Experts in swimming lessons for adults

Interview with Chinchu, a Swimming Student

ADULT SWIMMING LESSONS NETHERLANDS HOLLANDRead our interview with swimming student Chinchu from India 


How long have you been living in The Netherlands and what brought you here? 

I’ve been in The Netherlands for five years now and I moved here to be with the man of my dreams whom I met on my solo Eurotrip. We’re married and have a little baby girl now.

Why were you looking for swimming lessons and what goals did you have in mind?

I always wanted to learn to swim but there were no options to take classes while I was growing up in the Middle East. While I lived in India, there weren’t many options to learn swimming as an adult. I had started some lessons here in Rotterdam but had to stop since the school discontinued. When I started again with you guys, I was hoping to overcome my fear of water and actually learn to enjoy swimming.

How did you come across Your Personal Swim Coach?

I found it via Meetup, the app matched your school to my interests.

What helped you to take that first step to enroll?

Strange as it may seem, it was delivering my baby that gave me the courage to join lessons. I figured that if I could get through a terrible child birthing experience, I could learn to swim for sure.

Did you experience any hesitation in the beginning?

Although I had done some basic lessons a while ago, it was really hard to start again. I was totally freaked out and wondered if I would ever be able to swim a few laps with ease.

How did you experience the lessons?

I started with Christina who handled me with patience and understanding. She tolerated my excuses and whining, helped me overcome my fear and encouraged me to persevere. Lucio took over later and focused on technique, keeping the lessons light with his special brand of humour.

Can you tell us what have achieved so far?

I can do a wicked backstroke, and even manage a sort of butterfly stroke. The rest of the strokes are a work in progress but I’m getting there. I did manage to swim in a natural sea water pool while on holiday in Tenerife. Considering that I was too scared to ever try to float on my back, I’ve come a long long way.

Will you keep on swimming in the future?

Hell yeah!

Did you learn anything in addition to swimming skills? 

My performance during the lessons often fluctuate from exceptional to embarrassing. Some days I would get very frustrated with myself for not meeting my own expectations. These lessons have helped me get insight into my own behavior and have made me realise that if I put my mind to it, what seems impossible can become reality.

Do you have any advice for those considering swimming lessons? 

What are you waiting for? No better time than the present!

What else would you like to share with Your Personal Swim Coach.

You’re doing a good job guys! I’m really glad that I came to you. My new goal is to go from the shallow pool into the deep pool and do some actual swimming there. Hope that will happen soon!

 

Interview with Alicia, a Swimming Student

Read our interview with swimming student Alicia from Malaysia. 


 

How long have you been living in The Netherlands and what brought you here? 

I’ve been here for close to 13 years now and [initially] came here to do my degree.

Why were you looking for swimming lessons and what goals did you have in mind? 

I used to be able to swim when I was a kid and after a long a break from swimming I developed a fear of drowning. That stopped me from getting back into the water again. In order to overcome this fear I set myself a goal of doing a sprint triathlon. Hoping this goal would force me to finally take swimming lessons and get over my fear.

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How did you come across Your Personal Swim Coach

A friend liked your page on Facebook and that is how I found out about your school.

What helped you to take that first step to enrol? 

The fact that the lessons where close by and the size of the group was small. Also that the pool we
would first be swimming in was shallow enough that I could stand and feel safe in.

Did you experience any hesitation in the beginning? 

I remember how hard my heart was beating the first day at the Holiday Inn swimming pool.

How did you experience the lessons? 

The lesson was great and the teacher was positive and very reassuring and that helped me feel a
little bit more comfortable in the water. She let me go at my pace.

Tell us what you have you achieved? 

I have been swimming for more than a year now and I attend the advance classes in Voorschoten
(Sport Class). It’s a great feeling knowing that I’m comfortable to swim in pools where my feet can’t touch the ground.

Will you keep on swimming in the future? 

Most definitely.

Did you learn anything in addition to swimming skills? 

I think the best thing these classes gave me is the gift of being comfortable in the water.

Do you have any advice for those considering swimming lessons in The Hague? 

If you are like me and have a fear of the water I would like to say that we are a lot stronger than we
think we are. Give it a try and because you are always in a safe environment you will surprise yourself with what you can accomplish.

What else would you like to share with Your Personal Swim Coach?

There are no words sufficient to thank the teachers that I have had the fortune of being taught by.
Your patience, teaching approach and your advice have gotten me to where I am today and I’m
loving it.

Interview with Swimming Instructor & Co-Owner, Mandy de Vries

Read our interview with swimming instructor and co-owner, Mandy de Vries. 


When did you decide to become a swimming instructor?

When I was a young girl I fell in love with the world of water and swimming. I was a member of a swimming club for many years and I obtained 24 swimming-related diplomas over the years (rescue swimming, swim stroke techniques, water polo, synchronised swimming etc.). As soon as I obtained these diplomas my coach asked me to assist him and his team in teaching young kids the Dutch ABC system. Since then I’ve never stopped teaching people how to swim!

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In that case, for how long have you been teaching and who are your current students?

Since I was 14 years old I became an assistant coach for kids age 4 to 12. Two and a half years later, at age 17 I graduated as a certified swimming instructor. Since then I have educated children for several swimming schools, in addition to my high school years and my Bachelor and Master degree in Developmental Psychology (Orthopedagogische Wetenschappen). Then, more than 2 years ago I met Christina as a colleague via another swimming school for kids. Christina had started her own school for adults and not long afterwards I began helping her out with a few lessons. In no time we were partners in crime!

What makes teaching at Your Personal Swim Coach so special?

Working together with Christina and our amazing and enthusiastic team of coaches makes everyday special! Our school focus on high quality lessons for everyone who would like to learn how to swim or would like improve upon their current level of swimming. We teach everyone from complete beginners to athletes who would like to partake in a triathlon from age 1 to 100. Everyone I meet in the pool has her/his own story. In a really short period you get to know each other quite well which results in really special connections. This makes my job rewarding, inspiring and fun!

What is an ideal swimming lesson? What makes it successful for students?

In my opinion a successful lesson starts with a good connection between a swimmer and the coach. A swimmer must experience the feeling of being welcome and that her/his coach listens to any individual preferences, goals and needs. With this in mind a coach develops a lesson plan to achieve the best results in a comfortable way. A coach needs to be critical and creative in selecting the right exercises. In summary: A ideal lesson should meet the needs of an individual student by giving the attention they need in a fun and comfortable manner.

Tell us about a moment you’ll never forget as a swimming instructor.

I’ll never forget those moments when swimmers achieve big breakthroughs during a lesson. I enjoy those moments when you celebrate their achievements together. Most beginner swimmers never dare to believe that they will in actual fact swim one day! Our first diploma test day in December 2014 was one of those moments. I felt so proud when gave our advanced students their certificate which showed that they had become independent, comfortable and safe swimmers in deep water! I can’t describe in words how amazing it is when people push themselves to the limit and achieve their goals.

Interview with Daniel, a Swimming Student in The Hague

Read our interview with swimming student Daniel, who trains in the Hague. 


Where are you from?

I am from Rwanda.

How long have you been living in The Netherlands and what brought you here? 

I came to The Netherlands in 2006 to work for an international organization.  

Why were you looking for swimming lessons and what goals did you have in mind? 

I always considered swimming as very good exercise with lots of health benefits. My ultimate goal was to become a confident swimmer mastering all the styles. 

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How did you come across Your Personal Swim Coach

I found the school through social media.

What helped you to take that first step to enrol? 

I immediately seized the opportunity since I always wanted to learn how to swim.

Did you experience any hesitation in the beginning? 

As you know, learning something new can be a scary experience especially for adults. However, acquiring a new skill is also a thrilling experience. That’s why I had no hesitation as swimming was one of my favourite sports.

How did you experience the lessons? 

The first sessions were a little bit challenging. At the beginning I thought I would never be able to flutter kick in order to perform the crawl technique. Another big challenge is the coordination of the legs and arms movement combined with the right breathing technique.

Tell us what you have you achieved? 

My biggest achievement is the determination of putting the advice from my coach into practice.  Since I have the basics, I now need to improve all the techniques and better coordinate all the movements in order to be a confident swimmer with good stamina.  

Will you keep on swimming in the future? 

Absolutely!

Did you learn anything in addition to swimming skills? 

Oh yes! Meeting new people from different background is always good for someone who values Cultural Intelligence. 

 

Do you have any advice for those considering swimming lessons in The Hague? 

I encourage them to join! They will not be disappointed!

What else would you like to share with Your Personal Swim Coach?

Nothing much apart from saying thank for your patience towards my slow pace in learning.

Interview with Swimming Instructor Urška Slivšek

Read our interview with swimming instructor Urška Slivšek (aka Nemo) who trains swimmers in The Hague. 


When did you decide to become a swimming instructor?

It’s difficult to pinpoint the actual start of my swimming career. I made my first baby steps on the side of a local swimming pool, so it all began quite soon. In fact, I’ve been dubbed as ‘Nemo’ the fish from the movie Finding Nemo. I was always swimming with an orange cap (I guess my admiration for The Netherlands was shown at an early stage). Because of this, my swimming mates saw a resemblance between myself and Nemo.

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How long have you been teaching for and who are your students?

My coaching career started midway during my professional swimming career, firstly as an assistant at summer swimming schools for kids. Upon dabbling in other water-related sports and after receiving the coaching certificate, I became an actual trainer. Starting with toddlers, I progressed to coaching children and swimmers with both mental challenges (Autism, Down’s Syndrome etc.) and physical challenges.

What makes teaching at Your Personal Swim Coach so special?

Being able to swim is one of the greatest super powers there is, and with time and dedication everyone can obtain it. Teaching someone how to swim is a challenge, but is very much rewarding for both parties.  

What is an ideal swimming lesson? What makes it successful for students?

Relax, take a deep breath and just keep swimming.

Interview with Swimming Instructor Thiery

Read our interview with swimming instructor Thiery who trains students in The Hague. 


When did you decide to become a swimming instructor?

I decided to become a swimming instructor when I achieved all six swimming diplomas. I really like to swim and I wanted to share this pleasure with other people. 

How long have you been teaching for and who are your students?

I officially started teaching others to swim a year ago. But around eight years ago I actually began assisting and teaching children and those younger than me. This work is voluntarily and I still do it every Sunday morning. Next to teaching children to swim, I also teach grown-ups for Your Personal Swim Coach

What makes teaching at Your Personal Swim Coach so special?

The biggest difference between this school and others is that you really see a bond between teachers and students. Of course teachers are teachers, and students are students and it should stay like that, but both sides really get to know each other well. Because of that, you can be very friendly and help them significantly improve their skills.

What is an ideal swimming lesson? What makes it successful for students?

My ideal lesson is a lesson that is fun, where you can make jokes and laugh but this is also a lesson where you can achieve something.  
That is my ideal lesson.

Tell us about a moment while teaching that you will you never forget.

Moments I can never forget happen at the end of a course. My students say: “thank you for all your time and for helping me with my troubles”. They often tell me this when they achieve their swimming diploma at the end of a course. 

Interview with Ghalib, a Swimming Student in The Hague

Read our interview with swimming student Ghalib, who trains in the Hague. 


Where are you from?

India

How long have you been living in The Netherlands and what brought you here? 

I live in the Netherlands for three and half years. Work brought me here – I am a programmer (IT).

Why were you looking for swimming lessons and what goals did you have in mind? 

Water always fascinated me. I envied people who can swim. I wanted to be able to enjoy being in water without the fear of drowning.

How did you come across Your Personal Swim Coach

Friend of mine who was also looking for swimming lessons found information about YPSC at his place of work.

What helped you to take that first step to enrol? 

I never had courage to go on my own. We were a group of three and thought it would be fun together so we joined in January this year.

Did you experience any hesitation in the beginning? 

Yeah, it felt weird initially. I thought we would be the only adults who don’t know how to swim and thought we’d have to train with kids. But it was fun once I was in the pool with so many beginner adults.

How did you experience the lessons? 

I absolutely love the lessons. I learn lots of basics and tips and tricks.

Tell us what you have you achieved? 

I am able to swim now (all of four strokes). I still need lot of practice for freestyle though. I can also dive and swim underwater a bit.

Will you keep on swimming in the future? 

Definitely.

Did you learn anything in addition to swimming skills? 

Besides swimming skills the classes have also made me fit. I feel better now. I guess it also helps to relieve some stress.

Do you have any advice for those considering swimming lessons in The Hague? 
I would say to join as soon as possible. It is never too late to join. You will have an experience like never before. It is the one exercise which is also fun.

What else would you like to share with Your Personal Swim Coach?

I would like to thank the team for providing me with an opportunity to learn. I never knew I would be able to swim one day.  It is fun, good exercise and also a lifesaving skill. Everybody should learn it.

Interview with Jiya, a Swimming Student in The Hague

Read our interview with swimming student Jiya, who trains in the Hague. 


Where are you from?

India

How long have you been living in The Netherlands and what brought you here? 

Since 2011. I came here to study .

Why were you looking for swimming lessons and what goals did you have in mind? 

I had learned some swimming long back. I was looking to learn it from scratch. My goal was to learn enough swimming to enjoy the water and as a survival skill.

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How did you come across Your Personal Swim Coach

Facebook

What helped you to take that first step to enrol? 

Friendly Facebook page and website.

Did you experience any hesitation in the beginning? 

Maybe, I wasn’t too doubtful of myself.

How did you experience the lessons? 

Very encouraging and confidence building.

Tell us what you have you achieved? 

The basics of the 4 strokes, I think. I still have to learn to breathe and swim.

Will you keep on swimming in the future? 
Definitely!

Did you learn anything in addition to swimming skills? 
I understood its never too late to learn. Much happiness and good times!

Do you have any advice for those considering swimming lessons in The Hague? 
Give it a go for the wonderful teaching team.

What else would you like to share with Your Personal Swim Coach?

They are very patient with our swimming problems. loved your teaching team! I hope I can improve my swimming soon.

Interview with Swimming Instructor Lucio

Read our interview with swimming instructor Lucio who trains students in Rotterdam. 


When did you decide to become a swimming instructor?

I was born in Sicily, a very beautiful island! I first started playing waterpolo at the age of 10. I played in semi professional division for many yars and trained twice a day for five days a week in that period. At the age of 19 after I was selected for pilot training within the airforce I enrolled in the swimming section of the airforce. After I left the airforce I relized I could help people by being more than just a uniform. I realized that I could help people get out from bed for instance (sometimes that is their own prison). I could help people find a new sense in life despite their own handicaps. At the moment I help people to overcome their own fears, both in my work as a physiotherapist and as a swimming instructor. I help people to overcome their own fears and this is what motivates me!

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What makes teaching at Your Personal Swim Coach so special?

I find it great to work at Your Personal Swim Coach because here I can focus on small groups.

What is an ideal swimming lesson? What makes it successful for students?

Just let your fears go and let’s have some fun! And dont forget the technique I apply strictly.

Interview with Lorna, a Swimming Student in The Hague

Read our interview with swimming student Lorna who trains in the Hague. 


Where are you from?

I was born in The Netherlands, and moved to England when I was 5 years old.

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How long have you been living in The Netherlands and what brought you here? 

I moved back to The Netherlands in 2007 as my husband was offered a job in Den Haag.

Why were you looking for swimming lessons and what goals did you have in mind? 

Our eldest son was taking swimming lessons and I wanted to be able to keep up with his skills and confidence as he developed. Our youngest son is very relaxed in the water too. I want to be a parent that can swim with their children, not just sit at the side of a swimming pool and wave at them while they are having all the fun!

I could swim fine (or so I thought!) and have no fear of water at any depth, but I lacked skill and finesse. I really wanted to be able to more confidently put my head under the water, learn breathing techniques, and of course learn new swimming strokes.

How did you come across Your Personal Swim Coach

I actually saw your swimming school on Facebook!

What helped you to take that first step to enrol? 

Becoming a housewife gave me some time for myself, and I thought that having swimming lessons would be the perfect answer. The first email [received] from Your Personal Swim Coach made my mind up for me, it was friendly and professional.

Did you experience any hesitation in the beginning? 

Yes, of course! It can be hard taking the first step, but I knew from my first lesson that I had made the perfect choice of swimming school.

How did you experience the lessons? 

My first lesson was brilliant! Warm welcome, warm water, no rush and total individual care and instruction. I was so worried, and this was put to rest within minutes.

Tell us what you have you achieved? 

Firstly, I gained confidence, not just in the water, but [in] new environments and [with new] people. As the lessons progressed, I noticed, as did the teachers, that my swimming skills were developing very well, and to my delight I was swimming with more skill.

Will you keep on swimming in the future? 

Yes, without a doubt. I have even plucked up courage to go down water slides!

Did you learn anything in addition to swimming skills? 

Yes. It’s very good to meet others with similar fears, wishes and progress in the swimming lessons. There are friendly smiles, and encouraging words from both fellow students and the teachers that make you feel wonderful!

Do you have any advice for those considering swimming lessons in The Hague? 

Try a lesson, just one, and you will want to come back for another.

What else would you like to share with Your Personal Swim Coach?

I think the teachers need a mention here. The progress I have made is thanks to them. The teachers offer consistent advice, training and support, whatever your swimming ability. It’s a very positive experience, and not once have I felt pressured or rushed. The teachers all know when you can go further too! In my last lesson, I found my self diving off the side of the pool – not something I have done for a long time!

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