Swimming for Parents
Swimming in Australia

  The number one question asked by swimming parents 
around the world is:

How can I help my child
be the best swimmer
they can possibly be? 

The answer is now available!



You can go from being the new parent on the block, 
to knowing exactly what to say and do in a way that supports
your child and helps them to excel in the sport of swimming…

in just a few hours.

Swimming for Parents will help parents of new swimmers, junior swimmers and age group swimmers to 18 years. It provides valuable information for parents of Club, District, State and National level swimmers.  Check out the special offer below!

Swimming is a great sport for people of all ages

Swimming for Parents
will reveal the answers to the questions below

How many times each week should my child train?
What is the most important aspect of swimming at a young age?
What will my child learn in Advanced Lessons and early Junior Squads?
How many competitions should my child take part in?
What competitions should my child compete in?
Is technique more important than laps swum?
Should my child play other sports or focus on swimming?
Why is that other child beating my child?
What strokes or events should my child focus on?
What will my child learn in a Junior Squad program?
When should we take our holidays?
It won’t affect performance if we take 2 weeks off, 10 weeks before Nationals will it?
Should my child give up other sports?
Why has my child stopped improving?
Why has my daughter put on weight when she is training so much?
What is the most important thing I can do to support my daughter during a time of Plataueing?
When will my child swim well again?
Should my child be doing dryland or gym workouts?
What is the benefit of continuing swimming if they are not improving?
... and Much More!

create the best environment for your child to achieve swimming success!

Buy your copy now and create the best environment for your child to achieve swimming success!

2nd Edition Swimming for Parents




Swimming For Parents
The Ultimate Education Guide for Swimming Parents
2nd Edition
By Gary Barclay

Australian Orders*
( Paperback / Softback )

AUD $32.00


NEW - Now available as an eBook

Download and Start Reading TODAY

USD $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-9872614-0-3 (eBook)

Club and Bulk Orders:

Email sales@swimmingforparents.com

"To my knowledge there has never been published a resource such as “Swimming for Parents” available to the parents of swimmers.

It fills a vacuum in information for parents which has needed addressing for many decades."

Leigh Nugent
Swimming Australia National Head Coach 2003-2004 & 2010-2013

Swimming for Parentsis a vital resource for all swimming parents.

You will refer to it over and over again as your child progresses through the swimming world.

This book has everything to enable you to assist your child to excel in the sport of swimming and in life.

There is so much more to swimming than winning medals and doing PB’s.

Discover the many wonderful ways that swimming will assist your child to develop physically and mentally, as well as the many life skills they will enjoy for ever.

International Content

One of the wonderful things about this book is that it has been written for parents all over the world.  While the author is Australian, the content relates to issues faced by swimmers in every country.  In the first 10 days of the books launch copies were purchased by parents and coaches in USA, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, South Africa and many more countries.

The parent education provided in ‘Swimming for Parents’ is universal.  The information is useful for parents of swimmers in all countries. 

There are also specific references to the USA in many chapters of the book.

See International Orders >>

Dear Gary,
As a parent who has recently had a child start swimming training in a junior squad I would like to thank you for answering many questions I have in this great book.

It is quite daunting to begin a new sport (we love our basketball and my daughter also loves to swim) and I now have a strong understanding of all the road-humps that may lie ahead and how I can fully support my daughter’s participation in the sport. 

Thanks so much,
Jo Metcalfe

Parent with a daughter who is swimming 3 times a week in a junior squad.

By reading Swimming for Parents you will also learn:

  • How swimming benefits the development of all participants in a variety of ways both in the pool and throughout life.  You will be amazed at the large variety of life skills learnt by an active participation in the sport of swimming.

  • Why attending training on a regular basis is so important for children aged 10 to 13 years and how many sessions should they be doing.
  • How to manage your child through the age competitive level of 13 to 18 years and what they will focus on at this stage of their development.
  • Why teaching independence to your children is critical to their development and can also help them perform in the pool over the long-term.
  • That within a defeat in a competition, there is often a victory and how you can support your child to embrace and learn from these situations.
  • Why swimming successfully is as much about time management as it is about training hard.  The skills your child learns in time management when juggling all their training, school and social activities will assist them for the rest of their lives.
  • What the key responsibilities of a parent who has a child who is participating in swimming and there are many.  Parenting is one of the most difficult and challenging jobs in the world and being a parent of a swimmer can provide additional challenges.
Swimming for Parents - by Gary Barclay

You’ll also discover:

  • How you can support your child at all stages of their development while maintaining a degree of control over how involved you become in their competitive swimming. 
  • The best way to measure performance and manage the accompanying success or disappointment.  Find out if personal best times always a measure of success and how you can deal with disappointments.
  • Why a focus on enjoyment of the sport is more important than a focus on performance and how parents can assist in this regard. 
  • What are the financial implications for my child’s involvement in the sport of swimming?   Is swimming an expensive sport?
  • If you are a ‘pressure parent’, applying undue pressure onto your child to perform and how you can turn that into becoming the ‘Ideal Swimming Parent’.
  • How to develop the parent / coach relationship and why trust and respect between both parties is crucial to your child’s progress.
  • Who to talk to if you have concerns over your child’s progress.  There is a right way and a wrong way.  Make sure you approach this in the right way.
This book will change the way you support your child. What Else Can I Learn by Reading Swimming for Parents?

Many Simple Tips, Strategies and Information on how you can support your child to reach their full potential in the pool and how you can be the best swimming parent in the world!

Once you get this book in your hands, you'll discover everything you need to know about being a successful swimming parent.

"Swimming for Parents" covers many different facets of swimmer development and how you can provide support in a variety of situations.

This book is unlike anything you've ever read..

This book will change the way you support your child.  It will provide you with strategies and make you aware of different situations you may find yourself in.

Competitive Swimming

You'll also discover...

  • What the coach’s expectations are for swimmers in their squad and how you can support your child to achieve these.
  • How the young swimmer aged 7 to 10 years can get started in the sport.  For many this will happen as a progression from learn-to-swim.  What do you need to know at this point?
  • The difference between focussing on the process and focussing on results and which one is right.
  • How to manage periods of fluctuation in performance of a teenager.
  • How to manage the situation where your child is making a decision on whether to continue swimming.
  • Provide your daughter with information on what is happening to her body throughout puberty and how these changes may affect her swimming and own self-esteem. Includes sections on body changes, managing periods, performance and body image.
  • Why Swimming Clubs are the cornerstone to your child’s swimming education and how they assist in the development and nurturing of your child.
  • What to look for if you have to choose a club or coach for your son or daughter.
  • Why parents should support their children by joining their swimming club.
  • The right way and the wrong way to change coaches or clubs.  This is a must read and looks at the different ways these decisions can affect your child for many years.

Congratulations Gary on an excellent resource for swimming parents.

I highly recommend this book to parents of Junior and Age Group swimmers as there is an abundance of information that will assist you to understand your child’s development and how to support them.

It is also a great resource for parents of State and National level swimmers.  

Every parent of a swimmer should own this book especially if you are new to the sport.

Leigh Nugent
Swimming Australia National Head Coach 2003-2004 & 2010-2013

About the Author - Gary Barclay

Gary Barclay is a leader in aquatic education in Australia and around the world.  As a former National level swimmer, swimming teacher, swimming coach, athlete manager, and one of the leading Swimming Club managers in the sport of swimming in Australia, Gary has brought together all his experiences, and those shared with him by parents and coaches, into this wonderful resource.

For many parents having a “swimmer” in the family is not something they planned.  Gary will guide you through how children get involved in swimming and how you can assist them as they progress from one session a week to multiple sessions and participating in competitions.

‘Swimming for Parents’ is a lifelong project that draws on many of Gary’s experiences as a swimmer, coach, swimming administrator and now as a parent of young children who enjoy swimming.

Gary has been involved in the sport of swimming for the last 35 years and worked actively as a coach and manager for the past 20 years.  You will thoroughly enjoy reading this book and once you start, you will not be able to put it down.

Be the best swimming parent you can be!

Assist your child to fulfil their swimming potential and learn everything you need to know as a swimming parent 

Swimming is great for kids

Buy ‘Swimming for Parents’ today and fast-track your knowledge and development.

2nd Edition Swimming for Parents



Swimming For Parents
The Ultimate Education Guide for Swimming Parents
2nd Edition By Gary Barclay

AUD $32.00 $19.99
Australian Orders ( Paperback / Softback )

NEW - Now available as an eBook

Download and Start Reading TODAY

USD $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-9872614-0-3 (eBook)

Club and Bulk Orders:

Email sales@swimmingforparents.com

Assist your child to fulfil their swimming potential and learn everything you need to know as a swimming parent