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Sand, Sun and Swimming - Another Succesful Warm Weather Camp Wraps up in Fuerteventura

Oasis Papagayo, Feurteventura - February 2019


Thirty four swimmers aged 11 - 18, four coaches and two team managers left Exeter at 01:30am on Monday 18th February to make their way to Gatwick for the flight onward to Fuerteventura for a week long warm weather training camp.

The key objectives of the training camp were to:

  • Have a quality week of long course (50m) pool training;

  • Prepare for British Championships;

  • Prepare for British and National Summer Championship qualification meets;

  • Prepare for Regional Championships;

  • Provide additional education through pool, land training and bespoke education sessions;

  • Provide an environment, outdoors in the sun, in which swimmers would feel motivated and work towards specific training targets.

The schedule included eleven, two-hour swim sessions and six one-hour land training sessions with 20 minutes of pre and post pool before and after every session as well as education sessions covering timelines for competitions; race preparation including psychology and best practice post race; nutrition; technical aspects of turns; and generally working ‘SMART’ and hard.

The swim pool sessions were varied across the week to provide technical work on all strokes, with drill progression on starts and turns and emphasis on both. There were also some ‘big’ endurance sets where the swimmers were covering longer distances with little rest and high intensity sets where they were working at race pace with more rest as w