Jitka Vachtová - individual swimming lessons

Non-swimmers

Information for non-swimmers and beginner swimmers

Even in adulthood you can learn to swim. It requires a tremendous amount of patience from both the coach and the non-swimmer and the will to not give up. For non-swimmers and beginner swimmers, who can not swim continuously at least 200 m, I offer only individual swimming lessons. Beginner swimmers who can swim at least 200 meters in length and in depth can attend my Tuesday's swimming courses for beginners or individual swimming lessons.

In general, somebody who can swim 200 m without any rest and without obvious signs of exhaustion (i.e. at least four 50m pools at Šutka at once) is declared a swimmer. If you really want to learn how to swim or improve your your swimming technique and are going to do something for a long time, I'm here for you. If you are a respectable lady, a comfortable pet or a delicate flower, then stay rather in bed at home – I do not like it very much. Key information is not listed here, rather you can find the story, recommendations, my attitudes and experience.

I teach swimmers to swim and I have already learned a couple of total swimmers to swim, so I have some experience with them. It is specific and, from my point of view, a very demanding group. Non-swimmers and beginner swimmers are usually not used to sports at all. The primary prerequisite for someone to learn to swim is the strong inner conviction and commitment of the individual to learn to swim and do everything or almost everything for it.

First of all, it is difficult for those who do not sport to build the right habit of swimming or sport regularly at least once a week with me and then myself. I would rather say that for the beginning, it is very important to start swimming at least twice a week. It does not necessarily have to be with me, you can train yourself, but be prepared to go swimming in the pool twice a week (ideally 3 times a week). I can not help you with the will to do regular workouts, it's up to you. I am personally comfortable to have trainings with sports types of people who are already accustomed to regular trainings.

Information for a complete non-swimmer, or „Impossible immediately, miracles within three days.“

The coaches probably will not like me very much, but I say that to teach someone to swim, it's about a year of regular training. And to „swim“ I mean to swim a few meters, not to become a swimmer. If the person is not willing to do so regularly at least, then spare each other's time, money and appointments, because a few training sessions (for example, just before the holiday) really do not make much sense in this case. Athletes know very well that there is nothing right now and that you need to train 2 to 3 times a week for a long time, to learn something and not give up at the first failure.

I give advance warning for people who do not sport that otherwise it does not work, and that it does not make much sense for me to attend only a few swimming lessons during the holiday season. Typically, women who do not sport call me a month or two before the holiday or during the holidays, they would like to improve the style of swimming or learn completely to swim in the holidays, or at least learn „something“ for holiday and that they need it immediately, preferably next week, otherwise it is too late. Or according to the slogan: „Impossible immediately, miracles within three days“. Unfortunately, miracles can't be learned, and learning to swim or remove serious mistakes is a long-term affair.

Of course, a few lessons are better than no lessons, but I can not see much sense in short-term teaching. If you are a swimmer, it's a bit different, sometimes the first four lessons often help, for example, people learn to breathe in the water. But in general, you need to go on a regular, long-term basis and reserve time for it, otherwise it's a waste of both my time and your time and the result of your finances.

Realistically we finish more to „the next holiday“

In a few lessons we can fix some mistakes, I can direct swimmers for more information, but not learn to swim or make a major change to the current swimming style of the swimmer. Not for nothing, there are almost all swimming courses with a half-year subscription (which is usually at least 20 lessons) and there are more courses in sequence. If you want to learn how to swim, then holiday is certainly a good starting point, but expect to learn to swim with patient and regular training at least once a week, probably until that next vacation. We usually get it into vacation, but until the next vacation (ie, in a year), and you have to persevere in it and not give up! If you're not willing to do this financially or in time, you'd better not contact me.

Frequent non-swinger syndrome is that they quickly give up everything and want the best results right away. If you cannot swim at all, then the first few meters (about 10 meters) can be swim in half a year (after about 20 lessons). People will swim 20 m usually per year (about another 20 lessons), with joint training once a week. And even 20 m is nothning in swimming yet, it is only the beginning, but it is a good start :-), then we can swim 50 m quite quickly. And as soon as you get the first 50 m, you will usually swim good and become a little more independent. There are exceptions, people are different in the initial level, someone is going to float and swim faster and the progress is great, but even so, it is still takes at least a quarter to a half of a year of regular training. Someone can not do it at all. It usually takes about one year. It still depends on whether he or she does some sports or not, it depends on his age, how he can control his body and whether he is willing and able to „bite“ and overcome obstacles. At least this is my experience so far. For an absolute non-swimmer to ride 20 m in the pool on the shallows means usually going through about 40 swimming lessons with me. Even so, in the teaching schedule I reckon with a longer time.

I usually teach a non-swimmer a combination of breaststroke and backstroke, or freestyle (front crawl) and backstroke (according to its initial choice or disposition). Rather, we choose breaststroke and backstroke. Maybe somebody learns you faster, just look for it, there are other trainers… I'll only be happy for your feedback. Children usually have 60 lessons planned for it and children are really skilful… It is quite naive to think that the adult will be much better (the opposite is true), but exceptions can confirm the rule. Be patient to yourself and take time. And give me time too… If you don't give it to me, or you're going to urge me whether it would be quicker, I'll even push you more, and it will not do anything good. Rush, stress and mutual nervousness are not the right ones for swimming lessons (neither for a trainer nor for you). Swimming wants peace and relaxation. Don't worry, we'll go as fast as possible, but be calm. I do not want to waste anything, but I do not want any high-speed machines with bad technique. When you learn to swim the first meters, it's a pleasure - mine and yours. Sometimes the non-swimmers are more skilful that older swimmers.

I had a customer who had not been able to swim at all, and she was afraid of water one year ago. After a year of swimming, someone told her that he was a professional. It amused me and her. And he meant it seriously. This young lady swam barely fifty meters, but quite well and in comparison to the other experienced swimmers, technically the best :). It pleases. So, non-swimmers, do not be afraid to go into it, but it wants to devote to swim and go swimming rather twice a week, or once a week with me and one by yourself.

Swim regularly over the whole year (not only on holidays and for vacations)

Typically, a holiday swimmer will start swimming in the summer or before summer, due to the seaside holiday. It is a motive that I do not consider to be the best and sufficient. It is better to start swimming sometimes than never, with some motive than without motive. At first it's probably the main motive of the almost every non-swimmer. Keep in mind that the beginnings are demanding, for you and for the trainer. The beginnings are the hardest, then it's better and better. The trainings itself should become a regular and joyful activity and not something I have to undergo to have a „great vacation“. I see the way here more as a goal. At least until you learn to swim, you need to go to workouts regularly and then keep it at least. A person who has never been accustomed to doing any sport and was not accustomed to attend regular weekly training sessions and listening to a coach often freaks everything very quickly.

Take a walk to the pool

If you've never been in a pool in your life, or you haven't been to Šutka, you'd better go to the Shutka pool beforehand to know how it goes there. Let's know where we will meet - where you'll find a large swimming watch on the wall near the 50m swimming pool. Get your cap and swimming goggles, go ahead in the pool, buy a chip or pass, put a chip on your hand, dress up, put your valuables in the safe and clothes in the locker, close the locker, take a shower, including your head and hair, dress up the swimsuit and try to go to pool into the water. The non-swimmers are only on the shallows, ideally accompanied. You do not necessarily need to be in a large pool, you can also try a hot whirlpool in the aquapark or steam room and sauna. Then find your hair dryers, try how long everything takes you. I recommend counting at least 15 minutes before the pool and 15 minutes after the swimming pool. Who has long hair, so you better count 20 minutes after the pool. Dryers are also behind turnikets in toilets. Please also be careful to read my pages, information in emails and invoices, to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding.

Swimming was recommended by the doctor because of the back pain

A common reason why recreational beginner swimmers want to learn to swim is a sick back. I do not question the doctors' recommendation, they are definitely trying to advise the right sport. I myself started swimming mainly because of scoliosis of the spine and back pain. Swimming helps, but we do not overestimate its significance. Swimming needs to be compensated by exercising on dry, yoga or walking may be even more beneficial. Usually, a frequent swim will cause other back pain, so it's a bit of a vicious cycle. First of all, it is necessary to learn how to swim and do not really hurt yourself. For example, the lady's style, when you swim with your head above the surface, and your cervical spine is still bent, is quite unhealthy. However, even when you learn to breathe in the water, it is not won. Even so, the cervical spine and lumbar spine are quite overloaded and a few swimmers breathe perfectly well into the water. To swimm really right is challenging. At freestyle there is a risk of overloading the shoulders, withdrawing the arms forward and overloading the cervical spine due to imperfectly performed inhalations. If you really want to do something for your back, you need to learn the backstroke. It is the best for your back, and his contribution is more or less indisputable. On the other hand, for normal swimmers, some exercise activity is better than none, and it will outweigh the benefits of swimming above its negatives. When you learn to breathe in the water, it will be better for you than sitting at home. The main benefit of swimming can be seen in the relief of the spine due to the weightlessness of the water. The spines of the spine are relieved and you should feel better because of the stay in the water. When you learn to swim well and swim for fitness, you will make the whole body stronger including the back and it will really be the real workout. Nothing is impossible, but it's not that easy and just snapping your finger. It's takes usually years of work on yourself. You can learn to swim quite quickly, but you will improve your swimming for your whole life.

Who I welcome

If you really want to learn how to swim and you are willing to do something for a long time, we can talk together. I particularly welcome those who have been regularly engaged in sport. Just when you run regularly, you ride a bicycle, do yoga, anything, it does not matter. With people who do not do any sport, it can be really harder and sometimes very hard. If you do not want to spend time and energy on swimming, stay at home. A lot depends on you. The beginnings will not be easy, but we should handle it together over time! The body needs to move, and then it goes. I personally prefer to train swimmers who want to learn a freestyle or improve in freestyle and are used to do sports. These people perceive sport as an integral part of their lives, and they do sports for their regular dose of endorphins and good moods. They already know that the sport is great and they will never feel so good without it…

A recommendation. In addition to swimming, it is advisable to engage in other sports activities. Improve your physical condition. I myself recommend walking, biking, do yoga. The swimming needs to be supplemented by so-called dry exercise under the influence of gravity. The water and sports calm and relieve stress.