Kalymnos Island, Greece
  • Any additional accommodation outside the 7 nights included in trip
  • Dinner and some lunches
  • Travel insurance (please see below)
  • Pocket money
  • Local transport
  • Transport on the island including to and from swims

Ambiance Hotel in Masouri

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Just 20 m from Masouri Beach, Ambiance Studios boasts studios overlooking the island of Telendos and the Mediterranean Sea. Various restaurants, cafés and a minimarket surround the property.

All of the guestrooms at Ambiance are tastefully decorated and open out onto a balcony to offer stunning view of Telendos Island. They offer a kitchenette with fridge, electric kettle and cooking hobs. A satellite TV is also included.

Guests can enjoy light meals, refreshing drinks and beverages at the on-site Ambiance café-bar.

Ambiance Studios is 4.5 km from Kalymnos Airport. The port of Kalymnos is at a distance of 7.5 km. Wi-Fi is free in public areas of the property.

 

WEATHER

Air Temperature:  23°C (av. low) - 29°C (av. high). September is one of the driest months and is usually very sunny.
Sea Temperature: 24 - 26°C
Marine Life: We have not experienced any stingers or jellyfish in the waters around Kalymnos. Sea urchins are however common. You may therefore wish to bring appropriate clothing and footwear such as rash vests and aquashoes with you (see recommended list below) and be careful where you tread.

CHECKLIST - What to bring

  • 2 pairs of swim wear (including bikinis for ladies)
  • 2 pairs of goggles (one pair with tinted lenses)
  • Towel
  • Wetsuit and/or rash vest
  • Fins
  • Hat or visor
  • Sun cream
  • Sun Glasses
  • Warm clothes
  • Aquashoes and/or walking shoes
  • Energy drinks/bars
  • Camera
  • Medication
01

DAY 1: ARRIVE ON ISLAND

  • 12:00pm - 2:00pm arriving on island and settling into your room/ accommodation
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm first introduction meeting. Get to know each other, info on our surroundings including beach, restaurants, shops…etc; info about our first swim and general schedule for the next day
  • 4:15pm - 5:15pm first short swim from nearest beach. Checking swimmers level and ability and finding best swimming buddies. Groups are formed for the next day's swim.
  • 5:30pm free time and dinner in local restaurant
02

DAY 2: TWO SWIMS (3 - 8KM)

  • 7:30am meet at reception
  • 8:00am breakfast at local cafe - discuss daily swim plan
  • 9:00am first swim of the day
  • 10:30am morning tea on the beach
  • 11:15am second swim of the day
  • 12:45pm lunch on the beach
  • 2:00pm return to hotel (note: may require local transport)
  • 3:00pm siesta (nap) and free time
  • 6:00pm meeting and plan for next day
03

DAY 3: ONE SWIM & HALF DAY SIGHTSEEING

  • 7:30am breakfast with local Greek family - discuss daily swim plan
  • 9:00am whole day sightseeing with Greek local - Sevasti
04

DAY 4: TWO SWIMS (3 - 5KM)

  • 7:30am breakfast at local cafe and meeting - discuss daily swim plan
  • 8:30am - 9:00am first swim of the day
  • 10:30am morning tea
  • 11:00am second swim of the day
  • 12:30pm lunch on the beach then free time
05

DAY 5: DISCOVERY BOAT TRIP TO OTHER ISLAND

  • 8:00am breakfast with our Greek Family at their house - discuss our boat trip
  • 10:30am meet in Pothia town (note: bus transport or own needed)
  • 11:00am depart on boat from Pothia, swim, lunch and relax on Island
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm estimated return back to Pothia and free time
06

DAY 6: ONE TO TWO SWIMS DISCOVER NEW LOCATIONS + SCOOTER DAY

  • 7:30am breakfast at local cafe and meeting - discuss daily swim plan.
  • 9:00am hire scooter (unless you already have one) and easy trip to next swim location
  • 10:30am swim and jump from  the rock into the water (if you dare to)
  • 12:30pm lunch at local restaurant (at own expense)
  • 3:00pm travel around the Island and take another easy swim at the location of your choice
  • 4:00pm free time
  • 7:00pm dinner party
07

DAY 7: LAST DAY ONE EASY MORNING SWIM

  • 7:30am swim of choice
  • 8:00am breakfast at local cafe – review our week Pack up and gett ready for departure

Schedule created by Vlad Mravec - Vladswim Head Coach

*Please note that the times of individual swims and lectures may be slightly altered to the group needs.

The lovely, sunny and relaxing Greek Island Kalymnos again gave to us an unbelievable holiday atmosphere connected with swimming and family hospitality. The Kalymnos swim trip 2014 was great and we loved it.

This is the 2nd year that Vladswim organised this European trip. This time 5 fantastic swimmers, 2 coaches and local guru Sevasti created a perfect 7 day swimming holiday. Photos, videos and stories about the trip are boosting everyone’s thoughts about attending this trip next year.

What we were doing there?

Simply - we swam about 30km in total during the week with 11 swims of 1-2hours long at an easy “just relax” Vlad pace with time to stop and admire the underwater world along the way. Cliffs, fish, caves, drop-offs and a little boat wreck made our swims exciting.

The swims at different locations took our mind to a place where we were flying over untouchable places down at the bottom of the sea. Adventures came up when we started swimming and we discovered new beaches, only accessible by boat, so private and beautiful. The camera was always ready to take a photo to record for our memories, but the real experience is unforgettable.

We were lucky to be there

Out of the water, we experienced friendly and generous hospitality from the locals. The hospitality provided by Sevasti and her family opened the door to understanding Greek mentality and life.

We learned lots about the history, culture and food from talking with her over our plate of lunch on the beach between swim. This life experience increased our love of the island because, step by step, we were close to the core of the life on it.

The swimmers even practiced local dancing, ate local food on the beach and had a drink with local people. One of the greatest surprises was lunch on the Island Platy, where we had our meal on the table next to the local church on top of the island – what a memory!

Kalymnos Island is famous to rock climbers, free divers and scuba divers but after our second our trip, the Island is also known as Vladswim Kalymnos swim Island! Restaurant owners, beach chair hirers, and lots of local people stopped us wanting to talk about the swim group. That was a life experience we will never forget.

What to say at the end?

We had a fantastic time. We (finally!) learned to be relaxed in the water. We taught Sevasti to swim and we were there when she swam 1.8km only 3 days after her first lesson.

We swam from the boat to the beach. We drew maps of our swims on one of the restaurant walls. We drank (a lot of) the local beer Mythos. We discovered the weather is always fantastic on the Island. We swam from one island to the next (1.5km) for breakfast and then swam back for lunch. We are happy to be swimmers, we are thankful to the Greek people and we are looking forward to returning next year.

Thanks to Dean, Kylie, Bridget, Gretchen and Trish for a fantastic time and happy, easy swims. And a huge thanks to my wife Viktoria for her hard work to make this trip happen.

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