Potomac Valley Swimming
Level 1

Why a Symbol?

Human cultures use symbols to express specific ideologies and social structures and to represent aspects of their specific culture. Thus, symbols carry meanings that depend upon one's cultural background; in other words, the meaning of a symbol is not inherent in the symbol itself but is culturally learned. A cultural symbol is a physical manifestation that signifies the ideology of a culture or that merely has meaning within a culture. Culture is an accumulation of the beliefs, traditions, language and values of a group of people. Generally, it is an object representing another to give it an entirely different meaning that is much deeper and more significant.

The honu or Hawaiian green sea turtle symbolizes good luck, endurance and long life and really encompasses the meaning of our BLUE WAVE ‘ohana.

‘Ohana extends beyond your core family to include both blood and other people such as friends, co-workers, teammates, classmates, teachers, etc…basically your informally adopted kin. Being part of an ‘ohana comes with the responsibility to act with integrity and to bring honor to them.

The BLUE WAVE ‘ohana. We want to see relationships grow, sustained for the long haul. For this reason, we are focused on community. There’s a saying: “Prepare for the seven generations ahead.” That means do your work so that those seven generations from now, will also benefit. In turn we share in the responsibilities of our ‘ohana and some of these responsibilities include: care for, relate to, lead, direct, build relationships, plan, organize, teach, mentor or be a role model.

Kaizen - Change is Good

Kaizen is all about change, the practice of continuous improvement. One of the most notable features of kaizen is that big results come from many small changes accumulated over time. It is about aiming to find small changes or actions you can make starting today. This is the foundation for making habits stick.

Kaizen teaches you to embrace the process of becoming an improved version of ourselves. The reason to this is motivation. Motivation comes:

  • When you realize you can become better at what you do.
  • When you are able to detect what you are doing wrong and identify what you need to do in order to fix it.
  • When you start seeing the results and your body reacts differently to the same stimuli.

The good thing of kaizen in sports is that it allows motivation to stay because we are not perfect; we are all a work in progress.

Tabano is Dedication

This is an African Adinkra symbol called tabono. Tabono means “oar” or “paddle” in the Adinkra language of Western Africa. It is a symbol of unity of purpose, strength, confidence and hard work to reach a destination or goal. Drawn as four conjoint paddles/oars, tabono symbol means that one cannot simply achieve greatness without sacrificing, working hard and staying strong.

Why do you do something? By joining BLUE WAVE, you share the team’s purpose on becoming the best person you can become through the dedication of mastery in the sport of swimming. Dedication to this purpose gives us common ground to stand upon in our individual journeys. When we have purpose, it helps us navigate the choices we must make each day. From what to eat, when to go to bed, how we treat each other, etc…