Have you ever signed up your child for a sport or activity that you thought they would LOVE, but when they tried it, it wasn’t what they thought it would be? If so, you are not alone.

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An unfortunate softball career

When I was in grade 6 my parents signed me up to play in a local softball team. I had only ever played the sport in gym at school and I had a couple friends joining the team, so it seemed like a good fit… It didn’t take me very long to realize that I was very wrong- in fact I hated it! I was a nervous wreck on bat, I couldn’t take the pressure to catch a fly ball and my parents had to drive all over our city and to other cities to play weekly games. We could not wait for the season to end-I should have participated in a tournament or some kind of introduction first. Turns out I liked the game during gym class but hated it when it got competitive! This was the unfortunate result of over commitment, high expectations, and little experience.
– Story by Danielle, Swim Instructor

Canadian parents can spend between $5,000 up to $10,000 for their children to compete in competitive leagues or teams.While swimming remains a comparably affordable organized sport for children, it is important to ensure that your family resources (time, money, energy) are spent on a sport that your child enjoys and that fits with your family’s lifestyle.

It isn’t always easy to gauge whether or not a particular sport will be a fit for your child or your family.

To combat this issue in the world of swimming and Swim Clubs, WETS Swim School created SQUADS Pre-Swim Club! Try out this introduction to the swim club world before making a larger commitment.

  • Allows kids to see if this is something they like before they join a swim team.
  • Allows families and parents to experience the time commitment and volunteer hours needed to go to swim meets.
  • Allows swimmers to gain experience in a less competitive setting.
  • Prepares swimmers for joining a swim team.
  • Gives swimmers confidence to succeed at their first swim meet.

Learn more about SQUADS and the WETS Club

WETS squad team