Photo: Lori Adamski Peek/Getty Images

Photo: Lori Adamski Peek/Getty Images

If your child is beginning to learn how to swim, they’ll need help developing their level of confidence in the water.

A good swim coach can help.

But where do you begin searching for a good swimming coach?

Some of the qualities that people look for in a good swim coach are trust and commitment. Other qualities are their ability to inspire and develop a positive winning attitude.

When Coach Anthony Powell began working with Brianna Short to help improve her swimming skills, her father, Jeff Short, was overwhelmed by Powell’s enthusiasm.  “He cheered every swimmer from start to finish,” Short said. “He would coach every swimmer as he walked up and down the pool deck cheering them on.”

On top of required education and safety training, the best swim coaches have competed on the NCAA level and internationally. You’ll find there are coaches skilled in coaching swimmers on all levels.  Some are skilled in training young athletes as well as adult swimmers. But one size doesn’t fit all.

Here are 3 ways you can find a swimming coach:

Word of Mouth

In the latest study on marketing, over 60 percent of marketing executives stated that word of mouth is the most effective form of marketing. Commercial products as well as services are recommended to family and friends. Standing in the checkout line of a supermarket you overhear the person in front of you tell the clerk that their child’s coach helped them improve their PR. Why not interrupt and ask the parent if the coach is worth recommending.

Rec Centers and Clubs

I learned how to swim at the YWCA. When I was 9, my mother enrolled me in beginning swimming classes held at the local Y. The swim classes helped me improve my confidence in the water.  Although the YWCA is all but now extinct, the YMCA continues to offer swim lessons for all ages.


These days, people look to the Internet for everything.

Through the Internet, coaching services can conveniently be located by sport and location. Refining your search by your child’s age and training goals will narrow down the list of coaches that specifically work in the targeted age group or stroke technique.

Coaches registered on websites such as CoachUp are reviewed by star ratings and coaching fees range from $53 to $75.

You may even want to take the next step to be proactive and help a friend find a coach. If your child’s swim club is looking for a good coach, and you know someone, let them know.

When found, a good coach can become a mentor for your child and have a positive effect on their life. But they’re not the only ones who should be making a difference in their lives. As a parent, praise your child on their efforts. Listen to their concerns. And don’t hesitate to take time out to do something different besides swimming so that perfectionism doesn’t build up.


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