Open Water Swim Camps

In Dominican Republic, Caribbean Sea

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Register For This Camp

Registration for this camp will open in September 2019.

February 9-15, 2020

Swim Camp for Intro to OW + Intermediate Skill Levels

February 16-22, 2020

Swim Camp for Intro to OW + Intermediate Skill Levels

Training 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.


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 Total Immersion stroke skills (self-taught or with a TI Coach). 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 8 to 12 swimmers.

Prices & Room Selection


We have not calculated 2020 prices yet. Below are 2019 Prices, to give you some idea what to expect for the coming year. 

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

  • Training Fee per swimmer: $1430
  • Companion Fee: $180
  • 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 1 sofas, up to 3 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
  • $425 – 1-Queen Bedroom (plus private bath) in the 2-Bedroom Villa

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.



  • 6 nights at our villas
  • Arrival: Sunday, 10 February
  • Departure: Saturday, 16 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!)



  • 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


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


  • Breakfast at Madrugada
  • Swim session at local beach
  • Lunch on own
  • Afternoon long swim
  • Dinner in Las Terrenas 


  • 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


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


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


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


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).


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).

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.

Additional DR Camp Info

Santo Domingo Lodging

We have had good experience using for lodging in DR. You may also consider 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.

For more description of what our swim camps ın Turkey are like you may read our blog post Delightful Swimming In The Dominican Republic.

And, you may view several well-done camp videos on our Gallery page.

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

View general information for deciding, preparing and planning to attend a Mediterra Swim Camp, in any location. 

Preparing For Swim Camp in DR

View specific information for preparing to attend our swim camps in Dominican Republic. 

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