The Big Blue Training Plan
We at The Big Blue are passionate about giving you the best swimming experience possible. This includes both your time away with us in the idyllic Greek waters and also your preparation beforehand.
With this in mind, we have specially designed a swim training plan for you. This includes detailed swim training plans for you and also other "out of the water" tips. We strongly believe that excellent preparation is vital so that you can make the most of your time with us. Hopefully this pack will give you the basics to get you started, but please feel free to get in contact with us beforehand if you have any specific queries. Also keep an eye out for our specially coached training days to get you ready for the trip.
Below you will find a 6-week specific training plan that should get you ready for some great open water swimming over in the warm waters of Greece. Within this 6 week plan, there will be technique specific drills alongside drills that use swimming aids such as kickboards, pull buoys and paddles. There is also some non front crawl swim sets which are essential to give you the full balance of swimming and to make you a more complete swimmer.
We have gradually increased the number of sessions per week leading up to your trip, however this will be dependent on individuals, so don't worry if you cant fit in as many sessions as suggested. We do however recommend that you do at least 2-3 sessions a week as a minimum to get the best from your trip with us in Greece.
The sessions should be achievable for all levels, but will of course vary in time taken to complete dependant on your own swimming ability. The key with each session is to complete what is set, but of course to do this whilst enjoying swimming and having fun! Some sessions might be challenging, but if it was easy everyone would be able to do it!
Obviously, the more open water practice you can get before you go on your trip will only help your experience once you are away. You should also be preparing much earlier than 6 weeks out from your swim with us, so we have also included a much more generic plan that you could use to assist your training.
This plan was devised and written by our experienced coach and guide Chris Malpass
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