News - 2022

Swim to Live: project presentation
Sept. 26, 2022

Vadim (coach, SLO): an advice for coaches
Sept. 22, 2022

Video: Observing emotions
Sept. 19, 2022

This exercise encourages you to find connections between thoughts, emotions and body sensations. Physical sensations may be directly reduced during this exercise. In the long term this exercise can help you with recognizing physical sensations that accompanies certain thoughts and emotions. Noticing these connections can help you change unwanted behaviour patterns.

Video: Thoughts labelling
Sept. 15, 2022

Assigning category to your own thoughts interrupts your usual thought process and gives you an opportunity to change it. It is a great technique to prevent debilitating overthinking.

Video: Practicing internal nonjudgemental observation
Sept. 12, 2022

Experience your internal world using breath: try to notice the body sensations by the inhale and the exhale. Notice tension or relaxation within your body.

Final 5th TPM in Greece
Sept. 10, 2022

Video: Practicing nonjudgemental observation
Sept. 8, 2022

While learning non-judgemental observation it is much easier and clearer to start with observing an object outside of yourself. It is easier to use sight as a primary sense when at the beginning.

Video: Practicing external nonjudgemental observation
Sept. 5, 2022

Forget everything you know about object and observe it like you see it for the first time.

Video: Mindful body awareness
Sept. 1, 2022

Focus on each sense separately - what you see, smell, hear, taste and feel.

Teo's journey: Freestyle
Aug. 15, 2022

Teo s journey. Freestyle. Teo  started to keep direction while swimming the freestyle but loses hand while breathing.

Video: freestyle arm stroke exercise
Aug. 8, 2022

Teo's journey: sprinting
Aug. 1, 2022

Teo s journey. In this video Teo is trying to swim as fast as possible. We can observe that his technique is getting worse if he focuses on speed.

Teo's journey: Freestyle
July 25, 2022

Freestyle. Teo  needed to adjust the armstroke in order to keep direction.

Open house day: Greece
July 22, 2022

Giannis enjoys open house day with his friends! Everyone had fun at the pool while at the same time learnt about safe floating๐Ÿก๐Ÿ’ฆ #swili#erasmusplussport

Video: leg kicks with fins
July 14, 2022

Teo s journey. Teo is trying a relaxed legpropulsion to release his very stiff ankels

Video: Leg exercise with tube
July 11, 2022

A basic leg kicking exercise. Assisted propulsion through backstroke kicking 

Video: transition from a dorsal position to a ventral position
July 7, 2022

Video: Double arm backstroke propulsion
July 4, 2022

Propelling on the back using in-phase arm movements ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ’ฆ #swili#erasmusplussport

Video: Longitudinal rotations
June 28, 2022

Teo s journey. Longitudinal rotation. Teo si focusing on the head initiating the rotation

Video: exhaling through the mouth and nose
June 23, 2022

Learning the basic swimming skill of breathing. Holding the breath and exhaling through the mouth. ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’จ#swili#erasmusplussport

4th TPM in Cluj-Napoca, Romania
June 16, 2022

Our morning meeting starting with former paralympic swimmer Valentin Velecico ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด sharing his challenges as visually impaired swimmer.

[PRACTICAL WORKSHOP] How to prevent sports injuries?

Stretching exercises can improve the ability of muscles to contract and perform, but much too often we overforce our muscles. 

Adi explained the importance of

slow stretches with a mindful focus on the muscle you are trying to stretch. 

Is there any better way of ending the first day of our 4th transnational meeting?


At the workshop of Yin yoga, our coach Anja ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ explained that the static nature of the poses provides a great playground for the practice of mindfulness. ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™‚๏ธ

[YIN YOGA] โ˜ฏ๏ธ

While relaxing into a position many thoughts, emotions and sensations occur, which is why practice of mindfulness is benefical. ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ 

Is relation between EDUCATION and SPORT linear? 

At this insightfull workshop participants have defined 5 fields in which this complex relation reflects:






Coach Fabio from Sfera 66 Italy has used this creative word play to help participants discover vast dimensions of sports and education.

Education FOR Sport

Education BY Sport

Education THROUGH Sport


On the second day of the meeting we shared some practical lessons learned from each country and applied them into practice. Each swimming coach shared their experience and we did all drills in the pool ourselves ๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ


Surrounded with Apuseni Mountain peaks we have been admiring lush green forest descending into the deep water. 


We were fascinated how vibrant, trendy city blends with medieval landmarks and architectural jewels.

 We are thankful to our hosts for well organized meeting and are hoping to visit Cluj soon again. 

Streching the vertebrae and the pelvis
June 13, 2022

Video: flexion of the upper trunk
June 9, 2022

Trying to experience flexion of the upper trunk. Ability severely deteriorated due to allignement of the cervical spine

Video: lateral bending
June 9, 2022

Controlling the thoracic and cervical spine in lateral bending. Trying to expand the mobility of the upper trunk. Especially to the left side that is more affected.

Video: Head rotations
June 2, 2022

Dissemination of the project, Romania
May 29, 2022

On 26 and 27 may we participated at the ENIBB -Europen Network for Inclusion Beyond the Borders conference in Trieste, Italy and shared all of our great projects. One of the highlights of our presentation was the SWIM TO LIVE project.

Video: Washing with water in the swimming pool
May 23, 2022

Dissemination of the project, Slovenia
May 21, 2022

We disseminated the project on May 7th during an international conference ASporty (also an Erasmus+ project). We talked about mindfulness and swimming for for non-normative population: presenting a development of a mindfulness training program for different target groups.

Video: Sagital rotation by the swimmer
May 19, 2022

Video: Rotation over the hip
May 16, 2022

Video: Sagital rotations
May 12, 2022

Video: Lateral rotations
May 9, 2022

Video: Freestyle kicks
May 5, 2022

Video: Assisted jumps
May 2, 2022

Video: Freestyle swimming
April 21, 2022

Video: Drive off the block - start and glide
April 18, 2022

Check out this video to see if you are doing a proper gliding technique after each jump. This is very important if you want to make the most of your jumps - either during swimming competitions or just for training sessions.

Video: Sagital rotations
April 14, 2022

The visit to Pompeii during our third TPM
April 11, 2022

We just couldn't resist. :-)

#UNESCO site of Pompeii began to flourish in the 2nd century BC when suddenly in 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted and left Pompeii covered with toxic volcanic ash.

Did you know that in 1972, Pink Floyd recorded a live performance in Pompeiiโ€™s Roman Amphitheater. 

The third transnational project meeting in Italy
April 10, 2022

We met in person for the third time during this project on this lovely weekend. We played some ice breakers, did some team building, listened to some really interesting lectures and did some workshops. 

Video: Butterfly pull, breaststroke kicks combined with breaststroke
March 31, 2022

Open House Day: Slovenia
March 26, 2022

Today we held the #OpehHouseDay! We organized a training session and a 12-minutes Cooper's Test for our participants and their families together with the elite swimming group, 15 to 18-year-olds. They swim like fish, but our Swili ambassadors kept the pace! 

#Erasmusplussport #swili

Open House Day 3: Romania
March 24, 2022

It's so lovely to share our love of water with everyone. <3 <3 <3 

Video: Butterfly one arm, extended arm combined with breaststroke
March 21, 2022

Butterfly one arm extended combined with breaststroke. This is a great exercise for leaning the butterfly technique. Try it out!

Video: Breaststroke extended glide
March 17, 2022

The Breaststroke extended glide exercise. Gliding is very important in the breaststroke technique. This exercise focuses just on this aspect.

Drills, drills, drills...
March 15, 2022

Our swimmers are working really hard!

Video: The breaststroke pullout
March 14, 2022

The breaststroke pullout consists of three phases: the glide phase, the pull-down phase, and the recovery/kick phase.

Check it out!

Open House Day 2: Romania
March 11, 2022

Friends and family and some splash ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆwe love swimming!

Video: Breaststroke two kicks one pull
March 10, 2022

Check out this next exercise for breaststroke - this is one of the most  important breaststroke exercises, that is why we practice it very often. It is great for teaching long gliding and it enhances lung capacities as well.

Video: Backstroke one arm waits for the other
March 7, 2022

Backstroke, not very popular with most swimmers, but I adore it! ๐Ÿฅฐ

What is not to like in a swimming technique, where your mouth is out of the water most of the time? ๐Ÿ˜

This exercise is also a classic, one arm waits for the other arm. Do a pull untill you touch your other arm and only then continue with the pull on the other side. You can do this with arms meeting at the body or above the head. When you have mastered this try to do the exercise we call something like arm is trying to catch the other arm - just before the hands touch, the arm that is waiting in whichever position escapes and does the pull. 

Video: Freestyle superman exercise
March 3, 2022

The superman exercise. My favourite. ๐Ÿค“

You can use this during freestyle or backstroke. It is very effective in teaching proper gliding technique in beginners, but also excellent for advanced swimmers. 

Do one pull, then leave your hand stretched out by your head and kick 6 times. During this breathe on the other side of your stretched arm. Then do a pull with your other arm and kick 6 times in this position. Repeat.


Open House Day 1: Romania
March 1, 2022

Enjoying swimming with family and friends!

Video: Freestyle combined with backstroke
Feb. 24, 2022

This week we are showing you this exercise in the advanced section - freestyle combined with backstroke. Swim 3 pulls of freestyle and then turn on your back, and swim 3 pulls on your back. Combine this with strong kicks. You can try this with various number variations. I personally prefer combinations with different numbers like 3/4, so I don't spin in circles but switch sides. Let me know, which one you prefer. 


Video: Exhaling through the mouth and nose
Feb. 21, 2022

This is probably one of the most important exercises in swimming - learning how to breathe properly in water.

Video: Breaststroke two kicks one pull
Feb. 17, 2022

Here we are, the second exercise for all of you, who are trying to improve your swimming technique. This one is a classic, but with a good reason - breaststroke two pulls one kick. Check out how strong your pull is, when you are not able to use your kicks. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’ช

Video: Breaststroke kicks with freestyle pull
Feb. 10, 2022

Trying to improve your technique?

We will share some interesting advanced exercises in the following months, so stay tuned. ๐Ÿค“

Here is the first one: try combining breaststroke kicks with freestyle pulls, one pull for one kick. Let us know how it went.

Video: A blind race
Feb. 7, 2022

Video: Freestyle beginners
Feb. 3, 2022

Practice makes perfect
Feb. 1, 2022

Video: Jump from standing position
Jan. 27, 2022

Video: Jump, first step
Jan. 24, 2022

Mindful surfing
Jan. 21, 2022

Video: Freestyle
Jan. 20, 2022

Video: Freestyle exercise hand waits for hand
Jan. 16, 2022

One of the most important exercises in freestyle.

When in water, don't spill the water ;-)
Jan. 14, 2022

Itโ€™s time to kick back and enjoy the weekend like Brane and Daniel are enjoying their โ€œdonโ€™t spill the waterโ€ exercise ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŠ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ #swili4#swimming#TeamSLOvenia#workhard


Video: Freestyle arm stroke
Jan. 13, 2022
Video: Backstroke
Jan. 5, 2022

Way to go! Our swimmers are progressing nicely!

Happy New Year from the Swili team!
Jan. 1, 2022

We wish you all the best in the next year! ๐Ÿฅ‚๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿป๐Ÿพ๐ŸŽ