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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.
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Gabi also recieved Top 50 Swim Coaches Award.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 been an enthusiastic person regarding water sports and swimming is my passion and my life. I started swimming when I was three years old and I still have the same enthusiasm and the love for the water and the competition. I am always looking for challenges and ways to continue improving. Target oriented and highly appreciative of team spirit. I have the ability to mentori and motivate others to reach their goals. I consider myself self-motivated and highly dedicated to the success of my students and athletes.
I have a University degree in Sports Science from the University of Tirana (Albania). I am also a Certified nurse and Sports therapist in Prevention and Rehabilitation from the University of Heidelberg (Germany). I am swimming a LEVEL 1 Coach and I was the head coach of the Albanian National swimming team in the Mediterranean Games Mersin 2013 (Turkey). My swimming experience includes the Olympic Games in Athens 2004 and Peking 2008. Swimming World Championships in Barcelona 2003, Melbourne 2007 and Rome 2009, and the Mediterranean Games Almeria 2005. For 15 Years I was the National Champion of Albania in different distances and categories. I have worked as a water therapist and swimming coach in Albania, Germany and Italy for children with Physical disabilities, Autism, Down Syndrome and Asperger´s Syndrome. In addition to Albanian I can speak English, Italian, Spanish, German and French.
Through the years of practicing swimming I have become familiar with a lot of techniques and methodologies and I have found that Swim Smooth is a very efficient method with productive results.
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.
I have been swimming since I was 4 years old when my parents signed me up to the swimming team. I liked the water because I had a great coach and now I cannot imagine a week going by without going to the swimming pool. I competed in races until I was 18 years of age. I do triathlons, extreme racing and rock climbing now. I like to see the progress of swimmers and the joy they get from the water.
I hold the Coach Swimming Certificates III. class, Swimming Instructor, Swimming Judge II. class. I have experience with swimming training in England. Because I study at the pedagogical faculty, I focus on training children.
I have been a swimming trainer for a long time, and I still want to learn and learn new things that contribute to better swimming training. I encountered the Swim Smooth method at swimming races, where swimmers had a great swimming technique. I started to search for more information and contacted Mrs. Gabriela. The method I found is what I have long been looking for - an individual approach, communication with the swimmer, a sequence of teaching, coherence, clarity. It is a different learning style that was missing before.
I have been practicing sport since childhood – swimming, cycling, skating, skiing, team games and soccer which I played from the age of 8 until I was 20 years old. I have developed my skills in all kinds of sports. The most important thing for my life and development in sports activities ere my studies at FTVS UK, where I deepened my theoretical and practical knowledge. At present besides swimming I am interested in short triathlon and exercises using my own body weight.
Certified Fitness Coach, Nutrition Advisor and Swimming Trainer.
I decided to use this method first and foremost to improve my swimming experience, and then to share the experience with other people, both children and adults, athletes and swimming enthusiasts. I think this method can greatly improve your feeling for water.
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.
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!
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 : ).