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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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Sport is a very important part of my life. I started with swimming at elementary school, but in my race career I focused mainly on cross-country skiing. Because I have a lot of experiences with other sports, my point of view can help non-swimmers and beginners. 


During my University studies at the Faculty of Education I practised teaching at an Elementary School, where I then spent almost eight  years as a full-time teacher of Swimming and Physical Education. At the same time I also trained children of various nationalities and different skill levels at private swimming schools. I am a licensed Swim Coach level 3.

Why I decided to train Swim Smooth?

As a longtime teacher and swimming coach, when I first discovered the Swim Smooth method, its expertise and efficiency immediately appealed to me, as well as the aim to gain broad publicity for swimming. For our situation in Czech, this is still a very unconventional method and it is very fun to apply this new approach in training.

Gabriela first captured my attention with her professionalism, expertise and zeal for the cause (or passion for swimming). For these reasons, I have decided to work together with her, and I continue to be convinced  that this decision was absolutely correct. Gabriela is the “Zdenek Polreich” of swimming – an indisputable expert in her field.




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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As a young child I loved the water and of course swimming, which is part of it. I was 8 years old when I started with synchronized swimming. Firstly we learned all four swimming strokes and competed at some swim meets. Due to my medical problems I quit my swimming career and I didn’t touch the water for over three years. But I have come to recognize what swimming means to me. It is movement that is important for my life and it gives me a new power and makes me happy. That is the reason why i love water sports such as windsurfing, flyboarding, wakeboarding and of course swimming.


I have helped to teach synchronized swimming to little children. I have been admitted to the sport management program at Charles University. I have taken an instructor‘s course for swimming.

Why I decided to train Swim Smooth?

I was pleasantly surprised by the first lesson I visited. The instructors were listening to the kids and they tried to understand their swimming needs. This was my first experience with the Swim 

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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.


Ever since my childhood I have loved water and believe it is an element full of life and changes.

Water brings me so much fun and an opportunity to be just on my own, either moving around or just floating and relaxing.


My four daughters play a big part on my achievement to becoming a swimming teacher. During my time with them in the water, I fell in love with the idea of working with children and water. I decided to requalify and since the year 2000 I have been working as a trainer of the baby swimming, swimming with older children and with handicapped children.

In the last few years I studied and practiced water therapies WATSU, WATA and aquahealing.

Why I decided to coach for Swim Smooth?

I believe it is important to get used to the water, to feel it, to respect it and learn how powerful it can be.  All of this can be experienced with Swim smooth. I met Gabriela Minaříková at a time when I wanted to quit swimming, but after talking to Gabriela, she motivated me to join Swim Smooth and learn their method which was completely new to me but I really liked the sound of it.


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.


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

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