Fresh Freestyle Open Water Swim Camp

In Dominican Republic, Caribbean Sea

Featuring Fresh Freestyle Head Coaches Dinah Mistilis and Suzanne Atkinson
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Intro To Open Water and Intermediate Level Swim Camp

February 17-23, 2019

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Register For This Camp

Training Description

Fresh Freestyle Training Focus

Fresh Freestyle is proud to deliver high quality swimming education to athletes and coaches that incorporates all aspects of training and racing. Our mission is to share our experience and knowledge via an integrated approach, aiming to teach athletes and coaches how to strengthen physical, neuromuscular and emotional systems. Swimmers will develop awareness, form clear improvement pathways and implement skills to harmonize communication throughout the body, reaching maximum potential both in and out of the water. We are dedicated to swimming improvement at every level.

We accomplish our mission  using the TripleQ™ system. We start with athlete assessments in each area of Technical, Physical and Emotional Intelligence to first identify an athletes needs and then advance to clear improvement pathways. Improvement pathways may be approached using individual components of the TripleQtm system or via fluid interaction with two or all components depending on the athlete’s needs.

 

Skill Level

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 stroke skills. 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.

 

Group Size

This camp is designed to serve 10 to 14 swimmers.

 
Prices & Room Selection

Prices

We have not confirmed prices from all vendors yet so we are not ready to commit to a final price, but this may give some idea of what to expect. We hope to have firm prices by the end of October.

Note that the training fee is separate from the lodging fee:

  • Training Fee per swimmer: $1430
  • Companion Fee: $100
  • Room Fees below…

 

Room Selection

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.

  • $485 – Studio Apartment – king bed and sofa bed, up to 3 people
  • $485 – Studio Apartment – queen bed and sofa bed, up to 3 people
  • $485 – Studio Apartment – king bed, up to 2 people
  • $485 – Studio Apartment – 2 queen beds, up to 4 people
  • $580 – 1-Bedroom Apartment – queen bed and 2 sofa beds, up to 4 people
  • 580 – 1-Bedroom Apartment – king bed and 2 sofa beds, up to 4 people
  • $580 – 1-Bedroom Apartment – king bed and 2 sofa beds, up to 4 people
  • $425 – 1-King Bedroom (plus private bath) in the 2-Bedroom Villa 1
  • $425 – 1-Queen Bedroom (plus private bath) in the 2-Bedroom Villa 1
  • $425 – 1-King Bedroom (plus private bath) in the 2-Bedroom Villa 2
  • $425 – 1-Queen Bedroom (plus private bath) in the 2-Bedroom Villa 2
  • $425 – 1-King Bedroom (plus private bath) in the 2-Bedroom Villa 3
  • $425 – 1-King Bedroom (plus private bath) in the 2-Bedroom Villa 3
  • $425 – 1-King Bedroom (plus private bath) in the 2-Bedroom Villa 4
  • $425 – 1-King Bedroom (plus private bath) in the 2-Bedroom Villa 4

The 2-Bedroom Villas (1,2, 3 and 4) have a separate bathroom for the each bedroom. In addition, they have 2 or 3 sofa beds, to accommodate up to 4 people in the villa. These villas have a common kitchenette, lounging and eating area. You may reserve the entire villa if you like for $850, 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.

 

Fine Print

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.

Itinerary

Itinerary

  • 6 nights at our villas
  • Arrival: Sunday, 17 February
  • Departure: Saturday, 23 February
  • 5 training days, Monday to Friday
  • 1 training day we travel to another location for a boat/swim tour
  • 1 afternoon of optional hiking (or ride a horse!)

 

Sunday

  • Group Transfer from Santo Domingo
  • Catered lunch at Madrugada
  • Afternoon walk to local beach, swim
  • Dinner on own at Madrugada
  • Stop at supermarket on way home

Monday

  • Breakfast at Madrugada
  • Swim session at local beach
  • Lunch on own
  • Stroke clinic and video (by appt) in pool
  • Catered dinner at Madrugada

Tuesday

  • Sunrise swim at Bonita
  • Breakfast at Madrugada
  • Lunch on own
  • Afternoon long swim
  • Dinner in Las Terrenas 

Wednesday

  • Breakfast at Madrugada
  • Optional hike to El Limon, lunch in town
  • Lunch on own
  • Stop at supermarket
  • Afternoon clinics at local beach
  • Catered dinner at Madrugada

Thursday

  • Breakfast at Madrugada
  • Bus to Las Galeras
  • Boat trip to remote swimming area
  • Lunch included with tour
  • Dinner in Las Terrenas, upon return

Friday

  • Breakfast at Madrugada
  • Challenge swims
  • Lunch on own
  • Stroke clinics and video (by appt) in pool
  • Catered dinner at Madrugada

Saturday

  • Sunrise swim at Playa Bonita
    Breakfast at Madrugada
    Transfer to SD

 

Las Terrenas Lodging
We will be staying in the lovely villas of Residencial Madrugada, nestled in the forest, just a 10 minute walk from Playa Bonita.

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).

Santo Domingo Lodging

We have had good experience using Booking.com for lodging in DR. You may also consider TripAdvisor.com and AirBnB.

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.

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
  • Some catered dinners
  • Coaching and staffing fees
  • At least one video analysis session (you may take your video file)
  • Logistics for our training sessions (transport, escort, etc)

 

Not Included

  • 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).

 

Transfer From Airport To Camp

Our Group Transfer

The group transfer will depart at 10:00 am from downtown Santo Domingo to our villas in Las Terrenas on Sunday, and depart at 11:00 am from our villas to Santo Domingo on the following Saturday.

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 once we have confirmation from our bus service.

Dominican Republic Region Map

Maps of the Dominican Republic

This map shows you the position of Las Terrenas and the Las Americanas Internataional Airport in relation to Santo Domingo, the capital city:

And you may see where our lodging is situated in the Las Terrenas region:

 

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.

Preparing For Swim Camp

More information for deciding, preparing and planning to attend a Mediterra Swim Camp – including specific information about our locations.

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