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.
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I have been dedicated to swimming since my early childhood. I used to be a member of a Swimming club where we were improving our swimming techniques under the supervision of professional trainers. These activities resulted in participating in regional competitions. During my studies at the Faculty of Science at Palacký University in Olomouc, I used to attend the swimming courses for students at the Faculty of Physical Culture, where I also participated in college swimming competitions.
I have a Certificate of „Swimming Coach III. Level“ and also „Swimming Referee III. Level“. I have several years of training experience with small and older children. Currently I participate at swimming competitions as a Referee.
I first heard about the Swim Smooth method at a swimming race. I was impressed by the individual and positive attitude of coaches to swimmers, as well as admiring the good technique of the swimmers in the Swim Smooth club. At the first consultation with Gabriela, I already felt enthusiastic by her large experience and her passion for this successful swimming method.
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.
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.
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".
Sport and water is my life, I have swum actively since the age of 5. My parents enrolled me in a swiming club for it’s health benefits. Since then I had a passion for any sport, except soccer : ).
I have won many competitions in Slovakia and the countries of the V4. I represented my alma mater “the University of Economics” in many academic´s races during my studies. I am also a swimming referee (3rd swimming referee class).
I saw people from Swim Smooth so many times during my swimming training and one day I decided to apply for the position of trainee. I hope my enthusiasm for the Swim Smooth methods will motivate you during our trainings. I´m looking forward to it!
I've always enjoyed sports - sport is my life. I used to play floorball at a high level but I needed a change so I tried athletics and I have stayed with it for over 11 years. I have participated several times in the Czech Championship in pole jump (3rd place in Prague) and 110m hurdles and javelin. I have also been involved in the European Championships.
I graduated from the Sports hHgh School, Popotoční, afterwhich I decided to study at FTVS as a fitness coach, where I still study. I have experience leading the fitness training of young children from6-12 years of age.
I used to be a leader at a winter children's camp, and I enjoyed working with the kids. That's why I decided to go to the Swim Smooth club, where I got an offer to train them. I treated it as experience towards my college studies because I believe it will come in handy in my life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I was always close to swimming as a member of a swimming family. My grandad was a competitive swimmer, coach, and later a referee. Father represented Czechoslovakia as a coach, a competitive swimmer and water polo player. From a very early age I participated in swimming sessions..
As a graduate of sports school I managed to get third place in the medley at the Slovakian championship. I studied at the university of Pavol Jozef Safarik in Kosice -Faculty of Physical Education.
I'm very interested in this method. I like the sophisticated approach to the swimmer and I find the method very progressive.
I do sport as a form of relaxation and distraction. The Swim Smooth method and swimming is motivating and beneficial form. When I was small, I practiced modern gymnastics, played table tennis and did figure skating. Cycling and winter adrenaline on the snowboard, I enjoyed very much. Also, my two daughters (5 and 2 years old) are already going straight from diapers to these various activities.
After secondary school, I worked as an Au-Pair in England for over a year. I gained experience with children through organizing and cooperating in the management of interest groups, with the main subject of administrative and graphic work. I have been a full-time mother to my two daughters the last few years.
I enjoyed this approach to swimming very much. I like the individual and very positive approach to each swimmer.
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 : ).
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.
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 : ).