Swimming masterclass in Nevis (21 – 28 March 2018)
Take part in a week-long swimming masterclass in the warm waters of the Caribbean, learning from Olympic swimmers in preparation for the Nevis to St Kitts cross-channel swim. The retreat is perfect for swimmers of all abilities, from beginners who wish to work on basic techniques to those who are more experienced and are looking to hone their skills in open water swimming.
Taking place from 21 to 28 March 2018 and run by Triscape, this swimming package offers a unique opportunity to learn from world class swimmers in a luxurious setting on the Caribbean island of Nevis. Spend the week at Nisbet Plantation Beach Club where Olympians Keri-anne Payne and David Carry will give swimming sessions in the pool and in the sea as well, with a range of other activities also included.
Enjoy a 7 night holiday from £2460 per person including flights, transfers, bed & breakfast (plus one dinner) and the swim package. See below for full details of what’s included in the holiday.
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The cross-channel swim
The Nevis to St Kitts cross-channel swim takes place on Sunday 25 March 2018 and is an excellent challenge for open water swimmers of all abilities. There are usually over 200 participants with prizes for the top finishers, while an ‘assisted’ category allows less confident swimmers to take part with a snorkel and flippers. Rescue boats are always close by.
Covering a distance of 2.5 miles (4 km), the race starts from Oualie Beach on Nevis and crosses the ‘Narrows’ to finish at Cockleshell Beach on St Kitts. Some of the world’s best open water swimmers have taken part in the race, with the course record being held by Olympian Ashley Whitney who finished in just over 55 minutes.
Those entering the race receive a T-shirt, finisher’s medal, swim cap, breakfast party on St Kitts after the swim and transportation back to Nevis.
Entry to the swim costs from $85 – book early for the lowest prices.
See www.nevistostkittscrosschannelswim.com for more details.
The swim package
The swimming masterclass is run by Keri-anne Payne, an Olympic silver medallist in open water swimming, and her husband David Carry who has also represented Great Britain three times in the Olympics.
Costing £600 per person, the excellent-value package includes swimming sessions and talks in the days leading up to the cross-channel swim, as well as post-challenge activities. All activities are completely optional.
Participants will receive group coaching from Keri-anne and David, both in the swimming pool and in the sea, as well as a one-to-one session to work on skills individually.
Optional beach workouts are an excellent way to start the day, while two talks are also included to help prepare participants for the cross-channel swim, focusing on nutrition and planning. A few days after the challenge participants can take part in a sea swim safari, with the chance to debrief and discuss the experience.
UK based Triscape organise swimming retreats across the world and are promoting an initiative in Nevis which encourages locals to learn to swim. Many Nevisians don’t swim in the sea due to the salty water, so visitors are asked to take a pair of swimming goggles to donate to the local community.
Nisbet Plantation Beach Club is an elegant hotel which is set within manicured lawns leading down to a white sand beach. The idyllic location is combined with a truly outstanding level of service, with friendly staff always on hand to cater to guests’ every need.
Rooms and suites are located in cottages which are dotted around the hotel’s grounds, each with a separate sitting area and private terrace. The cuisine at the hotel matches the high standards of service, with casual and fine dining options including the elegant Great House and the laidback beach bar.
Nevis is a stunning island with charming and friendly locals, offering an authentic taste of the Caribbean. There is plenty to occupy guests looking to be active, from scuba diving to horse riding and rainforest hikes.
Start your swim masterclass before you even leave the country, thanks to a phone call with Keri-anne to build your perfect retreat.
Wednesday 21 March
Depart London Gatwick at 10.05 on the British Airways flight to St Kitts.
Arrive in St Kitts at 16.35 where you will be met by a representative from Nisbet Plantation Beach Club who will transport you to the ferry dock. The crossing to Nevis is a short and scenic journey that takes under 10 minutes, followed by a short taxi ride to the hotel. You will arrive at the hotel within one hour of leaving St Kitts airport.
Once at Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, you will have time to settle into your room before attending a Champion’s Dinner in the Great Room Restaurant. Meet Keri-anne and David as well as the other participants on the swim retreat.
Thursday 22 March
Start your day with an early morning yoga-inspired beach workout before breakfast. Get in the pool for the first time for a two-hour swimming lesson with Keri-anne and David where you work on improving your breathing, body position and propulsion.
After lunch, attend a talk on performance nutrition by Keri-anne followed by a one-hour sea skills swimming lesson, focusing on sighting, pack swimming and buoy turns.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Friday 23 March
Again, take part in an early morning beach workout followed by breakfast and another two-hour swimming lesson in the pool.
After lunch, attend a talk on performance planning by David then get back in the sea for another one-hour sea skills swimmming lesson.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Saturday 24 March
Get up early again for a beach workout before breakfast. At some point during the day participants will receive a one-to-one session with Keri-anne, with the rest of the day free to relax at the hotel or explore Nevis.
Sunday 25 March
Race day! The cross-channel swim starts at 8am on Oualie Beach and concludes with a post-swim breakfast on St Kitts. Return to Nisbet Plantation early afternoon and relax for the rest of the day.
Monday 26 March
Start your day with another early morning beach workout before breakfast.
Spend the whole day at leisure – this is the perfect time to take part in an extra one-to-one swimming lesson with Keri-anne and David where you can work on perfecting your new skills (£175 per session).
Tuesday 27 March
Take part in your final beach workout before breakfast, then spend the morning at leisure.
After lunch, take part in a sea swim safari and discuss the cross-channel swim with your fellow participants.
Wednesday 28 March
Spend your final morning in the Caribbean relaxing at the hotel before you have to leave in the early afternoon. Travel to St Kitts airport and depart at 17.10 on the British Airways flight to London Gatwick.
Thursday 29 March
Arrive at London Gatwick at 07.45.
After returning to the UK, end your swim masterclass with a phone call from Keri-anne to ensure you are able to use your new skills in the future.
7 night holiday from £2460 per person (including swim package worth £600)
Holiday package includes:
Economy flights with British Airways (London Gatwick to St Kitts return)
Transfers (St Kitts to Nevis return)
7 nights’ bed and breakfast based on two sharing a Superior Room
Swim package consisting of the following activities (all completely optional):
Champion’s dinner on Wednesday 21 March
Daily yoga-inspired beach workouts (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday)
2 x 2 hour Straight-line swimming sessions in the pool focusing on body position and breathing
2 x 1 hour Straight-line sea skills swimming sessions focusing onsighting, pack swimming and buoy turns
1 x 1 hour performance nutrition talk
1 x 1 hour performance planning talk
1 x One-to-one swimming session with Keri-anne
1 x Sea swim safari
Pre/post retreat call with Keri-anne
Triscape goodie bag including T-shirt, cap, Zone3 Buoy and other partner products.
Entry to the Nevis to St Kitts cross-channel swim costing from $85.
Prices are based on two sharing a room. If only one occupant of a room is participating in the swim masterclass, the price for the other occupant will be from £1860 (bed & breakfast plus one dinner).
It is possible to upgrade your room, flights or board basis – contact us for single supplements and upgrade costs.
Extend your holiday:
Discover more of Nevis by staying longer…
21 – 31 March: 10 nights from £3145 per person
17 – 28 March: 11 nights from £3200 per person
17 – 31 March or 21 March – 4 April: 14 nights from £3545 per person
Prices include flights, transfers, bed & breakfast based on two sharing a Superior Room and the swim package (worth £600).
Prices above are a guide only – actual prices vary greatly depending on flight costs on the day of quoting. Contact us for a tailor made quotation based on your specific dates of travel and room type required.
To discuss your holiday to Nevis, call our knowledgeable travel specialists on 01752 880 880 or email email@example.com.
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