With this swim I thee wed

Record breaking masters swimmers Dave Warren and Gina Hobson became Mr and Mrs Warren in truly unique style last weekend on a SwimQuest swimming holiday in Formentera, just off Ibiza. Gina and Dave brought 35 of their family members and friends from Otter swimming club with them to Spain, to take part in group sea swims of up to 5km in celebration of their marriage.

Their bespoke itinerary included six swim guides, four powerboats, one fishing boat, an underwater photo shoot, copious bottles of fizz, swimming games, wedding themed swim hats, beach bar welcome drinks, a sunset reception, fine dining with sea views, marine themed favours, and a sunrise wedding breakfast swim.


Dave and Gina have always swum competitively, but it is the social side that keeps them motivated. “This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share our favourite sport with our friends and family, combining it with our wedding” said Gina.

The morning before the wedding, guests completed a 4km swim along Playa des Illetes beach.  The following day, guests swam from the hotel and up the coast to a headland, on a post wedding ‘recovery swim’ before taking part in the underwater wedding photo shoot in the afternoon.

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“The water around Formentera Island is so clear; it’s a breath-taking place. This was the perfect excuse to get everyone we know in the water,” said Dave.

John Coningham-Rolls from SwimQuest Swimming Holidays commented: “We were delighted to help Gina and Dave make their dream wedding a reality. We are getting more and more bespoke holiday requests now, and it was such fun to prove that we really can tailor trips to any occasion. People of all ages and abilities are discovering the magic of swimming, especially in open water. Our bookings have doubled since last year!”

SwimQuest can tailor trips for any occasion and can offer group booking discounts for 8+ swimmers. To talk to SwimQuest about ideas for 2017, call Alice on 07825 301443 or email

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Jonathan is a year-round skins swimmer with a particular love of very cold water. He has competed in ice swimming competitions around the world. He is a qualified open water coach with a particular love of introducing new swimmers to the open water.