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X-WATERS BAIKAL 2019

Enjoy the main lake of the planet!

July 16-21
2019

Baikal lake, Small Sea
Kurma Bay

distances
1 mile, 6 km, camp

What's the challenge?

This year, the X-WATERS Baikal swim is held in the format of a six-day camp. You can also register separately for the Sunday swim, but... first look at what we have for you!

Six days on the Small Sea and Olkhon Island:

- plenty of swimming in Baikal, every day comes with a new distance!
- visit to 5 islands, 5 beaches, countless rocks and grottoes, one gopher village, three bird cities and one Buddhist stupa;
- we will study the island of Olkhon, the‑ world center of shamanism and the main attraction of the whole Baikal;
- we will learn about Total Immersion Swimming technique (and improve it if you already know it) with the help of Alexander Bazanov, X-WATERS mastermind and TI certified trainer. It is also available for your co-travellers!
- (!) Your relatives, who do not swim themselves, will be able to accompany you on boats, share all geographical discoveries with you and be full participants of the camp during July 18-20;
- On the sixth day, we will cross the Small Sea (or swim the Baikal mile), we will receive medals and celebrate victories in X-WATERS Baikal 2019 swim.
The main thing: This is NOT a sports camp, where you will drop 5 seconds from your hundred. This is an‑ opportunity to enjoy the real nature reserve Baikal looking at it from water and land in an excellent company, simultaneously improving your swimming skills in open water.

Important! The water in Baikal is cold, even in places which are relatively "warm". It can warm up to 22 degrees, but it can drop to 12 and below even in the warmest place. Predicting is impossible, you can only hope and get ready!



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Baikal is the‑ deepest and most ancient lake of the planet

When it was born, 30 million years ago, it was possible to travel to Australia from Africa by land, and the forests in Antarctica were green. The Blue Eye of Siberia, the Sacred Sea, the Planet's Diamond are the names of Baikal. Baikal water is unique - there are very few mineral substances and organic impurities and a lot of oxygen. It is extremely transparent, visibility reaches dozens of meters.

Kurma Bay, where the events of X-WATERS Baikal 2019‑ will take place, is a beautiful, almost untouched by civilization place in the Small Sea of Baikal. The bay is one of the warmest in the lake, the water here is usually a few degrees warmer than in the rest of Baikal. From the east, the Primorsky Ridge approaches the bay, from the South it is outlined by the Uyuga cape, stretched out by a two-kilometer-long pebble spit and crowned with an impressive rock, which offers a gorgeous view of Olkhon, Ogoy and several smaller islands, dotted with grottoes and populated by birds. This is the real Baikal!
When it was born, 30 million years ago, it was possible to travel to Australia from Africa by land, and the forests in Antarctica were green. The Blue Eye of Siberia, the Sacred Sea, the Planet's Diamond are the names of Baikal. Baikal water is unique - there are very few mineral substances and organic impurities and a lot of oxygen. It is extremely transparent, visibility reaches dozens of meters.

Kurma Bay, where the events of X-WATERS Baikal 2019‑ will take place, is a beautiful, almost untouched by civilization place in the Small Sea of Baikal. The bay is one of the warmest in the lake, the water here is usually a few degrees warmer than in the rest of Baikal. From the east, the Primorsky Ridge approaches the bay, from the South it is outlined by the Uyuga cape, stretched out by a two-kilometer-long pebble spit and crowned with an impressive rock, which offers a gorgeous view of Olkhon, Ogoy and several smaller islands, dotted with grottoes and populated by birds. This is the real Baikal!

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The closest option to the place of our swims, from the veranda where we will have lunch, you can see the finish. The rooms are not luxurious (they simply don’t have anything else here), but neat, all amenities are available. Good food in the cafe for very reasonable prices.

Park Hotel website: http://baikalsuper.ru/

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ROOM STUDIO WITH KITCHEN

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Irkutsk-Kurma
departure 12:00 July 16

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departure 17 July -18:00
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Program of Events:

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July 16, Tuesday: Greetings to Baikal.

- 12:00 group departure from Irkutsk;
- lunch with Buryat specialties on the way;
- arrival at Kurminsky Bay, check-in;
- evening swimming in Baikal in a free mode without a program, walking in the surroundings;
- presentation of the camp program;
- dinner & getting to know each other.


July 17, Wednesday: immersion

- meeting Baikal, group test swim 1-3 km (choose the distance at your wish and condition);
- lunch;
- swim as you walk: master class on Total Immersion by Alexander Bazanov;
- working out the TI technique in water;
- free time (for example, a photo walk along the surrounding hills).


July 18, Friday: Olkhon and Ogoy islands

- reach Olkhon island by boat, it is the‑ largest island of Baikal and the world center of shamanism; disembark at the start of X-Waters Baikal 6 km Sunday swim, checking the swim distance track;
- swim from Olkhon to Ogoy island, get out to the beach, walk up to the Buddhist stupa, one of the best views of the Small Sea and the distances of our swims, selfies and mantras. Distances: 2 km‑ there and 2 km‑ back;
- lunch at the camp on the beach;
- TI-clinic, working on the technique (optional);
- free time, walking in Olkhon;
- return to the mainland.


July 19, Thursday: swim the islands

On this day, we will swim to three beautiful rocky islands, where only birds live, we will get out from water, enjoy and photograph each island. Total distance = 6.5 km (with 3 or 4 visits to the islands).
- swimming around three islands: Sharga-Dagan - Ptichy (Oltrek) ‑ Borga-Dagan;
- lunch:
- TI-clinic‑ working on the technique (optional);
- free time, rest, beach activities, camera hunt for gophers, etc.


July 20, Saturday. Travel deep into Olkhon / free time.

On this day, you can choose what to do and‑ go on a car tour of Olkhon (for extra fee), or relax, meet arriving swim participants, and go on a trekking tour around the Kurma Bay.
- 8:00 - 19:00 car tour of Olkhon to Cape Khoboy (including the crossing to the island and back), on the way - lunch and a meeting with the shaman. Or free time on the mainland;
- 19:00 pasta-party for all participants of the camp and Sunday swims;
- joint shaman rituals for good weather on the day of the swim;
- return to the mainland, checking the X-WATERS Baikal swim route 6 km.


July 21, Sunday: big swim day!

On this day, there are two swims, for which you can also register separately:
- 8:00 am Participants of the X-WATERS Baikal swim 6 km reach the starting point on the island Olkhon;
- 8:45 pre-start briefing for 6 km;
- 9:00 start of X-WATERS Baikal swim 6 km‑ from Olkhon, passing Ogoy island - to the mainland! Time limit: 3 hours;
- 12:30 Pre-start briefing for 1 Baikal Mile;
- 13:00 start of the X-WATERS Baikal swim for 1 Baikal mile. Time limit is 1 hour;
- 13:00-15:00 field lunch at the finish for all participants of the swim;
- 15:00 Awards to the winners and celebrations;
- 17:00 group departure to Irkutsk.



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What's included in the Camp:

- Registration for the swim on 21.07 for any distance or both.
- Organization of swimming on 17-21.07.
- Accompanying guides and lifeguards on the water (for registered co-travellers - the‑ opportunity to escort by water and visit the same places: islands, etc.)
- Travel by boats from and to swimming spots.
- Working out the swimming technique using the Total Immersion system.
- Welcome dinner, field lunch at Olkhon, pasta party before the start, lunch after the finish.
- Shaman ceremony.
- Swimmers Party after the swim, award ceremony, authentic show program.
- Medals, caps, individual safety buoys for the time of all swims.
- Special set of unique branded souvenirs.
- Accident insurance with coverage of 200 thousand rubles.



What is not included in the camp:

- Flight, accommodation in Irkutsk.
- Transfer from Irkutsk and back (please select separately).
- Accommodation (please pay separately).
- Olkhon Tour (please select separately).
- Catering (except for the above).
- Everything that is not listed in the "What's Included" section.

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