John Coningham-Rolls is the current visionary and proprietor of Coningham-Rolls Swimming Holidays. Having spent nearly 10 years organising and establishing swimming holidays throughout the world, he has now launched his own select swim locations focusing initially on UK and European destinations. By conducting his own research and with the helpful suggestions of many personal friends of whom some actually own their own private islands, he has established a portfolio of swim locations ranging from the tranquil to the unique.
With solo swims of the English Channel, Manhattan Island and Lake Zurich and half and full Ironmans in the UK and Florida, John has used his own personal experience in swimming and triathlon to encourage and help countless people in achieving their own personal goals. As a former member of the UK Professional Speaking Association focusing on motivation and project management, he has adapted his speaking experience and practical knowledge to assist people from a wide range of swimming backgrounds. Whether beginners needing the confidence to start or English Channel hopefuls needing the courage to continue, he has used this experience and knowledge to make the seemingly unattainable challenge for many become a reality. Aside from organising his swimmming holidays, as Vice President of International Winter Swimming Association, John continues to advise and help select the host venue of this popular biannual championship including the forthcoming event in Rovaniemi, Finland in 2014.
==Coningham-Rolls Swimming Holidays==
Coningham-Rolls specialises in luxury swimming holidays that combine safety and comfort in a wide range of impressive warm and cold water swimming locations. Small groups of 10-12 guests travel to locations on swimming holidays based on planned or customized itineraries. The swims range from relaxing to challenging.
Lago d'Orta in Piemonte, Italy (4 days)
Lago d’Orta is situated in Northern Italy, where guests stay at the Hotel San Rocco. The trip includes a number of swims, from 1-3.5 km, exploring different parts of the lake, each starting at the hotel’s private jetty. There are swims along the shoreline, as well as crossings to St Julian Island and across the lake itself. Water temperatures are a comfortable 18-22°C. Non-swimming partners are welcome. Other highlights include swim coaching from the dedicated swim guides in the hotel pool, dinner on St Julian Island and relaxing in the medieval town of Orta.
Dates of the tours are May 18-21 | June 8-11 | June 22-25 | July 6-9 | July 20-23.
Windermere in Cumbria, UK (4 days)
The tour is set around the 4-star Lakeside Hotel situated at the southern end of Windermere. The swims offer stunning views of the lake while taking you along the shoreline north and south from the hotel’s private jetty, as well as through a local tarn and along the River Leven. They cover distances from 2 to 3.5 km. The lake temperatures are a refreshing 15-18 °C. A wetsuit is highly recommended. Non-swimming partners are welcome. Other highlights include swim coaching from the dedicated swim guides and a private steam launch journey up Windermere to dinner.
Dates of the tours are May 25-28 | June 29 - July 2 | July 20-23.
River Arun, Arundel, West Sussex, UK (1 day)
A great chance to experience escorted swims with qualified swim guides in the delightful River Arun. After a safety briefing at The Squire and Horse pub, the swim starts at Greatham Bridge and finishes at Bury village, travelling through part of rural Sussex in a river that has scenery that is both beautiful and unspoilt. The swimming distance is a fairly challenging 3.5-4 km, but is current-assisted. River temperatures are a refreshing 15-18°C. A wetsuit is highly recommended. Non-swimming partners are welcome. Lunch is offered at the excellent Squire and Horse pub.
Dates of the tours are June 30 | July 14.
River Arun, Arundel, West Sussex, UK (1 day)
This is longer of the two current-assisted swimming adventures along the picturesque River Arun, covering a more challenging distance of 4.5-5 km. The day begins with a safety briefing at the Black Rabbit pub in Arundel. Swimmers are taken to the start at Houghton Bridge and complete the scenic journey back to the Black Rabbit pub. River temperatures are a refreshing 15-18°C. A wetsuit is highly recommended. Non-swimming partners are welcome. Lunch is offered at the excellent Black Rabbit pub.
Dates of the tours are July 1 | July 15.
St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, UK (3 days)
Based in the picturesque village of Marazion, staying at the excellent Goldophin Arms Hotel. The fully escorted swims are a great way to explore the Cornish coastline, heading west and east from the village along Penzance beach and towards Perranuthnoe. The iconic swim around St Michael’s Mount is the highlight of the trip. Sea temperatures vary from 15-18°C. A wetsuit is highly recommended. The average swimming distance is 1.5-2 km. Non–swimming partners are welcome but for safety reasons may not accompany the swims.
Dates of the tours are June 1-3 | June 8-10 | June 22-24.
Lofoten Islands, Norway (6 days)
An unrivalled swimming expedition amongst the Lofoten Islands. The tour begins in Svolvaer at the 4 star Thon Hotel and includes stays in traditional Norwegian Cabins and the Brygge Hotel in Henningsvaer. The swims are set amongst the most remarkable coastal scenery. Each swim has a full safety escort of guides and canoes. With two swims per day the average daily distance is a challenging 5 km. The week’s adventure is complimented by excellent Norwegian hospitality from Svolvaer to Gimoya. This expedition can only accommodate 10 swimming guests, and with sea temperatures ranging from 14-18°C, a wetsuit is essential.
Dates of the tours are September 8-14 | September 15-21.