Swimming classes with Martina Moravcova
Martina Moravcova: swimming champion at Forte Village Resort
Organising holidays with small children is not always a simple task: when adults dream of beautiful beaches and crystalline water, children’s desire is usually to be active and have fun.
It is easy to exercise and have fun in our Sport Academies, especially with our great champions of various disciplines including swimmer Martina Moravcova.
While mothers and fathers are discovering the benefits of a massage with Ayurvedic oils or enjoying a relaxing thalassotherapy treatment, children and teenagers can challenge themselves in the pool of our swimming academy and learn all the swimming styles with Martina Moravcova, one of the most prized swimmers of all time.
As well as being defined as one of the most complete sports because the exercise involves the entire body, swimming is very common and it has many benefits: it helps people to loose weight, it relaxes, it prevents stress and sleeping disorder, it strengthens the bones and muscles, it improves posture and breathing and it’s good for the heart because of the enhanced cardiac activity.
Forte Village in Sardinia is the ideal place for parents seeking an invigorating and regenerating holiday where children wishing to learn all sorts of swimming styles can have fun with great champions of this sport.
History and swimming styles: from prehistory to now
Swimming dates back to prehistory as we can discover by observing rock paintings in the Cave of Swimmers, a cave in south-east Egypt, near the border with Libia, in a region called Gilf Kebir in the Sahara desert. The drawing within the cave represent men as they perform swimming movements very similar to modern styles.
Another example was found in Egypt, where a depiction dating back in between 4000 BC and 9000 BC, shows four men intent on performing a crawl. Scripts on swimming appeared only in the 2nd millennium BC in documents like the Gilgamesh, the Illiade, the Odyssey, the Bible and the Beowulf. In 1538 the first book about swimming entitled Colymbetes was written by professor of German language Nicolas Wynman.
Competitive swimming appeared in Europe just in 1800, the backstroke was considered the principle style but later were introduced other swimming styles: the crawl, the butterfly, the frog, freestyle, the dolphin and mixed, meaning a combination of four different styles (butterfly, backstroke, frog, freestyle). A German man named Guts Muths organised swimming and diving competitions in 1833 for the first time and in 1873 John Arthur Trudgen introduced the crawl, copied by the swimming technique of native Americans. In 1896 swimming was included in the modern program of the Olympics in Athens, and in 1908 FINA, Féderation International de Natation Amateur, was founded.
A fun fact about the butterfly style is that is started out as a variation of the frog and was accepted as a defined style only in 1952.
The first Italian swimming champion to make history was Emilio Polli, and the first Italian to come first in the 100 m freestyle was Carlo Pedersoli, who then became a famous actor known as Bud Spencer.
The world champion in 100 m today is the American swimmer Caeleb Remel Dressel who also holds the USA record in the 50 m butterfly and world record in the relay race mixed 4×100 m in long pool.
Martina Moravcova: learn swimming styles at the Swimming Academy at Forte Village Resort
Swimming is a sport good for body, mind and heart and at Forte Village Resort, while mothers and fathers enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in our private spa, children can improve their swimming abilities or try diving with our expert swimming instructors.
Among the teachers at the Swimming Academy, from the 07/07 to the 20/07 there will be champion Martina Moravcova who will teach children and teenagers all the methods to help them improve their technique and performance.
Slovakian swimmer Martina Moravcova is specialised in freestyle swimming, the butterfly and mixed, her palmarés counts 67 medals including: 2 Olympic medals, 22 world medals and 43 European medals. She has also beaten 3 world records, 16 European records, 207 nationals and has won 105 gold medals plus the World Cup three times, thereby gaining the right to be a part of the FINA World Cup history.
Her incredible results have given her the opportunity of receiving important recognitions including the Tre Croci in 2012 and was elected the best Slovakian athlete six times.
The swimming course at the Swimming Academy is one week long, it can hold maximum 2-3 students at a time or individual lessons. The training is divided based on the preparation of the students:
- Beginner: the 1st level is for getting orientated in the pool, for floating, for breathing and elementary propulsion.
- Intermediate: the 2nd level is for perfecting backstroke, free style and learning the butterfly and dolphin.
- Advanced: the 3rd level is for perfecting the 4 swimming styles, starting and turning.