About the project

Our practical goal is to motivate everyone, no matter what age or physical abilities, to join hers or his local swimming club regularly in a weekly swimming practice. Through regular swimming practice we want to promote a healthier way of life, which includes a better self image, a more positive outlook on life, new friends and colleagues which improves one's social inclusion. Our project promotes social inclusion through encouraging seniors with different backgrounds, different body types, different abilities and disabilities, with current or lasting injuries to take up or maintain swimming as one of their basic physical activity, as it is appropriate for everyone. We will achieve this by offering free swimming and mindfulness lessons, combined with strength training for up to 6 months. Besides this we will take our swimmers to three transnational meetings in all three partner countries to get to know each other and different cultures. After this trial period is over, we are hoping that most of them will maintain their swimming practice because of all the benefits which swimming gives in their lives and involve their friends and families.

Understanding the relationship between mindfulness and satisfaction can contribute to the development of interventions to sustain physical activity. Our goal is to develop such a program, that every sport club in EU could copy it to their sport.

Including mindfulness in sport training is a good way of enhancing learning experience and prepare a field from which the swimmers could learn about themselves.

We will combine regular activities which means gaining new skills with mental practice. First the instructors will practice mindfulness for 6 weeks, we will use the Kabatt-Zinn’s MBCT programme. They will have to practice regularly, do some assignments at home and practice group sittings every week at the same time and after they will be encouraged to write about their experience. In these weeks they will learn about their practice and how other instructors and club leaders see theirs. This is a way of learning through experience, so they can share and teach swimmers and combine sport practice with mindful moving meditation.

Our project has 3 phases:

  1. picking up the group of participants in each country, developing a detailed programme on the learning process for each special group, preparing swimming lessons combined with mindfulness practice for each group. Each partner has to have a gender balanced group, at least half women.
  2. the development and implementation of a toolkit for instructors (workshops, video material - instructors will record one exercise each month of training and describe and explain it) and learning by doing to get the Swim to Live licence;
  3. international implementation and dissemination of the project results (web, social media, video and written material). 

The project will begin 1st January 2021 and end December 31st 2022.

  • Each partner will be responsible for a part of the project’s organisation and evaluation of their part. 
  • Each partner will host a 2 day workshop and meeting for the instructors and club leaders of all partner countries. 
  • Each partner will provide an expert in a specific field. 
  • Italian partner will take care of the internal monitoring reports. 

Milestones of the project

  • Transnational project meeting 1: 25. - 28. 2. 2021 in Slovenia.
    Kick off meeting; teambuilding, development of the project, social media and workshop on video making, mindfulness workshop.
  • Project developing for the instructor and club leader: 1. 3. 2021 - 31. 6. 2021
    Mindfulness activities, watching the webinars from experts and writing questions that have emerged, developing training plans, facilities reservations, choosing the group, planning the meetings and workshops, national and international presentations, searching for experts.
  • Transnational project meeting 2: 25. - 28. 3. 2021 in Greece
    Biomechanics of swimming lecture, mindfulness workshop and web portal workshop. 
  • Swimming lessons and mindfulness for the swimmers: 4. 10. 2021 - 31. 3. 2022
    24 weeks of swimming and mindfulness activities and sharing of the experiences. Online activities and licensing tasks: watching existing webinars on teaching swimming, kinesiology, biomechanics, physical therapy and mindfulness. Swimming and mindfulness lessons for 5-8 people from each participating country, 4 Open house days, workshops and presentations of the stories of the Ambassadors. Making, editing and posting videos of swimming strategies.
  • Transnational project meeting 3: 25. 11. - 28. 11. 2021 in Romania
    Adapted sport for disabled people and how to prevent sport injuries lecture, mindfulness refreshment course. 
  • Intensive week: 3. 1. - 14. 1. 2022
    Writing and fine tuning the findings from the first half of the project, collecting the swimming results, editing and posting collected video materials, results, questionnaires, suggestions and reflections of the instructors and swimmers.
  • External evaluators go over the tasks of instructors and decide who will receive the licence: 1. 4. -  6. 4. 2022
  • Transnational project meeting 4: 7. 4. - 10. 4. 2022 in Italy
    Seminar about social media. Mindfulness refreshment workshop for instructors. Finalisation of the swimming strategies, finalisation of licensing tasks and evaluation of gained competencies. Writing and delegating chapters of the index for the Guide for teaching swimming and mindfulness. Review of video materials, categorisation of video material. Discussing the dissemination strategies and how to promote the project internationally. Gathering results and evaluations from swimmers. 
  • Writing the chapters for the Guide for teaching swimming and mindfulness, editing and posting the video material: 11. 4. - 9. 11. 2022
    Reaching out to other coaches by sending them the Swimming Strategies and receiving feedback. 
  • Organising a local dissemination event for each partner: 1. 9. - 9. 11. 2022
    (an audience of at least 20 people)
  • Transnational project meeting 5: 10. - 13. 11. 2022 in Slovenia
    Writing of final report, dissemination breakdown, finalisation of the Guide for Teaching swimming and mindfulness and Swim to Live licence handing out, final evaluation, sharing good practices. 
  • Online part 2: 14. 11. - 31. 12. 2022
    Writing the evaluation, results gathering and sorting out, dissemination locally and internationally, writing articles, posting videos on YouTube.


ŠD Riba (Slovenia)

The Riba swimming club, officially a sports association, was founded in 2002 by a group of young swimming enthusiasts and ex-competitive swimmers, brimming with ideas and eager to put them into practice. Our ideas are working and our enthusiasm is going as strong as ever. Through the years we turned hundreds of people into regular swimmers. 

We know how to teach swimming everybody - children, adults, seniors, disabled, disadvantaged etc. Over the years we learned a lot from trials and mistakes and have participated in many training courses. In our staff we have licenced instructors, swimming teacher and coaches (licenced by Slovenian Swimming Association) and professionals who gained their degree from Faculty of Sports (University of Ljubljana). We have a lot of theoretical and practical knowledge. 

Riba has members aged from 3 to over 75, who all love swimming and share the appreciation of this sport that not only exercises the body but is good for the mind as well. And since injuries in swimming are rare, it’s a sport that can be done throughout one’s entire life. We share our beliefs and knowledge with all who join us. We learn from one another and grow together, because swimming is our passion. Our mission is to provide fun and challenging swimming workouts to all who want them.

Our ongoing programs: beginners and advanced swimming courses for children, adolescent and adults, competitive program (there are 5 training groups or squads in the competitive program), recreational swimming for adults and competitive (masters) squad. Besides that we organize courses and events for disabled children and adults - from beginner and advanced classes to competitive swimming programs for people and children with disabilities. We tend to integrate all abilities and all age groups if the pool and timing and desire of people involved enables such a programme. 

We are one of the 4 main swimming clubs in our nation’s capital and consist of around 700 members, which include all levels of swimming, all age groups and the physically and mentally disabled. 

SFERA (Italy)

The goal of SFERA ITALY association is to promote through non-formal education a sustainable development for the benefit of the public, the preservation, conservation, respect and the protection of the environment and the prudent use of resources, encouraging healthy lifestyles and culture of the territory of belonging in the specialties belonging to it in all forms and manifestations, in the Italian territory and internationally. 

Asociatia Clubul Sportiv Kory Francis (Romania)

ACS Kory Francisc is a sport club with the main activity in the field of sport for disabled persons especially visually impaired or blind persons. We promote active participation in sports of disabled persons, social inclusion by sport and improving self-esteem. We participate in many competitions and we organize many sport activities/ competitions and conferences in the field of habilitation and rehabilitation of disabled people.

Our association activates around 200 visually impaired/ blind children. Our sports are: swimming, torball, goalball, field tennis, bouldering, climbing, chess, tandem biking, etc. 

The goal of "ACS Kory Francisc" is:

a) sports training, especially of young people with or without disabilities, who wish to practice sports and not only,  participation in competitions organized by law enforcement bodies;

b) organization of actions for sports training of young people with or without disabilities

c) editing programs, posters and other sports propaganda publications; other means of action in connection with the purpose of the association

d) Collaboration with other associations, foundations or other organizations acting in the field of performance sports for people with or without disabilities, in order to organize assistance and consultancy actions in order to support the interests of the members of the Association;

Objectives of the Association

The objectives of the association are established in accordance with the provisions of the Law on Physical Education and Sport no. 69/2000 and H.G. no. 884/2001 for the approval of the Regulation implementing the provisions of the Law on Physical Education and Sport no. 69/2000, respectively to contribute to the improvement and maintenance of the health of its members through:

  • practicing exercise and sport by people with or without disabilities
  • carrying out educational and recreational activities
  • integration of children with physical impairments in all their activities
  • improving, in all its forms, the material basis necessary for the physical-sporting activities at the optimal level and in maximum safety conditions
  • ensuring the need for human resources, their professional training in the spirit of group activities
  • supporting and conducting theoretical and practical activities aimed at - recovery, physical therapy and movement of persons with disabilities and not only
  • elaboration and development of own programs, as well as participation in projects in accordance with the purpose of the association
  • organizing and participating in conferences, symposiums and other scientific and informative cultural sports events
  • organizing and carrying out any other activity compatible with the purpose of the association.

We collaborate with Babes Bolyai University, specifically with the Sport Faculty, the Physical Therapy department. We work with many volunteer students. We also train our volunteers and collaborators how to approach and work with disabled persons. 

We are involved in many projects: local, national end European in the field of active lifestyle and social integration of visually impaired persons.

Kolymvitikos Athlitikos Omilos Asterias (Greece) 

Asterias (starfish) is a swimming club in Katerini, Greece, which offers swimming lessons for children from the age of one, disabled children (mostly ambulatory) and adults.

The club operates in a modern swimming facility with an indoor swimming pool (15m length, 10m width, 1.20 -1.40 depth) with facilities for disabled people. Asterias organizes sports camps for children 5—12 years old. Asterias also provides private swimming lessons for disabled people and organizes educational trips and camps for its members. Asterias masters age group and competitive swimmers aim is to participate in swimming competitions.  Asterias has more than 500 active swimmers. All the teachers of the club are scientists of Physical Education with specialization in swimming. 

Asterias staff is specialized in teaching swimming to all people. People with disabilities, elderly people and people in the rehabilitation process. Asterias is part of Nautilius, an Erasmus+ project dedicated to disabled people and related mainly with swimming as a means for social inclusion and well-being. 

They have been a part of two Erasmus+ sport projects so far in 2018 (the Nautilus, Ludus and Swim your way project).

Past projects - from 2017 to 2019