New England Swimming
Level 1

The Avenger Philosophy

The Aquatic Avenger Mission is to help our society’s youth grow into world-class citizens through the sport of swimming. The Avenger experience is one that facilitates athletic achievement by shaping and strengthening character attributes that drive success in life, not just the pool. We measure success through the personal and athletic growth of each individual Avenger and our success will never be measured by the number of All-American’s, Olympians, etc; produced by our program.

We at PVAA believe that the lessons we learn in the pool will transfer to the rest of our lives: team-first values, hard work/dedication, setting goals, understanding and dealing with stress/adversity, playing by the rules, respecting your competition, appreciating delayed gratification and more. Swimming is a powerful tool for growth. Let’s get the most out of it!


A Poem for the Swim Parent


I need a fan, not a coach.

I need a cheerleader, not one that boasts.

In my darkest hours, a shoulder to cry on is what you are.

Or a silly conversation after swim practice in the car.

What I need is a hug and a reassuring word,

Not worrying if I’m struggling to keep pace with the herd.

Can you help me grow in this sport that I love?

And pick me up when pressure rains down from above.

I’ll swim for the kid that first fell in love with the water.

Please help me blossom as a swimmer.


- Your aquatic son or daughter.