Being a swim parent isn’t easy. If it were, we’d have pools on every street corner, instead of one in town that only has four lanes. How many parents would be willing to sit in hot bleachers or stand for hours timing all weekend, just to see their child swim for a few minutes? How many parents are willing to drive their swimmers to meets at four o’clock in the morning, only to dive home at nine o’clock at night? Swim parents have to be unselfish, dedicated, loving, committed, & invested to support their children while participating in this sport.
The two most important things we tell swimmers when they start out in our program is that they are here to (1) have fun, and (2) work hard. Some kids take one to heart more than the other, but at the end of the day those are the two most important aspects of the sport. It is incredibly important for the parents to agree to these terms as well- your role is supportive emotionally & financially. If you truly want your children to enjoy swimming and you want to help them succeed, and if you want your children to swim for life, not just as children (what other sport has an age group for over 100 years of age?), then simply remember those two small goals- have fun & work hard.
A swimming career is a marathon, not a sprint. To help you we’ve compiled a list of articles with tips & tricks on how to thrive (not just survive) as part of your swimmer’s support system in the wonderful world of swimming.
Communicating with Coaches
Communicating with your Swimmer
Become a Winning Swim Parent
For Newer Parents
Remember, if you ever have any questions... ask your coaches (or my Mom- she did it for 20+ years & still counting... because being a parent of a swim coach isn't easy either)!