I will swim the Bosphorus (archive 2019)

Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim
Judit Spiegl
What is in the program?

The iconic Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim is back in 2019, bigger and better than ever. Complete an unforgettable crossing from Asia to Europe as the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul comes to a standstill for this annual event. Join more than 2,400 competitors from across the globe as swimmers take over the Bosphorus waters and one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world is temporarily closed to traffic.

Six month of training
Two 90-minute sessions per week with coach
No extra expenses
Rent of the lane in the pool is already included in the price
Preparation for your own goal
Training by an individual programme
Swimmer's bundle
We gift a swim cap and a sports bag to every participant
Constant staff support
Instant communication with a coordinator via email, Watsup

Start of the program

Swiss International Scientific School
Judit Spiegl
Tue, Sun20:00


For the cource
Location of training
Swiss International Scientific School
Swimming pool
Istanbul, Turkey

The swim takes place in Istanbul, in the pleasant warm and clear water of the Bosporus. You will sail from Asia to Europe and become an intercontinental swimmer. The organization is always very clear, without any problems.

Istanbul, Turkey

Every year more than two thousand amateur swimmers from all over the world come to swim, this is the main swimming party of the year. The biggest team usually gathers from Russia.

Medical support
We believe that doing sport intensively is better under the supervision of experienced doctors. Take a scheduled check-up during the program and get an individual doctor's consultation..
  • Screening of the student's health
  • Doctor's video lecture
  • Recommendations for swimmer's health
Programme's features
Legendary coach

Train by an individually adapted plan made and controlled by a top-level specia

Sessions in a 50-meter pool

Train in a professional format for a large progress

Real physical activity

Professional training’s adapted under the amateurs

I will swim the Bosphorus (archive 2019)
Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim
Gulya Salikhova

One, two, three, inhale, one, two, three, inhale, I see a pontoon 100 meters away, come on, you have already done it, well done, now you embrace your daughter, you are not tired at all, not even a challenge, it swims well. The finish is slightly to the left, I look at every second, third breath. What? Why is he right ??? It was blown away … let’s get stronger than rowing, why am I only further from the pontoon, what is happening ??? My uncle is watching me on the boat, and so gently he says, “swim, swim, everything is fine”
Pontoon, touch, cry of joy, victory, tears, I see nothing, I go laugh and cry.
I will come next year for 5 km.


My journey with “I Love Supersport” started in summer 2018.
I was volunteering at the indoor triathlon competition, met brilliant “I Love Supersport” team and got impressed and energized a lot.
By October I delivered a crazy idea to swim 1,5 km open water.
I did not have any swimming technic and I still had problems with my right arm after car accident, but I knew whom should I contact for swimming lessons. On the assessment day coach told me that either I should sell the slot or understand that it is going to be hours and hours of hard work. I decided to give it a try. Sweat & tears, tears and sweat. Next what I remember 1,5 month later my coach met me at the finish line and told me “See, I told you that you can do it, what’s next?”.
This is how I started to get ready for a 10 km run. Thanks to coach - he kept cheering me up and telling me that he trusts I can do it and I can do even more.
Yes, me - person whose medical card looks more like a book not a card - did half marathon this year - just 5 month after starting trainings 😁
Next step was joining cycling classes (waking up at 5 am and driving to the course with a smile - crazy, right?).
My goal is triathlon sprint in Abu Dhabi, than one more sprint in Sochi and than half iron star distance in Kazan. Who knows, maybe one day I will find myself doing full distance somewhere else😝
I am so grateful to “I Love Supersport” team - my life changed a lot after meeting them, for me it is a story of a fight that I won with their great support.

Fabrizio Gelpi

I wouldn’t have done it if I hadn’t seen others enrolling for it….distance is 6 km I had never swam that, but was encouraged by being told don’t worry there is a strong current pushing you.
The course inspection was something. The boat took a lot to travel and seeing it from inside was impressive. Again didn’t panic believing in the strong current story.
And it was true.
Sofiya suggested to swim in the middle and I did it I felt I was flying had the head easily above water felt no fatigue.
Swimming in the middle almost by myself occasionally encountering one swimmer was great. Bosphorus is enormous, unless you are a professional swimmer that does those big swims you can’t get a similar feeling.
Also is a great week end, Istanbul is great city and for that week end you feel the centre of it.
And the best part is when your friends see the pictures and you tell the story.
Or if someone start to tell you how we shall all go to Istanbul is such a great City and you reply yes I’ve been I swam through the Bosporus.
Big thanks to I Love Supersport to have found me the ticket.

  • How can I make an appointment with a doctor for screening?

    Just communicate with our coordinator and we will find a comfortable timing for you.

  • What to do if I miss a training?

    It isn't good, yet not a catastrophe either. Communicate to our staff and we will offer you a place in another group with a free spot or send you the plan of the missed training for you to complete on your own.

  • How do I participate in a test swim?

    Contact your coordinator and choose the most convenient time and place for you to join a swim.

  • Do I need any extra equipment?

    You may need some sports inventory depending on your coach's plan. Clarify with the coordinator.

  • Is the pool rent included in the course price?

    Yes, it is.

I will swim the Bosphorus (archive 2019)
Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim
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