Your personal swim coach Matteo

Meet Matteo

Training experience:
Swim instructor, swim trainer, lifeguard

Nationality:
Italian
Italian swimcoach flag

In the Netherlands since:
September 2019

Languages:
Italian, English, some Dutch

You can find Matteo at:
Utrecht

Personal vision:
‘’Water is our friend. My passion is to make people feel connected with it as much as I do.’’

Profile:

I started swimming when I was 5 years-old. In the beginning, I was afraid of deep water, but I realized soon it was nothing to fear and quickly learnt how to swim. By the age of 9, I was swimming competitively, something I am still doing. 

During my experience as an athlete and coach, I realize that swimming is not the same for everybody. I see a huge variation in how swimmers acquire the necessary skills and water sensibility. However, helping everyone reach their potential is very rewarding for me and for the swimmer. Gliding through  water is an awesome feeling: swimming skills are the closest to flying skills.

Currently, I am finishing my studies in Sport Movement Sciences. In addition to training triathletes, I also train water polo players and I teach young children and adults how to swim.

 

Coaching Style:

I am a good observer. I understand the swimmer’s abilities and limitations and I work in a subtle way with them to improve their technique. I allow the swimmers to acquire new skills at their own pace. I do not push beyond the swimmer’s limits, but once the technique is at a sufficient level, we take small steps so it can become more natural and improve performance. I am kind and encouraging and make people feel included, even when I have people with different levels in my group.

 

Specialities: 

In general, I always try to find the most effective way of working together with an athlete. This means different drills and focus points for each individual. I am also experienced in helping athletes adjust their swimming technique to counter any pain symptoms due to bad movement habits.  

 

Our adult swim classes

Your Personal Swim Coach will help you become a more confident you, a stronger, fitter and healthier you, a happier, care-free you and ensure your success in learning to enjoy and feel safe in and around water!

Water Introduction

If you cannot swim at all and are fearful and/or challenged in water generally.

You took classes before and failed or it has been a very long time ago.

Stroke Introduction

You are comfortable in shallow water but are not able yet to perform all 4 basic strokes.

This level requires you to have passed the introduction program, or you are able to perform a swim a backcrawl, and a single backstroke (froggy leg).

Intermediate

You can swim comfortably in shallow water, however, deep water gives you discomfort.

This level requires you to know all the 4 basic strokes and you have had swim lessons before.

Advanced

You have no issues in deep water and are able to swim more than one lane without breaking.

These groups work on improving their swimming skills and stamina and follow the program for Diplomas A, B, and C.

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