Welcome to our final post in our ‘Welcome to FINS Intro to Competitive Swim ’ series. We hope that you have found these emails informative and helpful. Don’t forget, we love your feedback! Our goal at FINS is to keep parents informed about what their child is learning in class and to provide various helpful tips at FINS. As always, ALL FINS team members are happy to help answer questions and address concerns as you have them.
Consistency is the key to mastery. The more consistently they practice the skills they are learning in class, the quicker they will master them. We always recommend extra swim time, especially if your child has access to a pool. Please remember, even though they are becoming stronger swimmers, your child still must be under adult supervision while at the pool or other body of water. Safety is our top priority at FINS. We are teaching skills that help your child to become a safer swimmer, but swim lessons never replace the need for adult supervision. Lessons are just another layer in drowning prevention.
As your child progresses through our Intro to Competitive Swim levels, we hope they love swimming as much as we do! If your child has expressed interest in joining a swim team, we think it is a great idea! We highly recommend starting with your neighborhood summer league team. Summer league teams practice from late April through mid-June. Practices will be held at your neighborhood pool and there will be 6 weekend swim meets (and a few more if your child qualifies). Joining the swim team in the neighborhood is a wonderful social opportunity for you and your child too. Many friends from school will be on the team with them! If your neighborhood does not have a swim team, ask a schoolmate or 2 where they swim. There are several teams in the area with open enrollment, so they can swim with their friends on a local area team. If they love summer league, your child can look into swimming year-round on a USA swim team. The Houston area is blessed with a large number of great USA Swim Teams. We recommend visiting a few during their tryout weeks and finding one that is the best fit for your family.