Want to swim with dolphins abroad? Well, perhaps one of the most stunning places to swim abroad in is Egypt's Red Sea. It’s a mecca of sorts for swimming fanatics. With deep blue seas glistening under a warm sun, and remote islands speckled along the coast, it truly is a paradise. The colourful reefs and the vibrant marine life thriving just below the surface offer an experience that you just won't find in the waters around the UK.
A little further afield are the Seychelles. A collection of 115 islands situated in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, it’s a swimming utopia that awaits the more intrepid explorer.
In the Seychelles, you can swim alongside all manner of sea life rarely seen elsewhere, while exploring those unique geological features and breathtaking underwater formations. Sure, it's a popular holiday destination, and many tourists frequent the area, but with it being spread over such a large area, you can easily escape the hoards of tourists.
The natural beauty and diversity of the Seychelles are perhaps best appreciated away from the crowds. Several operators organise trips within the Seychelles where you can effectively live on a boat, have your needs met, and then, at your leisure, explore that deep blue world that lies beneath.
With crystal clear seas and incredible underwater vistas just off that rugged coastline, Malta is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. We're all familiar with the Mediterranean, and while many flock to the Spanish coast, there are others who chase an altogether different experience in the ‘Med’. With warm waters, coves and caves, it provides a Mediterranean experience so different from the typical associations.
The Maltese coastline is dotted with islands all along the Gozitan coastline, and the area truly is one of the highlights of southern Europe. Well developed and thriving, Malta is a place easily accessible to those who want to swim abroad. Tour operators are easily found, meaning you can readily find a way to explore that stunning coastline.
What if you’d rather teach swimming lessons abroad or work as a lifeguard? Perhaps you want that more authentic experience, one where you really connect with a local culture on a deeper level?
Well, thankfully that’s never been easier. Getting qualified as a lifeguard has never been as simple and straightforward. Lifeguards benefit from flexible working hours that can fit easily around other interests and commitments. It's perfect for those travelling swimming enthusiasts who want to stay long term in a given place.
In the UK, all lifeguards do an NPLQ course. You only need to be 16 to be considered eligible for enrollment. After completion, you're considered a qualified lifeguard and should be easily able to find work. It provides an amazing opportunity for young people with a passion for swimming to travel abroad for summer and find fulfilling work.
To become certified, you must complete the course which involves the following:
- Jump / dive into deep water
- Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds
- Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water
- Tread water for 30 seconds
- Surface dive to the floor of the pool
- Climb out unaided without ladder/steps and where the pool design permits
In addition, there are several other topics including pool supervision, management of hazards, intervention and rescue, CPR training and first aid.
Following that, there’s an assessment. And once qualified, between the life skills learned and opportunities available, you’ll be sure to find employment just about anywhere if swimming is your passion!