New start in the water. Two stories from our new graduates.

New start in the water. Two stories from our new graduates.

Ny början i vattnet. Två berättelser från våra studenter

This year we are participating in TIA Stockholm (Early integration for asylum seekers in Stockhlom) with WATERSTART project and we have completed several swimming courses for asylum seekers over spring & summer.

Det här året deltar vi i TIA Stockholm (Tidiga insatser för asylsökande personer) med WATERSTART projekt. Vi har genomfört flera simkurser för asylsökande i vår och sommar.

Here are two of our students from Waterstart that we would like to highlight as they are continuing their way in the swimming world from complete beginners to swimming teacher assistants and life savers.

Här är två studenter från Waterstart som vi skulle vilja uppmärksamma för att de fortsätter sina väg inom simning från absolut nybörjare till livräddare och assistent till simlärare.

Danis, Uganda

(på svenska läs nedan)

Danis is from Uganda and is 38 years old. He has never even stepped into the water before joining our project. Why did he want to learn how to swim?
To get back to his home town part of the way he needs to take a boat. Every year people lose their lives in accidents on the water during this route. Safety breeches and complete lack of swimming skills and water safety knowledge cause people to panick and loose their life.
Danis came to our project with a mission. To not only learn how to swim himself, but even help more people in his home country to learn and to spread awereness of importance of swimming as a life saving skill.

In the first few lessons he was sinking like a stone and extremely nervous. However, he didn’t give up. He came to the classes every week, he put in the effort. After 15 weeks he was able to swim his first 10 m and then there was no way to stop him. 20m, 30m, finally 50m and after the summer camp in the open water here he was at Riddarfjärdsimningen taking his open water badge (200 m swim with a jump). He has also received training in HLR and life saving in open water.

But he is determined to train further. His goal is to be able to swim for three hours non stop, because in case of an accident back in Uganda, he would have to swim for several hours to stay alive.

Danis kommer från Uganda och är 38 år gammal. Han har aldrig varit i vatten förrän han deltog i vårt projekt. Varför ville han lära sig simma?
För att ta sig hem till sin by måste Danis åka båt. Varje år omkommer folk på grund av olyckor under färden. Brist på simkunnighet och kunskap i vattensäkerhet orsakar panik och resulterar i att folk dör.

Danis kom till vår projekt med ett mål. Han ville inte bara lära sig simma själv men också hjälpa andra människor i sitt hemland genom att sprida medvetenhet om hur viktig simning är som livräddningkunskap.

Under hans första lektioner sjönk Danis som en sten och han var väldigt nervös. Men han gav inte upp. Han kom till sina lektioner varje vecka and han jobbade hårt. Efter 15 veckor han kunde simma sina första 10 m och sen kunde ingenting stoppa honom. 20 m, 30 m och till sist 50 m. Efter sommarkollon i öppet vatten deltog han i Riddarfjärdsimningen då han efter att ha hoppat i djupt vatten simmade 200 m och uppnådde märket “vattenprovet i öppet vatten”. Han har också fått utbildning i första hjälpen och livräddning i öppet vatten.

Men han har bestämt sig att fortsätta träna. Hans mål är att kunna simma tre timmar utan avbrott, eftersom om det skulle hända en olycka i Uganda han skulle vara tvungen att simma flera timmar för att överleva.

Proud of you, Danis! Vi är stolta över dig Danis!

Danis with coach Qlasse during HLR training, spring 2019

Fereshte, Iran

(på svenska läs nedan)

Fereshte grew up in Iran and got higher education in agriculture. She started working in the industry and loved her job and her life. Starting 2017 things turned for the worst. Powerful earthquake left her home town in ruins. Her family and friends were all left without a place to live or means to support themselves.

She came to Sweden but then couldn’t come back due to recent political landscape changes that accompanied the natural disasters Iran faced over the past few years.

Fereshte felt lonely and depressed, she has continuous contact with a psycologist and is trying to find her place in her new country, not knowing when and if she will be able to come home.

Fereshte is 34 years old and never learned how to swim. She came to our courses to try something new and found more than she could hope for.

She found a new purpose and happiness in the water. In the summer she has started working as a swimming assistan teacher.

Feresthe växte upp i Iran och hon fick sitt diploma inom jordbruk. Hon började jobba inom industrin och hon älskade sitt jobb och liv. Från 2017 saker blev värre. En stark jordbävning skakade hennes hem och lämnade bara ruiner. Hennes familj och vänner lämnades utan någonstans att bo och utan möjlighet att försörja sig.

Hon kom till Sverige men kunde sen inte återvända till sitt land på grund av förändringar i politiskt landskap efter naturkatastrofer under det sista åren. Fereshte kände sig ensam och deprimerad. Hon är i kontakt med psykolog och försöker hitta sin plats i sitt nya land utan att veta när hon kommer att kunna återvända till sitt hem.

Ferseshte är 34 år gammal och hon har aldrig lärt sig simma. Hon kom till våra kurser för att prova någonting nytt men hon hittade mer än hon kunde hoppats. Hon hittade ett nytt ändamål och glädje i vattnet.
Hon har även redan börjat jobba som simlärarassistent i en annan simklubb.

We wish you all the success, Fereshte! Vi önskar dig all lycka och framgång, Feresthe!

Fereste’s home town after an earthquake was left in ruins.

Thank you everyone who participated in our Waterstart project so far and our coaches Qlasse, Holly, Milla & Saima. Here is a video with some bright memories from this spring semester.

Tack alla som deltog i vär Waterstart project så länge och tack till våra tränare Qlasse, Holly, Milla, Saima och Ho Yi. Här är en video med några minnen från vår terminen.

Memories from spring and summer with our TIA Project Waterstart

Our first Swimrun!

Our first Swimrun!

On July 13th, coach Saima and I (coach Milla) got to participate in our first ever Swimrun competition! Here’s a little bit of background for those of you who haven’t heard of swimrun competitions before:

Swimrun competitions are like triathlons, minus the biking portion. However, instead of running one longer distance followed by a long swimming distance, swimrun competitions consist of several running and swimming transitions. For example, the competition can begin with a 6 km run, followed by a 500m swim, followed by a 1km run, and so on. The competition apparel is usually the following: a swimrun wetsuit, which has a zipper in the front (compared to triathlon suits, which zip in the back), swimrun shoes (YES, you even swim with shoes on!), swim cap, goggles, paddles (for a stronger pull), and a pull-buoy (which helps prevent your legs from sinking from the weight of the shoes and also helps give your legs a break). 

The swimrun that we competed in was the Kalmar Swimrun. This specific course consisted of 18 km of running and 3.5 km of swimming, and you can see the course map below. What was special about this race was that it was done all done in pairs, so Saima and I swam and ran the entire distance side-by-side. In fact, the rules enforced that each pair had to be within 10 meters of each other at all times. It was an especially cool track, since we literally got to swim and run throughout the city of Kalmar- definitely an awesome way to get to see so much in such a short time! We even got to swim and run near the famous Kalmar Castle! There were roughly 200 competitors at this race, and we were amongst the few international competitors there.

Here is an overview of our race day!

9.00– Check-in for the race begins and a general information meeting is held in Swedish and English.

9.30– Quick warm-up run.

10.00– Race begins!

13.01– We crossed the finish line with a time of 3:01.44 and placed 3rd in the women’s division!

15.15– Prize ceremony begins, and the top 3 finishers from each division (Women’s teams, Men’s teams, Mixed teams) were awarded medals and gifts from the sponsors.

15.45– We explored Kalmar and the nearby Öland for the rest of the day!

Overall, this race was really fun yet challenging at the same time! It was so awesome that we placed so well at our first Swimrun, and I can’t wait to compete in another one!

Written by: Coach Milla 

Our coaches at Swim Open Stockholm

Our coaches at Swim Open Stockholm

On Saturday, Coach Saima and I (Milla Holmen)got the chance to spectate the Swim Open Stockholm competition, which was the third leg of the Nordic Swim Tour. The Nordic Swim Tour is a three weekend long competition featuring meets in three Nordic cities- Helsinki, Bergen, and lastly, Stockholm. These meets brought some of the world’s BEST swimmers, including Sarah Sjӧstrom, Katinka Hosszú, and other Olympic swimmers and world record holders, all to the same pool, and needless to say, was quite the event to watch.

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Simple core exercises for beginner swimmers

Simple core exercises for beginner swimmers

Swimming is not just about moving forward in the water by using your legs and arms. A strong core is a very importatnt building block for the swimmning technique.

In swimming we use our core muscles mostly for stabilisation. By improving your core strenght you will be able to hold your body straghter, throughout the position and creating less drag and

A strong core gives you a powerful platform from which you can pull, push and kick through the water, ultimately increasing speed. It also gives you a powerful start which you can use for push, kick and pull trough the water and it also helps you to keep your hips high, which reduces drag and makes you more efficient in the water.

Here are some examples for dry land exercises to improve core muscles. They are very simple and you can practise them anywhere.

Freestyle stroke:

Lie down on your stomach and stretch your arms straight out above your head (like Superman flying). Flex your glutes and tighten your stomach, then lift your right arm and left leg. Then do the other arms and leg.

Leg Kicks:

Lie down on the floor with your palms under your hips.Put your hand under your buttKeeping your abs tight, alternate between your right and your left leg, lifting each 45 degrees in the air and lowering to their starting position.Continue kicking your legs up in the air

The Plank:

Rest your forearms on the floor, with your elbows directly underneath your shoulders and hands facing forward so that your arms are parallel.end your legs out behind you and rest your toes on the floor. Your body should form one straight line from your shoulders to your heels.Make sure you are not dropping your hips or hiking your butt up high toward the ceiling.

Sit Ups:

Lie down on your back, keep your knees bent and feet flat on tha mat. Lift up your torso and sit up. Return to the startinh position by rolling down. If you want to make it more as a challange then pull up your legs in 90 degrees.

Swimming for asylum seekers

Swimming for asylum seekers

Today we have started our first courses of swimming for asylum seekers. We were excited and nervous, like everyone who starts something new (our beginners know how it feels when they start to swim with us from absolute zero).

We have opened 3 groups: Every Tuesday at 11, at 12 and at 13.00. 4 students in each one.

8 weeks of work is waiting for us and our new students! Look like it looks like HERE

We practice the same system and the same way of teaching as for our Regular swimming courses: small groups, semi individual teaching, highly professional coaches with a lot of experience, private, friendly and easy going atmosphere.

You are welcome to see how it went:

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A greeting letter from board

A greeting letter from board

Dear members of Stockholm Int Swimming Club,

2018 is over now! It is a perfect time to plan activities for 2019 and to let your New Year resolutions to come in true.
I would like to thank you all who were swimming with us in 2018 and welcome our new students who will join us in 2019.
2018 was a year of growth for us! We increased the amount of members by 182% and hope to continue this trend in 2019!
I would like to thank our wonderful coaches and our one and only administrator for their wonderful work that they performed with true passion.

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6 reasons to join SISC

6 reasons to join SISC

Everyone claims to be the best, so how are we different?
It is not too respectful to say that we are better than others, so we are just going to tell you our pros and differences. The right to make the conclusions is yours!

Our story began in 2015 when our co-founder coaches decided to create own school with a “better” teaching system based on their own teaching experience in other swimming clubs.

We implemented our most important conditions:

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Stockholm Triathlon 2018

Stockholm Triathlon 2018

Whats is your best plan for weekends? Our coaches can’t get enough of summer races which Stockholm offers to any sport addicted person. This time our co-founders Anna and Oxana have participated in Stockholm Triathlon.

The Stockholm triathlon celebrates 10th anniversary this year (2008-2018). As before, the competition was organized in the central parts of town, with only a few minor changes from previous years. The race’s hub with start, finish and meeting places were located at the magnificent town hall at Kungsholmen. The swimming took place in the glittering Riddarfjärden, the cycle along Norr Mälarstrand, across the Västerbron and Söder Mälarstrand. The closing race took place towards the city, across beautiful Norrbro and by the castle.

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