News - 2017
We also asked our instructors about how their swimmers felt at the end of the project and what kind of changes they saw in themselves and in their swimming abilities. This is what they said.
We asked our swimming instructors about the change they saw in themselves since they joined the project. Here are some of their answers.
And here are the results.
Ladies and gentlemen,
we are extremely happy and proud to present the Swim to Live manual! :-)
It is a combination of our previous knowledge about teaching swimming, sport psychology, marketing, kinesiology, social inclusion and working with people with special needs combined with the knowledge we have gained during the past year that we have been doing this project.
We hope you will enjoy reading it as much we have enjoyed making it.
All the best from the Swili team! :-)
Check them out!
Check out the results here.
Yesterday ŠD Riba hosted the last official masters competition which also included the noncompetitive Cooper's test for friends and family of the competitors and all others, who do not want to compete in swimming but would like to know how well their physical fitness is.
As we are reaching the finish line on the project, we are checking up on how our swimmers are doing.
We tested the slovenian swimmers, who are all continuing to swim after the end of the project swimming lessons mind you, in a Cooper's endurance test (12 minutes of continuous swimming).
What is this?
a) a yellow submarine,
b) a beer holder or
c) a pull buoy?
Check out some articles about teaching swimming, leadership and marketing we have gathered on the web portal.
Changing positions during kicks is a great way of making the swimmer adapt quickly to a right position in the water. This is also a great way to practice kicks without a board.
When teaching adults as well as kids, it is very important, to teach them how to properly exhale in the water, so they can last longer with their head submurged.
Here is a great way of teaching them how.
During the Swili seminar in Ljubljana, our swimming instructors had the task to teach foreign swimmers non verbally. And they did a great job.
Check it out here.
Proper kicks are very important in any swimming technique.
That's why instructors out a lot of emphasis on it when they teach swimming.
Check out how to do a torpedo kick in freestyle.
Look no further. :-)
Enjoy and make use.
Use a plastic cup, half full of water, on their head, while they swim.
Here's what you can do.
Make them use a pull buoy between their legs during swimming just kicks or the full technique.
Like demonstrated in this link by our Italian instructor.
He is speaking in slovenian language, but there is a summary of what she's saying under the video.
click here to find out more
Thank you boys, you are doing an amazing job! :-)
You go girl! :-)
Go for it Miguel! :-)
Click here for video.
Who was the winner?
Click here to find out. :-)
No problem! :-)
If you have some para swimmers in your group, you can find some great exercises on following link.
Try out this step by step guide.
Have you started with the new swimming season? Not yet?
Try this simple exercise at home.
Finally we can see the promo video about the Swili event in Ljubljana.
One of the slovenian participants in Swili, Urška, talks about her experience in the project.
She is speaking in slovenian language, but there is a summary of what she's saying under the video.
Thank you Urška, we are very glad you feel this way and thank you for sharing this experience with us!
I woke up on a very rainy Sunday and feared, no one would show up for our swimming test for swimmers, and their friends and families. Luckily I was wrong. :-)
Twenty people didn't care about the weather and joined us at the Kolezija swimming pool in Ljubljana for a test in swimming. One of the swimmers swam 2 kilometres and the rest did the Cooper's test (12 minutes of swimming).
They all did really well! Great job, guys! :-)
We will test their results again in the end of November, to see if they have improved their results, at our next swimming event.
Although the swimming activities have stopped over the summer break, we still have plenty to do.
We have carefully selected our objective evaluator of the Swim to Live licence tasks, who will be checking all the tasks after they will be completed and tell us if everyone on the project earned the licence or not.
We are already arranging for an open house day in the beginning of September to attract more swimmers for the next season to join us in Slovenia and will ask our partners to do the same.
And plenty more.
All the best from the Swili team! :-)
Our journey continues in 2018 with this wonderful always evolving project.
Next year we will combine swimming with mindfulness and we can't wait!!! :-)
On Saturday Swim to live swimmers gathered from all over Europe to participate in Swim to live competition.
The event was a success! The swimmers did very well and their progress from the beginning of the program was immense. We had a lot of fun and it was nice to get to see swimmers with so much different abilities all come together as one in swimming.
You can read more about the event HERE.
We had a blast these past few days with our guests from Portugal, Romania, Italy and Slovenia.
We learned a lot about swimming, marketing, sport psychology, para swimming, communicating in english, Slovene cuisine and culture, Ljubljana and most importantly about ourselves.
Thanks everyone for sharing this experience with us.
Onwards and upwards! :-)
Check out some photos from the seminar and the competition.
Our Swim to Live! event in Ljubljana is less than a week away and we can't wait for the participants to come here.
Our instructors, swimmers and club leaders have been working hard and they will be able to reap the fruits of their labour of the past months.
The Swim to Live licence is available for the first time for swimming instructors to gain during the Swim to Live project!
In the life span of of the project we are educating carefully chosen instructors from four different EU countries with the goal to improve their teaching skills.
They are learning by doing - teaching swimming of previously inactive small groups of people and gaining new knowledge through a course of online tasks they have to do.
The skill sets they will receive in the course are: coaching, fascilitation (proposing and achieving goals), mentoring, teaching, technical mastery, transformation, social inclusion and sport psychology.
They are working hard and are doing a great job! Thanks Swili instructors, keep it up! :-)
In the past month, the ''swili'' people organized an open house day at the pool. The swimmer that participate in the SWILI project invited their friend and family to visit them in the swimming class.
We had double the fun with twice as many people as usual and organized fun swimming games to lighten up the mood and introduce swimming to a bigger audience :D
In May we tested our swimmer via the Cooper's test. We wanted to check the swimming capabilities of the participants in the project.
In less than 2 months we will host a first of many, hopefully, Swim to Live! swimming event.
Welcome all swimming enthusiasts! :-)
For more information visit us at the FB page of the event.
I found an interesting article, that explains freestyle stroke very nicely. Check it out!
Because strength is very important for swimmers, I searched the web in order to find the best exercises that will help you swim faster!
Flexibility and strength are both very important factors when it comes to swimming. Read the article I picked for you carefully and improve yourself in swimming.
Click HERE for the article!
The new instructional video is live on YouTube!
Check it out and learn how to swim breaststroke step by step! FOR EXTRA INFORMATION TURN ON SUBTITLES IN THE VIDEO!
Check out our selection of literature on teaching swimming and sport psychology here: https://swimtolive.org/resources/
If you are a swimming beginner or intermediate swimmer, you must have had some troubles with backstroke. Check out this step by step tutorial by our instructor Pia. And don't forget to turn on the subtitles for all the info.
All of our swimmers have begun with their swimming practice and as you can see from the photos, they are having a lot of fun as well as learning new skills every class. For instance flutter kick, breaststroke, exhaling…
And I bet you were wondering, why these people decided to start swimming? Because swimming is a complete sport and not very stresing, because they feel free while they swim, because they would like to enjoy being in the water without being afraid, to improve physical and mental skills, to learn the right way to swim.
And why were they previously inactive? Well, the most of our participants answered, that they didn’t have enough time, and the second most popular reason was, that they didn’t have someone to go with them and they didn’t want to go alone.
Why did they decide to join the project? To be physically fit and to challenge their abilities.
We are very happy to invite you to our swimming platform with which we would like to make a tool for swimmers, swimming instructors, swimming enthusiasts etc for sharing and gaining new and old information about swimming.
We would like to create a place where people can come with problems to find solutions and where people can add their own solutions in order to help others facing the same problems.
Right now we are at the beginning of our Erasmus+ sport project, so a lot is going on. A lot of trial and error, but that is the magic of creating something new I guess. We are selecting the swimming instructors for the project and the group of 5-8 swimmers per partnering country, so they can start swimming in the beginning of February. Our wish is to include previously inactive people in free swimming lessons twice a week. This will last for 6 months and after this time is over, the dream scenario is that at least some of them will decide to keep swimming and bring their friends and families to join them.