by Jeannie on May 30, 2014 at 2:47 PM

     Summer isn’t “officially” here, but Summer League Swimming is definitely here at Splashwear!  We have been swamped with summer swimmers buying their suits, goggles, equipment and other fun swim stuff the last month or so.  I love this time of year.  We are super busy and I get to see so many cute little beginner swimmers. 

     It always takes me back to my own little summer swimmer.  My daughter, Chelsea, who is now 27 years old, started her swimming career 20 years ago.  A family friend, invited her to join the local, neighborhood swim team.  The Lakewood Waves, was the team sponsored by our neighborhood property owner’s association.  She loved this friend, so decided she wanted to try it!  I took her to her first practice.  It was a night practice in the outdoor pool.  The pool was packed and they didn’t have lane lines up…so it was pretty much, bedlam.  They told her to jump in and go…..so she did!  She got half way across the pool and started to panic.  We had to get her out and make sure she swam against the wall….just so she would feel safe.  I really thought that would be it for her….I thought she would be too scared to go back.  But, much to my surprise, the next night she was ready to go.  Of course, she was a beginner, but she progressed steadily and really enjoyed it.

     Her first coach was a young lady named Amy.  Chelsea loved Coach Amy.  Amy was so encouraging, patient and loving to my daughter.  She carried a bag of “treats” with her to pass out when a swimmer did something outstanding.  It was just small things, like balls, fingernail polish….just whatever she found.  The kids loved it and would work so hard to earn the privilege of “shopping” in Coach Amy’s bag.  Coach Amy seemed to take a special interest in Chelsea….maybe because she had to be rescued the first night….or maybe because Chelsea never complained and worked really hard….or maybe she just treated everyone like that…..whatever it was, Chelsea adored her and  I know she had a lot to do with Chelsea’s love of the sport.  All the way through Chelsea’s swimming career, we continued a tradition Coach Amy started with Chelsea that first summer.  Before every race, Coach Amy would go up to Chelsea at the starting blocks and sing quietly in her ear, “Chelsea’s gonna swim faaaaast”.  It always made Chelsea smile and gave her that little bit of encouragement.  It was so amazing….I will never forget Coach Amy for that!  So…even though Coach Amy was only there the one year, I continued the tradition for many years and it still makes Chelsea and I smile when we think of it.  At the end of Chelsea’s first year of swimming, at the Meet of Champs, she ended up winning a first place ribbon in the backstroke.  That was so amazing, that she was awarded with the Most Improved Swimmer on her team.  A great year for my little girl.  

 

  

       That first year, led to another summer season…then that led to swimming year around….which led to college swimming for my daughter.  I was lucky enough to have my daughter swim at the same college I swam for.  It was a great experience for both of us.  She now is a dolphin trainer at Sea World in Orlando, Florida.  All of the success she has achieved started with summer league swimming! 

 

I loved it back when my daughter started and I still love it now.  I am lucky enough to have several swim teams buy their suits and equipment from me for their summer season.  Our most popular brand suit is the Q Swimwear Custom suit.  Summer teams love having a suit design all their own and they never have to worry about it not being available.  They will be able to get that same print forever.  The prices are comparable to other off the rack brands too.  It’s a winner…that’s for sure!   But, if a custom suit isn’t what your team needs, we carry all the major brands and we would love to outfit you and your team!  We have suits in all price ranges and styles.  Here are some examples:

 

 

 

 

     

      

     

      

If you want to see a free design for your team, just email me with your team name, mascot and colors and I'll put one together for you!  You can send that info to Jeannie@swimmerstuff.com.
 
So....are YOU ready for summer???? I AM!  Bring it on!!
 
Happy Swimming,
Jeannie 

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by Jeannie on Apr 15, 2014 at 5:04 PM

It’s LIFEGUARD Time!

 

 Oh, the days of my youth, spent as a lifeguard at our local pool.  It was a great experience.  I learned so much by being a lifeguard.  But…things have changed, as they always do.  Of course, as most adults think, being a guard now, is so much easier than when I was teenager.  I’m sure I had to walk 10 miles to the pool, both ways, in knee deep snow!  Even in Arkansas summer! 

I grew up in Jacksonville, Arkansas.  It was such a great place to be a kid.  Small enough to know everyone in town, but close to Little Rock and the Air Force Base, so we had everything we needed close by.  I loved it.  And, like many other kids, my favorite place in the summer was the local municipal pool.  We spent the whole summer there, swimming, visiting with friends and idolizing the lifeguards.  They were gods and goddesses to me!  I wanted to be one of them!  So, when I turned 15, I decided it was time to make that dream a reality.  I was a good swimmer, so I thought it was going to be a piece of cake……

I couldn’t have been more wrong!  Back then, in the early 70’s, lifeguards didn’t use rescue tubes.  We depended on our swimming ability, physical strength and knowledge of the rescue skills.  Taking the class was rigorous and difficult.  Our instructors told us on the first day that their job was to flunk us out of the class.  I guess that makes sense, since we were going to be responsible for people’s lives…..we needed to be GREAT lifeguards.  And, as he predicted, I did flunk the swim portion of the first class I took, just as everyone else in the class did.  It was brutal!  For our final exam, we had a long written test to complete, which was okay.  I passed that…but the rescue part was almost impossible to pass.  Our rather large male instructor was the victim we rescued.   He tried to drown each and every one of us, and he could have.  It was a rough day, to say the least! 

But, I took the class again and knowing what to expect, I passed with no problems. 

So, on to my three years as a lifeguard at Jacksonville Municipal Pool. 

Being a lifeguard, I saw the pool from a completely different view.  It was no longer just the place to hang out with my friends and wile away the hot summer days.  No, now it was my job.  I enjoyed being there, but the weight of the responsibilities I held was daunting.  It was never far from my mind.  Even when the lifeguards would have contests, like how many kids we could sit out around our lifeguard stand, we knew what we were doing there was serious.  We were there to save lives, and we all had to put our skills to use. 

Luckily, we never had a serious injury in my years there.  I guess that impossible guard training was exactly what we needed!  We were great lifeguards!

 

So, it’s that time of year again.  Now, when lifeguard season rolls around, I let the memories wash over me and smile…but what I really focus on is helping my customers with their guard supplies and lifeguard suits!  When I was lifeguarding, we wore whatever we wanted, but most pools now have a uniform, or at least a color they like.  Splashwear can help you will all of your guard needs.  We have lots of styles of guard suits, both male and female.  We can do custom suits for your pool, or just off the rack.  Our guard suit prices range from $20.00 up to $80.00. We also have all the equipment you will need; from rescue tubes and visors to backboards and umbrellas.  If your pool needs it, we’ll find it for you! 

 

   


			

 

 

If you want your guards to buy their suits individually, I can set up a page on my website with your pool’s required items there and your guards can log in and purchase exactly what you want them to have at your discount!  We try to make as easy for you as possible!

Okay…so here we go….summer is on the way…..time for YOUR great lifeguard season!
 

 

 

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by Jeannie on Apr 8, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Today was a great day at Splashwear.  I got to visit with some great new customers (teaser) and help several teams with their team orders.  So, I'll make you wait on the news about the new customers.....that comes in a minute!!  

Most of the day I took orders and worked on custom suits designs for teams.  I love designing suits.  It scratches my artistic itch!  I've always been creative and designing suits is right up my alley!  I spend a lot of time with all of my vendors but one of Splashwear's specialties is.....Q Swimwear custom team suits!  They are incredible.  Such cute suits!!  And so unique.  Getting a custom suit is a great option for any team!  There are a few different companies that make custom suits, but in my opinion...Q is, by far, the best!

I love dealing with Q.  Their number one concern is making the customer happy...and that's pretty major!  I deal with vendors every day and most of them are good, but Q is incredible!  I always know that they will go above and beyond the call of duty to make me and my customer completely satisfied!  I love working with them!  Now...you might wonder what the big deal is....well, when you get a custom suit, you can have it designed to be completely unique...a suit no one else will have!  And, you can get that same print forever!  When you buy a print suit off the rack, you  can only get the suit for a two years at the most...then they are discontinued.  Q's suits are made of polyester so they last a long time.  Don't worry about sizing....I have sizing kits!  

 

 

 

Aren't these great!  You are only limited by your imagination!  What could be better than that!?
Anyway....that is how I spend most of my day.  I helped several teams with custom suits...these are just two!
 
Now....for the big news!  I also got to visit with a long time customer....he coaches a YMCA team in Arkansas.  He brought in his wife and their new additons.... two adorable little adopted daughters.  They are precious.  The 5 year old will be swimming on Daddy's swim team this summer.  That is so exciting!  I'm so happy for them.  Their little family went from just a couple of two to a family of 4!  And such a wonderful familly they have!  Lucky parents and lucky little girls....and now I know I have two more long time customers!!  :) 
 
Happy Swimming!
 
Let me know your good news!!
 
Jeannie 

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by Jeannie on Apr 7, 2014 at 4:25 PM
 

Is this how your desk looks?  I heard that Einstein had a messy desk, so I'm going with it!  Well, at least that's my excuse.  This is where I spend my workdays, filling orders, paying bills, ordering, receiving, paying taxes, payroll, talking to customers, designing custom team swimsuits and whatever else needs to be done!  Ahhhh...the life of a business owner!  I tell my husband that I'm a fireman....I spend all day putting out fires...You know what I mean......"Johnny needs  tech suit YESTERDAY!!"  Those are the worst for me, because I really want to make my customers happy and I stress until I get them what they want WHEN they want it!  But...don't get me wrong....I'm not complaining....we ALL have stressful jobs...this is just mine and I love it!  I feel so blessed to have this business.  It has been good to me and swimmers, swim parents/grandparents are the best customers anywhere!  No, I really mean it!  Swimming is such a great sport, so those involved are great too!  I'll just continue to put out those fires...with a smile on my face! :)

As for today....well, it's pretty slow in the store right now, so Kara and I caught up with all our adventures from this weekend, then got busy.  I filled orders while she hung up new Lifeguard suits.  And, the new Dolfin Uglies are in...they are always so cute.  It amazes me that they continue to come up with cute new prints every season.  They are adorable!  We also put a LOT of great suits in the Grab Bag bins...so if you need practice suits, we gotcha covered.  Come by the store for a great selection.  Oh...I also designed a new Q Custom team suit for the Magnolia Dolphins Summer League Siwm Team in Magnolia, Arkansas.  The suit adorable and they really like it!  

As for the rest of the day...well it's time to do my bookkeeping and go home.  Now, don't get me wrong...just because I'm going home doesn't mean my work day is over...Oh noooo....I will work through the night as I'm watching tv or at my pottery class, I'm constantly responding to emails and inquiries.  It never really ends...but as I said, I love it and wouldn't have it any other way!  

So....this is my life, Welcome to it!  Feel free to post your thoughts or questions and I'll respond!

Happy Swimming and....

Keep a Messy Desk!

Jeannie 

 

 

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