VIC Swim Camp & Adventure – Sorrento, May 12 - 15, 2022

2022 DATES         
May 12 (dinner only), 13, 14 & 15

2023 DATES         
May 4 (dinner only), 5, 6 & 7
Register your interest HERE

Includes optional 2 & 6hr English Channel qualifier & 1hr England - Belgium Qualifier and a night swim

FREE for swimmers taking part in one of the 2022 England – Belgium relays*

Meet swimmers from across Australia, explore some of the most beautiful swim spots on the famous Mornington Peninsula and be personally coached by Queen of the Channel, Chloë McCardel.

If you are training up for an English Channel solo or other marathon swim you can use these swimming and coaching experiences as an invaluable training preparation and ‘dress rehearsal’ for your future solo.

Your coach, Chloë, has coached over 150 swimmers from across the world to successfully swim the English Channel since 2014. She has organised and personally coached over hundreds of swimmers over 14x cold water swim camps in Victoria and New South Wales (Australia), San Francisco (USA) and Dorset (England). 

Additional coaching provided by Peter Hendriks and the team at Swimwell


  • 12hrs of cold water swimming available over the 3 days. Swim as much or as little as you like in skins or with a wetsuit

  • Chloë McCardel as your personal coach
    (ideal for those training for future marathon solos & relays)

    Practice & Receive feedback from Chloë on these swim skills:

    - Swimming next to a large moving support boat during the day - ‘Feeding’ next to a large boat
    - Changing ‘gears’
    - Swimming against the tide
    - Stroke technique
    - Swim pace
    - Stroke rate
    - ‘Feeding’ technique

    Advice from Chloë on these topics:
      - Feeding
      - Distance training
      - Cold water training
      - Night swimming
      - Training up your support crew

      • Relay changeovers (ideal for future English Channel & England – Belgium relays)

      • Learn from other experienced open water swimmers at camp

      • Water safety on every swim

      • Certificates of achievement for all cold water swims

                        Limited spaces available    ***** 2x Positions remaining *****


                        • Transport and all transfers 

                        • Accommodation

                        • Meals

                        • Drinks

                        • Travel insurance

                        • Personal expenses

                        • anything that is not listed above


                        Please read all the notes below carefully before deciding if this swim camp / adventure is for you ☺

                        May 12 (dinner only, meet at 6pm Venue TBC), 13 - 15 Sorrento (Fri – Sun)
                        First swim starts 7am Fri and last swim finishes by 12pm Sunday.

                        Swims between Sorrento and Portsea.  It is strongly suggested you stay in accommodation in this area or close by. You will be too tired if you try and commute from Melbourne. Please indicate in the form below if you are looking for share accommodation or carpooling. Exact locations for swims will be confirmed closer to the date as weather forecast needs to be considered. 

                        Optional shared meals.

                        + More!!


                          Please Note:

                          All swims and land activities are optional.

                          Ideally you will be available to meet for a group dinner by 7pm Thursday May 12. The last swim will finish by 12pm on Sunday May 15th.

                          All swims are based on ideal tide and weather forecasts, therefore, the exact day, location and time of each swim is subject to weather. A proposed camp schedule will be available in the days leading into the camp. Land based activities will be made around the swims. 

                          There will be at least one swim conducted in the dark, so if you wish to participate in this swim, be prepared to swim late at night (after 9pm). Please be prepared to be flexible. Swims may be changed or cancelled at short notice if the weather is unfavourable – safety first!

                          This is a cold water swim camp / adventure. The expected water temperature is 13 – 15C. It is expected that you arrive to camp with previous sufficient and recent cold water swim training; otherwise you may struggle to swim in these temperatures.

                          Swims will generally be 60 – 90min long each (except the 2hr and 6hr qualifier). For each swim you choose to join you are expected to swim at least 30min to minimise the disruption to other swimmers during that swim. Although for safety purposes you can exit any swim at any time. 

                          Water safety will be provided for each swim and may include one or more kayaker, RIB (inflatable safety boat) and or motorboat. Your safety is the number one priority. 

                          Wetsuits or other swim aids are optional. You are welcome to wear any gear which may assist with keeping warm such as wetsuit, double swim cap, booties, neoprene swim cap etc… Please keep in mind wearing any of these items may deem you ineligible for the 2hr English Channel qualifier.

                          Your minimum pace needs to be 2.5km in one hour (times based in swimming in a pool). It is expected that you currently know your time for 1km non-stop in the pool. Taking a 100m or 200m time and then multiplying that to get your expected 1hr swim distance is not sufficient – otherwise Usain Bolt (Jamaican multiple Olympic Gold Medallist in in the 100m and 200m events) would beat all the 5km runners at the Olympics. If you are not able to swim at least 2.2km in an hour, in a pool, by January 31st 2022 it is advised you may not meet the minimum pace by June 2022.

                          If you plan to wear flippers or a wetsuit (or any other swim aid) for this camp / adventure than your 1hr swim distance may be based on you wearing this equipment. Please keep in mind wearing any swim aid which is outside ‘Channel Swim Rules’ as defined by the swim organisation you wish to ratify your qualifier under, may deem you ineligible for the 2hr English Channel qualifier. 

                          You are welcome to bring your partner, friends and family to the land activities. Please note some of our swims will be swum from the boat offshore and the people you may bring along may not be able to see you swim for these swims. Unfortunately, there are no spaces available on the motorboat or any water safety craft for anyone who is not a registered swim camp /adventure swimmer. 

                          If you wish a specific swim certificate to be signed for one of the swims please bring it along to the camp and alert Chloë at least one week in advance of your intentions. Swimmers hoping to qualify for the England – Belgium relays do not need to bring their own certificate – they will be provided. 

                          Not included in the camp / adventure is food, accommodation, transport to and from swim activities or any gear you use for swimming and any other cost besides the camp /adventure organisation, coaching and water safety and boat and captain hire. It is highly recommended you invest in insurance.

                          It is highly recommended that you have access to a car for this camp / adventure. If you don’t have a car Chloë may be able to link you with another swimmer who has a car. Please advise Chloë at least two weeks in advance of the camp if you wish to share a car with some as a carpool driver or passenger. 

                          It is highly recommended that you consider allowing for three nights’ accommodation for the 12th, 13th and 14th. It is also recommended that you stay in or within 20min drive of Sorrento. 

                          You need to wear

                          • A fluorescent swim cap during every swim for safety purposes (at least 90% of the cap is fluorescent). To reduce any misunderstanding please note that white is a not a florescent colour. Chloë will give each swimmer a fluorescent swim cap before the first swim starts
                          • A fluorescent swim float / tow which has a large opening inside the bag to place a small torch (Chloë will provide the small torch, maximum 20cm long). If you don’t own a swim float / tow as described you can purchase one from Chloë, in-person, before the first swim for 20 Pounds (please bring cash). This is compulsory during dark and low light swims (e.g. night swimming, dawn, dusk and fog – safety first!)
                          • One flashing ‘adventure light’ or party ‘glow stick’ attached to your goggle strap on your head. This is compulsory during dark and low light swims (e.g. night swimming, dawn, dusk and fog – safety first!). Chloë can provide you with a party ‘glow stick’ if you don’t have one
                          • Bathers / swimsuit / swim costume and goggles
                          • At least one thermos in which you have a warm sweet drink which is ready and brought along to every swim
                          • Plenty of towels and bathers so you don’t have to ever re-use wet ones
                          • Warm clothes – lots of types. Ideally your outer layer is wind and water proof, a swim parka like a ‘DryRobe’ is ideal as you can easily change underneath it too. Thick socks which extend beyond your ankle, a beanie and gloves are advised. It is advised that take off your wet bathers / swim suit immediately when you finish each swim. It is advised that you wear covered shoes to and from each swim (not flip flops / thongs). It is imperative that you get out of the elements and warm up with warm sweet fluid and layers of warm clothes immediately after each swim
                          • Snacks to munch on before / after swims as you may not be able to access a meal immediately and you need regular energy consumption to maintain your energy for warmth and swimming over the camp and to reduce tiredness at the end of camp
                          • Big bag/s to put all your swim gear in

                          Suggested for you

                          • Clear goggles for night and low light swimming and tinted goggles for day swimming
                          • Sunscreen
                          • Camera to take photos and images of your adventure
                          • Any equipment aids you may wish to swim with e.g. wetsuit, flippers etc…
                          • Any ear plugs you may wish to wear to keep the water out (especially helpful for keep the cold at bay! Some people buy these from a chemist, pharmacy as moulded rubber or swim specific plugs or even BluTack)
                          • Vaseline (to prevent chafing). Lanolin or ‘Channel Grease’ will not be allowed on swims where you are getting on/off the motorboat. You will be informed of this in advance. 

                          Suggested for you if you are preparing for a future 20km+ marathon swim

                          • Practice feeds (a variety of choices for experimentation) you are trialing for your future solo swim
                          • Practice feeding equipment (Chloë will also provide basic feeding equipment which you can try)


                          *Optional 2hr swim qualifier for Channel Swimming Association, Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation and England – Belgium Relays. Other qualifiers will be accepted if they can fit into the camp format and conditions. The 6hr swim is the longest swim (in terms of non-stop swim time) offered on this camp / adventure.

                          * 2022 England – Belgium relay swimmers are eligible for one free swim camp with Chloë only in 2022 only.