Potomac Valley Swimming
Level 1


A man found a cocoon of a butterfly.
One day a small opening appeared.
He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours
as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole.
Then it stopped, as if it couldn’t go further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly.
He took a pair of scissors and
snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon.
The butterfly emerged immediately but
it had swollen body and shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch it,
expecting that at any minute the wings would enlarge
and expand enough to support the body.
Neither happened!
In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life
crawling around.
It was never able to fly.

What the man in his kindness
and haste did not understand:
The restricting cocoon and the struggle
required the butterfly to get through the opening
was a way of forcing the fluid from the body
into the wings so that it would be ready
for flight once that was achieved.

Sometimes struggles are exactly
what we need in our lives.
Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us.
We will not be as strong as we could have been
and we would never fly.

By: Author Unknown

The above poem sums up the basis of our team philosophy. 

It is our belief that by providing the necessary environment and leadership to teach and guide our athletes they will maximally develop and realize their talents and abilities as a swimmer.  Also, by promoting hard work, discipline, perseverance, and self reliance they will develop the character traits necessary to accept risks and endure failure so they will embrace opportunities earned by them and not fear them.

The BLUE WAVE program endeavors on inspiring concepts such as; personal responsibility, self-discipline, passion, goal setting and goal achievement, and teach how each relates to the successes in training and competition. 

Work does things.  Hard things take time to do.  Impossible things take a little longer.  That said, patience and persistence are encouraged so that each swimmer becomes conscious of the importance of never quitting, and rising up every time they fail.  Remembering that the only real mistake is the one from which nothing is learned.

Above all, we believe that attitude is the key to success or failure in almost any of life’s endeavors.  Attitude, perspective, outlook, feelings about oneself and other people determine a persons priorities, actions, and values.  Attitude determines how you interact with other people and most important how you interact with yourself.  We aim to foster an environment where each swimmer is able to develop that positive, winning attitude so they are able to reach their fullest potential as an individual and an athlete.