What To Look For In A Swim Coach

What To Look For In A Swim Coach

Parents often ask me what they should look for when choosing a swim coach for their child. I recommend that they move cautiously and consider all the facts, as a hasty decision could have far-reaching implications. To assist parents, I compiled a list of what I consider to be the most important points.

  • Look for a swim coach who shares your values.
  • Look for a swim coach who emphasizes technique.
  • Look for a swim coach who is invested in every swimmer no matter how fast or slow.
  • Look for a swim coach who places safety first.
  • Look for a swim coach you trust.
  • Look for a swim coach who is patient.
  • Look for a swim coach who is well-organized.
  • Look for a swim coach who genuinely likes kids.
  • Look for a swim coach who talks to parents.
  • Look for a swim coach who treats every swimmer with respect.
  • Look for a swim coach who makes an effort to connect with every swimmer.
  • Look for a swim coach who coaches 100% of practice.
  • Look for a swim coach who is open minded.
  • Look for a swim coach who motivates.
  • Look for a swim coach who views all levels of competition, from novice to the national level, as significant and worthy of attention.
  • Look for a swim coach who is ambitious.
  • Look for a swim coach who is fully committed.
  • Look for a swim coach who trains all strokes in practice.
  • Look for a swim coach who sets time aside to work on starts every week.
  • Look for a swim coach who emphasizes the importance of sleep and nutrition.
  • Look for a swim coach who conducts themselves in a professional manner.
  • Look for a swim coach who provides swimmers with opportunities to race every event in competition.
  • Look for a swim coach who spends time with every swimmer in practice.
  • Look for a swim coach who takes pride in being a swim coach.
  • Look for a swim coach who is a positive role model.
  • Look for a swim coach who keeps it fun.
  • Look for a swim coach who loves what they do.
  • Look for a swim coach who is disciplined.
  • Look for a swim coach who places a high value on dry-land training.
  • Look for a swim coach who inspires swimmers.
  • Look for a swim coach who teaches swimmers how to deal with the mental challenges of competition.
  • Look for a swim coach who gives swimmers short breaks to recharge during less critical times of the year.
  • Look for a swim coach who is energetic.
  • Look for a swim coach who treats assistant coaches with respect.
  • Look for a swim coach who teaches old-fashion values.
  • Look for a swim coach who uses positive persuasion to guide swimmers.
  • Look for a swim coach who is passionate.
  • Look for a swim coach who is always learning.
  • Look for a swim coach who emphasizes the importance of a good education.
  • Look for a swim coach who conditions swimmers from a mental, technical, and physical standpoint.
  • Look for a swim coach who recognizes effort as well as achievement.
  • Look for a swim coach who continually updates the program.
  • Look for a swim coach who provides frequent competitive opportunities for swimmers at all levels.
  • Look for a swim coach who is even-tempered.
  • Look for a swim coach with a vision.
  • Look for a swim coach who is sincere.
  • Look for a swim coach who strives to make swimming a great experience for both swimmer and parent.