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Distance Training Camp

Distance Training Camp Lake Brunner

28 November – 01 December 2024

Join us for an intensive four day training camp to kickstart your summer!


Lake Brunner is located in Moana on the West Coast of NZ’s South Island, and provides the perfect training ground for distance swimming.

This camp we have designed is to give you the opportunity to practice and develop your distance swimming skills; feeding, sighting, navigating, holding pace & building your endurance in a safe and fun environment. This is predominantly a “set course” camp where you will be navigating around the buoys in the swims. This setup provides you the opportunity to swim your own speed, to build fitness and time in the water, to get out of the water when you need to, and provides the perfect platform for practicing feeding at different intervals during your swim.
The course set up also allows us as experienced coaches, the chance to observe your swimming, collate observations, and give you feedback and advice to take your swimming to the next level.
If the weather allows, we will do an “adventure swim” so together we can explore a different and unique area of this stunning lake. This will be swum at the pace of the group, and will allow you to challenge yourself navigating within a group environment and help you learn how to adapt your swimming for a certain situation.

All swims are tow float compulsory.

There will be five swims and two dryland clinics across the four days. Whether you are aiming to complete a 5km, 7km, 10km or 20km swim, or are simply after a weekend loaded with swimming, this camp is for you.

Water Temperature
The Lake Brunner water temperature could be anywhere between 12c and 20c. It is of course dependent on the weather in the weeks leading up to the swim weekend.

If you have any questions about this camp, please email Chloe: swimcoach@fitandabel.com


November/December 2024

3 nights, 4 days

The schedule for this camp can change dependant on weather and at the judgement of the crew. Safety is our number one priority.

Day One; Thursday 28 November

3:30pm Meet and greet at Lake Brunner Yacht Club, pre swim brief, followed by a course swim.
6:00pm Group dinner at Lake Brunner Hotel, optional attendance. Pay your own way.


Day Two; Friday 29 November

Morning Adventure Swim – up to 2hrs
  Dryland clinic – shaped to best suit the camp attendees
Afternoon Set Course Swim – up to 2hrs
Evening Group dinner at Lake Brunner Hotel, optional attendance. Pay your own way.


Day Three; Saturday 30 November

Morning 5km set course “swim race”
  Dryland clinic: stretching/yoga
Afternoon Dryland clinic or Nature Walk. This will be decided based on what is best suited for the group.
Evening BBQ dinner at the local Yacht Club…a relaxed and fun shared meal experience. FitandAbel will supply the meat and vegetarian options for the BBQ. We invite you each to please bring a salad or dessert to contribute to the meal. It is always a delight for the taste buds with a great variety of delicious food thanks to everyone’s contributions.


Day Four; Sunday 01 December

Morning Set Course Swim – up to 4hrs
Coffee/Brunch at the pub to wrap up the weekend, optional attendance. Pay your own way.
What's Included and Pricing

What you can expect across the weekend:
– precise, well-considered swim planning, course set up and swim safety for five swims
– on water support and managed feeding station
– two dry land clinics and the sharing of advice and knowledge
– two experienced, expert coaches and one camp manager
– access to the local yacht club and facilities
– BBQ venue & BBQ meat provided for Saturday night evening meal.

Total cost;$650 NZD per person. A $162.50 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your booking.

Accommodation, transport and other meals not included.

Booking Terms and Conditions
  • A non refundable deposit is required to confirm your Swim Camp booking.
  • Full payment is required for a booking no later than 60 days from the trip start date.
  • If a payment plan is a good option for you, we are happy to work with you to achieve this. Please email; info@fitandabel.com
Recommended Gear List

The Lake Brunner water temperature could be anywhere between 12c and 18c. It is of course dependent on the weather in the weeks leading up to the swim weekend as to how quickly the water will warm up. Bring extra warm swimming gear with you just in case…you can’t use it if you don’t have it! You can use your first 1-2 swims to decide what to wear for your longer swims. It will be individual for everyone.

  • Swim Suits x2-3
  • Wetsuit
  • Sun cream
  • Goggles x2 
  • Towels x2-3…if you have a towel robe these are great for post swim changing lakeside
  • Warm clothing
  • Nutrition: your choice of food options that you will want to use to fuel you during the swims. If this is new to you, and an area you are looking to learn about during the weekend, feel free to contact us so we can assist you with what to bring in preparation. Email; info@fitandabel.com.
  • Drink bottles, clearly marked with your name
  • Hydration: electrolytes or similar if you choose to use these
  • Tow float – if you don’t own one, you may borrow one from us for the duration of the trip. These will be compulsory on all swims. Pink, orange or yellow are all excellent visible colours.
  • Notepad and pen 
  • Yoga mat or thick towel
  • This camp is kindly supported by Hotel Lake Brunner, our preferred accommodation provider in Moana, Lake Brunner. If you choose to book with them for this swim camp, you will receive a 10% discount on your booking. Please ask us for the code. We also choose Hotel Lake Brunner for our group evening meals.
  • If you are traveling with a group of friends, you may like to consider booking a house in the township.
  • Lake Brunner Motor Camp has cabins, caravan sites, motorhome sites and tent sites available.

Please email info@fitandabel.com if you would like any further assistance with accommodation information for the weekend. We recommend booking early as Lake Brunner is a popular holiday spot.

2024 Bookings Open now!