13 Perks of Being A Swimmer


We can do impressive amounts of sit-ups in gym class. Girls, use this to your advantage. Always bet the non-swimmer boys you can beat them. You probably can.


Waking up for school? No big deal. It’s a cup of tea compared to our summer training schedule.


You know what they say about a swimmer’s body, “Hottie lamottie with a swimmer’s body.” Enough said.

Nathan Adrian, Anthony Ervin, 50 free, 2012 US Olympic Trials (Photo Credit: Tim Binning)

Nathan Adrian, & Anthony Ervin,  (Photo Credit: Tim Binning)


Our addition and subtraction skills must be fantastic at this point, what with all the splits you calculate during practice! (Okay, maybe not mine…but they’re improving.)

PaceWatch (courtesy of Brilliant Swim)

PaceWatch (courtesy of Brilliant Swim)


We burn 3,000+ calories a day. We’re basically machines, and we get to eat all of those calories afterwards.


Taper. Non-swimmers don’t have the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of taper, and who would want to miss out on that?


People are fascinated by our sport. “So, you swim, are you like Michael Phelps?”

Michael Phelps, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships (courtesy of Paul Younan)

Michael Phelps  (courtesy of Paul Younan)


Knowing other swimmers. I have yet to meet a swimmer I don’t like. In my (totally unbiased) opinion, we’re all really awesome people.

Michael Phelps by Mike Lewis-3


Lifeguarding. Is it just me, or is there some unwritten rule that swimmers=lifeguards?


Sweatpants. Practice is the perfect excuse to wear sweatpants. Any time, any place. Just came from practice? Totally understandable.


Peeing in the pool. Regular people use bathrooms. So basic.

pee in the pool, peeing in the pool, Cartman, Southpark image


Breath-holding contests. This is your time to shine. Those non-swimmers ain’t got nothin on you.

underwater photos

Roy Burch at Queen’s University.  (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)


Pride. Be proud-you’re one of the few. Not many people could handle a sport as rigorous as swimming.

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6 years ago

#11. Could we get away from the notion that peeing in the pool is normal and acceptable? There have been enough articles on swimswam that have pointed out the hazards of doing this.


And yes, there have been some smirking articles about this as well:

Besides being disgusting, peeing in the pool negatively affects performance. Please stop.

Reply to  Catherine
6 years ago

Clearly, my comment is not appreciated by my swimming peers. Or is that pee-ers?

Anthony R.
6 years ago

Yeah, Phelps is a great guy out of the pool.

6 years ago

Why are only the girls using sit-ups to their advantage? Why can the girls possibly beat the “non-swimmer boys”? Let’s move away from gender stereotypes and empower young people to take pride in their fitness capacities challenging everyone including themselves. #thatswhypbsmatter

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