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MSc. Gabriela Minaříková
Head Coach

Swimming has always been my passion. Through swimming I can relax my body and soul, and revive my energy. Water evokes purity and serenity, and awakens joy in me. Apart from swimming, I am also interested in all water sports such as water polo, water skiing, diving, scuba diving, canoeing, yachting and windsurfing.

I am a  Swim Coach level 1, Health Swim Instructor level 1 and trained Life-guard.
Level 1 is the highest possible grade of swim coaching qulification in Czech Republic.

I have completed Masters studies at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport at Charles University in Prague with swimming coaching and health swimming specialisations.

Earlier in my career I graduated from Nursing College with a General Nursing specialization. I worked as a Registered Nurse in the UK, Saudi Arabia and the Czech Republic.

I studied English at The Cambridge Centre For Further Education in the USA. I hold an IELTS certificate in international academic English.

I am a certified Swim Smooth Coach, the only holder of a permit to operate a Swim Smooth swimming center in the Czech Republic.
In the headquarters of the Swim Smooth learning and training center in Perth, Australia, I was the first and only representative of the Czech Republic who received an official license as a "Swim Smooth Coach". I am an active member of the global Swim Smooth team of coaches of this unique Australian philosophy and methodology of teaching and training pool swimming and open water swimming.

Competitive Swimming Achievements:

Bronze medals at Czech Republic National Championship in the 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle and 800m freestyle. Gold medal in 4 × 100m freestyle relay.

I have placed 12th on 100 m Freestyle in Masters category on FINA World Championship 2015 in Kazan, Russia. How I was able to achieve this excellent result with only one workout a week? Read more here.

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

Gabi also recieved Top 50 Swim Coaches Award.

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Swimming was the first sport that caught my attention and I have stayed with it until today. I dedicated eight years of my life to competitive swimming. Several times I participated in the Championship of the Czech Republic in long distance swimming. The last few years I have been focused on teaching and training children and adults.


I own the certificate Swim Coach - tier III issued by FTVS (Faculty of Sport and Physical Education). I have experience with individual teaching of both children and adults, as well as group lessons in English and Czech.

Why I decided to coach for Swim Smooth?

I have a Swimming Coaching License Level 3, but hadn't yet been able to gain much experience. I decided this must change! When I found an opportunity to coach for the Swim Smooth swim school and club, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. Although I had never encountered the Swim Smooth method, I immediately became very interested in what this method is based on, in its essence, and wanted to know more about it. Now I know that it is a complex system that approaches each swimmer individually, and also guarantees a high probability of success. I appreciate Gabi´s professionalism, and her original approach to the whole Swim Smooth project.

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I have been sporty since I was a child and have always enjoyed it and I believe I always will. I didn't do any sport at a competitive level, but tried to do various sports and not focus just on one.  At one point, I did karate, taekwondo, table tennis, as well as swimming, which I have done the longest. When I swim I can clear my mind and work all the muscles in my body.  At the moment I also do Krav-Maga, which is a very effective Israeli form of self-defense.


At the moment I am a final year student of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport. During my studies I've attended the swimming instructor course and received the qualification of swimming coach III Class. I am in my fourth year of teaching swimming from preschool children age to adults.

Why I decided to coach for Swim Smooth?

I believe that a person keeps learning throughout his/her entire life. I felt I could improve my teaching and coaching methods. So far I taught only in one swimming school for four years, so I decided it is time to try something new and move on.  At the faculty I heard positive feedback about the Swim Smooth method, and when I saw a training session at the swimming pool I became even more interested in its approach to the swimmers. During the interview with Mrs. Minaříková, I was impressed by her expertise and interest in offering the highest quality swimming lessons and training.

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I started swimming at the age of 6, and competitively between the ages 7-17. I successfully competed for Dukla Praha, participating in regional and national races. I completed a sports and athletic secondary school, where I specialized in long distance races (800m and 1500m) and competed for VŠ Praha, as a member of a competitive sports training center. I was forced to end my competitive career at the age of 17 due to the health complications.


Accomplished trainer level II. at FTVS – Charles University. Trainer of competitive swimmers between ages 12-16. I am an active referee of swimming sports and a former swimming club chairman.

Why I decided to train Swim Smooth?

Because, I know what competitive swimming requires. I am more than familiar with the training drill that is very physically and mentally challenging. Therefore, Swim Smooth is perfectly suited for those who want to reach beyond a stereotypical training drill. You will learn to perceive water much faster than in other swimming clubs. This approach is also a fast way to learn how to swim.


Apart from some very rare exceptions, such as yoga, classic dance and downhill skiing, I was never keen on sports. This included swimming, which I never thought anything good about, due to my one imperfect style - which I however have mastered perfectly, the “Mrs. Councillor“ breaststroke with head up – and due to my experience as a child when they taught us by throwing us in the water using a stick, as is well described in the notoriously well-known story written by Czech humourists Šimek and Grossmann “How I Learned to Swim”. Everything changed when my daughter started to attend Swim Smooth lessons and I was allowed to observe the work of the coaches and progress of the children and started to spot differences in the swimming technique of individual swimmers and understand why somebody preforms well and why.

Gradually, I enrolled in the REHAB swimming courses for adults, and later I upgraded to the Revise course. During swimming competitions, I watch the work of the judges, the mistakes and admirable performance of the swimmers, I learn from the literature as well as from my colleagues. Swimming made me so enthusiastic that I enrolled in a Level 3 swim coach course and I am looking forward to extending my knowledge in this interesting and variable sport which offers a lot to everybody – from children who are just getting familiar with the water, to the recreational and professional level, including the health benefits whith rehabilitation swimming. And, as a bonus, swimming has one indisputable advantage: which other sport allows you to lie?.


A licensed Level 3 swim coach, university degree, teaching of adults and children during 20 years of practice as part of my professional and leisure time activities.

Why I decided to coach for Swim Smooth?

Without exaggeration, I can say that Swim Smooth is my parental club where my daughter and I started to swim. In comparison with the work of other clubs, as I can observe during swimming competitions, I admire the high professionalism of the head coach, and also the friendly and respectful approach of the other coaches towards child and adult swimmers, without tiresome drilling focusing solely on results no matter what the cost.  For me, swimming is predominantly a form of entertainment and relaxation, and if it is combined with quick progress, there is no reason to look for a different club.


Jana Stavikova

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.

Why I decided to join Swim Smooth?

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.

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Swimming for me is a restful and relaxing activity. I'm excited to work on my swimming technique after learning more about the Swim Smooth method. It definitely could help me feel more free and happy during my swimming. I am an enthusiastic fan of mountain tourism and enjoy traveling both in Bohemia and abroad, preferably with a backpack on my back and my own travel schedule. I’m a mother of two small children, age 2 and 4 years old, so I have a wide range of experience from taming wild animals to managing staff : )


I studied the field of foreign trade at the Business Academy Dr. E. Beneše.Most of my work was in administration e.g. coordinator of language courses or an operating manager in a hostel. In my jobs I always interacted with customers, not only paperwork and numbers. I prefer human dimension and professionalism in my work.I am participating in a retraining course for sport and recovery massage at the EduSpa College Prague. I’m not practicing massages for the public yet, only for my family and friends at the moment.Since my twenties I’ve been learning about contemporary dance and improvisations under leadership of Antonie Svobodová, the performer and dancer living in Prague. When I dance I can explore new forms of expressions and limitations of the the body’s movements.

Why I decided to join Swim Smooth?

I believe I can use my work experience with both adults and children in coordination with this kind of swimming course method. I like the school motto: The world needs a better swimmer. Swim smooth method respects  the differences in individuals and supports their love for what they are training for. And it’s great!

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Petra Urbankova

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.

Proč jsem se rozhodla připojit ke 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 : ).


Should you need more information? Would you like to enroll?

Feel free to contact us at info@swimsmooth.cz or at +420 727 988 955

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