This open water swimming camp is a combination of the swimming coaching knowledge of Rafa Aledo, Level 3 Total Immersion Coach and Karen Parnell Level 3 British Triathlon Federation and IRONMAN certified Coach. So, whether you are training for a triathlon or a long distance open water swim this camp is for you!


Ability Level: This camp is aimed at swimmers with some experience in open water swimming


Nearest airport: Malaga.

Course objective:

Improve the swimming efficiency of the participants, as well as your strategies to face your long distance open water swimming events or triathlon races.


Would you like to be able to swim a mile or more with easy grace, enjoy every stroke and feel energized, not exhausted, when you finish? Would you like to make swimming the best part of triathlon or swim confidently in open water? Our swimming camps will help you achieve those goals; give you a stroke you’ll be proud of and a satisfying way to enjoy great health.

Who should come to this camp?


  • Swimmers who want to develop great habits
  • Swimmers who have struggled to improve
  • Self-coached swimmers who would like expert assessment and advice
  • Long-time swimmers who find themselves stuck on a plateau or who have lost motivation.



Human swimmers are energy-wasting machines: typically, we convert only 3% of energy into forward motion. (Dolphins convert 80% and even elite swimmers like Michael Phelps convert only 9%!) Dolphins move through water, humans move water around, so swimming farther or harder, as traditional programs advise, will only make your ‘struggling skills’ more permanent. The fastest, smartest way to increase your endurance or speed is to reduce energy waste.



During the camps you’ll learn the three foundation skills of effortless distance swimming:



Become ‘weightless’ by learning to cooperate with gravity instead of fighting it. Learning balance transforms struggle into smoothness and calms churning legs. It also brings the body control and mental calm necessary to learn every skill that follows.



Learn to move through water, rather than move it around, by:


  • Shaping your body to be longer, better aligned, more hydrodynamic;
  • and Stroking in ways that minimize waves and turbulence.


Slippery swimming means that you travel farther and easier on each stroke.



Replace churning with effortless power by connecting arm and leg actions to rhythmic, relaxed weight shifts initiated in the core. Instead of generating muscular force you’ll direct ‘available’ forces of body mass and gravity.


We will teach you to do this in three steps:


Personalize Stroke Length. Find your optimal range of stroke counts (SPL range) for pool practice based on your height and skill characteristics.


Adapt Stroke Length. Learn to make strategic use of each stroke count in your personal range to swim farther or faster with minimum strain and maximum ease.


Blend Stroke Length and Rate. Learn to use a Tempo Trainer in combination with your personal range of stroke counts to create

  • sustainable speed – the easiest way to maintain consistent pace for any distance and
  • smart speed – the easiest way to increase pace.


This approach replaces one-size-fits-all workouts with practice that is completely personalized and will bring a mathematical specificity and predictability to your practice planning and set design. This session will also include a video analysis session.


The tools to work on a transformed stroke that will let you swim from a mile to a marathon . . . and feel energized afterward.

  • The knowledge and awareness to begin a path of continuous improvement (we call it Kaizen) that can continue for decades.
  • You’ll enjoy swimming as never before. And the more you enjoy, the more you’ll practice and the more you’ll improve.
  • An understanding that this method of personalized practice can bring rapid improvement in performance
  • The ability to make confident, effective and personalized choices in self-coaching
  • The template for an infinite variety of mentally stimulating and physically challenging swim practises


Your safety is very important to us, so swimming is done with a tow float, kayak support and we cover every swimmer with our comprehensive insurance, but it is necessary to ensure you have your own travel and health insurance.

We have some loan tow floats, but you are welcome to bring your own. Wetsuits are advisable so please plan to bring this with you.



Camp itinerary:


Thursday 23th, Arrival and welcome at the facilities of Chili Tri in Cómpeta


14:00 to 14:30 Welcome by Karen Parnell and Rafael Aledo, to explain the objectives of the camp, the camp itinerary and gifts for the participants.

14:30 15:30 Technical analysis of the best Olympic swimmers and how to adapt their technique to master swimmers by Rafa

Tea Break 15:30 to 16:00

16:30 to 19:00 Initial Session in the 25m pool with video recording, by Karen and Rafa

19:30 to 20:30 Session of individual video analysis feedback for each participant by Rafa and Karen


Opportunity to use the Endless pool at Chili Tri.


Free evening to explore the beautiful white washed village of Cómpeta.


Friday   24th,

Morning:  Breakfast

10:00 to 12:00 Swimming pool session on an individual basis. Rafa and Karen will analyse your swim stroke and give guidance on how to improve your swim efficiency.


Lunch at the Chili Tri with individual feedback & recommendations from the swim session


13:00 to 14:00 Strength and Conditioning for swimmer’s session at Chili gym with Karen


14:30 Travel to the coast to swim in the clear water of Torre del Mar. Putting in to practice the techniques we have learnt.  After the swim we will have Tapas in Torre del Mar, a wonderful setting for both the swim and tapas!.


We can offer swims from 1.5km to 9km to meet your race and camp needs.


Travel back to Cómpeta


20:30 Group BBQ at the Villa


Saturday 25th, Morning, after breakfast


8:30 Technical meeting to explain the open water training session,


Travel to the coast


9:30 a.m. to 13:00 Open water training where we will provide nutrition and drinks hourly.


The swimming distances would be between 2km and 10km depending on your needs and level, with or without wetsuit (wetsuit is however advisable), where we will cover the Nerja coastline, with a great variety of stunning views. You get to put in to practice your new skills.


13:30 Lunch and Farewell drinks & transfer to airport or travel home.



3 Night Price: €455 (£399) per personBased on room share (2 people per room) or private room in a luxury villa with private pool.There is also the option to have your own private room for £20 per night single occupancy supplement. There is also an option to stay another nigh for €30 to relax and enjoy the villa.This exclusive camp is limited to 8 swimmers, fully coached in the amazing town of Cómpeta, Costa del Sol, Spain. If you are interested, we recommend booking by August 1st to avoid disappointment.


The price that it will include all coaching, accommodation, video analysis and feedback and all transfers to the venues


Total Immersion team



Coach Profiles:


Rafe Aledo Vives


Rafa Aledo is the director of Natura Sports Centre in Alicanta and a Level 3 Total Immersion swimming coach (





Karen Parnell


Karen Parnell is the owner and Head Coach of Chili Tri ( in Andalusia, Southern Spain. I am a keen triathlete and have competed in events in the US, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Spain and the UK. My passion is to motivate, guide and coach people to achieve their own health, fitness and race goals. I help people to meet their goals via personalised training programs, coaching, nutritional advice, guidance, encouragement and motivation – a truly holistic approach.

Karen is a British Triathlon Federation Level 3 Coach and Tutor, IRONMAN Certified Coach and Personal Trainer. I am also an ASA open water coach and specialise in Bike FTP testing, Stryd running power & gait analysis and Swim video analysis.

I have a degree in Electronics and during my time in engineering was lucky enough to work with companies such as Polar, Apple, Sony, LG and Samsung on health and fitness connected products. I’m still a great advocate and user of this technology and use them in my athlete testing and training room here at Chili Tri. I use technology from Garmin, Stryd, Arion, Milestone, Elite, PowerTap, Info Crank and others to capture FTP, run power, efficiency over the swim, bike and run. This data is extremely useful to help athletes reach their full potential.

If technology is not your thing don’t worry we can work together on what training plan is best for you, your lifestyle and home life and of course it has to be fun!

Karen has an MBA from Aston Business School and an Engineering degree from the University of Hertfordshire.–total-immersion-may-2019.html?fbclid=IwAR2LSypDCQuNGMl82Ah1kn0U-fZyRrCNMbs8vxVB6YMdoOwbNyroIO7OPh0

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