Hi Everyone, I’m Masha (28) originally from the Netherlands, spatial designer and a lifetime water lover.
What I can remember is that I actually always prefer to be in the water, from a very early age I swam fanatically, and later also gave training, and now also lessons.
Living and working in the vicinity of Amsterdam, and here is the need to be able to save yourself in the water very large. And an extra motivation for me to teach!
Overcoming water fear is more than just overcoming fear, its taking control. Learn how to swim at a later age requires a large amount of physical awareness, so that you feel what your body is doing in the water and that you can control your movement. This physical awareness also helps you overcome obstacles outside of the water.
And I would like to share as much as possible the fun that I experience with water.
“We are 80% water, so I believe everyone can love water ;-)”
My name is Agcharapan. It is my ambition to work about swimming as I have experience as a professional athletic swimmer in my youth and I still very much enjoy swimming to this day.
My experience and motivation will help people step out of their comfort zone and achieve their goals.
“Don’t be afraid of trying something new! You’ll be surprised how far you can go once you overcome the fear! ~ YOU GOT THIS!”
Hello everybody. Since I was a kid I loved running around and looking for physical
challenges. This lead to a study in sports at the university in Egypt, my home country. I
specialized in swimming and took great pleasure in teaching kids as well as adults. It's
amazing for me to see my students play and move in the water, when they were afraid
before. During my work in the tourism field later, I still gave lessons in swimming but
also experienced that the learning curve is a lot faster, if you add a bit of fun to it. I am
living in the Netherlands for a couple of years now and, after learning the Dutch
language, I really missed the smell of the pool. So come join and let us set your
swimming goals together. To make you feel safe, confident, comfortable and have some
Growing up on an island, I always used to swim a lot and I really enjoyed going to the
ocean. Since my father has been a swimming coach for more than 20 years I learned a
lot from him.
Hopefully, by teaching others how to swim, they can also enjoy the ocean
and feel more confident when being in the water.
Hi, my name is Simone. I grew up in The Netherlands, so swimming is almost a basic
skill, you know in case the dike breaks. After I finished my ABC diploma started playing
water polo and I never quitted.
The feeling of being in the water is amazing and I hope with my help you get this amazing feeling too.
Hi, my name is Gijs. I am from Zeeland and now studying in Leiden. You can meet me at the pool in Leiden.
Next to being a student and swim coach, I also play in a band. So sometime I have to skip a lesson when we are performing.
Hi, my name is Lars. I just love the the water. In addition to his work as a swim coach, I have been a windsurfing instructor for years.
During the summer I am on the water everyday. Here I see with my own eyes how dangerous and powerful the water can be sometimes. Too often is still underestimated by children and their parents.
Hi all. I´m honored to be a part of Your Personal Swim Coach team in Amsterdam. I
started my swimming life as a professional swimmer in competitions since I was 8 years
old. Then I continued for years as an athlete. Eventually have experience for years as a
swimming coach and swimming pool manager. During this journey I have always
enjoyed of being in the water and feel so much peace more than everywhere in the
Water has taught me in my life that if I can release myself I will come and rise
and then I have to move regularly and repetitive on my way of life I can achieve my goal.
Hello swimmers! My name is Juliette and I am one of the coaches teaching at Diemen.
Swimming is a sport I immensely enjoy competitively but also professionally. For the last
14 years of my life whether it was in or outside the water, I have developed a love for
the beautiful sport and adore sharing my tips and tricks on how to make the water feel
like a second home! I mostly work with the intermediate swimmers, helping them perfect
their technic and helping them achieve their goals. My main focus is that everyone can
power through the water with complete confidence!
I am a former swimmer having raced for more than 20 years. In Italy I have attended many courses regarding swim teaching and lifesaving with the Italian Federation of Swimming (FIN) and I have been working in the swimming pool for 10 years.
I like to work with diverse groups of people. I like to match my different coaching approaches to their unique personal characteristics. Throughout the years I have learned to approach first water contact and swimming skills in various ways depending on the person I have in front of me.
It is always a nice challenge to find the perfect way to get people more comfortable and to reach their common goal, overcome the fear of water and develop their skills. Achieving this gives me satisfaction in my job.
“Water is our friend, my passion is to make people feel connected with it”
At an early childhood, swimming was a big part of my life. Mainly, because I live near the sea so it was a must-have to learn how to swim at a young age. After I got my swimming certificates, I joined the rescue-squad in Katwijk. Joining the rescue-squad was a great way to combine my favorite hobby: swimming and to be able to rescue people who are drowning. After five years I quitted the rescue-squad with a big knowledge about swimming techniques. Currently, I am a chemistry student in Leiden.
“Oxygen is overrated anyway ;)”
Hi all, I am part of the team in Diemen. I have spent a lot of time in pools; I was 8 years old when I started playing water polo and participated in competitive swimming. I picked up coaching when I was 15 years old and I am now still coach while following my education . The last 4 years I have been focusing more intensively on how to become a teacher and I have even got certified by KNZB. At the moment I am coaching the advanced swimmers which is such a joy for me; all the feedback that I am giving to my students makes them swim faster and with less effort each time.
“Welcome students from whever you are. Diemen is my hometown so it would be my pleasure meeting you there in the pool.”
Swimming is the biggest part of my entire life. I started following this passion when I turned 7 years old. The more I was swimming, the more I was into this sport with a very big motivation to move forward. I travelled across the Europe while participating in various Championships, International Swimming meetings, meeting famous professional swimmers and coaches from all around the world – this is my reward for many years of hard work.
After 13 years of my swimming career I felt that I have a lot of knowledge and experience to share with our students in Den Haag. Rather it is shallow or deep water, I can help you to the next level.
I began swimming at the age of five in a family of dedicated swimmers. I grew up in Chicago, Illinois in the U.S. and recently moved to The Netherlands. I swam at the national collegiate level for four years. After that I began professionally coaching children and teenagers and my passion for coaching grew enormously and came with me to The Netherlands. I love coaching because I love seeing people succeed in a sport that I have always enjoyed doing myself.
Don’t compare yourself to others; simply celebrate your own accomplishments and help others celebrate theirs.
As a Lifeguard, I know how important it is to be able to swim in the Netherlands. Since the age of 4 I have been swimming. As soon as possible I joined the rescue team at the Dutch coast. , where I acquired all the skills needed to rescue others. During summer, I, together with my fellow colleagues, keep the beach of The Hague safe. Unfortunately, I have experienced that people – especially those who do not have their swimming diplomas – often misinterpret the sea, resulting into life-threatening situations. I therefore find it very important to join Your Personal Swim Coach, in their journey of spreading swimming skills to both adults and children.
“Be safe in the sea this summer, start lessons today!”
My name is Kate, I am originally from Manchester in the UK. Swimming has always been one of my favourite activities, my Mum calls me the original ‘Water baby’ as from since I was a child I have always loved being in the water. For 2 years I have been working for a company called ‘Waterbabies’ teaching babies and toddlers water confidence and safety skills. Amsterdam really feels like my second home, I love the freedom of cycling on your bike from A to B and the beautiful canal views.
Just relocated from Malaysia and joined this school right after putting my feet on Dutch ground. I am a British citizen, who has resided in south East Asia for the last 8 years. I worked as Podiatrist but, while being a mum, got the idea of becoming a swim teacher instead. I retrained through Austswim – an Australian company. I have taught private lessons at client’s residences and my own pool within our compound .I do love swim teaching and interacting with all the people I am fortunate enough to teach. My student ages have ranged from 1+ years old to adults with a deep seated fear of the water.
” I can count in a few languages. So here we go: Een, Twee Drie…. Let’s jump in!”
Hi everyone! I started as an assistant teacher more than 10 years ago, while collecting all kinds of swimming diplomas meanwhile. This is where I found my passion for teaching children of every age range so I had got my qualification to become a teacher myself.
Later on I gained a Master’s Degree in Pedagogical Science. This study is all about the progress of parenting and educating while interacting with the (disturbed) development of children and adolescents in their own environment.
“I love to teach swimming skills to children and adults so much because, it gives these people more confidence. In and outside the pool!”
Hello everybody! This is Paolo; I have been living in the Netherlands for the last four year while working as a software engineer.
But many years ago I started my water experience in Italy! During high school I was a water polo player, then during the university I got my qualification as swim teacher and worked part time for many years as trainer for several teams, as well as teaching swimming to both young kids and adults. Additionally, I’m an scuba diving instructor as well. So come and meet me in Diemen and i will introduce you into the magic waterworld.
“My passion is to share my love of the waterworld Float, swim, dive and have fun!”
I started swimming at an early age when I arrived from Iran. My mother had also learned swimming in the Netherlands, so I had witnessed this process closely. Therefore I know firsthand how life changing it can be. I found my passion for teaching after I had finished high school. I decided to take a year off and become a swim instructor. Currently I am a bachelor student in chemistry as well.
I get really excited when I see that my students are making progress.
“For a swim coach, seeing your progress is our best reward!”
Ask me what swimming means to me and you get a cery clear answer; swimming means the world to me! The moment when you have total control in the water is really great. It gives you a feeling of being free. When I started playing waterpolo at the age of 12 I couldn’t swim very well, but I loved it immediately. Nowadays I’m still playing waterpolo and next to that I swim races at Master championships as well. Every Sunday, I lead a team of devoted coaches in Rotterdam. We welcome new swimmers every week.
“Being free and relaxing into the water is the most important thing. I grant anyone those feelings.. So that is why I’m a coach at YPSC!”
My name is Thomas, a lifestyle information student and a swimmer whole my life. When I joined the local swimming club, I took up competitive swimming. Soon, after I realized I enjoy coaching others much more, I got my qualifications. By now I accumulated over 6 years teaching experiences.
I am patience and have process-driven approach of teaching strokes. Mostly I take care of the stroke introduction classes. Swimmers who can glide with their face in the water, are ready to start this level. During my lesson, I address all aspects of developing an effective and sustainable front crawl.
“It may take a while to manage a good stroke, but the results are everlasting!”
Being with people and helping them to overcome fear that they may have had for their whole lives is a rewarding and humbling experience. For me, the water is a comforting and safe environment, but for many of the people I work with the water is a source of fear and panic. I am filled with admiration at their courage and determination. I feel privileged to watch as they set themselves free.
“Stop prolonging the fear and come to our lessons weekly. This will give the fasted water familiarity improvements”