About the Event
Slovenia possess an idyllic landscape and is known as ‘the land of pure water’, making it perfect for our four-day open water swimming trip. At the junction of the Alps, the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain, it will surprise you with its diversity and lush natural beauty. This holiday adventure will take Members to the Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, Soca river and the Triglay National Park.
This is a coached event sure to improve Member’s swim stroke-fitness and wellbeing in the pristine waters of the Slovenian Lakes.
- There will be 2 swims per day equaling approximately 4-5 K swimming a day. It is not compulsory to finish the swims on each occasion, but you are advised to work towards this
- You will need to attend at least one training sessions prior to the event
- Is this Activity suitable for Wheelchair users?
Wheelchairs will be accommodated to the Lakes although be aware it may be difficult. We will all work to ensure everyone enters the water together.
- Will I require any equipment?
You will need a triathlon wetsuit to complete the training phase. This will help with buoyancy and warmth, although the water should be warm in Slovenia.
- Do I have to be a strong Swimmer already?
You will need to be able to prove you can swim at least one mile at a training session. There will be two swims totalling about 4km and 5km each day. It is not compulsory to finish the swims on each occasion, but this is something to work towards.
- What is the selection process?
The activities selection process is done on a needs basis. Those who will benefit the most from attending an activity will be given priority. This is done on the recommendation of their BSO. Those Members who have not attended any activities before, or who have not attended that particular type of activity before are considered next. Once the initial list is selected, all other applicants go on the reserve list. Should someone drop out, the same process is applied to select someone from the reserve list.
- How much notice will I be given?
Currently, Members who are selected to take part in an activity are given three months’ notice. If this notice period is increased, it is highly likely that the drop-out rate will also increase. If you are selected from the reserve list, your notification will depend on when the person whose place you are taking dropped out. This is why we ask Members to contact the Activities Team as soon as they become aware that they will not be able to attend an activity. In doing so. That way, we have the best opportunity to offer the place to another Member.
- How does the Reserve list work?
Being on the reserve list does not automatically mean you will not get to attend the activity. In 2017, 54 per cent of people selected for an activity dropped out, meaning that almost half of attendees for all activities were selected from the reserve list. In 2017, 97 per cent of slots were filled despite the high drop-out rate. The remaining three per cent were mostly last-minute cancellations that were too late notice to fill (i.e. the day before).
- I have never been on a Blesma activity?
Currently, only 4.3 per cent of Members apply for activities. If you are one of the 95.7 per cent who hasn’t been on an activity before, perhaps because you have concerns about how you will cope, or you don’t know what to expect, please get in touch with either your BSO or the Activities Team directly on 020 8548 3519. They can advise on what might be suitable for you.
- Who will lead the activity?
Blesma Support Officers and Outreach Officers lead the events. In addition, of around 50 activities run in 2017, 22 were led by Members. We rely on Members volunteering to lead an activity, so if you are interested in doing that – please let us know! Do note that you will need to be qualified for some events
- Am I deserving of a Blesma Activity? What if others are more in need?
We do not discriminate! Activities are there for all Members and Widows to enjoy.