12 Reasons Why Swim Parents Should Join Masters

by Elizabeth Wickham

One of the best things I did for my kids was sign them up for the swim team. They learned many things, such as perseverance, time-management, good sportsmanship, plus they’re physically active and fit. With all those great reasons, doesn’t it make sense that swim parents should dive into the pool, too? I decided to give it a try. I’ve been swimming for 16 months now and I believe it’s one of the best things I’ve done for myself in a long time.

When I started, it was a struggle to make it across the pool. I knew only one stroke, freestyle, but I didn’t know how to breathe. I now have four strokes—sort of—but more importantly, a new appreciation for my kids.

Here are 12 reasons why all swim parents should join masters:


You will truly appreciate what your kids have been doing on a daily basis.


You can complain to your kids about the hard main set.


You’ll be even more impressed with your kids’ endurance and speed.


You’ll get out of your comfort zone and try something new which is a good thing. Really.


You’ll think twice about not taking your kids to practice, because you know the importance of consistency.


You’ll recognize the bond your kids have with other swimmers, because you have your own swim buddies, too.


You’ll develop a better understanding of your coach’s skill, expertise, and what a coach’s schedule is like.


You’ll enjoy the tiredness and great night’s sleep that swimming brings.


It’s a low impact sport, which is better for older bodies than say running, football or ice hockey.


You’ll understand that small accomplishments and improvements will keep you—and your kids—in the water.


You’ll be less critical of your kids times and focus more on the process.


All parents can learn how to swim and join Masters. You don’t have to be a super athlete to do it.

Why do you think swim parents should join masters?

Elizabeth WickhamElizabeth Wickham volunteered for 14 years on her kids’ club team as board member, fundraiser, newsletter editor and “Mrs. meet manager.” She’s a writer with a bachelor of arts degree in editorial journalism from the University of Washington with a long career in public relations, marketing and advertising. Her stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines including the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Parenting and Ladybug. You can read more parenting tips on her blog.

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Mary ellen kane
6 years ago

I am interested but have no kids is that ok. Do you have to start out an expert swimmer? I am go swimteam in high school but 60 yrs tomorrow & know its tge sport for aging!

7 years ago

Also, it prevents helicopter parenting – mainly those who try and override the coach – during practices and meets (especially if you are on the same team, swimming at similar times).

Reply to  James
7 years ago

The same team? Where are you from? I don’t know of any US or Canadian masters teams that are integrated into a kids teams.

Master Swim Mom
Reply to  Catherine
7 years ago

I swim on the same U.S. team as my kids. I swim Masters which has different practice schedule but same team. I think it’s pretty common in So Cal. Check out US Masters for a team near you. Swimming is awesome!

Reply to  Catherine
6 years ago

Ours is but the old people only practice twice a week, separately and with a different coach. They only share the team name and crooked management.

Master Swim Mom
7 years ago

14. Being on a team is fun, regardless of your age.

Paul Szuszkiewicz
7 years ago

Now that I am back in the pool I am encouraging my wife and kids who were all swimmers back in with me. In February we will have a our first grandchild maybe I will have success there.

7 years ago

13. When your kid’s swimming career is over and they’re in town, they can join you at your master’s practice. With any luck, you can draft off them a bit.