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H2Open Water Swimming Nomination
We are proud to announce that our guide and swim coach, Giovanna Richards, has received a nomination from H2Open as an ´Open Water Swimming Ambassador 2011´. She runs the Blue Manta Swimming and offers open water swim coaching services in the UK. We think that she is a great ambassador for the sport so therefore…
Creatures will be around you
How to swim the Amazon river by Martin Strel
Training tips from the first man to ever swim the length of the Amazon River. 1) In 2007, aged 52, Slovenian Martin Strel became the first man to swim the length of the Amazon. See www.amazonswim.com 2) “Swimming for 12 hours a day, I’d burn 10,000-12,000 calories (42,000-50,000 kilojoules). Food was really important. I’d eat…
Why is swimming so great for your health?
If you love swimming and exploring the sea, lake or river, then what better way to do it than to join Strel Swimming Adventure club? Let´s have a look at some of the great health benefits of swimming. Rather than sitting on a boat and looking out into the ocean trying to spot fish and…
Swimming with sharks
When I first read about Martin Strel swimming the Amazon in February 2007, his predicament took me back to a report years ago of an elephant spotted 50 miles out to sea in the Bay of Bengal. It had lost all sense of direction. As a passing ship drew near, the crew noticed blood in…
Lake Bled Winter Swimming Cup
And it happened, Lake Bled 1st winter swimming cup. On February 11, 2012 over 40 »extreme« winter swimmers jumped into around 3 degree C frozen beautiful Lake Bled (air temperature was -11C). This year Slovenia has a cold winter and there is ice all around!  There was no water on the horizon until the organisers…
South African Swimming Tour
Martin Strel, the Big River Man and his team are in South Africa at Midmar Mile, the world´s largest open water swimming event in the world. Martin is giving talks at several events and helping promoting open water swimming activities in South Africa. The day before the Midmar Mile swimming event in Pietermaritzburg, Martin spoke…
Lake Bled swimming in the winter
Swimming outdoor is mainly known as a summer activity, but some brave swimmers do it all-year around. We got an email in October 2011 saying: "EasyJet magazine is interested in doing a feature about winter swimming in Lake Bled. We look for some Slovenian swimmers (hopefully including Martin Strel - Big River Man) to come…
Martin Strel Swimming Article: Incredible Endeavours
Martin Strel has stunned people around the world with his feats of endurance in long-distance swimming. The 57-year-old Slovenian has claimed a succession of Guinness World Records for swimming the lengths of the Danube River, the Mississippi River, the Yangtze River, and the Amazon. His epic 66-day, 3,300-mile swim of the Amazon was documented in…
Swimming Vacation Tours
We are proudly announcing our new swimming vacation tour location in Arizona (Unites States). Lake Powell on the Colorado river offers an incredible venue for our new swimming vacation tours. This amazing lake on the border of Arizona and Utah was created by the construction of Glen Canyon Dam in 1963. We were lucky to…
We Are A Responsible Swimming Holiday Operator
Water is Life. We swim in a lake, river and ocean and water is like our second home. The fact that water is the oil of the 21st century isn’t something new today. With the population growing, the need for the water is growing even faster. Many countries face water shortage, many people die every…
Swimming Adventure Article by Royal Automobile Club
Kari Lundgren talks to long-distance swimmer Martin Strel on his swim down the Amazon. Feature article published in Royal Automobile Club Magazine (October 2011) Title: BEST NOT TO THINK ABOUT THE PIRANHAS Even great explorers have pipe dreams. For Martin Strel - a man who’s faced down piranhas in the Amazon, dodged dead bodies in…
Martin Strel Motivational Speaking About Wild Swimming Adventures
Legendary marathon swimmer Martin Strel is known as the Big River Man and the only man in the world who has swum the 5 greatest rivers on the planet: the Amazon, Yangtze, Paraná, Mississippi, Danube. He holds four Guinness World Records in long distance open water swimming. Today Martin Strel travels the world and speaks…
Swimming Slovenian Lakes and River
Slovenia is very easily accessible country in the centre of Europe. At the junction of the Alps, the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain, it will greatly surprise you with their scenery, lush and natural beauty. Slovenia is known as a land of pure water, and their numerous Alpine glacial lakes and crystal clear lakes make…
Swimming Croatian Dalmatian Coast
Swimming holiday at the Croatian Dalmatian coast in warm, crystal clear sea waters of the Adriatic. We recently did a bespoke swimming adventure trip in Croatia. Martin Strel (Big River Man) attended the trip and we had lots of fun. Guests were super happy and can´t wait to return! Weather and conditions were superb. Enjoy…
Martin Completes Colorado Swim
Martin Strel successfully completed the extreme swim in the Glen Canyon on the Colorado River (from the Glen Dam to the entrance of the Grand Canyon)! The total distance swam was 19 miles including few repeated turns Martin had to perform for a TV crew following him.  We did not obtain a permit to further…
We attended USMS Nationals in Arizona
We went and promoted ourselves at U.S. Masters Spring Nationals in Mesa, Arizona during April 29-May 01 Nearly 2000 USA swimmers and spectators attended US Spring Masters at Kino Aquatic Center. We set up a last-minute stall at the venue and thanks to all organizers for having us there. We truly enjoyed being part of…
World Water Day
Today is World Water Day, which aims to highlight the importance of freshwater and the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The world´s population is growing and the demand for clean water is increasing. United Nations released that more people die from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war. Thirty years ago bottled…
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Martin Strel attending trips
We are excited to announce that our founder Martin Strel will be attending trips this year in Europe. He will attend our Croatian trip on June 18-24 and our Slovenia trip on July 1-4 2011. Martin Strel will be joining trips with us straight after his Grand Canyon Colorado swim in May. You will have…
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