Teaching methodics

Feeling the water

If you do not have the water experience since the little kid, you will probably feel like a heavy stone in it. You lack the sense of water. The body does not listen to you and does not respond the way you want, and you are tired after a 1 minute like after marathon. In addition, if you are afraid of the water, your reactions are panic and thus further reduces the perception of your body.

First, you have to befriend with water and find out what’s working and what is not. You learn to perceive the body and respect the rules of the aquatic environment. In the water, some movements are overturned against the motion on the ground. For example, if you want to have a higher position in the water, you must push as many body segments as possible (hands, head, chest) down into the water to gain targeted position elevation. You will simply use Archimedes’ law. By hooking your head up over the surface, you will cause the entire body to fall to the depth.

By discovering the reflexes and reactions of your body, you get the concept of its functionality and manageability. We will continue to work on exhale to the water, floating and the first basic movements. At this level, it is not so much about swimming, but rather about knowing how to behave in the water, when to make a move and when to relax. If you are already floating and want to improve the swimming technique, then it will be important for you to slow down everything and see what you are doing in water and why.

  • Overcoming reflexes and fear
  • Head immersion
  • Inhale • Exhale
  • Body behavior in the water
  • Body position
  • Relaxing muscle tension

Usual duration

6 to0 hours
to acquire the skills

Motion basics

This level is the starting point for the vast majority of beginner swimmers. You already have some little experience with movement in the water, but you still do not use the full potential without having to spend a lot of energy. I will explain step by step basics of crawl and other elements and coordination. We will focus mainly on the position of the body and the correct execution and timing of breathing. We will also look at crawl legs and explain why it is better to use them to secure body positioning and save energy.

We use specific as well as non-specific exercises, which we can devise directly to the client. Once you learn basic movements and get some coordination for swimming, let’s move on to the next levels. You will also have to handle breathing at different positions and learn how to relax muscle tension, which is important for you to feel the support and pressure of water.

To summarize, in basics level, you can learn how to get the most out of all possible basic motions, starting with crawl and ending with dolphin waves and other different combinations. If you ask, why should you learn so many ways that you only want to know the crawl? This is because we want to develop a sense of water and coordination in all possible ways. Combining movements and then changing them will allow you to start perceiving the water a little faster.

  • Body position and kicking
  • Advanced breathing
  • Front crawl basics
  • Basics of breastsroke, backstroke, butterfly
  • Muscle tone, relaxation
  • Creation of propulsion forces

Usual duration

5 to0 hours
to acquire the skills

Specific skills

Gradually, we come to skills that help to develop coordination and overall feeling of water and gain confidence. I will teach you how to fall into the water and overcome the fear of jumping, how to dive to the bottom and later the basics of rescuing the drowning person.

This level is universal and it does not matter whether you are an athlete or a beginner, all the elements you should master at least a little. We also look at more advanced swimming skills such as flip turns, open water skills, treading water and more or less difficult positions and coordination exercises.

Triathletes will be interested in the differences in swimming in the open water and in the swimming pool and how to modify crawl performance current conditions such as start strategy, drafting, wave swim technique, swimming in wetsuit, keeping the straight way and more.

  • Flip turns
  • Diving • Freediving
  • Basic rescue skills
  • Falls and orientation below the surface
  • Start jumps
  • Open water swimming

Usual duration

3 to0 hours
to acquire the skills
Advanced levels

Detailed biomechanics

For beginners and intermediates swimmers, who swim for fun and lifestyle, we don’t bother them with precision details or advance biomechanics in the technique.

There is no need for that because it requires many more training hours and effort to make just small steps in becoming more precise with the motion. For a non-athletic person is this in terms of performance and precision unreal to reach. We keeping it simple.

Important is to know all swimming styles with a good level of technique, knowing basics of lifesaving and be able to swim some kilometres, which is good for keeping quality lifestyle and healthy body and mind.

Performance training

Performance training in terms of swimming more than 3 times per week requires strategy and planning. It is necessary for all athletes who aim for races and/or are performance oriented and want to improve speed.

Performance training is often very challenging and because Swimtime if focused more on lifestyle swimming, we using only pieces of advanced training methods and conditioning that are manageable by non-athletic people.

Of course even in lifestyle swimming, you train endurance, strength and speed and definitely you will be out of the comfort zone, but our expectations are adapted to it, so you are not feeling overwhelmed.