So Now You’re a Swim Parent

  • Parents contribute to the success experienced by the child and the team. Parents serve as role models and their children emulate their attitudes. Be aware of this and strive to be positive role models. Most importantly, show good sportsmanship at all times toward coaches, officials, opponents and teammates. Remember that you are teaching your child at all times.
  • There are some great resources on the Swim Canada website especially for the newbie swim parent.
  • Click on How to Watch a Swim Meet for an understanding of the basics of a swim meet and swimmer strokes.
  • In the Long Term Athlete Development section are some informative downloadable PDF documents that discuss what to expect as our athletes develop and grow.

Physical Benefits of Swimming

  • Low injury rate
  • Swimming is relatively injury   free in comparison to other youth sports
  • High quality aerobic endurance   development
  • Swimming develops high quality   aerobic endurance; the most important key to physical fitness. In other   sports, an hour of practice may yield as little as 10 minutes of meaningful   exercise. Age group swimming teams use every precious minute of practice time   developing fitness and teaching skills.
  • More   thorough muscular development
  • Swimming does a better job in   proportional muscular development by using all the body’s major muscle   groups. No other sport does this as well.
  • Enhancement   of natural flexibility
  • Swimming enhances children’s   natural flexibility (at a time when they ordinarily begin to lose it) by   exercising all their major joints through a full range of motion.
  • Great coordination development
  • Swimming helps develop superior   coordination because it requires combinations of complex movements of all   parts of the body, enhancing harmonious muscle function, grace and fluidity   of movement.
  • Life-long fitness
  • Swimming is a sport that will   bring children fitness and enjoyment for life. Participants in Master’s   swimming programs are still training and racing well into their 80’s.
  • Cultivates positive self-esteem
  • In an era where children   struggle with self-esteem, positive body image and childhood obesity-related   illnesses, swimming cultivates a positive mental attitude, high self-esteem   and healthy fitness levels

Social Development Benefits of Swimming

  • Gender equality
  • Unlike many other sports,   competitive swimming is available to boys and girls of all ages. This is   actually more important than it seems at first glance. Most other organized   activities tend to segregate by age and sex. On a swim team, a ten year old   girl can be just as important as a sixteen year old boy. Small boys and girls   have equal rights on swim teams, too. It is an exciting individual and team   sport.
  • Larger social circle of   development
  • It encourages a more rounded   social development. This is partly related to the above paragraph and   swimming becomes a family type activity involving other swimmers, coaches,   officials and parents. It leads to a much wider circle of friends
  • Top academic achieving sport
  • It promotes self-organization   and discipline. Children who choose to swim, generally organize their daily   activities due to the tight schedule and this often shows up in the increased   ability to focus on specific tasks. It is one of the top academically   achieving sports.
  • Lifeskills development
  • Swimming motivates participants   to strive for self improvement and teaches goal orientation.
  • Age mixing
  • In open   meets, Juniors get a chance to swim in the same events as Seniors and   Champions in a manner denied in other sports.
  • Sportsmanship development
  • Swimming   teaches the life lessons of sport and sportsmanship which include learning to   deal with winning and losing, as well as working with officials, teammates   and coaches. Swimming is an exciting individual and team sport.