Flitwick Dolphins Long Course Training Camp
February 15th - 21st 2015
Coral Beach Hotel and Resort Paphos Cyprus

Twenty swimmers from Flitwick Dolphins took part in a warm weather, long course training camp in Paphos, Cyprus. The swimmers ages ranged from 10 to 17 years, 7 boys and 13 girls.  The swimmers were accompanied by 3 coaches with past experience of running swim camps in venues across Europe.
Cyprus Swim Camp 2015
Cyprus Swim Camp 2015

We arrived at Paphos Airport around lunch time on the Sunday, after an early morning wake up (around 3am!) to ensure we got the flight.  The transfer through the airport and to the Coral Beach Hotel and Resort was very smooth, being met by an Arena Sports representative and driver meant we did not have to worry about our transfer, everything was organised and explained to us well.
The hotel was very large, beautifully decorated with very friendly and helpful staff. We spent the rest of the day exploring the hotel and facilities and discussing the training ahead.

Monday through Friday we trained 5 hours a day – 4 in the pool and 1 on land. The swimmers rose around 7 – 7.30am and had a fantastic buffet breakfast (at least 3 courses) to set them up for the day.  They trained in the brilliant 50m open air pool from 9 – 11am, where we were met regularly by Arena reps who ensured we had everything we needed.  At around midday Anna led some land training – this consisted of differentiated work dependent on the 2 pool sessions that day.  Playing Dodgeball (of sorts) was fun and doing core work and stretches on the terrace was fantastic.  Swimmers then sat for lunch; another buffet and all you can eat.  After lunch swimmers had some rest time and time to socialise together around the hotel.  Swimmers then trained again 5pm-7pm to build up an appetite ready for the fantastic dinner. The food was really good, with a huge variety of dishes over breakfast, lunch and dinner (I am not sure the coaches needed to eat quite so much as the swimmers- but we didn’t want to seem rude!!).  All the meals were freshly prepared with local ingredients and being buffet style, swimmers could eat and drink as much as they liked – ALL DAY !!

The swimmers worked really hard and made good progress through the week – even though we had to be creative with some of the sets as the weather was very chilly in the evenings.  The training temperatures ranged from 17 degrees down to 4 degrees, with a mixture of blue skies, some cloud, sun, rain, hailstones (which were painful when they hit swimmers during the backstroke!) and even snow – thankfully the pool temperature was a constant 27 degrees.  The coaches were definitely suffering – even with hats and gloves to keep them warm!

The hard training was broken up by some fun events – we had our ‘Wonderful Onsie Wednesday’, where swimmers all wore their onsies to dinner and for the evening.  And our brilliant scavenger hunt, where 4 team captains had to wear everything that was found by their team of 5 swimmers (please visit our facebook and twitter pages or our website for photos of both these events!).

The venue is a fantastic place for long course training and the coaches expect the swimmers to show how much the camp has benefitted them by winning medals and getting PBs at the Bedfordshire County Championships this month.