august 22

Long swim race preparation

Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim
Enrico Pisuena
Exon Anonuevo Sayo
Natalia Pankina
Race date
August 22
Race location
Istanbul, Turkey
What is in the program?

The iconic Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim is a legendary start for lovers of open water.

Every year, 2,400 people come to the incredibly beautiful summer of Istanbul. 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.

Package 1 - Beginner’s Bosphorus

Dreaming to swim the Bosphorus, from Asia to Europe, but don’t know how to swim.

This package includes:

• Level 1 (12 sessions) + Level 2 (12 sessions) + Squad 8 sessions package.

Bonus - ILSS branded t-shirt.

Package 2 - Intermediate’s Bosphorus

For those who can swim 1k under 35min.

This package includes:

• Weekly - 3 sessions:

  • 2 Coached sessions*week (1 pool + 1 Open water);
  • 1 swim on your own (training session planned by Coach);

• Full Coach support and coordination;

• Bosphorus swim secrets, life hacks and tips from the PROs;

• Help for all race documentation, hotel recommendations and etc;

Bonus - ILSS branded t-shirt.

Package 3 - Advanced Bosphorus

Goal to finish the 6.5k race in sub 60min/ to get on the podium/ to get a new PB.

This package includes:

• Weekly - 5 sessions:

  • 3 Coached sessions*week (2 pool + 1 Open water);
  • 2 swim on your own (training sessions planned by Coach);

• Full Coach support and coordination;

• Bosphorus swim secret and tips from the PROs;

• Help for all race documentation, hotel recommendations and etc;

Bonus - ILSS branded t-shirt.

1 to 8 months of training
Up to 4 pool swimming sessions a week with coaches
Open water session
One swimming session in the sea
No extra expenses
Rent of the lane in the pool is already included in the price
Preparation for the goal
Training by an individual program
Swimmer's bundle
We gift a swim cap, t-shirt and a sports bag to every participant
Constant staff support
Instant communication with a coordinator via email, WhatsApp
Istanbul, Turkey

The swim takes place in Istanbul, in the pleasant warm and clear water of the Bosphorus. You will swim 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.

Program's features
Legendary Coaches

Train by an individually adapted plan made and controlled by a top-level Coaches: Natalya Pankina, Enrico Pisuena and Exon Anonuevo Sayo who crossed Bosphorus, The Channel from England to France, Gibraltar from Europe to Africa etc.

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

Long swim race preparation
Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim
Up 4 Pool swimming session a week
Work on your swimming technique
Guidance from legendary Coaches
Training sessions in Dubai
Convenient places to practice
Participant’s bundle
Staff and medical support
Friendly and supportive sport community
Race date
August 22
Race location
Istanbul, Turkey
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.

  • Is the pool rent included in the course price?

    Yes, it is.

  • 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.

  • What equipment do I need?

    Swim cap, swimsuit, goggles, slippers, towel and hygiene accessories.

  • Do I need any extra equipment?

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

  • How to find the right goggles for me?

    We recommend you to buy them in a multibrand shop where consultants can assist you. But in general to check if goggles fit you or not try to enclosing them on the sockets. If they stay fixed for a couple of seconds without use of the cord the goggles should be good for you to wear. And please, don't choose goggles for their appearance.

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