SWIM FORT LAUDERDALE
South Florida’s new USA Swimming and USA
Masters Swim Team.
Dear SFTL Members and Prospective Members,,
Welcome and congratulations on choosing to join the City of Fort
Lauderdale’s new team, Swim Fort Lauderdale.
As your SFTL lead coaching staff, Head Coach Dave Gibson, Head
Masters Coach Marty Hendrick and Head Age Group Coach Jennifer
Gibson, we want to assure you that our goal is to make this the
best program in South Florida, Florida and the USA.
No matter the age (5-105), no matter the level (Novice to World
Ranked), and no matter what program (Swim School, Age Group, Senior
or Masters), Swim Fort Lauderdale will be cutting edge & a
leading model for others to aspire to. We will take care of,
educate and inspire our members/athletes/parents/clients.
While we still have work to do behind the scenes, the day-to-day
practices will be pretty smooth. Look for more information to come
concerning, our new website, how to pay dues, meet schedules,
Booster Club, parent & training group meetings, etc.
Again, welcome and Go Swim Fort Lauderdale!
SWIM FORT LAUDERDALE
- Provide a first class swim team program with excellent coaching
for all participants.
- Provide a safe, people friendly environment.
- Promote our total team role in maintaining a clean, orderly and
- Create a positive, excellence based environment.
- Provide appropriate and effective instructional, training and
racing opportunities so each swimmer maximizes his/her potential.
- Design sound practice and racing opportunities that match and
suitably challenge the emotional and technical skill development of
each swimmer to allow him/her to accept challenges and confidently
progress to the highest level possible.
- Create an environment through positive thinking and advocacy
and secure the resources needed to allow the program and each
athlete to reach the highest possible levels of swimming.
- Support, encourage and praise personal improvement for every
- Create and maintain a positive environment in which every
participant feels valued as a person, teammate and athlete.
- Use enthusiasm, positive thinking and creativity to make
swimming and athletic achievement an enjoyable process.
- Promote a respect and appreciation for life long exercise and a
- Use the swim team experience to teach about goal setting,
dedication, cooperation, competition, positive expectations,
winning and losing, joy and disappointment, risk taking and stress
management, and healthy and productive decision making.
- Create an environment which promotes and reinforces good
sportsmanship, appropriate behavior, and personal responsibility.
- Use positive reinforcement liberally.
- Use praise and constructive instruction to strengthen the
confidence of every participant.
- Seize every opportunity to say thank you and well done.
- Seize every opportunity to recognize excellence.
- Create an environment for elite level swimming.
- Build team closeness and identity by functioning as a unit:
teach each other; push each other; value each other; support each
other – during successful moments and when people are
struggling; sit together at swim meets; cheer for each other in
practice and at meets; wear identifiable team attire at all team