Having your kids take swim lessons is a must nowadays. It isn’t like it was back in the 1980’s when your parents tossed you off the dock into a freezing lake and thought nothing of it.
How joining the local swim team changed my son
My son started taking swim lessons when he was 6 years old. He dabbled in the pool when he was little but was never really a fan of the water. He would complain that the water was too cold, too dirty, too germy or even too blue. He seemed to always avoid the water at all costs. When we moved into our new house back in 2013 we bought an Intex Saltwater Pool for the backyard. My daughter was accustomed to having access to a pool because we had a neighborhood pool next to our former residence (townhouse.) Setting up the pool was relatively easy (we paid my brother-in-law to do it). My son enjoyed playing in the pool and started to appreciate water.
Introducing swim lessons
After about a month of splashing around in the pool, my son’s interest in learning how to swim piqued. So, we signed him up at a local fitness club and he began to take swim lessons. Within four lessons, he became a swimmer! He asked us if he could continue with the lessons because he wanted to learn all the different strokes. Three months later, he was turning into this naturally gifted and passionate swimmer. His instructor approached us after one of his lessons informing us that she has taught him everything she knows and suggested that he join the local swim team because he is extremely talented. Our son agreed! He asked to join the swim team!
WHAT!? He wants to join the swim team?!
A little back story…Our son has historically been very quiet, shy, and didn’t make friends easily. He felt like he didn’t have a ton in common with kids because they all were playing sports and such. Our son was never really interested in playing sports. Whether it’s baseball, soccer, basketball, or even learning how to ride a bike or any other of the “typical” boy things that boys do. Instead, he was busy learning how to read, write, being creative with art, learning about history and he has this great passion for playing/building legos. He discovered legos when he was two and there was no going back! But… that’s another story. Anyways, joining the swim team became a huge celebration! We went to dinner at his favorite restaurant: Panera.
Our local swim team
Is AMAZING! I can’t even begin to say enough about this team! The coaches are fantastic! They’re talented swimmers, kind, patient, terrific athletes and some were even in the Olympics! There are over 150+ kids on the team during “Summer Swim” (the Summer Swim Program) which is a ton considering we live in Vermont. Most of the kids are from our County but there are a few kids that have an hour commute one way just to be on our team. Why?! Because our local swim club is the BEST! The Edge has won The State Championships 3 years in a row! Our team is undefeated! But, the coaches don’t focus on the win and they certainly don’t teach the kids that. Their philosophy: Process over results. Team over individual. Have fun. Win the EDGE way! “Winning the Edge way is simple – knowing you gave it your all!” I love their philosophy and the positive vibes you get just being around the coaches. They cheer for all the kids, give them all high-fives and give them positive feedback about their practice or race.
If your child doesn’t have an interest in the typical “ball” related sports or they’re just consumed by electronics (which is so easy to do nowadays with i-pads-phones-computers), or even has a hard time making friends, then I highly recommend getting your child involved with your local swim team. Here is how joining the local swim team changed my son after 3 years of being on the team.
How joining the local swim team changed my son
- He is confident – he walks around with this confidence now that we never really saw before
- He has made many incredible friends that he has a ton in common with. Some of these kids are even his Best Friend’s now
- He has wonderful relationships with his coaches
- He is so proud of himself and all of his accomplishments (so are we!)
- Physically his posture is much better and he is gaining muscle
- He has really come out of his shell and is definitely more outgoing and isn’t as shy as he use to be
- He is proud to say that he is a “Swimmer” and now LOVES water
- Now that he is an extremely strong swimmer he loves swimming in deep lakes or the ocean.
- He is more adventurous and loves to explore outside more
- He looks forward to going to practice and competing (although there are some days where he doesn’t want to!)
- Being a part of a team has made him feel accepted and form these great relationships even with the older kids
- He has learned the valuable life lesson of “Hard work pays off” – plus the life skill of knowing how to swim
- He has and is making memories that will last a lifetime
“I’m a strong swimmer”
If you ask my son how joining the local swim team changed him.. he would say. “I’m a strong swimmer, I get to eat more because I burn a ton of calories at practice, I love my team, friends, and coaches!” My son spent most of the Summer watching the Olympics and was completely inspired by Michael Phelps. We ordered 2 pairs of the Exceed Goggles and noticed a huge difference in our son’s confidence and speed. He says he has better visibility and refuses to wear any other goggle. At his first State meet (see pic below) he came in 3rd for breaststroke, 4th for backstroke and 3rd in his relay (team race) out of dozens of boys that were 8 years and younger. He loves saying “I’m the 3rd fastest breaststroke swimmer for kids 8 years and younger in the WHOLE State of Vermont!” We are incredibly proud of all of his accomplishments and look forward to watching him grow more into this sport that he now loves!
Please let me know if your child ends up joining your local swim team! I would love to hear about it! I know how awesome this sport is! Plus, it’s super fun to watch!