Why swim with us
Why swim with us
"The water is your friend...you don't have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as the water, and it will help you move". Alexander Popov
"For we are all sprung from earth and water". Xenophanes. Greek Philosopher
We have extensive knowledge and experience of Greece and a real passion for the beauty of the people, landscape and culture that we hope to bring to each one of our swimmers. Our trips are designed to be a balanced combination of relaxation and adventure.
Open water swimming offers you freedom to swim within a natural setting giving you the benefit of experiencing clear water and breath taking landscapes while building your fitness. Swimming in the open sea brings a real sense of freedom, adventure, challenge and above all, personal achievement.
Swimming within a group is a supportive and social experience...you are all in it together! It's a great way to make new friends and generally have some fun in the sun.
We believe that during a swimming holiday it is important to have time out to relax in between the swims and get into the Greek spirit. This is why we have specially scouted and selected particular swim stops that include fishing harbours, villages and beaches for the swimmer to enjoy local cuisine at traditional tavernas and explore each destination...after all you have worked to get there!.
Our speciality is island to island crossings where we visit places only accessible by sea. Lefkada and its archipelago of islands are largely protected by their position with the mainland, making ideal sea swimming conditions. The water temperature of the Ionian in June and July is between 23c - 25c, what more could you ask for?
The Big Blue team combines a mix of diverse skills, catering both for the newer open water swimmer that wants to improve technique alongside those that want to train a little faster and improve fitness. We are all experienced in open water and have also attained the relevant life saving qualifications, making your swims safe as well as enjoyable.
Lastly...really get into the spirit of Greece with our guides and Greek captain who will teach you the all important Greek phrases!
Venturing Out to the Big Blue
The world renowned fountain of swimming knowledge website magazine The Daily News of Open Water Swimming featured The Big BlueRead More
The Swimming Times
The Big Blue pilot week which ran in June 2011 was featured in The Swimming Times, the official monthly magazine of theRead More
The Big Blue supports Dip in The Dark
The Big Blue supported Adventure Challenge Solutions November 2011 event Dip in The Dark…Read More
Big Blue visits The Peloponese
The Big Blue trial some new routes! Swimming in the Peloponese this Christmas.Read More
Big Blue at H2Open Day
Big Blue at the exciting open water event H2Open Day Copthorne Lake, Reading.Read More
Mountain biking in Lefkada
If you are joining us this summer for a swimming holiday and are interested in mountain biking too theres a great opportunityRead More
The Big Blue in The Guardian
The Big Blue swimming holidays features in The Guardian Travel article of the Top Ten Swimming Holidays written by JohnathanRead More
Big Blue at The Global Open Water Swimming Conference L.A
The Big Blue’s Lisa spoke at the Global Open Water Swimming Conference in Long Beach, California on September 21st.Read More
Ionian Dolphin Sightings
Big Blue’s dolphin sightings logged with The Ionian Dolphin Project in Greece. Over 50 dolphins spotted this summer.Read More
Big Blue at Chillswim
The Big Blue at Chillswim in Lake Windermere Brrrrrr! Cold water swimming races in 4 degreesRead More
Map of Dolphins and Seals!
The Ionian Dolphin Project updated map of 2012 dolphin sightings…around all our swim routes.Read More
My Big Blue Swim
A true inspiration! Visually impaired open water swimmer Maya Makri describes her Big Blue experience this summer in theRead More
Australia to Greece: from the Pacific to the Ionian
Rebecca Scott from Victoria, Australia tells us how she came to be swimming with The Big Blue in Greece.Read More