Traversata Stretto di Messina

September 2022 00:00
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An unique experience and opportunity to swim from Sicily to Calabria in Italy.
Swimming Travel has been organizing this crossing for more than 10 years now, and is proud to offer you the opportunity to swim the incredibly blue and deep waters of the Messina Strait, where the myths of Scilla and Carriddi still live today. The Messina Strait Crossing is a must for every passionate open water swimmer and the good thing is that you don't need to be an advanced swimmer to be able to complete it. The entire event is supervised by the maritime local authorities; they will make sure the safest possible conditions are provided for you to swim. The event will only take place if the minimum number of participants is reached, 15. This has never been as issue in the past, on the contrary. We will confirm this with you three months prior to your event date, to allow you to plan your travels.




DAY 1 PM h17:00: technical meeting on the beach, analysis of weather and sea forecast, course explanation and gadget distribution to each athlete. Optional dinner at the restaurant for those interested in dining with the group, sharing experiences with each other and tasting the local Sicilian cuisine.

DAY 2 AM: Meeting at the meeting point (clarified the day before), transfer with boats to the start point at the Pilone Torre Faro beach. Once the Messina Strait crossing is completed, the athletes will be brought back to Sicily by boat to the start point. Congratulations, pictures, certificate pick up from Italian Federation of Cronometristi and more.

DAY 3 AM: Mandatory open day to potentially do the crossing in case of bad weather on the scheduled day (DAY 2).

DAY 4 AM: Mandatory open day to potentially do the crossing in case of bad weather on the scheduled day 2 or day 3.

* We highly recommend for all participants to stay two days extra. Due to the weather conditions the crossing can be postponed and we don’t want you to miss this opportunity.


The package include

  • Assistance boat for the strait swim crossing. One boat is assigned to three athletes.
  • On each boat will be a certified lifeguard and a captain.
  • Medical assistance.
  • Ambulance, one on each side of the crossing; Sicily and Calabria.
  • FIN (Italian Swim Federation) supervision during the entire crossing.
  • Official Italian Timing federation will be officially monitoring each athlete’s swim times.
  • Official listing of your name in the Albo d'Oro of the Messina Strait crossing.
  • Swimming Travel Messina Swim Crossing t-shirt and swim cap.
  • Professional photographers.
  • Facebook live streaming.
€ 210
for crossings May and June
€ 250
for crossings July
€ 240
for crossings August and September

The package does not include

  • Flight.
  • Transfer from and to airport.
  • Accomodation tax.
  • Everything extra not included above (dinner with family etc.).


Reimbursement Policy
Before the 12th week: 70% of the total cost.
From the 12th to the 6th week: 50% of the total cost.
No reimbursment policies will apply after the 6th week.

The reimbursement percentage is calculated on the basis of the total amount.


Reimbursement Policy specific for the crossing
(A) You will be partially reimbursed if: the weather forecast is not allowing the swim crossing to start and there is no other date available to reschedule the event. This decision will officially be taken by the maritime local authorities. Unfortunately we are not able to reimburse you the insurance fees for the medical assistance, lifeguard and timing officials.
Swimming Travel does NOT take any responsibility in the circumstances where the event has to be cancelled due to bad weather conditions or cancellation of the even for any other reason where our organization cannot be held accountable for. The maritime authorities together with Swimming Travel will do their best to provide another date for the crossing. We therefore encourage all participates to plan a flexible travel schedule, keeping in mind the possibility of one or two days of deferral of the event date.
(B) You will NOT be reimbursed if: you cancel, you cancel a postponement, you are late, you fail to send us all required documents and we cannot let you participate at the event.
(C) We are NOT able to reimburse you if: the swim crossing starts and has to be stopped after the start due to the weather changing for the worse This decision will also officially be taken by the maritime local authorities and not by Swimming Travel.





Total per person at redervation.

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