Potomac Valley Swimming
Level 1

Before and After the swim meet - what to bring and what to do after

Mike Kraeuter

How can you help your child prepare for the meet?

Help them come up with a packing list for their bag, do not pack their bags for them.

What to have on that packing list:

  • Team suit
  • Team tshirt and sweat shirt
  • 2 Towels
  • 2 pairs of goggles
  • Competition name caps x 2
  • Crocks or sandals to wear around the deck
  • Water bottle with water in it and name on it.
  • Snacks that will help keep them energized, such as;
    • Fruit, pretzels, cooked pasta and veggies are your best bet (please no candy or chip packs)

What to do on the way home?

Be your child’s biggest cheer leader.

  • I loved watching you swim!
  • I loved seeing you cheer on your teammates!

Ask your child questions like;

  • How was your experience?
  • What is something you learned?
  • Did you help someone?
  • What did the coach say?
  • Who did you get to meet today?
  • What is something you learned about a teammate?

Be curious and ask open ended questions and play off their answers.