What made me to start “Swimming Dad”?

I’ve been in the water whole my life. So, I can openly say that for me swimming, just like writing and reading, is a basic life skill. Swimming has given me precious experiences, new knowledge and priceless friends. However, once I got the honourable “dad” title, I wanted to give swimming a “touch of warmth and colour”, as I believe we all learn as we live.

I wanted to share my more than two-decade coaching experience and knowledge about swimming and growing up from the point of view of a dad and an expert through the Swimming Dad concept www.swimmingdad.com That is why Swimming Dad is not only about my aquatic story, but also a story of my “small” family.

With the support of my wife and my Little Shark and Little Fish, I created my digital space of endless inspiration about love of water, swimming and children back in 2017. This little corner is designed for those who love swimming, healthy lifestyle, both physical and mental. Both for children and a great fun they can have in and out of the water, and for the parents who are their springboard into the world.

Though the articles, photos, videos about swimming and growing up I’m trying to use Swimming Dad to educate as many parents as possible, but also future mums and dads, aunts and uncles about swimming, and also motivate them to move and swim together with the children with no fear. All the stories I write are based on my personal experience in the work with the youngest, babies, Olympic and world medal winners, but also pregnant women, elderly and children with special needs. 

My hopes and dreams for the “Swimming Dad” community? 

Swimming is the beginning of everything. It’s easier to start swimming than start walking. It’s easier to use swimming as prevention than as a treatment. It’s easier to learn how to swim than to have a water-related accident and then start to lean how to swim.

I believe that using the Swimming Dad concept, a play in the water, concrete examples, educational material about swimming and growing up, I can motivate you to start swimming, feel safe in the water and enjoy it, the way my family does! I find it crucial that even at the micro level, I succeed in raising the awareness of parents, children and their friends about how swimming is such an important life skill.

I believe that we are all aware enough how water can be useful, and dangerous for our kids at the same time. That is why I would like parents to realise that swimming is not only a summer thing, but that it is a vital life skill every single child should master. It is never too late to get into the water and learn how to swim. It’s not a shame not knowing how to swim. But, on the other hand, don’t deprive yourselves and your kids of the benefits swimming can bring to you.

I hope that through the Swimming Dad community I can bring swimming closer to others in an educational, interesting and relaxed way, and thus help everyone. Yes, that’s right. To help those who are afraid of water, to those who can’t swim, and those who don’t have that opportunity, those with special needs, and those with corrective physical needs, to the elderly, young, sad, obese, shy and lonely.. EVERYONE.

I would love to minimize the fears and doubts parents have about swimming at the earliest age. Because, whether we like it or not, we are all role models to our kids even when it comes to healthy life style.  

This is why you should include swimming in your life, before it “excludes” you!

More about Swimming Dad… Who is Swimming Dad?

My name is Vladimir Anušić. I have a degree in physical education, with a Master’s Degree in Sports Management, and I work as a swimming instructor. I have more than 20 years of experience working as a swimming professional with children of different ages, from babies to teenagers and students. I am also very proud of my work with children with disabilities.

I am a great enthusiast and always striving for the maximum results. I believe in a continuous and lifelong learning and development. Above all, I believe in good, and not only ”smart” people. I am passionate about basketball and music. I also enjoy playing the saxophone, guitar and singing under the water.

I am the founder of the Baby Swim club in Belgrade and Novi Sad, currently in the idle phase until I find the right conditions to do what I have planned for babies and children in Serbia.

Throughout my rich and diverse career, I’ve gained substantial knowledge as the general secretary of the Swimming Association of Serbia, swimming instructor at the Faculty for Sports and Tourism, and Swimming Club Vojvodina.

I am currently working for Waves Swim Academy in Dubai.

In December 2017, I became the founder of the concept and the author of the Swimming Dad Blog www.swimmingdad.com

If you would like to get in touch and find out more about my professional experience, my projects and education, you can contact me via my LinkedIn profile or just drop me a line at vladimir.anusic@swimmingdad.com .