The Fondy Swim Club Team Philosophy

At Fondy Swim Club we believe that competitive swimming is more than learning and advancing swimming skills.  We believe that a swimmer’s success is measured not in increased swim times, but in personal growth and development.  Our team’s philosophy is encompassed in the words COURAGE and PERSEVERANCE.

 

COURAGE is the willingness to accept risks and endure failings. Courage does not exist unless there is a situation that presents the opportunity for success. We encourage our athletes to embrace these opportunities and not fear the outcome.

 

PERSEVERANCE is the backbone of success in any endeavor in life. One cannot succeed at the highest levels without enduring some set-backs. These difficult times can create a lack of faith, low self- esteem, and an obvious drop in enthusiasm. Perseverance is the quality that transcends these difficult times. It allows the individual to find the true strength of their character.

 

We believe the COURAGE and PERSEVERANCE developed by swimming will prepare our swimmers for the challenges they will face throughout their lives.

 

What Are The First Steps We Need To Take?

Where do we begin?  If you are looking to join our year-round team the first thing to do is click the link to Contact Us.  You will be given an opportunity to message the head coach to give us some information on your swimmer (age, swim experience, prior clubs) and we will contact you to schedule a time to tryout.  After your swim trial you will be given information on the level of swim/pratice time for your swimmer and then you will be able to complete the online registration.

Fondy Swim Club is a year-round competitive swim program, not an organization that offers swim lessons.    For swim lessons please contact the Fond du Lac Recreation Department  (https://fdlrecdept.recdesk.com) or contact the Fond du Lac Aquatic Center directly at 920-929-3536 to find out what programs are being offered. 

 

Fondy Swim Club Frequently Asked Questions

How many nights must my child practice? Attendance is based on level of swimming ability.  Our Beginner and Bronze level swimmers are expected to show up to practice 2-3 times a week. Our Silver level swimmers should plan on attending 3-4 times per week.  Gold level swimmers should expect to be at practice 5 nights a week.  Swimmers who plan to swim at higher level competitions (state level meets and above) are expected to make better than 80% of scheduled practices.  This does not include excused absences (i.e. illness, involvement in other school activities with coach’s knowledge.)

Are swim meets required? Do they cost extra?  Swim meets are optional, but we highly encourage participation.  Swim meets are where your swimmer gets personalized feedback on the skills they are learning and it is the time when most swimmers get to actually talk and build friendships with each other.   Each meet has its own set of entry fees and event fees and will cost between $10-30 per meet, depending on the meet.

Is there a volunteer commitment?  Swim meets are our biggest fund raisers!  A large, successful meet helps keep our swim fees down.  Every family is expected to work our monthly swim meets to help ensure the success of the meet.  The work session varies depending on the size of the meet and averages 3-5 hours each session.  A 1 day meet requires 1 session.  A 2 day meet requires 2 sessions.  These sessions are a great time to meet other parents, learn about swimming as a sport, and, of course, watch your swimmer.