Swimming in saltwater vs freshwater

We host many open water swimmers every year and preferring salt or freshwater swimming is a common topic of conversation. And there isn’t a standard answer as each has its own perks!

Our guests join us from all over the world and it is often fun to learn where they swim at home. Many of our Australian friends who swim in the sea at home are strong swimmers because they are used to choppier waters and swimming through the surf. Dangerous sea life in Australia is also a concern for some, so joining us for a trip in the Mediterranean allows them to relax and focus on the swims. We had a guest join us from Tahiti to swim and experience Croatian island life. She loved our trip, even though her home is a renowned island paradise.


We host many guests from the USA as Masters swimming is increasingly popular there, so many will be training regularly in pools or outdoors for fitness with a goal in mind. We also have guests every year from South Africa who are often fearless and are used to swimming in colder, choppier seas with big fish around. As well as guests from these ‘far flung’ places, we also have Europeans who swim all year round in cold water, some of our Irish guests look forward to a summer high of 13oC in the Irish sea. We have Swiss, German, French and other nationals from all over Europe, so it is amazing to make friends with people from all over the globe.

Many people find that they enjoy swimming in salt water, even if they are more used to pool swimming. Swimming in salt water gives us extra buoyancy that fresh water does not. For many people, the extra buoyancy makes their body position higher in the water and helps with streamlining. If you have less drag your stroke is more efficient so this often makes swimming in salt water feel much easier than fresh water.


However, for some people, swimming in fresh water is the ultimate experience. Our Slovenian Lakes swimming trip operates in extremely clean lakes fed by alpine streams. Only electric boats are allowed on the lakes, so no harmful emissions or fuel leak into the water. People use only human power to get around on the lakes which protect the environment.

Many people especially like our Slovenian fresh water trip because it feels so pure and cleansing being immersed in such clean nature. You are less likely to experience chaffing from swimming in fresh water than salt water, however, chaffing can be prevented with a lubricant.

Swimming Holidays 2021

You can swim with us and join our Strel Swimming Holiday Adventures! We offer several Lake Swimming and River Swimming Holidays in the Mediterranean and in the USA.

Video Clip of Swimming in Soca river in Slovenia:

Swimming in Soca River – Slovenia
River Swimming Holiday – Kolpa River, Slovenia
Swimming in the misty Soca river in Slovenia