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Sanela - Prof swimming - London
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  • (33 reviews)
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Francis
« Perfect! I woke up Monday morning convinced big bodies of water and I were... More »
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Francis
« Perfect! I woke up Monday morning convinced big bodies of water and I were natural enemies. I couldn't float, wouldn't dare put my head under water and generally feared pools....Now it's a Thursday of the same week and have had my 4th lesson with Sanela. Not only am I more confident in the water but I'm doing front crawls and swimming underwater and trying to perfect hand stands! This lady is an ocean of teaching knowledge (all puns intended). Not only did she break things down in a way I could understand and pushed me to learn at a pace she knew I could learn (even when I didn't believe I could myself) , but she's been very patient and kind. I can only put 5/5 on this review because there isn't an 11/5 option. I highly recommend!! »
£100/h
Profile and degree verified
Response Time 3h
Lessons offered by Sanela
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Swimming
  • Synchronized swimming
Levels
  • All Levels

Improve your relationship with water, promote freedom of movement - Motivational FINA Judge & ASA Swim & Artistic Coach with over 30 years of experience & well over 7,000 students Worldwide

Methodology

My greatest satisfaction always comes from seeing my clients enjoy their progress. Experience the difference between learning to swim and learning to swim the right way. Have a chance to become a swimmer who is powerful, graceful and effortless with any of the four strokes.


Whether working with nervous beginners who need to conquer their fear of water or with more advanced swimmers who want to reach triathlon or other swimming goals, I am certain that I can help you improve your results through supportive and experienced instruction.

I will help you develop body awareness with breathing techniques and swimming confidence in any of the four swimming strokes or synchronised swimming skills covering figures & sculling positions that you wish to achieve.

I also teach swimming based on principles of the Alexander Technique together with the focus on body awareness and its alignment and how to use body more effectively. This technique of swimming focuses to generate Alexander Popov’s 3 R’s : Rhythm, Relaxation and Range of movement and is good for clients who are recovering after an operation of the knee, hip or any other injury. The emphasis of this type of swimming is focus on a quality of experience rather than distance or speed and building better body awareness by transforming swimmers’ relationship with the water.

Ambassador

One of our best tutors! High-quality profile, qualifications verified and response guaranteed. Sanela will plan your first lesson with care.

Experience

Experienced in teaching professional athletes, people with special needs, adults, children and babies. I have also had a chance to work with one of our county's swimming Olympians Mr. David Wilkie - MBE during the 1990s and was part of the team campaign before London 2012 to narrow the gap in gender inequality in sport between men and women in synchronised swimming. Now men are able to swim in mix duets and teams at National and International competitions. With that came the achievement of our first mixed duet winning a gold medal for Great Britain at FINA World Masters Championships in South Korea in 2019.


I was nominated for the London Award 2013 in the category Coach of the Year 2013 across the UK and have been recognised as an ambassador for quality of teaching.

I am very proud of what I have achieved with clients who have put an awful lot of commitment and dedication into reaching their goals.

Head Coach in West London Club for the past 11 years.

My coached clients have received recent media interest including coverage on the Andrew Marr Show (BBC), The Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, ABC News, Jo Brand’s Big Splash on Dave, Radio 4, Reuters and Eurosport. I have also been featured in Health and Fitness, ID and Vogue Magazines.

Rates

Transportation Fee : £5
Rate for online lessons : £100/h

Details

CHILDREN
( 30 min)

PAY AS YOU GO - AD HOCK 1:1
covers sporadic lessons bookings - £60.00

PAY AS YOU GO - AD HOCK 2:1
£45.00 per child

PACKAGES 1 : 1
£250 for a package of 5 lessons. Lessons are once a week ( 30min ) for 5 consecutive weeks or twice a week ( 45min ) for 2 consecutive weeks. Price of each individual lesson is £50.00.

CRASH COURSES
Lessons every day for 5 days £55.00 1:1/ £35.00 2:1

PACKAGES - SHARE A LESSON WITH A FRIEND 2:1
£200 for a package of 5 lessons per child . Lessons are once a week ( 30 min ) for 5 consecutive weeks or twice a week ( 45 min ) for 2 consecutive weeks. Price is based per individual and works out as £40.00 per child. Children swimming ability has to be at the same level.


ADULTS SWIMMING
Time is split into 30 ,45 & 60 min depending on your preference.


ADULTS SWIMMING
( 30 min)

PAY AS YOU GO - AD HOCK 1:1
covers sporadic lessons bookings - £60.00

PAY AS YOU GO - AD HOCK 2:1
£45.00 per person


PACKAGES 1 : 1
£250 for a package of 5 lessons. Lessons are once a week (30 min) for 5 consecutive weeks or twice a week (45 min) for 2 consecutive weeks. Price of each individual lesson is £50.00.


CRASH COURSES
Lessons every day for 5 days £55.00 1:1/ £35.00 2:1


PACKAGES - SHARE A LESSON WITH A FRIEND 2:1
£200 for a package of 5 lessons per adult. Lessons are once a week ( 30 min ) for 5 consecutive weeks or twice a week ( 45 min ) for 2 consecutive weeks. Price is based per individual and works out as £40.00 per person. Swimmers' swimming ability has to be at the same level.


ADULTS SWIMMING
( 45 min )


PAY AS YOU GO - AD HOCK 1:1
covers sporadic lessons bookings - £100.00

PAY AS YOU GO - AD HOCK 2:1
£85.00 per person

PACKAGES 1 : 1
£400 for a package of 5 lessons. Lessons are once a week ( 45min ) for 5 consecutive weeks or twice a week ( 60min ) for 2 consecutive weeks. Price of each individual lesson is £80.00.

CRASH COURSES
Lessons every day for 5 days £85.00 1:1/ £70.00 2:1

PACKAGES - SHARE A LESSON WITH A FRIEND 2:1
£400 for a package of 5 lessons per adult. Lessons are once a week ( 45 min ) for 5 consecutive weeks or twice a week ( 60 min ) for 2 consecutive weeks. Price is based per individual and works out as £80.00 per individual. Adult’s swimming ability has to be at the same level.

ADULTS SWIMMING
( 60 min)

PAY AS YOU GO - AD HOCK 1:1
covers sporadic lessons bookings - £120.00

PAY AS YOU GO - AD HOCK 2:1
£80.00 per person

CRASH COURSES
Lessons every day for 5 days £110.00 1:1/ £95.00 2:1

PACKAGES 1 : 1
£500 for a package of 5 lessons. Lessons are once a week for 5 consecutive weeks. Price of each individual lesson is £100.00.

SHARE A LESSON WITH A FRIEND 2 : 1
£375 for a package of 5 lessons per person. Lessons are once a week for 5 consecutive weeks. Price of each individual lesson is £75.00. Adult's swimming ability has to be at the same level.

Swimming based on THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
(60min)
Swimming based on principles of the Alexander Technique. The main priority of this form of teaching is to get you at ease without any hurry in the water, rather then to get you to move through the water. It is a slow pace of learning preventing you from feeling panicked.


PAY AS YOU GO - AD HOCK 1:1
covers sporadic lessons bookings - £140.00

PAY AS YOU GO - AD HOCK 2:1
£90.00 per person

CRASH COURSES
Lessons every day for 5 days £120.00 1:1/£105.00 2:1

PACKAGES 1 : 1
£550 for a package of 5 lessons. Lessons are once a week for 5 consecutive weeks. Price of each individual lesson is £110.00.

SHARE A LESSON WITH A FRIEND 2: 1
£400.00 for a package of 5 lessons per person. Lessons are once a week for 5 consecutive weeks. Price of each individual lesson is £80.00. Adult's swimming ability has to be at the same level.


ARTISTIC SWIMMING ( Synchronised Swimming)
CHILDREN & ADULTS ( 60 min )

Synchronised swimming skills with basic body positions, movements, figures and skills to hold breath.


PAY AS YOU GO - AD HOCK 1:1
covers sporadic lessons bookings - £120.00

PAY AS YOU GO - AD HOCK 2:1
£80.00 per person

CRASH COURSES
Lessons every day for 5 days £95.00 1:1/ 80.00 2:1


BIRTHDAY PARTY LESSON WITH FRIENDS
A package of 2 - 3 hours lessons with a group of up to 20 individuals.

Price of 5 individuals in a lesson is £30.00 per hour
Price of 10 individuals in a lesson is £25.00 per hour
Price of 20 individuals in a lesson is £20.00 per hour

Swimmers’ swimming ability has to be at the same level. A swimmer needs to have ability to swim at least 25m with ease.






Lessons offered by Sanela
Individual
The lessons will be held
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Swimming
  • Synchronized swimming
Levels
  • All Levels

Sanela's CV

Gold medalist and record breaker in the 100m and 200m backstroke from 1986 to 1991;
* FINA JUDGE at National and International competitions. FINA is an International federation recognised by the International Olympic Committee.
• ASA (QCF) Level 1 & 2 in Coaching Swimming;
• ASA Level 1&2 Certificates in teaching Swimming;
• ASA Level 1&2 Certificates in Synchronised Swimming;
* STA Baby and Pre-School Diploma Up-Skill,
* RLSS National Rescue for Swimming Teachers and Coaches,
* First Aid Award with CPR.

33 reviews on Sanela
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.
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Francis

Perfect! I woke up Monday morning convinced big bodies of water and I were natural enemies. I couldn't float, wouldn't dare put my head under water and generally feared pools....Now it's a Thursday of the same week and have had my 4th lesson with Sanela. Not only am I more confident in the water but I'm doing front crawls and swimming underwater and trying to perfect hand stands! This lady is an ocean of teaching knowledge (all puns intended). Not only did she break things down in a way I could understand and pushed me to learn at a pace she knew I could learn (even when I didn't believe I could myself) , but she's been very patient and kind.

I can only put 5/5 on this review because there isn't an 11/5 option. I highly recommend!!

Sanela's response

Taking a leap of courage to learn how to swim as an adult is a big step. Francis was determined to do it! His enthusiasm was unbeatable and the fear is definitely no longer holding him back. Well done!

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Freya

Perfect! Sanela is an excellent swimming instructor! She is very professional, knowledgeable and patient. Her lessons are very fun and my daughter looks forward to the class every time!!

Sanela's response

Delightful and vibrant Kelly is greatly confident in streamline positions of front crawl and backstroke and is able to swim good distance in leg kick drills. As a member of one of London's swimming clubs she needed some help in understanding propulsion in front crawl and breaststroke swimming. Our main task was to improve her propulsion ability of the pull in frontcrawl by determining the surface area of the hand and in breaststroke kick in practicing to avoid screw kick and focusing on instep of feet pushing backward and the peak force occurring  when the feet are about half way back toward complete extension of the legs. 

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Uchechi

Perfect! Sanela is an excellent teacher! She has really helped build my confidence in swimming and now I’m nit so scared of getting into the pool. With just a few lessons, I’m already feeling like a pro! I had to take a break from my lessons for medical reasons but I really can’t wait to start off again! Sanela is Highly recommended, she is gentle and her tutoring style is top notch

Sanela's response

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Daria

Perfect! Sanela has been teaching swimming to my kids for a couple of months now. She is highly professional, enthusiastic and she loves what she is doing which is so important. It has been a pleasure to be working with her.

She has also given a couple of classes to my husband who also enjoyed the lessons.

Sanela's response

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Nauf

Perfect! Sanela was absolutely amazing ! My 2 year old felt very comfortable being in the water with her from the start . I am so glad we found her !

Sanela's response

Have thoroughly enjoy the interaction with lively and delightful little boy Badr who has embraced his new experience with water.

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Sian

Perfect! Sanela has achieved a small miracle with my daughter who has learnt to swim with Sanela in just 2 hours!

Sanela is calm, patient and has the ability to instill confidence in children which is so important for learning.

Thank you Sanela!

Sanela's response

Amelie responded well in her first lesson. She managed to learn to float on her front within the first 20 minutes of the lesson. I was very delighted for this little girl. An amazing result!

27 recommendations

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Brian

Sanela is a great coach and has helped me modify my freestyle to become more efficient and less tiring. She is very motivational and empathetic. She has a very gentle and charming way of teaching. I would definitely recommend her. 5 Star teacher !

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George

Sanela is a friendly and responsible swimming instructor. I tried to get her to teach my daughter 1.5 years ago but she was fully engaged, I tried again this summer and am glad that my persistence paid off. Sanela is a patient and meticulous in her teaching style, she cares about her student's performance and tries the best to find a way that suits the student.

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Aliya

Our son absolutely adores and loves swimming lessons with Sanela! She is a top professional and most importantly a very kind person. Our son has considerably improved his technique in a very short period of time and now wants to be a swimming captain at the school he attends. This is how confident he became.

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Wendy

She is an experienced Swimming tutor and her expertise teaching has put the kiss’s mind at ease. With her teaching, the kids has developed into confidence and capable child in swimming. I would highly recommend her as swimming tutor for your child and adults.

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Richard

I took swimming lessons with Sanela for her expertise in working with people like me with a fear of the water. Her mix of methodical approach to improving swimming technique combined with beginning to shift my relationship with water from fear to enjoyment was exceptional. I enjoyed every lesson and can’t wait now to get back in the water, which is a really novel feeling for me!

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Elizabeth

Sanela Is an exceptional person, I could only do a very poor breast stroke, never put my head under water, I am now confident in going onto the pool floor and swimming crawl with my head underwater. Highly educated with great motivation. Leaves you looking forward to your next lesson.
I have no hesitation in recommending Sanela
Elizabeth Crane

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Ruxandra

I would like to recommend Sanela for swimming lessons. I am a complete beginner and took a lot of time to decide starting swimming lessons because I feared it was too late at my age (mid 30s). At the beginning I wasn't sure what to expect and felt quite nervous but Sanela was so kind and reassuring that all the anxiety went away. Sanela is an excellent tutor, she is calm, gives clear directions and is very skilful at inspiring confidence. After only 3 lessons with her I am for the first time able to relax in water facing down and in control of my breathing. She made me trust my abilities and look forward to my next lesson. I would highly recommend Sanela to anyone looking for a swimming tutor, including adults who are complete beginners in water!

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Katalin

Sanela connected with my children for the first sight and after one lesson the children confidently went under water - which they were not keen to do before.
Her teaching method is very efficient, children learn swimming in a playful way, having lots of fun during the lessons.

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A

Sanela is amazing with children. Not only is she an extremely competent swimming instructor but she has a great understanding of pedagogy and it becomes evident she loves teaching children. Watching our son's progress with Sanela after trying so many different swimming schools and incompetent instructors has been incredibly rewarding. He accomplished with Sanela in months, what he didn't accomplish in years. We couldn't recommend Sanela more.

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Christian

In January 2020 I took the decision to learn how to properly swim. I was looking for 1:1 class near work (before the pandemic), with somebody who could gradually work on the basics and then improve my confidence and my technique. Sanela has been absolutely amazing. She is true professional, both in terms of technique and in terms of coaching. She listen, observes and explain very clearly and thoughtfully. My technique and confidence made huge leaps at each session - Sanela very quickly identifies what needs to be worked on, helps you overcome fear of water, works on every aspect of the technique, and gently pushes you to reach the goals. Having a swimming coach like Sanela makes a huge difference, and I warmly recommend her to anyone interested in learning how to swim or improve swimming skills.

Interview with Sanela

QUESTION 01 | 08
What age did you start playing sport? Tell us about this time or moment in your life.
Sanela — I have always been a bit of a water baby. I developed a passion for water sports from a young age and have a very wide background and knowledge of aquatic sports including swimming, synchronised swimming and waterpolo.



I was a competitive swimmer and subsequently a gold medalist and record breaker in 100m and 200m backstroke between 1986 - 1991 in Former Yugoslavia.



At later years as a master swimmer I practiced waterpolo and predominantly synchronised swimming. My swimming background helped but I had a lot to learn; control and poise became vitally important.



As part of a synchronised swimming team I competed in the European and World Championships and have been a gold medalist in the solo event at National Masters Level Competition in the UK. I enjoyed camaraderie of the sport.
QUESTION 02 | 08
What are your favourite sports; those that you practise at a high level, a simple hobby, and a sport that you'd still like to discover?
Sanela — My other hobbies include love for cars, reading, cooking and yoga. I would like to learn to ski.
QUESTION 03 | 08
What gives you the motivation and passion to pursue your sport?
Sanela — For me swimming has timeless allure. I feel free and at ease. It is one of the sports I will be able to enjoy until later years.
QUESTION 04 | 08
Do you have a sporting achievement that you're particularly proud of?
Sanela — In 1991, I moved to the UK. I then had the opportunity to swim with David Wilkie to raise money for The Leukaemia Trust and won best collection for the STORT Enterprise Trust.
QUESTION 05 | 08
How have your achievements and challenges made you a better sportsperson?
Sanela — A great component in doing any sport is the element of fun and enjoyment while practicing a new set of skills.



I was fortunate enough to have supportive parents and coaches to provide me with the right guidance to start this journey. The rest of it was down to my own personal ambition.



Being involved in sport has thought me how to deal with time management, follow the rules, be part of a team, accept a loss without making excuses, learn to respect others and deal with self - control.
QUESTION 06 | 08
If you had to go for a jog with a famous athlete, who would you choose? And what questions would you ask them?
Sanela — As a kid I remember watching brilliant Franz Klammer dominating ski slops during his time with a win after win in downhill cup titles.



I would ask him how did he develop his ski style without being too aggressive and how did he manage to ski on the absolute edge yet stay in complete control at 80 mph?!
QUESTION 07 | 08
How do you help people stay motivated?
Sanela — I think it is important to create a good and positive environment that is fun. Like that students will value the enjoyment of sport above winning. Winning comes later once they feel entrench in sport they are practicing.
QUESTION 08 | 08
What makes you a Superprof in sports?
Sanela — Define your goal - stay focused - avoid the reasons not to do it - take small steps towards it - enjoy the journey in getting to your goal.

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