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Frequently asked questions

What payment methods do you accept?
We accept major debit and credit cards via our online booking system. You can also pay by bank transfer – please contact us for further details.
 
What debit/credit cards do you accept?
Visa, Visa-Electron, MasterCard, Maestro and Activa
 
Do you cater for groups?
Yes. We offer group discounts and can also arrange bespoke tours for groups of at least 8 guests. Please see link or contact us for further information.

Do you offer group discounts?
Yes, we do offer for group discounts for groups of at least 8 guests. Please contact us at  for further information.
 
How old do I have to be to come on a Strel Swimming Adventures holiday?
We welcome guests from the age of 16. All guests aged below 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Do you offer creche facilities?
Strel Swimming Adventures are unable to offer creche facilities. However, you may be able to arrange facilities direct with the hotel. Hotel contact details are available in the trip description.
 
Do I need to bring my own equipment?
You only need to bring your swimsuit and goggles – we provide everything else. However, you are welcome to bring with you any equipment you want to use for open water swimming. Please see kit list specified in each trip description.

Do you arrange flights?
No, we are unable to book flights for you. However, detailed information on how to get to our swimming bases is set out in the trip notes for each holiday.

Can you arrange transfers to the hotel?
Yes, we have arranged special deals with local transport companies for transfers to and from our hotels. Please refer to trip notes for detailed information.
 
Can I book a single room?
Yes, you can. Our hotels offer single rooms or double rooms for single use.
 
Who will I share a room with?
We will only ever place people of the same sex together, and will endeavour to ensure that you are of similar ages. Please let us know at the time of booking if you are travelling with another person with whom you would like to share a room.

Do you cater for non-swimmers?
We know that not everyone swims, but that they still want to enjoy a holiday with their friends or family. Our holidays are focused on swimming and we swim for around 2 to 3 hours each day (typically, one swim in the morning and another in the afternoon), but non-swimmers can either walk along the shore or relax on the main escort boat during each swim. We also incorporate daily walks or hikes into our itinerary, and all of our locations feature breathtaking scenery and great sightseeing. Please inform us at the time of booking if you are a non-swimmer.
 
Do you cater for different levels of swimmer?
We welcome all levels of swimmer. We will always have several escort boats so that you can swim safely with others of a similar speed.

Will we encounter any marine life?
Swimming in the open water is a fantastic experience, and we often encounter marine life on our swims. The majority of marine life is harmless and swimming with it adds to the unique nature of our holidays. We are always focussed on your safety and we constantly monitor the water around you. The risk of any unfortunate encounters with marine life such as jellyfish is extremely low. All of our guides are fully trained in the event that you are stung, and most guests will feel able to continue swimming.

What happens if I get tired during a swim?
It is important that you are able to swim steady pace for the average tour distance. Average distances are stated in each trip description. However, you are welcome to stop swimming at any time and either hitch a ride on one of our escort boats or follow the route along the shore.
 
Do I need to train before my Strel Swimming Adventures holiday?
We recommend you that you refer to our training plan and try to achieve the stipulated distances before the start of your holiday.  Remember that you are more buoyant in salt water which makes swimming a lot easier than in a normal swimming pool. You will also find that swimming in a group is a fantastic motivator!

How many people will be on each tour?
Up to 12 guest on short trips and up to 14 guests on weekly trips.
 
Are meals included in the price?
Breakfast each day and a welcome dinner on the first evening are all included. Our Croatian trip also includes all lunches and two additional evening meals. You are required to pay separately for lunches and two evening meals on our Slovenian trip. However, all meals are taken in local restaurants where we know the stuff and the food is great.
 
How many swimming guides will there be on each trip?
Typically, each tour will be led by two swimming guides and one or two local boat escort pilots.
 
Do you offer swimming tips and stroke analysis?
All of our guides are experienced swimmers and each trip features at least one dedicated stroke analysis session. On our weekly tours we also film your stroke and you have the opportunity to participate in an on-screen stroke analysis session. You can also ask your guides for hints and tips throughout your holiday.
 
Do I need insurance?
Yes, travel insurance is compulsory for all guests. You must hold a valid comprehensive insurance cover for an adventure sport activity including open water swimming. Your policy must includes medical expenses (including transportation), emergency repatriation, travel illness and personal accident on the tour. You will be asked to provide us with your insurance details (company name, policy number and 24-hour contact) before undertaking any swimming activities.
 
Will Martin Strel attend my holiday?
Martin accompanies some of the tours when his schedule permits in order to share his experiences and to motivate you to maintain your swimming lifestyle. Please check our website for announcements as to when Martin will be joining specific tours. You can also contact us for further information or to make any specific requests.