Our swimming camps are all the best things that Swim Smooth has to offer for young athletic and racing swimmers. One week is full of top Australian methodology, analysis and sports training presented as camp games.
Is your child between 10 to 15 years of age? Are they members of a swimming club? Do they sometimes feel that there is too much of a drill during preparation? Do they feel they have too many activities during training camp that are not directly related to swimming? So now you have a great opportunity to try something new. Swim Smooth’s methodology and detailed video analysis which helps find problems, is not offered in any other swimming club. As every year uniquely our swimming camp takes place at fully equiped sport hotel in Nymburk, near Prague, where Czech Olympians also train. The camp is supervised by head coach MSc. Gabriela Minaříková, Czech Championship medalist, and active swimmer, and who took 12th place at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan in the Masters category in 100m Freestyle.
Date of event: 11.8. – 17.8.2019 (7 days from Sunday to Saturday)
Check-in: 12 pm (outdoor program starts at 2pm)
Place: Sportovní centrum Nymburk, Sportovní 1801, 288 35 Czech Republic
Number of children: max 20
Age of children: 10 – 15 years
Number of coaches: 4
Swim level: Racing experience at the level of a swimming club. The camp is also suitable for young pentathletes and triathletes.
Main program: Two-stage swimming workouts to improve swimming techniques and to support all-round development, flexibility, aerobic endurance, and positive attitude towards competitive swimming.
Additional program: General sports development with an emphasis on collaboration and socializing. Regeneration and relaxation exercises, stretching and quality outdoor activities. Also to encourage an interest in cultural and sightseeing trips.
Language: If the child does not speak Czech, they must be able to speak English. If the child does not speak enough English to understand the instructions from the swimming coach, the provider then reserves the right to exclude the child without compensation for safety reasons.In this situation, the legal representative stated on the application form or another authorised person must collect the child within 24 hours of being informed by phone or email.
Price includes: accommodation, meals (full board), daily program, coaches and instructors, rental of the pool and other sports facilities; wellness.
Price does not include: expenses related to sports-sightseeing activities (fee for cultural objects, train, steamer, etc), rent of sports equipment such as bikes etc.
Payment method: Total sum 10 000 CZK/swimmer (members of Swim Smooth), 12 000 CZK/swimmer (member of other clubs to be paid within 3 days of the date of completion on the application form. Please send bank transfer to account 2900399343/2010, VS indicating the school year + figure 3 in format yyyyyy (for example 2017183) and in the message for recipient please state Swim Camp + Venue (for example Swim Camp Nymburk) – name and surname of the child.
Cancellation Policy: A cancellation of 91 days or more before the start date of the camp 10% of the total sum. 90 days or less 50% of the total amount is required. 60 days or less before the start date of the camp 100% is required. In case of cancellation due to sickness or other reasons, we recommend that you take out the insurance.
In the fifth year of the Swim Smooth camp, the circle closed. Better say, circles. There are five circles as everybody knows; every two years all athletes and sports fans around the world watch the most prestigious contest on the planet. However, we moved back to ancient Olympia about 3,000 years ago, where the gods Zeus, Hera, Pallas Athena and Poseidon supported their favourites from Sparta, Athens, Marathon and Troy. In the whole-camp game, we put on the chiton clothing, learned an anthem in Greek, and athletes made a pledge to play fair and do their best for the state they represented.
We tried not only the ancient Olympic sports disciplines, such as discus, a 1/10 marathon run, long jump with weights, a boxing match, but in the spirit of the ancient Greek tradition, we also worked on the refinement of that spirit. For this purpose, there was a competition of trumpeters and announcers in continuous speech, as well as a rhetorical competition, consisting of the composition and presentation of a self-composed poem. Who does not know that previously the Olympics games included artistic disciplines and one of our first Olympic champions, who won the silver medal, was the composer Josef Suk. All the time, emphasis was placed on fair play and support among teams. In the spirit of the existing Olympic motto, "citius, altius, fortius", i.e. "faster, higher, stronger", it was mainly about overcoming the limits of our own athletes.
We also transferred the Olympics games to the swimming pool, where we tried the original version of all swimming techniques, showing how the breaststroke, crawl, butterfly and backstroke were previously swum. Besides, Gábi was tirelessly working around the pool for the whole week; with the help of three other trainers thoroughly and rigorously fixing the details of swimming techniques. No mistakes escaped her attention, and she persisted in working through improvements until the technical exercise was perfect, or until the swimmer understood how to crack the swim. However, since every swimmer is usually convinced that he is not making any mistakes, we helped by making a professional video analysis of each camp participant. In addition to the swimming and the ancient Greek Olympics, we still enjoyed a popular workout with Jarda, and to test how athletes with health restrictions feel, Roman-style paralympic disciplines for visually, hearing or physically impaired or similarly disadvantaged athletes. The surprise of the camp was archery, when the professionals gave us the opportunity to see their training and then we discovered how difficult their sports discipline is. Even though the temperature was really high, we relaxed in the sauna and the whirlpool, and then we had a special dinner - pizza. We were very pleased to order this, because the cooperation of all the Olympians was exemplary and the weekly effort made by all our athletes, admirable.
On a final note, we are modifying the Olympic "faster, higher, stronger" to "faster, deeper, stronger", as the theme of the next camp is "20,000 miles under the sea". So, let the Olympics and Captain Nemo live
The fourth year of the Swim Smooth swimming camp took place in the Šumava Protected Landscape Area in the town of Srní, where we spent our week concentration surrounded by beautiful nature. The subject of the camp themed game was the Brother Bear - three brothers and a teddy bear Koda on the motif of a film of the same name, according to ancient tribal Indian traditions, our swimmers received their totem animal with one significant feature, and their task was to behave according to their totem. If they were guilty and would not behave according to their characteristics, they would turn themselves into the animal. We also had to do a lot of interesting tasks and games to help Koda take care of himself in the wild - we have taught him basic skills such as communication, hunting and how to defend from hunters. The Brother Bears also followed up on our discussion topic: "Know Yourself". Just like Kenai, we were also discovering who we are and tried to get to know others through their totem.
As part of our swimming trainings with Gábi, we've been working on improving our techniques and removing the mistakes that revealed video analysis. Uff, sometimes we really got involved. We also spent outdoor activities together with Michal and Kačka, we were running through mountains and mines, forests and meadows, diversified by moments of great games - The earth is lava, Stronzo or hide and seek and cone-noncone war. At the end of each run, we improved in gymnastics and practiced stretching, otherwise we might not get out of bed the next day. We also enjoyed the sauna and steam bath, tried out massages, learned about predators and owls, the happiest of us saw the wolf in the wilderness reservation (and it was not easy, their coloring of the fur coat masked like a tree trunk).
We thank everyone for a great week and cooperation and we look forward to seeing each other again at 5th summer camp!
It took place from 16th to 22nd of august 2015 in Nymburk. The topic of camp game was Finding Nemo with a message of cooperation as well as the club's first race Racing SMOOTHie. The first day we learned from Merlin that Nemo was missing. So we decided, that we will go look for him. During the time we spent in the camp we would find different clues that would help as find him. Sometimes it was easier to find one – one person could do it, but sometimes we had to work together as a group. We swam several kilometers through Elbe, Baltic sea, The Atlantic Ocean, The Arctic coast, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. During the two-phase training sessions in the pool we improved our swim technique and we enjoyed water games. We traveled on dragon boats where we learned to work in the same pace as one and once we even had to swim across the river Elbe with clothes and all the things that we had with us. Despite all the obstacles we managed to find Nemo.
On land, we focused on stretching, strengthening and breathing exercises. This year, we specialized in ball games: swap, beach volleyball, football, Frisbee. The entire camp was held in an atmosphere of respectful discussions in the community circle. Together we tried to find answers to questions on topics related to sport: working with your inner strength and motivation, competition vs. pushing your personal boundaries, uniqueness of each person and diversity of approach of coaches and swimmers, etc.
Would you like to experience something just like that? Just download the application form here below and hurry to Nymburk with us.