Open Water Swim Camps
In Dominican Republic, Caribbean Sea
Like so many others, our future events and activities are dependent on what happens with the global response to COVID-19 and access to pools, open water and travel. You can check out our COVID-19 update page to see our latest news on this. Thank you for your interest and support!
We enjoy many alumni returning to our camps again and again, growing each time. To celebrate our ongoing relationship we offer you a 10% discount on your training fee for your fourth or more swim camps with us. This may not be combined with other discounts.
February 16-22, 2020
NOTICE: Because of some good changes in our business and activity this winter, we’ve reluctantly decided to cancel our swim camp in DR for this February. But we look forward to hosting it next fall or winter.
We have left the information below so that you can still see what the camp details and costs are like.
Feb 16 Camp Description
Main Training Focus
Our training will emphasize introductory and intermediate open water skills. We will work on adapting to conditions as we find them in the sea in February, to make our swimming safer and more comfortable with whatever nature delivers. This would include staying calm and at peace, maintaining stability and precision, basic pace control, negotiating waves and currents, navigation, and delaying fatigue.
We will give attention to training your mental and emotional skills to make swimming more enjoyable and rewarding than ever.
Under the guidance of our skilled and experienced open water coaches, you will increase your physical and mental skills for swimming in a variety of sea conditions, and expanding your capabilities for longer distance and higher intensity swimming.
This camp will finish with a challenge swim around the peninsula, up to 5 km. Swimmer groups will be escorted by kayak. You will be swimming next to land under escort while still being exposed to conditions of the open sea – it is an ideal situation to test your mental and physical endurance skills.
This camp is for New To Open Water and Intermediate swimmers. You do not need to be a ‘fast’ swimmer (few people consider themselves to be one), but you do need to be swimming competently in the pool, and have some initial experience working on your fundamental technique stroke skills (self-taught or with one of our coaches). We will build on these skills for sure, but this camp should not be your first exposure to them.
View our guidelines on Levels Of Proficiency for to see how we organize our skill levels. You may contact us to discuss your needs and see which camp may be most suitable for you.
This camp is for Intermediate and Advanced swimmers. View our guidelines on Levels Of Proficiency for to see how we organize our skill levels. You may contact us to discuss your needs and see which camp may be most suitable for you.
This camp is designed to serve 8 to 12 swimmers, divided into two interest/skill groups.
Prices & Room Selection
Note that the training fee is separate from the lodging fee:
- Training Fee per swimmer: $1450
- Companion Fee: $180
- Room Fees below…
All units have a kitchen with stove, refrigerator, hot pot, dishes, and cooking pots and utensils. All units have dining tables, and some sitting area.
Units still available are listed below. Those units reserved already are removed from this list.
- $482 – Studio Apartment [1 available]
- $515 – 1-Bedroom Apartment [4 available]
- $488 – 1 Bedroom (plus private bath) in a 2-Bedroom Villa [4 available]
The 2-Bedroom Villas have a separate bathroom for the each bedroom. In addition, they have at least 1 sofa bed, in the villa to accommodate more people. These villas have a common kitchen, lounging and eating area. You may reserve the entire villa for a group of friends.
To share a studio, apartment or villa room, you must arrange your own room companions – we do not prefer to pair up unknown guests to share rooms.
A full payment or non-refundable deposit of $150 is required per swimmer to secure a spot in this event.
Your companion is warmly welcomed in our transport to our training locations and the boat excursion trips – this is covered by the companion fee.
If you would like to arrange your own lodging, you may pay the Training Fee only. This fee covers our coaching, staff expenses and logistics for our training each day.
- 6 nights at our villas
- Arrival: Sunday about 13:00
- Group Meeting: 14:00 on Sunday
- Day 1 Training: Morning swim session. Afternoon pool clinics and video analysis
- Day 2 Training: Morning swim session. Afternoon swim session
- Day 3 Training: Optional day hike. Afternoon swim session
- Day 4 Training: Drive to Las Galeras, boat trip and swim sessions at remote beach
- Day 5 Training: Morning Challenge Swim. Celebration Dinner
- Departure: Saturday
Price Including / Excluding
Included in the camp fee
- 6 nights, in a standard room at our villas
- Group transfer from Santo Domingo and return
- Breakfast at our hotel
- 3 catered meals
- Coaching and staffing fees
- At least one video analysis session (you may take your video file)
- Logistics for our training sessions (transport, escort, etc)
- Airfare to and inside the country
- Extra nights at hotel
- Beverages at mealtime
- Most lunches and and some dinners*
- Travel or medical insurance
- Gratuity to service providers (drivers, hotel staff, etc).
We provide these meals:
- Sunday lunch upon arrival at Madrugada
- Breakfast provided by Madrugada each morning
- Wednesday Dinner
- Friday Dinner
Guests need to provide for their own meals on these times:
- Sunday dinner
- Monday lunch and dinner
- Tuesday lunch and dinner
- Wednesday lunch (on return from hike to El Limon)
- Thursday lunch and dinner (on return from Las Galeras trip)
- Friday lunch
We will take a trip into town to the market on Sunday and Wednesday, so you can buy food supplies. Taxis are easily available to get a ride into town, to the market and to restaurants. A few nice restaurants are within walking distance, by the beach where we train often.
Las Terrenas Lodging
Yes, it is as lovely in person as it appears in this photo!
And it even has a 25 yard pool in which we can shoot video and practice stroke skills.
We have reserved a variety of rooms in their villas. Some rooms are located in single room apartments, some in two-room apartments, and some in 3-room villas. You may select from the list of rooms still available at the time of your registration.
Each spacious bedroom has either a king or queen size bed, and its own private bathroom. Each bedroom has a ceiling fan and an air conditioner.
Breakfast is included in the lodging fee.
Each room as a kitchenette – a range top, refrigerator, microwave, and a good variety of cooking dishes and kitchen appliances. We will make trips to the amply-supplied supermarket, which has just about everything you’d expect in a big market at home.
Each room has a small, key-lock safe.
There are sitting areas, dining areas and balconies with great views with each apartment or villa.
The apartments have large couches that are designed to serve as single beds also, so it is possible to make a separate bed for a companion or adding a third friend to your entourage (for an additional fee).
Look at the photo gallery to get a better idea of what the rooms look like.
Laundry services are available us also.
We will have at least one staff rental car for errands. The center of Las Terrenas (restaurants, markets, souvenirs, dancing, etc) might be a bit farther than you care to walk home from. You may hire a local taxi (car or motorcycle!). In town you may rent a bicycle, car, scooter, or motorized quad (which seem to be quite popular among tourists).
Transfer From Airport To Camp
Our Group Transfer
The group transfer will depart at 10:00 am from downtown Santo Domingo and take you to our villas in Las Terrenas on Sunday, and depart at 11:00 am from our villas to Santo Domingo on the following Saturday.
We usually arrange to have the final transfer drop some guests at the Santo Domingo Airport, as it is on the way to downtown.
The price is included in the training fee. This bus and driver will be serving us all week.
We will post pick up and drop off locations in downtown Santo Domingo once we have confirmation from our bus service.
Santo Domingo Lodging
For staying in Santo Domingo and being in a relatively comfortable part of the city, convenient to the Zona Colonial (historic tourist sites), the biggest mall (Agora), restaurants and supermarkets, and near our group transfer meeting point next to the Olympic Park, we recommend finding a place to stay approximately in this region, shown below in the map.
Dominican Republic Region Map
Santo Domingo and Las Terranas
The Country of Dominican Republic
Most likely, your flight will arrive in the capital city of Santo Domingo.
The Town Of Las Terranas
We will be staying in the city of Las Terranas, in the Samana Province, of northeast Dominican Republic. It is about a 2 hour drive north of Santo Domingo, on a wide, nicely paved highway.