Parents, welcome! Welcome to the Norristown Area Aquatic
Swimming is a fantastic sport for children of all ages and
abilities that provides great opportunities for them to learn and
grow while learning a life skill, having fun and making new
WHY SHOULD MY CHILD BE A SWIMMER?
Swimming is an outstanding activity for people of all ages.
Swimming promotes fitness and teaches a child to strive for
physical achievement. Many super-stars in other sports started out
as swimmers and gained strength and coordination that helped them
Swimming is an exciting individual and team sport.
Swimming is a technical and specialized activity involving
extensive skill development.
Swimming is a healthy "lifetime" activity. Participants may be 1 or
101 years old.
Swimming is relatively injury free in comparison to other youth
Swimming teaches the life lessons of sport and sportsmanship which
include learning to deal with winning and losing, as well as
working with officials, teammates and coaches.
Swimming motivates participants to strive for self improvement and
teaches goal orientation.
Swimming cultivates a positive mental attitude and high
Swimming can prevent drowning.
DID YOU KNOW?
Drowning is a leading killer of American children.
More than 30% of kids are at risk for obesity-related
Swimming is a cure.
While winning is nice, while setting a record, getting a best time,
or making a qualifying time feels good, we hope that our young
athletes learn more than, “It is great to swim fast.”
No where in human history or theology do we learn that the ability
to swim fast holds a very high priority in the grand scheme of the
universe. From a practical standpoint, over-emphasis on speed,
times and achievements will eventually end in frustration. No
matter how fast a young athlete swims, there will probably be
another swimmer in the next town, state, or country, swimming
faster, if not now, then next month. So as coaches and parents, ask
Did the child learn to swim with more skill this past season so he
or she is both stronger and safer in the water?
Did the child learn to exhibit initiative, wanting to come to the
pool and do the practice without having to be constantly pushed or
prodded by parents and coaches?
Did the child learn something about unselfishness, sacrificing his
or her personal wants for the good of others or the team?
Did the child benefit from the competitive experience, learning how
to handle winning and losing in our competitive
Did the child learn more patience in overcoming obstacles, setbacks
Did the child learn empathy?
In a few years, the medals and ribbons will be laid aside and best
times will be a hazy memory. The friendships that will develop and
the life skills learned will carry on for a lifetime.