SWIM MEET SURVIVAL TIPS
Swim meets are fun, exciting…and often downright exhausting. We generally get started quite early in the morning, and most meets last until at least 1:00 pm. If you’re new to cabana league swimming, here are a few tips to make those long days more enjoyable for everyone:
DRESS IN LAYERS
Even in the summer, it’s usually pretty chilly in the morning when swimmers check in. Your best bet is to dress in layers that can be shed as the day gets hotter.
Swimmers should have 2 towels, sunscreen, a cap, goggles, sweats, and flip-flops. Some swimmers bring two suits, so they can change out of their wet suit after early morning warm-ups. You might also want to bring a Sharpie pen so swimmers (and parents) can write down event numbers on their hands.
You’ll definitely want to find a shady spot to get out of the sun. Lots of swim team families bring their own EZ-Up tents — but you must arrive early to stake out your territory. Please be sure to leave space between EZ-Ups so that other people can get through.
MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE
Bring folding chairs and blankets to sit on. Many swimmers bring sleeping bags to curl up in after those chilly morning “warm-ups” and between events.
Swim meets can last a long time, and even the most spirited fans can get tired of watching the races. Bring books, playing cards, video games, ipods, or travel board games to help kids pass the time. But don’t bring anything too valuable that might get lost or stolen.
Swimmers burn a lot of calories, and they need to replace some of that energy — so bring along healthy snacks that won’t melt in the sun. Make sure everyone (including parents) stays hydrated. And don’t forget to visit the LPAC snack bar and help support the team — you don’t want to miss the world-famous Los Paseos breakfast burritos and tri-tip sandwiches.
…AND BE MERRY!
Finally, and most important of all, have FUN swimming, cheering, and hanging out with your friends…that’s the best way to make the day go by faster!
Lord, if I have only one day left to live, let it be at a swim meet…because those days last forever.Anonymous