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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 2014 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 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, Co-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

Guinness World Records


Martin´s Books

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Borut Strel, Co-founder, Guide
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
G an ASA Level 2 licensed Swimming Coach and experienced open water swimmer. This year she qualified as a National Open Water Coach with NOWCA and was selected to be a British Swimming Open Water Official.
 
In April 2012, G was nominated for the H2Open ´Open Water Swimming Ambassador´ 2011!
 
A successful English Channel swimmer, G has vast experience of coaching triathletes and open water swimmers and is passionate about teaching all levels of swimmers better technique, open water techniques and how to swim faster, more efficiently.
 
She currently runs a Masters Swim Squad, Cold Water Swimming Team and coaches open water skills clinics. Her website Blue Manta Swimming.
Aleksander Kelbic, Guide
Aleksander is a retired competitive pool swimmer from Slovenia and today still swims and competes for the Slovenian Masters swimming team.
 
He is swimming instructor and runs Akademija plavanja swimming school, offering also private swimming lessons for all ages and categories. He is also swimming instructor for seniors and disabled persons.
 
He owns international pool lifeguard licence and is a member of International Life Saving Federation (ILS). 
 
He is one of our main local guides in Slovenia and Croatia and we are happy to have him in our team.

Maja Apih, Customer support
Maja ensures that our office runs effeciently and that your bookings are handled professionally.

She finished Sport University in Slovenia and did student exchange in Portugal and Australia.

Apart from travelling she loves triathlon and you will often find her training across beautiful Slovenia and Croatia. We are happy to have her in our team.

Rusty Ruth, Captain & Guide
Rusty is our local guide and boat pilot at Lake Powell. He knows the area better than anyone.

He spends most of his time at the Antelope Point marina and out on the lake guiding different tours. Lake Powell is so big that you need a great guide out there.

He will be the one telling you the local history, giving you tips what to see, as well as making sure we swim safe at the best spots.

Rusty The Captain!


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