The purpose of the Viking Aquatic
Club is to develop swimming skills, strength and endurance,
while promoting a healthy competitive nature in our swimmers. These
goals can only be obtained by teamwork. This teamwork includes
developing relationships between coaches and swimmers, parents and
coaches, and swimmers and parents. Our club depends on a good
communication system between all the participants, coaches,
swimmers and parents.
The club makes demands on parents, swimmers
and the coaching staff. The demands on the parents are very
important. For the parents there is a time commitment between
practice and meets, a financial commitment, as well as the
commitments as a volunteer (i.e. working at meets, fund-raisers,
annual dinners, etc.).
For the athletes, the commitments can be
very demanding. Practice demands hard work and a commitment to
improve. ESSL meets are held for every swimmer. The athlete must
take on responsibilities for her/himself as well as the whole
The coaching staff feels that the demands
made by the club will help develop the athlete into a well-rounded
young person. The following are some ways we believe you will help
us achieve our goals:
Get to know the coaches. They are always
available after practice. Feel free to communicate any problems or
Understand that competition can be a thrill
that our athletes will enjoy. Although it means hard work, it can
be fun. It does not always mean winning. Improving in skills, times
and attitudes are equally important goals.
Understand the courage required when an
athlete competes. When a swimmer competes, they are taking a risk.
Therefore competition and risk taking require courage and develop
strength and character.
Remember that coaches and parents cannot
compete. When this occurs, the all-important communication system
can fall apart.
We believe the Viking Aquatic
Club can be advantageous for the athletic swimmer, the
coaching staff, and the parents of the