Swim Clinic Retreat

Looking to perfect your front crawl? We are delighted to introduce our Swim Clinic Retreats on the Swinton Estate.

Over the course of two days, you will learn to perfect your front crawl technique, increase your speed and improve your endurance. Taught by Salim Ahmed, founder of SwimLab, you’ll explore a unique ‘seven-point methodology’ that teaches swimming as a “performance art”.


Who’s it for?

The course is suitable for any swimmer – from a virtual novice at front crawl, to a triathlon/ironman hopeful! You should be able to swim at least 200m using some form of stroke (even breaststroke). All ages and abilities are welcome to attend but under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Course Details

The course will involve two to three theory sessions over tea and coffee, you’ll then put the theory into practice through three pool sessions where your teacher will break down front crawl to first principles.

The course also includes some swim-specific yoga, a relaxed forest walk and talk (about swimming!), and an optional dip in our wild swimming pond in the grounds of Swinton Park (weather and conditions permitting).

What you’ll learn

~ Learn to swim front crawl – and probably have your breaststroke fine-tuned in the process

~ A swim plan for life, so you can leave with a clear idea of your next steps and how to build them into a busy life

~ An understanding of the benefits of swimming to body, mind and soul

~ An understanding of how to build from your newfound skills to make your stroke more sustainable

~ How to manage breathing and anxiety

~ Access to ongoing swim plan and drills

~ The retreat in July will focus more around outdoor swimming in the lake, with some technique work in the pool

Course dates

  • 3rd-4th July 2023
  • 17th-18th September 2023

Suggested Itinerary – Non residents

Day one
~ Team breakfast – with a theory session over breakfast at The Terrace Restaurant and Bar
~ Pool session
~ Yoga
~ Forest Walk around the Swinton Park parkland and gardens
~ Nutritious lunch at The Terrace Restaurant and Bar
~ Wild Swimming
~ Evening pool session

Day two
~ Theory Session and debrief
~ Pool session 3 or Wild Swimming
~ Team breakfast at The Terrace Restaurant and Bar

295.00 per person

Stay in the opulent Swinton Park Hotel throughout the SwimLab Retreat. Speak to our Reservations team when booking to check availability and pricing.

Book now

To book, please contact our friendly reservations team on 01765 680900 or reservations@swintonestate.com.

Salim Ahmed Salim Ahmed

Your teacher: Salim Ahmed

You’ll be taught by Salim Ahmed who has been instructing and coaching swimming since 2000. His clients range from novices to Olympians, ages 3 to 93. Salim also coaches open water swimming in Great Britain and Italy, runs his own club, and coaches three triathlon clubs (including 10 iron women).

Learn more about Salim at swimlab.org.uk


All ages and abilities are welcome to attend. Guests must be able to swim. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.