Resources for Parents

Making the transition from Learn to Swim to a swim club can be challenging for both parents and swimmers. As a parent there are many new things to understand - from meets to timekeeping. As a swimmer, Kings Swim Club encourages Squad Members to take more responsibility for their training and be accountable for their performance. There are some great resources available to help new swim parents and Squad Members navigate this new environment. Here are just a couple worth taking a look at:

Swimming Australia Parents Portal

Swimming Australia’s website provides great information to parents on topics like: How To Get Involved, Nutrition and Healthy Swimming. There’s also a great downloadable Parents Handbook available.
Swimming for Parents by Gary Barclay

Author Gary Barclay from Melbourne brings together years of knowledge gained as an international level swimmer, coach and manager in his book Swimming for Parents. Gary is considered one of the leading experts in the sport of swimming in the world. Swimming for Parents will help you understand the sport of swimming and how you can best help your child.

Swimming for Parents answers questions like: How many times each week should my child train? How many competitions should my child take part in? Is technique more important than laps swum? Should my child play other sports or focus on swimming? What strokes or events should my child focus on? Why has my child stopped improving? …..and much more!

Behind the Goggles by Gary Barclay

Behind the Goggles is the ultimate book for children who love to swim. There is no other book like this in the world.  It’s easy to read, has great swimming cartoons and includes many swimming tips and a selection of the best swimming quotes.

The book provides helpful information for young competitive swimmers aged 8 to 14 years that will help them to improve training habits, racing performance and life skills. With each double page a focusing on a different topic, young swimmers can read the whole book and then come back to sections that motivate them, over and over again.

If you come across any resources for parents you feel may be worthwhile including here, please send details to committee@kingsswimclub.com.au