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Our Team

Strel Swimming Adventures was founded with passion, enthusiasm and love for open water swimming. Our founders Martin and Borut Strel have extensive experience in running open water swimming projects. They have organized some of the most challenging swimming expeditions in recent history and received a global recognition.

Martin, known as the legendary Big River Man, is a Guinness World Record marathon swimmer  and only man in the history to have swum the 5 greatest rivers on the planet: the Amazon, Yangtze, Paraná, Mississippi, Danube. (More about him can be found at www.amazonswim.com). Martin is currently preparing his new expedition for 2012/2013 and we will make sure you are informed when its happening. Stay tuned for further updates (you can sign up to Martin’s newsletter here). Borut, an experienced swimmer himself, has been working with Martin as a project manager and expedition leader for several years. Together, they have an incredible breadth of knowledge and experience in the sport open water swimming. In addition, Martin and Borut collaborate with the French company Decathlon (swimming brand Nabaiji) on open water swimming product development some of which you will be using on our swimming adventures.  (for more information on Nabaiji, visit www.nabaiji.com).

We are proud of our strong family tradition in the swimming  world. We promise to stand behind our name and deliver top customer service and unbeatable value for money. Our collaboration with our partners also means that our guests will have the best equipment available, as well as other trip arrangements and support.
We look forward to welcoming  you on our swimming adventures.
 

Martin Strel, Founder
Martin is our inspirational visionary. His past extreme swimming challenges are highly respected and well known world-wide. 

Martin accompanies some of the tours when his schedule permits, to share his experiences and to motivate you to maintain your swimming lifestyle. We will be announcing dates under booking when Martin is attending.

Martin´s Film - Feature Length Documentary: Big River Man - Amazon Swim Site

Martin´s Books
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Borut Strel, Guide Leader
Borut is an experienced swimmer. As a youngster he was racing internationally and later on he began to work on the project management and guiding of his father´s swimming expeditions.

Borut also has significant experience of coaching and guiding swimmers at several locations across the Mediterranean. He is the driving force behind Strel Swimming Adventures and has passed on his vast experience to our guiding team to ensure that our tours are second to none.
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Giovanna Richards, Guide
Giovanna from UK is a Level 2 ASA licensed Swimming Coach and experienced open water swimmer.

She has coached at Larkfield Leisure Centre, David Lloyd, Leybourne Lake and currently runs
Blue Manta Swimming, coaching and training workshops to make swimmers and triathletes better and smarter in the water. In 2011 she was selected to be a British Swimming Open Water Official.
G, as everyone calls her, came to Slovenia as a guest and returned as our guide. We are proud to have her in our guiding team.

Aleksander Kelbic, Guide
Aleksander is a retired professional pool swimmer from Slovenia. He used to race sprint breaststroke style for the national team and today still swims and competes for the Masters team.

He runs his Swim Academy swimming school and offers private swimming lessons for all ages and categories.

He is one of our main local guides in Slovenia and Croatia and we are happy to have him.


Barbara, Office Manager

Barbara ensures that our office runs effeciently and that your bookings are handled professionally.  She loves water activities and she likes escaping with her husband to wild water holidays.

Duje, Guide

Duje joins us from the Croatian Dalmatian cost where he has been involved in organizing international swimming events all over the Balkans for over 15 years. From a young age, Duje has both trained and competed.  He remains an avid indoor and openwater swimmer.  His most beloved swims are island hopping in Southern Dalmatia. He contributes his local knowledge and Mediterranean swimming experience to our team.  

Outdoor Slovenia is an adventure company providing services for rafting, kayaking and canyoning. We partner them on our Slovenian tours to help us running logistics and providng the best escort on the water.