Experts in swimming lessons for adults

Interview with Chinchu, a Swimming Student

Read 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.

Picture ChinchuHow 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 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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