How To Teach Children To Swim Smoothly - We Need Your Support!

Swim Smooth Coach Gabriela Minarikova is Swim Smooth's specialist in kids coaching and has written a unique book How To Teach Children To Swim Smoothly.

Whilst currently only available in the Czech language, this is a richly illustrated book with rhymes and easy-to-understand descriptions of how every child can learn to swim fast, well, playfully and with enthusiasm. The book works as a practical guide for parents who want to teach their child to swim on their own.

This brilliant work is shortly to be translated into English, the only issue is that she needs your support to do that and to get in into print. Gabi is based in Prague and has been working on converting all of Swim Smooth's brilliant coaching methods from adult coaching to make them perfect for kids development in all four strokes.

Find out more about this exciting project here:

Also please support Gabi on her crowd funding page (in Czech but soon to be available in English):

Over to Gabi:

How did it begin?

My daughter is to blame for everything and my desire to indulge her in the best, lead her to swim, teach her to love water and move in the water smoothly - as naturally as sea creatures! I teach her through play, which is very effective and quite different from how most adults learn through drills.

I started writing a swimming instruction methodology for my swim school which I founded in 2013. Now our methodology of swimming with Plavel and Plavlína is ready and it wins the hearts of swimmers. Hundreds of children have already successfully passed our courses, and we have helped those whose parents thought they would never learn to swim. Every day we huge changes in the children on our courses but unfortunately we also see parents trying to teach their children to swim on their own. In general they struggle to do that - it would be much better if they knew how to do it and respected a few simple principles. And that is what this book is all about.

What is our goal?

We know that with this book we make children's swimming better, it will help many parents, as well as fellow teachers and coaches, and especially children who struggle in the water, do not enjoy it or are even afraid of it. I know that all children can be water lovers and swimming champions. I really wish that as many children as possible could learn to swim in this friendly, respectful and very effective way. Unfortunately with many of the covid restrictions around the world so many swim schools are shut and lessons are impossible unless they are "self-taught".


The book show you step by step methods, progressing from easy to hard. Playfully and with the help of two little heroes Plavl and Plavlína, who love water so much that they are named after it. With stories, rhymes, pictures and captions that everyone can understand. This is modern learn to swim, so that the child does not even know they are learning. Your child's progress will be smooth and effective.

Impatience is a big pitfall for inexperienced parents and swimming teachers. Rushing your child to swimming a common mistake - patience is required to make your child an excellent swimmer.

Really everyone 😊needs the eight basic rules. To learn to love water, to live with it perfectly, to be a friend of it who can get in and out safely. Breathe properly in the water, move in all directions, lie on it and let yourself float. Jump, dive, orient yourself below the surface, stroke the water and have the feeling to grab it. Only then start with the first swimming stroke... and much more.

Believe me I know, I nearly drowned once when I was 4 years old. Fortunately, everything turned out well and water is an inseparable friend for me now.

Who are we?

I'm mainly a mum but I'm also a first class swimming coach, a first class medical swimming instructor, a certified Swim Smooth coach, the founder of the swimming school of the same name and the section where I work as chairwoman and head coach. I am still an active swimmer and athlete. I participated in the Czech Swimming Championships in the student category and the World Championships in the Masters category. I love water, I love training and I love working with children. I like to do everything meaningfully and most importantly do the best I can! :)

Why are we doing this?

Supporting this book as a parent gives you the guide you need to develop your child's swimming and I really thank you very much for your contribution. We have already tried to publish the book through reputable publishers but unfortunately we have encountered such unacceptable requirements that we have decided to go the route of our own publication and ask you for a contribution to the direct costs associated with the publication. We do not include the author's fee.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I would love to contribute towards an English translation of this book. Did you say that an English fund me page will soon be available?

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