Who are we?
SwimTogether Swimming Holidays, founded in 2019 by André Santos, is the only portuguese specialist swimming holiday company, taking you around some of the most beautiful, spectacular and timeless locations in Portugal. An attention to detail, passion for what we do combined with local knowledge from our bi-lingual company make our swimming trips an unforgettable experience.
Our mission is to give the possibility to everyone, regardless of their level of swimming, to do it freely, with security and companionship in unique natural locations through close, informed, socially and environmentally responsible customer experience.
Our trips are designed to be a balanced combination of relaxation and adventure. SwimTogether team spend a great deal of time planning each of our trips, ensuring that we work with high quality accommodation and local staff and offer the swimmer a tailored experience that they will cherish. We believe that during a swimming holiday it is important to have time out to relax in between the swims and get into the portuguese spirit. This is why André and his team have personally scouted, swum and selected particular swim routes, that include stops at fishing harbours, villages, remote islands and beaches for the swimmer to enjoy local cuisine at traditional portuguese tavernas and explore each unique destination… after all you have worked to get there!
Our guides combines a mix of diverse skills, catering both for the newer open water swimmer alongside those that want to train a little faster and improve fitness. They are all experienced in open water and have also attained the relevant life saving qualifications, making your swims safe as well as enjoyable. Lastly, we feel it is really important that you get a real portuguese experience, which is why we have a bilingual team with local knowledge to make you feel at home in Portugal… our guides can even teach you the all important Portuguese phrases!
FOUNDER & CEO
André Santos is an entrepreneur. With only 20 years old opened his own business. Unsatisfied by nature, he can not stand still, dedicating his time to what he likes the most: to create and to explore.
Not only is the voice of the project, but also responsible for motivating his team to follow his dream. What moves him is the will to "make it happen," believing that "difficult is different from impossible".
SWIM GUIDE & COACH
Mário Bonança is a swimming coach and an international open water swimmer, that was the first european man studying about training, tatics and nutrition in open water. His deep knowledge about these subjets conducted him to an amazing PhD guide for all swimmers.
As a high performance swimmer he used to do 75Km per week and had the determination to follow his own convictions: “Nobody achives nothing alone” and “ If you want to be the best, you have to work and be disciplinated”.
Alfredo Santos is the CFO of Swim Together. With more than 30 years of professional experience in business management, he has a special affection for new projects.
Lover of sport activities and passion for aeronautics. He believes that the union of accumulated experience with the irreverence of the young entrepreneurial spirit is a winning recipe.
SWIM GUIDE & LIFEGUARD
Bernardo Ferreira is an open water swimmer and a lifeguard. He has been swimming since his childhood and due to that fact, he was always a big passionate about the ocean. He has the ambition to enrol into the navy one day. He has a few hobbies, such as: body-board, bodysurf and diving. At the age of 16 he found out his devotion towards the open waters and since then he has been practicing non-stop. His biggest motivation is long distances and even though he has already achieved the 10 km mark, he wishes to persue superior ones.
SWIM GUIDE & GEOPHYSICIST
Francisco Cunha started to swim with his younger brother and since his first open waters swim, he became "hooked". As he loves to explore new places and as he is a geophysicist, he takes every swim as a field trip opportunity. Also, you can count on him to ensure the best sea conditions for your swim experience and to guarantee that no trash is left on the beach. Currently, his interests are long-distance swims as he thinks that there is always more of the world to see.
Filipe Fernandes is a people person always ready to take on as many unforgettable adventures as possible. He already lived in 3 different continents and his passion for new challenges without routines is what keeps him motivated (well, he also follows that when it comes to food by the way). Loves to try a multitude of sports, even though somehow always ends up feeling more connected to the water ones, where he already competed in the past and intends to get back again, as soon as he finds a way to combine the availability for everything in the horizon! Working in the city surrounded by a good amount of technology, he never refuses the quality time that is gained when away from it...
SWIM GUIDE & LIFEGUARD
From a very early age, Steve has spent most of his time in the water. As a youngster, he swam competitively at both county and national levels, meaning endless hours in the pool! This all changed when his family moved to the coast and he discovered the Ocean. He fell in love with the energy of her waves and the infinite possibilities she gave him, It was at this time his lifelong love for surfing began. This passion brought him to Portugal and he now lives on the Algarve's rugged and wild Costa Vicentina, the end of the World! Today, still a keen surfer, trained lifeguard, ocean swimmer and kayaker, his love for the ocean just keeps growing. Some might say he's a true waterman, who's happier in the ocean than on the land. He loves adventure and believes, "life begins outside of your comfort zone!".
SWIM GUIDE & DESIGNER
Margarida Madeira began learning how to swim when she was 5 years old. During her teens, she practiced non-stop, in order to compete. However, due to her other passion, design, she abandon it to persue her dream. Today, she swims in open waters as a running complement and practice for the swimrun.
SWIM GUIDE & COACH
Pedro Prazeres is a swimming coach and competitive swimmer. He has been competing for 20 seasons in different clubs and countries, and has coached teams in Portugal, Spain, Norway and the Faroe Islands.
Currently an MSc student in Performance Coaching, he applies the knowledge obtained through all the years of competition and the different realities of coaching in several countries to his practices.
He loves swimming above all else and believes in persistence and technical development as the bases for performance.
Mayra Santos is an ultramarathon swimmer. In 2019 and with 40 years old, she became the first woman to swim from Porto Santo island to Madeira island. Mayra is a "force of nature". She started swimming at the age of 36 and only a year later completed her first big challenge, swimming 18km in the Canary Islands. For her, "each dive is a flash".
SWIM GUIDE & COACH
Vânia Neves is a swimming coach and former open water Olympic swimmer. She was responsible for the first academic work on biomechanics in open waters, namely the kinetics of VO2. She is also a co-author of the first published scientific article on energy expenditure and kinetic analysis in open waters (“5 km front crawl in pool and open water swimming: breath-by-breath energy expenditure and kinematic analysis”). As a high competition swimmer, she used to swim between 80 and 100 km per week, something that was only possible due to her passion for the sport and her great psychological preparation. As a coach, she seeks to instill this passion in her swimmers.
SWIM GUIDE & COACH
Level 2 Swimming Coach, with about twenty years of experience in training swimmers and triathletes, guided the preparation of them with expressive results at national and international levels.
Having been a national level swimmer in pure and open water swimming, from a very early age he created a connection to swim (teaching and training), where he develops his professional activity. Nature sports guide, find in the open waters the true expression of his passions, swimming and discovering nature.