Swimming 101


This section of the Tyee website hosts articles about the benefits of youth participation in sport and some of the pitfalls that parents of competitive swimmers may fall into. 

Check back here now and then for new articles about the joys and challenges of being a swim parent...

How Can You Support Your Swimmer?

As a parent, you have a very important role to play in supporting your child to achieve the full benefits of a competitive sport program.  If you have questions or concerns about your swimmer, we encourage you to talk directly with their coach.  Arrangements to meet at a convenient time can be made by sending an email message to your child's coach or by asking to speak with the coach after practice. 

These "10 commandments" provide excellent overall guidance for creating the kind of supportive environment that will allow your swimmer to flourish.

The 10 commandments for parents

  • Thou shalt not impose your ambitions on thy child. Remember that swimming is your child's activity.
  • Thou shalt be supportive no matter what. 
  • Thou shalt not coach thy child. 
  • Thou shalt only have positive things to say at a swimming meet.
  • Thou shalt acknowledge thy child's fears.
  • Thou shalt not criticize the officials.
  • Honor thy child's coach. 
  • Thou shalt be loyal and supportive of thy team.
  • Thy child shalt have goals besides winning. 
  • Thou shalt not expect thy child to become an Olympian.

Read more: Mail Online, Sunday June 17, 2012

If you'd like to read more about how you can support your competitive swimmer, we highly recommend the book titled Swimming for Parents.  You can obtain a copy here