OCTOBER 26-28, 2018

Join Water World Swim in our next Voyage to the Galapagos Islands! Seize this unique opportunity to explore this Pacific Archipelago, discovered by Charles Darwin in 1831. Swim, snorkel, kayak, and hike through this spectacular vegetation, where you will see the most immaculate nature protected by world preservation.

Triathletes, aqua athletes, swim competitors and enthusiasts jump start this season on the first version of Splash & Dash World Aquathlon Series. Fine tune your swim technique on our swim clinics hosted by our international coach Pedro Ordenes and prepare to your next challenges! Prefer a vacation pace? With water so warm and so clear that you can see the bottom, you will have time to wonder at the sea life and experience the Galapagos’s famed marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins, the legendary giant tortoise and more! You will also enjoy local food and drink and relaxation.

DOUBLE UP AND SAVE $200! Complete the Aquathlon and the 3K swim for $500, instead of $700 separately. 
Friday swim clinic is $65. Aquathlon and 3K swim registrations are $350 each separately.

THE EVENT

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LOCATIONS
Splash & Dash and Open Water Swim Challenge events will be held on Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island.

AQUATHLON CHALLENGE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
Swimming will start from one of the public docks, 2 km back and forth. The run portion of the challenge will be through the main avenue to Charles Darwin Park.

3.5K OPEN WATER SWIM CHALLENGE 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28
Athletes will be transfered to Baltra Island and will swim through the Itabaca Channel.

GALÁPAGOS TEAM

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Coach Pedro Ordenes

Well known worldwide for his record-breaking swims, Pedro has completed the San Francisco Bay Alcatraz swim hundreds of times, using his experience to teach, coach and inspire thousands of swimmers from all over the world.

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Dave Moretz

Dave has been focused on Aquathlons and has twice been ranked by USA triathlon as the nation’s number 1 aquathlete for his age group. While Dave began swimming with Water World Swim over 20 years ago, he has begun to collaborate with Pedro on the development of the Splash & Dash World Aquathlon Series.

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Ricardo Arenas

Ricardo lives in Galapagos since 1985. For 4 years he worked in an institution that promotes the regional development. In 1998 he created Sail’n Galapagos, and has since then, up to today, assisted 80% of the international traffic, backed up by the quality of his assistance and service.

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Yvonne Mórtola

Yvonne is a Naturalist III guide (highest level) since 1984, having worked in almost all the tourism vessels in the islands. Multilingual, in German, English and Spanish. In 1998, together with her husband, they created Sail’n Galapagos, where she has guided most of the private yachts that visit the islands through them.

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Getting to Guayaquil in Ecuador: LATAM Airlines and Avianca offers flights to Galapagos during all seasons, mostly from US, Europe and South America. There are direct non-stop flights from several US cities like Houston, New York and Miami, as well as from European cities like Madrid to Guayaquil. We recommend purchasing travel insurance.

OCTOBER 26-28, 2018
ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS TRAVEL
TRANSFER TO EVENTS FROM PUERTO AYORA
EVENTS REGISTRATIONS
SEA LIONS, IGUANAS, AND MORE!

Have a friend, spouse, or partner who wants to join? Bring them with! Even if they are not swimmers, they're bound to have a blast!

Thank you to the Galapagos Minister of Tourism without whom this trip and the preservation of these islands would not be possible.

TRIP OVERVIEW AND DETAILS

Pricing

  • Saturday Aquathlon and Sunday 3.5k swim = $500
  • Only one event (aquathlon or 3.5k swim) = $350
  • Thursday swim clinic (optional) = Additional $65

Package does not include:

  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Hotel reservation
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee USD 100.00
  • Tourist card USD 10.00
  • Air fare to The Galapagos
  • Anything not specified
  • Credit Card usage fee

While swimming in the Galapagos, you will experience water so clear that you can see the marine life on the sea floor. In celebration of this isolated nature, we do everything in our power to ensure eco-friendly tourism.

Temperatures
Water temperatures are expected to be around 24ºC ( 75ºF) to 25ºC (78ºF). Leave the wetsuit at home!

Currency and Language
The currency in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands is the U.S. Dollar. The majority of people in tourist offices and hotels speak English.

Essential Equipment

In addition to normal daily clothes you will need to bring the following:

  • Swimsuit (2)              
  • Walking shoes
  • Swimming goggles (2) *             
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Towel                                           
  • Sun Hat and Sunglasses
  • Waterproof sun block                 
  • Small backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Aqua shoes or sandals (mandatory to get from beach to boat and back)

 Please note that Water World Swim will supply swim caps.

*Try to bring at least 1 clear lens and 1 tinted lens for different light conditions. We recommend one clear goggle, one smoke, and one blue or yellow. Goggles are light, and you can never bring too many back-ups of your favorite pair.

Optional Equipment
These items are optional. However, we do recommend that you bring them to give you more comfort options:

  • Wetsuit
  • Swim aids as zoomers or fins
  • Snorkel and mask
  • Rash vest to protect you from the sun.
  • Body Glide
  • Neoprene cap, if your head gets cold easily

Walking Conditions
Most walks will be on recognized paths and tracks. Some walks may be over trails, or uneven terrain.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 26

Swim Clinic with Coaches Pedro and Dave
Meeting and Briefing
Casual Reception and Briefing at 6:00 p.m. at Restaurant La Garrapata

SATURDAY OCTOBER 27: Splash & Dash event

The Splash & Dash will be held in Puerto Ayora. The swim will start from the public dock and be an out and back around a buoy placed at 1km. The transition area will be in the public park and the run will be an out and back loop along the beautiful coastline of Puerto Ayora.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 28, 2018 : SWIM 3.5 KM

The swim will be in the Itabaca Canal (between Baltra Island and Santa Cruz Island). Athletes will be transferred from the hotel to Itabaca Channel, on the northern part of Santa Cruz island. There, will be transferred to the starting point in Baltra Island. Swimmers will enter the water near the cliff of the side of Baltra and then cross the channel towards Santa Cruz island.

STEP ONE: Getting to Guayaquil in Ecuador

LATAM Airlines and Avianca offers flights to Galapagos during all seasons, mostly from US, Europe and South America.

There are direct non-stop flights from several US cities like Houston, New York and Miami, as well as from European cities like Madrid to Guayaquil.

We recommend purchasing travel insurance.

When you register, send us your arrival details to Guayaquil Airport, and whether you will be staying at a hotel.

 

STEP TWO: Customs and Check-In at Guayaquil Airport

Please Note: You must do customs and check-in at the airport, not online! You also must arrive at least 3 hours before boarding your flight to the Galapagos Islands. We recommend re-confirming your flight the day before.

The Galapagos Governor’s office will review your documentation and give you a permit to enter the National Park $10.00 USD (fee not included). The Galapagos is a fragile ecosystem. To minimize the introduction of threatening elements, your baggage will be checked. You are not allowed to bring in any seeds or fruit into the Galapagos Islands. After your baggage screen, you will proceed to the airlines Check In desk.

STEP THREE: From Guayaquil to Balta Airport in the Galapagos

It is your responsibility to reach Santa Cruz Island where your Water World Swim adventure begins! There are flights from the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador to Baltra Island Airport, which is on a smaller island just a short ferry ride from the northern tip of Santa Cruz. The airlines that provide daily Flights to Santa Cruz from Guayaquil or from Quito, Ecuador are LAN Airlines, Tame Airlines, and Aerogal Airlines.
The incoming flights to Guayaquil arrive late at night. If you arrive in Guayaquil the day before you fly to Galapagos, you may decide to stay overnight. There are many hotels in the city, all very near the Airport. We recommend The Holiday Inn, which is within walking distance of the airport. You may book on line and their rates very reasonable. Taxi fare costs roughly $5.00 for rides within the city of Guayaquil.
You may also fly to San Cristobal Island where you can take a boat that leaves twice a day to Santa Cruz Island. The ride to the Santa Cruz island pier takes 2 hours, at a fee of $30.00 USD.

STEP FOUR: Arrival at Baltra Airport, Galapagos Islands

Once you land at Baltra Airport, you will have to pay a Tourist tax $100.00 USD per person. You can take a bus to the ferry that will travel to Santa Cruz Island’s pier. As you disembark in Santa Cruz, there will be buses that will take you to Puerto Ayora. If you don’t wish to take the bus, taxis are available for a $20.00 fee. The bus or taxi ride is approximately 45 minutes.

BONUS: Transportation on the island
In the Galapagos, taxis cost $1.00 per ride. Nope, that's not a typo! Just a dollar a ride to anywhere. In Guayaquil, a taxi costs $5.00 for any distance or destination.

Marine Life Disclaimer
Swimming in the Galapagos is a rare experience, but you need to be aware of potential challenges. You may see marine life – such as jellyfish, sea urchins, and coral. We will minimize potential challenges and will brief you on how to responsibly interact with marine life. Our escort boats are equipped to treat the most common minor issues. However, it is your responsibility to contact us prior to booking if you suffer from Anaphylaxis or other medical conditions and allergies. You should seek medical attention if you develop any infection following contact with the above. We recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance.

Disclaimer
The safety of our swimmers, and environmental responsibility are the two priorities for Water World Swim. For safety reasons we rely on decent weather conditions during all swim crossings. Open water swimming requires an inherent degree of flexibility. The planned itinerary may change. This adds to the uniqueness of each tour!

I'm a swimmer, but my friend/spouse/partner is not. Can they still come?
Non-swimming attendees are more than welcome to join us! They have as good a time as swimmers do. They are encouraged to travel with you.

Can I bring swim aids or my own equipment?
If you have favorite flippers, snorkels, swim paddles, or other aids/tools, you are welcome to bring them. We will also have some on hand if you'd like to try.

What currency is used in the Galapagos?
US dollars! Cash or credit - no need to exchange to any other currency. If you’d like to have cash on hand, about $250-350 should be plenty.

Is Guayaquil safe to walk around at night?
Yes, both men and women will be fine to walk around Guayaquil if you have a stop there for a night (not everyone does).

Where should we stay in the Galapagos?
We recommend the Hotel Cucuve in Puerto Ayora. It’s a very comfortable and well located. Coaches Pedro and Dave will be staying there.

What about WiFi and cell service?
All hotels have free wifi. There is also cell service on the islands.

What about water conditions? Any dangerous animals?
The water is in the 70s, and not very rough at all. You’ll be seeing all kinds of marine life - marine iguanas are very shy, sea lions are very friendly. There are some small sharks but they have never expressed an interest in swimmers or people in general, so they are completely non-threatening. Our swimmers have been thrilled to swim with sharks! We are prepared to handle the rare event of jellyfish stings - but in our experience in the islands, we've never seen one. So in summary - there are no real fears to be had about the wildlife especially as there is no record of any marine life attack on a person, but we are prepared for worst case scenario nonetheless. Safety is our priority but there is nothing alarming out there.

I’m traveling elsewhere afterwards/bought some big souvenirs and want to ship some stuff home. Is that possible?
Yes, we can help you ship anything home. However, it will require DHL, which is a little expensive but most reliable.

Do we need insect repellent?
There are not that many mosquitos, but if you are often regarded as a tasty morsel by no-see-ums, then make comfort your priority. Right by the sea at sunset can be a hot time for mosquitos.

What do we wear in the water?
In addition to your swimsuit, you might want to consider a wetsuit if you like having the option or you’re more comfortable in one. However, the water is very warm in the 70s, so it is not entirely necessary. We do recommend a rash guard - it is basically a long-sleeve top often worn by surfers and other boarders to prevent chafing as they lay on boards. However, it is also excellent as sun protection, and will serve you well as you will be right on the equator.

eco-friendly

Water World Swim respects the natural environment of the Galapagos Islands. We are committed to social and environmental responsibility and practices that minimize our presence and impact to sea life and the natural habitat. We have partnered with marine biologists, naturalists, and environmental activists at Sail’n Galapagos and Tri Galapagos who devote their efforts to responsible tourism in a fragile ecosystem.

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