Expectations for my Child
How much can I expect my child to improve in the course of a season?
So many factors come into play when it comes to each individual child’s improvement…number of practices attended, commitment of child during practice, natural ability, drive and determination and readiness to learn, etc. Tidalwaves is proud to say that every child who participates on the team improves their swimming (as measured by their times) from the beginning of the meet season to the end. In general the youngest swimmers who are committed to 3-4 days of practice a week will improve anywhere from 10 – 60 seconds within the season—this is exciting for swimmers and parents alike. As the swimmers get older and more skilled the amount of improvement (as measured by their times) will usually not be as great, but the understanding and appreciation of what it took to get there will be.
How long will it take my child to learn all of the strokes?
This is again dependent on a variety of factors including number of practices attended, commitment of child during practice, natural ability, drive and determination and readiness to learn. Be patient. Some will get all of the strokes quickly and others will need more time. Be patient. If your child is having fun and enjoys coming to practice and to meets, your child is on the right path.
How can I best help my child to develop a love of the sport of swimming?
Let the coaches motivate the kids, let your kids find their own rhythm, and let their natural enthusiasm be their drive (or not). They may not get the connection between better practice attendance/effort and more improvement immediately, but when it does click for them, they’ll have a far greater love for the sport knowing it was their decision to work harder that resulted in their improvement.