SwimTogether is the only world's provider of open water swimming holidays in Portugal. Dream destinations, stunning waters, expert guides. Swim in the best rivers, seas and lakes with us.
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.
Social Responsability – We want to make the world better by supporting those who need it most. Therefore, we intend to create a positive energy, creating positive impact on society.
Environmental Sustainability – We seek to make a positive contribution to the environment by creating awareness initiatives, using resources from partners (avoiding the production of new equipment) and working with entities with the same vision. Ex: collect all the garbage that is found in the sea, during the activities.
Safety – Because we care about those who place the trust in us, we want all our customers to feel safe at any time of their activities.
Quality – We want to exceed expectations. This will only be possible if the whole team is motivated to give their best, always with the mission of the brand well present. Ex: brainstorm weekly with the team and work with quality partners.
Union – We want to create a family by building lasting and trusting relationships with our customers.
To be a leading brand in the open water swimming holidays, both in terms of leisure and training.
Swim, Wild and Free
Swim – At any time of day, with friends, in contact with nature.
Wild – Swimming in unique natural sites, getting to know new cultures.
Free – Personal overcoming, happiness, a different perspective of seeing the world, exploring the unexplored.
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”.
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.
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 & 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.
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 & 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.
GLOBAL & ICE SWIMMER
Diego López, also known as “Global Swimmer” is a prolific open water and ice swimmer.
In the Open Waters, he holds the Triple Crown (Swim Around Manhattan, English Channel and Catalina Channel) and became the first person in swimming in the Seven Continents, including Antarctica, in the same year (2018). He has raced in over 20 countries, always in podium positions, and holds the 10th fastest time ever in circling Manhattan Island.
In the Ice Waters (temperature <5C), he became World Champion of his age group within the Arctic Circle in Russia in March 2019. He holds the Spanish and American record of the Ice KM, and is the current US National Champion in 100 and 200 Ice Free. He was the 20th person in history to swim in Antarctica without a wetsuit, in waters of -1.4C.
He aims at becoming the first person in completing the Oceans Grand Slam, and can be followed on globalswimmer.com