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Swim Coaches

MSc. Gabriela Minaříková
Head Coach

Gabi

Gabriela Minaříková loves swimming and teaching others to love the water. In the pool, she feels like a fish and says that being in water is like being wrapped in a duvet.

She is a graduate of FTVS,  a first-class swimming coach, a first-class medical swimming instructor and a qualified lifeguard and WATSU instructor. She also worked as a nurse in several countries around the world.

The birth and upbringing of her daughter, Victoria, led her to establish her own swimming school Swim Smooth and later also the swimming club of the same name, where she teaches and leads children from 4 to 18 years of age with her fellow coaches. However, it is also visited by adults who want to improve their swimming skills, as well as athletes – especially juniors,- competitive swimmer sfrom clubs in the Czech Republic and abroad.

She invented her own swimming method - Swimming with Plavel and Plavlína, and she is her own  best recommendation: an energetic and purposeful woman who in 2015 reached the Masters World Swimming Championships in Kazan, where she finished in a tough international competition at an excellent 12th place. One, but effective week‘s training was enough for her to do it. As a junior swimmer, she owns a collection of medals from the Czech Republic Championships.

In the Czech Republic, Swim Smooth is the first and only licensed club of the Australian swimming method, using the unique dispositions  of each person to swim as easily, "smoothly" and efficiently as possible. In Perth, Australia, Gabriela was the only Czech to become one of the Top 50 Swim Smooth Coaches, a team representing the global coaching elite.

Would you like to know more about Gabi? To read her personal story click here.

Lenka
Swim Coach

Lenka S

I have always enjoyed sport and still enjoy it. The basic sports skills were given to me by my sporty family, great PE teachers and also from volleyball coaches, with whom I have played at league level for 15 years. I decided to pursue sports in my professional life, so after high school I launched my studies at FTVS UK. I learned how to "swim" as a child, but when I was studying at university, I found out that real swimming looks completely different, and since then it has become my lifetime hobby.

Qualifcations:

I have completed my Masters studies at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport at Charles University in Prague with specialization in PE and Sport. I am a trained lifeguard. While studying at college I took swimming classes for pre-school children.

Why did I decide to coach for Swim Smooth?

For the last 20 years I have been working in a company that focuses on sport´s rights and sports TV broadcasts. It's an interesting job, but I miss the practical sports side of what I did and what I enjoyed. And then, when I was googling on the Internet, I found the Swim Smooth website and watched the videos from the training and the summer camp, which caught my imagination right away. I contacted Swim Smooth, met Gaby and we agreed to cooperate. It is my wish that people who like this method as much as I do are able to easily access it ... because "the world needs better swimming".

Linda
Trainee

Linda

I did competitive swimming from the age of six to twelve when I decided to put swimming aside and take up volleyball - for eight years. Before entering university, I started training for the talent trials, which included swimming. It was at that time I realized how much I was missing it, so I started training regularly again and trying to improve my technique.

Qualifications:

I am a student at FTVS, majoring in Applied Physical Education and Sport with Special Needs Persons. During my bachelor studies, I completed Fundamentals of Swimming and Didactics of Swimming. Now in my Master's studies I have more to study! I have also been swimming with children with autism spectrum disorder for 3 years, previously as an assistant and now as an instructor.

Why did I decide to coach for Swim Smooth?

One day a friend came to me with a contact for Gabi. I checked out the Swim Smooth website and was intrigued by their different methodology. Because of my field of study, I am a proponent of an individual approach, according to each child's needs. Therefore, I am happy to educate myself in Swim Smooth and pass on the experience to our children.

Tom
Trainee

Tom Brada

I’ve been swimming, with a small break, for the whole of my life. I started to learn to swimwhen I was 4 years old, which is why I don’t remember a time when I couldn’t swim. Over time, I started to feel a true connection between me and the water.It’s like being able to control one of the elements.

Qualifications:

I have a level 3 coaching licence acredited by the Czech Swimming Federation thanks to graduating from the Sports High School of Dana and Emil Zatopekin Ostrava. I have nother experience as a ski instructor, as a supervisor at a children’s camp and also a short experience as a teacher of Physical Education in an elementary school in my hometown.

Why I decided to join Swim Smooth? 

That was a true coincidence, a real destiny. I met one satisfied mother of a kid who is registrered with Swim Smooth. I confided in her that I was also swimming when I was younger and she gave my phonenumber to the head coach. So that’s why I’ve become part of this amazing crew and it makes me really curious beacuse the methods are totaly different than the ones I used to learn. To be one of a number who can teach this wordwide method makes me truly happy.

Daniela
Trainee

Daniela

I have been doing sports my whole life. Since I was two, I have known how to swim, and I have tried other sports to find what gives me the most pleasure. I settled on swimming and athletics. After a while I passed on athletics, but swimming has stayed with me through my health problems until now. Swimming has opened many doors in my life and now my goal is to get a scholarship in one of the Ivy League universities.

Qualifications:

I have maintained first to third place on friendly swim meets and regional competitions for many years now.  I have also kept my National competitions within the top ten in my main races - 100m Breastroke, 50m Breastroke, 100m Butterfly, 50m Butterfly. The technique of Swim Smooth has been my passion for seven years already and now I am sharing my knowledge with our smallest competitors.

Why I decided to join Swim Smooth?

When I was nine, I was training Swim Smooth once a week. However, since I realized how much it gave me, I switched swimming clubs and with an effective routine lowered my training sessions from several to only three per week. Once I was 15, I realized I wanted to teach the youngest all that I’ve learned, so I started training Swim Smooth.

Zdenka
Trainee

Zdenka

Sport is my lifelong hobby. I started swimming sometime around 5 years old, certainly earlier if we consider swimming in the sea with a ring :). At elementary school, I attended a swimming club and have beautiful memories of regional competitions, where I enjoyed the team spirit and made a lot of friends. Besides this, I also competed in cross-country skiing, so swimming was on the sideline for a while. During summertime, I like to do mountain biking.

Qualifications

At high school, I returned to swimming as an assistant coach for 3 years and hold a swimming referee license class III. 

I also hold a ski instructor certificate which I achieved after graduation.

Why did I decided to coach for SwimSmooth?

I returned to a regular swimming team in 2019, when I started swimming with Gabi, the patron of Czech Swim Smooth. The most challenging was to adjust new techniques after 30 years of experience, however, It's never felt so easy! It works so well thanks to Swim Smooth's unique methodology.  Based on my swimming experience, I can compare the fundamental differences between the "classic" style and swim smooth, which is based on logical and systematic principles, and leads to quick improvements. I would recommend Swim smooth to anyone who wants to learn to swim smoothly.

 

Petra
Administrativní a PR pracovník - marketing

Sport is my hobby and it energizes me. Even though I'm not a keen swimmer, the Swim Smooth method really interests me, because I like learning new things, and I'm looking forward to improving my swimming style and discovering new ways to enjoy the water. 

Qualifications:

After high school I lived for one year in England, where I worked as an Au-Pair. Since then I gained further experience working with children at children's camp where I use to go for many years. I studied a Bachelor's degree in Marketing Communication, but I have always worked in banking. At the moment, my main role is to be a mummy of a one and a half year old girl.

Why I decided to join Swim Smooth?

While working for Swim Smooth I will always let you know what we are currently preparing for you, how to educate you, how you can improve whilst having fun! My goal is to help you feel comfortable in and under the water. 

 

Kateřina
Administrativa - helpdesk

KS

I have always taken sport as a part of life, as a source of endorphins and energy. Since childhood, I have devoted myself to modern gymnastics and dance, which accompany me to the present day, even if only occasionally. Before the birth of my children, I also led dance lessons for parents with children. I always swam as a complementary sport. I have been encouraging my children (currently boys 10 and 8 and a girl 4 years) to do sports and exercise since they were little, and I consider swimming to be a basic skill that children should master

Qualifications:

During my university studies, I gained work experience in the non-profit sector in the field of European Structural Funds, from where I went to the private sector to gain experience in e-marketing and internal communication. The longest and most important work experience for me was in public administration, in the field of European educational programs.

Why did I choose to join Swim Smooth?

I discovered the Swim Smooth method when looking for a swimming school for my children and I was very impressed by the positive, respectful and individual approach to each swimmer.