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Benefits of Swim Team for Kids
We Had Our Own Relay on the Swim Team!
Top Benefits For Kids Joining the Swim Team
- Exercise and life skills
- Individual and team sports
- Making friends
- Self confidence
I have always viewed reading, riding a bike and learning to swim as essential skills for young children. When we had five children under five, the thought of joining a pool and being able to manage the group was daunting. However, we found a pool that is a perfect fit for us and we have been members ever since.
We love our summer pool. Not only does it have an amazing neighborhood atmosphere, the prices are reasonable and swim lessons and swim team are including in the membership rate.
We joined three years ago and began participating in swim lessons immediately. Last summer was the first year our family participated in swim team. This year, four of the five kids were members of Team Barracuda!
There are some amazing benefits for children on the swim team.
Our Children Enjoyed the Summer Swim TeamClick thumbnail to view full-size
Swim Goggles for Children
Exercise and a Life Skill
I joined the swim team when I was five years old. Back then, we had to swim forty-two feet to our catcher (just over halfway in the pool). Participating on the swim team, we quickly learned how to perfect our strokes, breathe properly and how to dive into the water.
We were practicing one of the best whole body exercises, swimming.
Swimming is a great workout for anyone starting an exercise regime due to the lack of impact on the joints and the body in general. Additionally, there are benefits to learning to swim including understanding water safety and the ability to tread water.
A couple of years ago, I would not have let the children attend swim parties. I was not confident in their water abilities. Swim lessons allowed me to feel better about my children's water safety. Swim team has allowed me to become very confident in their abilities.
Cheer for Your Friends During a Swim Meet
Swim Programs Have a Team Atmosphere
Swim team has both individual and team components. When competing in an individual event, your goal is to improve upon your personal best time. Your ability to place in the race generates points for your team as well. If you are in a relay, you and three of your team mates compete together to improve upon your relay’s personal best time. Like individual events, relays generate points for their entire team.
Swim team is an excellent sport for children who benefit from an individual sport atmosphere, but also want to be part of a team.
Swim Team Finals!
Making Friends on the Swim Team
However, swim team is more than just swimming in races. In fact, we spend more time sitting than competing. What happens when you are on a swim team and it is not your time to swim?
This is when friends are made and team bonding occurs. Between races, you might be sitting with your team mates playing card or cheering on others that are racing. When I was a kid, we brought our sleeping bags, jello packs, snacks and hung out with our friends until we were reminded it was time to head to the bullpen.
In the bullpen, the swimmers wait to be organized by event numbers and heats. While you wait, kids continue to chat and have fun.
Some of my best friends growing up were on my swim team relays. My kids made new friends this summer as well.
Most Improved Award at the Swim Team Picnic
Fun Swim Caps for Children
Swim Team Increased Our Children's Confidence
Summer swim team usually runs from June through late July. In addition to becoming more proficient swimmers, the kids are proud of the progress they made this summer. They know they are better swimmers and this has increased their self confidence.
My daughter was named most improved girl for the swim team this year. She began the season needing to stop on the wall for the 25 meter freestyle and ended the season swimming the whole length without stopping. My boys each received medals for qualifying for finals.
The look of pride and awe in their faces when their names were called to receive their awards made the season a success.
Our Two Year Old is Still Practicing During Swim Lessons
Are your children on the swim team?
Our Whole Family on the Swim Team?
I look forward to our two year old joining swim team. He can’t swim yet, but he is doing swim lessons and getting more confident in the water. This year, we even had one relay entry that was all four of my children in one race. They came in solid last, but I could not have been more proud of my kids or the fact that I was the Mom to every kid on the relay.
If you belong to a pool and your children can swim a length of the pool, consider joining the swim team. The exercise, life skill and team experience is an amazing way to spend the summer break with friends.