Thursday, 21 September 2017

Congratulations Nicholas!

Our heartiest congratulations to Nicholas on winning 2 Bronze medals at the recent SJI International School Swim Gala in the 50m Individual Medley & the 4 x 50m Medley Relay!

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

GetActive! Singapore 2017 Swimming Competition

The competition was held at Our Tampines Hub. During these four days of intensive competition, our swimmers had the chance to compete with some of the finest swimmers. We sent in our largest team of swimmers, comprising of both the senior and junior squads.

Objective for the 2 squads were:

1. Break their Personal Best (PB)
2. Get into finals
3. Podium finish

1. Have fun. Have fun. Have fun.
2. Gain exposure
3. Do not get disqualified (DQ)

We are very happy that our objectives were met and Quennie made it onto the podium after clinching a silver medal in her 50m Freestyle. 

Majority of our swimmers (learn to) swim only once a week, their determination to do their best is beyond imagination. Good job, everyone!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

58th National School Swim Championships 2017 (Sec/JC/CI)

And... The nationals came & went in a blink of an eye.

From the glory of Quennie coming in first in her heats to the tears of Evangeline to the regrets of Keith who missed out on his PB by 0.02 seconds, we have seen it all. Really, we did. We have been in this journey together for almost a year, preparations and all the hard work, just for today.

Yes, many of them broke their PB. The joy and happiness on their faces - priceless.

After three days of intense competition, to my six children, my six fighters, my six swimmers,

Earlene, congratulations, you did it! You did even better than your personal best timing. We worry about you the most among all our swimmers but you showed us what you were made of and impressed us with your new personal best timing of 40.82secs , shaving more than 4secs!

Quennie, one of the next rising star in our family. Watching you blossom from a young girl under my Learn-to-Swim program till today, one of our top swimmers in the team. Watching you plunge off from the platform, we knew you were in good form. Yes! You did it in style by coming in 1st in your heats & breaking your own PB too!

Sherilyn, what an amazing race! Despite this being your first and despite all the negative feedback showered upon you, you proved them all wrong! No, you did not came in last and you broke your PB too!  Most importantly, we are all very proud of your performance today. An impressive PB of 39.62secs!

Evangeline, dear Evangeline, we know how heartbroken you feel about your performance. We also know that you gave your 101%. 2016, you were the only swimmer who could make it to the Nationals and I told myself, 2017, I'm going to bring a team for you. As one of the senior swimmers, you shared unselfishly all your experiences & knowledge with the rest of the family members. Unknowingly, you took up the "Big Sister" role to take care of the younger ones. I'm grateful that you've grown up gracefully. Every single race is a learning point for us. We will only get better, get stronger, get faster. We all know it and yes, we've faith in you.

Keith, in 2016, after my Parent-Coach Conference, you were the first one who came up to approach me. These were your exact words, "Cher, I want to train competitively. I want to swim competitively."

In front of your father, I questioned you, "Are you sure, Keith? Competitive training is hard work. You need to devote at least four sessions weekly." When I heard your reply, I knew this boy is going to show us some amazing stuff. You told me, "Yes. I can do it. I want to be a competitive swimmer." You did it with your butterfly event. You have shown us your months of dedication & commitment. We also know that you missed out on your freestyle PB by 0.02 seconds and that hurts but don't you worry, we are all here behind you. We are all here to help you to break your PB.

Elton, between Coach Yu Cong and myself, we were quite confident that you are going to make it into the finals. Unexpectedly, some issues happened in the morning and you couldn't make it for your freestyle event. Well, things do happen for a reason and we must move on. No, don't apologise to us. It was a situation beyond anyone's control so let's embrace the situation and move on. 

I'm so glad and touched that you made it in the nick of time to report for your butterfly event. Seeing how you ran towards us to report for your event, your whole head full of sweat, I knew how important this championship is to you. We saw how hard you swim in your race and we are both very happy for your new butterfly PB of 32.51secs despite all the hurdles you had to overcome to reach the finishing point.

This might be the last school national championships for some of them (since they are going to graduate secondary school) but this will definitely not be their last time to break their PB. We are just going to keep training & keep breaking those PB away. 

Roy Bennett shared, "Keep going, because the hardest time will bring out the greatest you and build up the strongest you! Do not fear failure but rather, fear not trying." 

Let's all keep going! Up next, National Primary School Swim Championships 2017!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Overseas Swim Camp 2016

The camp concluded with lots of laughter and tears. Tears of joy and tears of sadness, for it was the end of the camp. There is a genuine camaraderie among the swimmers, our children, our family, The Water Family. 

The seniors bonded and at the same time, they welcomed the new juniors and took great care of them. The juniors were soon looking up to the seniors and wanted to spend as much time as they could with the seniors. 

 The Water Family wants our children to see swimming as a fun and useful sport/skill in life. We nurture our swimmers to put in their best effort, not only in swimming but also in character building. At the camp, we saw how our children grow and better themselves and we're absolutely proud of them!  

We hope everyone had fun and at the same time, a huge thank you to the parents who took time off to travel to Malaysia, Desaru, with us. 

Thank you, everyone! 

More photos at our Facebook page. 

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

We're moving in 2017!

Dear Parents & Children,

We regret to inform you that the lease for our current location at Block 128 will be up in Mar 2017 and we will not be renewing the lease.

 Lessons from Jan – Mar (Term 1 of the academic school year) are being conducted at Block 128 if you still require our lessons.

We hope that this advance notice will give you ample time to look for a new centre (because we understand that the new location at Upper Serangoon Road may not be ideal for all). Of course, we welcome you to join us at our new location. (Bus 136 from Block 324 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, near AMK Hub takes you to our new location)

·       Thank you for being part of The Water Family and for your support all this while. 

Block 128 holds a lot of memories for The Water Family and Teacher Summer. We branched out from just conducting swimming lessons to having tuition classes as well in 2011 and we had six wonderful years at Block 128. We are totally thankful and grateful to all the neighbours, parents and children from the estate who supported and believed in us. Also to those parents who had to drive their children to Block 128 from as far as Katong and Telok Blangah, thank you for the hard work.

Blessed we are to have the continuous support of so many people from around Singapore and the media for always being so kind to us. Even more blessed we are to finally house The Water Family permanently, at its very own home. We are very excited about the new phase that The Water Family will be undergoing in 2017 but we will definitely not change our belief that every child is a bundle of potential and promises. More updates will be coming up!

Thank you, everyone!

Click above to enlarge.


Bus services:
80, 81, 82, 101, 107, 107m, 136 and 153

Monday, 5 December 2016

Birthday parties are no longer the same

Birthday parties at age 10: You want to attend all your friends' parties, wear your nicest clothes, play with your friends, have lots of fun, drink lots of cola, lots of laughter & you wonder whose party is next.

Birthday parties at age 20: You want to invite as many people as you can, party whole night and drink as much as you can till you are drunk. And you wonder, where should your next party be.

Birthday parties at age 30 (with a child): You no longer think about your own party but your child's. You wonder if the theme you chose for your 2 year-old daughter is right. You wonder if she likes it. You wonder if she will have fun & be happy.You wonder if her friends that you invited are going to have fun. You wonder a lot...

Olympia's 2 year-old birthday wasn't like any birthday parties I had or I attended before. It used to be just wishing your friends happy birthday or vice versa. This year, friends are congratulating me. Yes. Congratulations indeed. 2 years have passed by so ever quickly, like a blink of an eye. Congratulations for surviving these 2 years.

2 years ago, wasn't I just in the delivery suite holding the most beautiful girl in my arms saying, "Hi! I am your papa."

And there she is today, running around the function room, finding her friends, hopping up & down the bouncy castle. Birthday parties are no longer the same. Because birthday parties now have a whole new meaning - Celebration of life.

Ollie's birthday party seems like a wedding dinner especially with the table photos. One fine day, when she really gets married. I might just break down & cry. Cry a lot.

Here's a shout out to all friends & relatives who took time out to attend my little princess' birthday party, your blessings, attendance & especially your congratulations meant so much to us. Thank you. Also not forgetting those who texted, whatsapp, & facebook-messaged us, wishing Olympia a blessed birthday. Thank you.

Happy Birthday Olympia.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Yio Chu Kang Swimming Fiesta Water Sports Carnival

On 12th Nov, Yio Chu Kang Community Sports Club (YCKCSC) organised the swimming fiesta at Yio Chu Kang Swimming Complex. Our children put on their best performance and won 33 medals. Just like how YCKCSC aims to foster community bonding through sports activities for residents to participate and interact with one another, we at The Water Family also aim to to foster our children's bonding and sportsmanship through these activities and competition. Over the years, our children mature from a child to a teen to a teenager, they grow and progress with us as a family. At The Water Family, they are not just our swimmers, they are our children, our family. We learn life lessons together, we learn to to do our best! 

Good job, everyone!
Congratulations on the win! 

Thursday, 6 October 2016

An Ironman At Last

Completing the full Ironman race (Swim 3.8km, cycle 180km, run 42km) has always been a dream of mine. Despite having completed 2 half-IRONMAN Official races in 2007 and 2011 (the year where I proposed to the wifey) and a triathlon this year in Malaysia, Desaru, I didn't have enough courage to challenge myself for the full distance IRONMAN Official race. To me, completing the distance wasn't a problem but to complete everything within 17 hours - that's tough. Every IRONMAN has his/her own story. Here's mine.

Olympia came along. As I watch her grow up everyday, I know I'm getting older each day too. As I watch her progress from crawling to walking to running, I know, it's now or never. And when she grows up, I want her to be able to tell her friends proudly, "My papa is an IRONMAN." Most importantly, I want to have a chapter in life which I can tell her about. 

I was waiting for a reason to do the full IRONMAN race. When I found my reason, I made my decision when Taiwan IRONMAN opened up for registration. I signed up and preparations went underway. I always tell my students, the journey is more important than the destination. At the end of the day, everyone will reach their destination. It's how much you will be able to learn, enjoy and appreciate the journey.

My IRONMAN journey & destination had some tough moments. Countless training sessions, countless arguments, countless tears & sweat. I'm a lucky man. I really am. Despite the number of arguments the wifey & I had with regards to my training, she always stood behind me, believing in me.

I'm a husband. I'm a father. I'm a coach. To manage these 3 roles simultaneously & to add in training sessions for my IRONMAN race, it was tough. A typical training session would start from 11pm to 1am, sometimes to 3am. A quick sleep & the sun rises, I'm back to my roles. Sometimes, a careless choice of words would lead to arguments. The wifey & I are just a normal couple like anyone out there. I'm really thankful to her for her understanding to achieve my dream.


During my pre-race preparations, I was faced with enormous amount of stress. That stress was enough to break me down & I was so scared that I almost told myself not to proceed. My new bike box delivery was delayed. My bicycle pedals broke. Not once, not twice but 3 times.  Talk about luck. The race was scheduled to be held in Penghu, Taiwan. The domestic airline that we were scheduled to be on did not allow me to check in my bike box due to miscommunication & we ended up paying a hefty amount just to have my bike box transported over.


It was optional to swim in a wet suit during race day. I opted not to wear it. It was 2 laps of the swim course. The current was really strong. During the 1st lap, the current was moving towards the right. During the 2nd lap, the current changed to the left. Just like life, nothing remains the same forever. 
Change is the only constant.

The bike course was the toughest. With the temperature peaking up to 40 degrees & no shade at all, it was a tough fight against the sun. Lots of hills to climb & I'm glad that I incorporated a lot of hill rides during my training. I planned to complete the whole race in 16 hours 59 mins. When I reached back to T2 (Bike In, Run Out) in 9 hours, I knew I was going to earn my bragging rights as an IRONMAN.

With more than 7 hours to go for my marathon, I decided that I shall stroll through the course and enjoy the scenery.  As I strolled, I reflected a lot on life. Life writes the best stories.

I learnt that:

#1: Never take life or anything for granted. Despite the amount of preparations or confidence one has/had, life will always throw in obstacles for one to overcome.

#2:  It's not the destination that matters. It's the journey. Many athletes wanted to complete the race by their targeted timing and they pushed and went all out. Many were beaten by the brutal sun & missed out on the beautiful scenery around them.

In life, many people want to be a millionaire. They worked day in, day out, sacrificing their time for family, for friends, for their hobbies. Telling themselves, when I achieved my goal, I will have time for all these. They ended up missing out on the beautiful things and precious moments. Things like watching your child grow up, things like being there for that important event, things like being there when someone needed you the most.

I am guilty of that too. In my quest to give my family a "better life", I slogged hard for years. I ended up missing out on a lot of things. I've a new perspective towards life. It really doesn't matter if I become a millionaire before I am 35 or not. Ultimately, I will be one. Now, it's more important that I enjoy this journey together with my family.

#3: If you've a dream. Go for it. It's easy sitting behind the keyboard being a critic. There will always be haters who tell you that you will never make it. I followed my heart. I chased my dreams. I worked hard to achieve them. Now, I can stand tall with my head held high & tell everyone, I am an IRONMAN.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Observations and Thoughts from the Rio Olympic Games by Sergio Lopez

Teacher Jerry and Coach Yucong (and even Uncle Jack - Teacher Jerry and Coach Yucong's coach!) attended the workshop 'Observations and Thoughts from the Rio Olympic Games' by Sergio Lopez. Thank you, International Sports Academy (ISA) (For all NROC Coaches) for organising it.

At this workshop, Mr Sergio Lopez (Head Coach, Singapore National Men’s Swimming Team) shared his thoughts and observations on the Rio Olympic Games, the current training trends in elite swimming and what it takes to be an elite sports coach. Our coaches were very thankful to be able to attend the session and will definitely be back with more and better ideas for our swimmers!

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Singapore National Games 2016

Singapore National Games (SNG) is over but not the burning spirit of our swimmers. Most of The Water Family swimmers swim once a week but they displayed an abundance of determination to break their personal best when facing the strong swimmers who swim 6 to 10 sessions a week. The SNG is a platform for our swimmers to experience first hand what it is like to swim competively. They also see for themselves how other swimmers  in their age group are faring and thus push themselves to swim faster. Most of our swimmers have achieved the 3 goals set by Teacher Jerry:
1. Have fun. 
2. Learn from other swimmers. 
3. Break your Personal Best. 
Good job, swimmers. 
Keep swimming! 

Monday, 11 July 2016

Parent-Teacher Conference (Singapore)

Our Swim Director aka Teacher Jerry spoke to the parents of our swimmers and explained to them the various swim syllabus in Singapore. We hope the parents have a clearer understanding and share our mission and vision for their children.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Time Trial (Singapore National Games 2016)

Teacher Jerry, Coach Yucong & Uncle Jack gathered some of our swimmers at Yishun Swimming Complex (Competitive Training Centre) for a time trial in preparation for this year SNG. Under the scorching hot sun, our swimmers persevered on and gave their best. They braved the heat and tried to achieve yet another personal best. Good job, swimmers!

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