So you're not a swimmer and finally got lucky enough to date one...but what next? How does a land creature interact with these mysterious sea creatures? What will make these two different species coexist in perfect harmony? How can you enter their crazy swimmer world? Read on for all the answers.
1.) Food, Food, Food
There’s a reason this one is listed first. Food defines us. We live by it, live for it, and live because of it. It is our motivation for getting out of bed and suffering through 3 hour practices. That donut or muffin or burrito we owe ourselves after makes all the shoulder pain worth it. So what does that mean for you? Well, first of all your Valentiness Day or birthday present is always simple Chipotle or Dunkin Donuts gift cards will make our knees shake more than a 200 breaststroke. Second, you should always be down to share your fries or milkshake. You may want it, but we NEED it. Literally unless you’re burning 3600 calories in two hours as well don’t keep food from us.
2.) Understand the Swim Friendzone
Yes, we have teammates of the opposite sex with whom we are very close. We struggle through IM sets together, dance to Drake songs in dryland together, and go to Waffle House after practice. There’s even a chance we’ve seen each other naked, and no, it’s not weird at all. Unless you were ever a swimmer yourself, it’s hard to understand the enduring bond between swimmers, whether same sex or opposite sex. So PLEASE don’t get jealous of our swim brothers and sisters we really do consider them family and there is nothing more to it, because that would be swimcest which is just wrong.
3.) Know When to Talk and When to Stay Quiet
Although we probably like you for all of your wonderful qualities, there is another reason we’re exposing ourselves to the non-swimmer dating realm we like the escape from our crazy lifestyle. The world of competitive swimming can be so lifeconsuming and exhausting that we need an escape, and you can provide that for us. It is nice to be reminded that a world outside swimming exists, even if it never seems like it. So don’t feel like you always need to ask us how practice went or if we “won our swimming game” or not believe me, if we want to talk about it, we will, and if not, it’s okay to not bring it up. You don’t need to understand every aspect of our lifestyle just be there for the taper highs and the Christmas training lows (you’ll learn soon enough) and of course, bring us food. That always helps.