55 Inspirational Swimming Quotes

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Swimming is a sport loved by millions worldwide. The feeling of moving through the water is so special and unlike any other sport. Whether one swims in a pool, lake, or ocean, swimming has a wide range of benefits and is often prescribed to facilitate rehabilitation after certain surgeries.

Whether you are a beginner swimmer doing the frog stroke or pro-racking up a few kilometers per session, swimming can be practiced well into old age. From mood-enhancing benefits to relaxation and full-body workouts; swimming can really help people feel good.

Here are the best swimming quotes on racing, training, and love for the sport.

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Inspirational Swimming Quotes


“If you want me to swim fast, you have to let me enjoy my life.” – Amanda Beard


“When you’re racing you can’t hear anyone and you’re just in your head. It’s pretty cool to know that everything is just you and it’s just a mental game.” – Penny Oleksiak


“There are days when I don’t feel motivated and I don’t want to get up to go to practice. I’m a very goal-oriented person, so I set short-term goals and try to reach those goals. And when I have those days, I think about those goals, and it gets me motivated.” – Dara Torres


“Without goals, training has no direction.” – Natalie Coughlin


“I always tell people, I’m a better swimmer because I’m a mom and a better mom because I’m swimmer.” – Amanda Beard

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed these quotes on swimming.


“The most important lesson I’ve learned from sports is how to be not only a gracious winner, but a good loser as well. Not everyone wins all the time, as a matter of fact, no one wins all the time. Winning is the easy part, losing is really tough. But, you learn more from one loss than you do from a million wins. You learn a lot about sportsmanship.” – Amy Van Dyken


“The water is your friend…..you don’t have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as the water, and it will help you move.” – Alexandr Popov

 “Being your best is not so much about overcoming the barriers other people place in front of you as it is about overcoming the barriers we place in front of ourselves…But it does have everything to do with having the vision to dream, the courage to recover from adversity and the determination never to be shifted from your goal.” – Kieran Perkins


You don’t want to line up on the blocks and know you have not done everything you possibly can.” – Stephanie Rice

Swimming Quotes On Life


This life is like a swimming pool. You dive into the water, but you can’t see how deep it is. Dennis Rodman


Believe in yourself, not only in swimming, but in life itself. You always have to have fun. You have to have an open mind. If you’re not enjoying it, don’t do it. Life’s too short. Debbie Meyer


For people who believe that they can’t do it, I hope I’m an inspiration to others to get out there and try swimming. You might be pretty good at it. Simone Manuel

Love Of Swimming Quotes


A huge part of swimming for me is I love it, and it is so much fun. Missy Franklin

I love going to the beach and swimming in the ocean. I think it’s so relaxing. It’s also a great form of active recovery. It’s perfect for those rest days when you still want to move a little bit. Eugenie Bouchard

My dad always taught me never to give up in my mind. You can never really beat me. It sounds ridiculous, but I will always come back for you. You can’t beat someone who never gives up. I could lose 100 times to you, but I will always get you. I will die trying. This applies not only to swimming but to my life as well. – Chad le Clos


I actually love swimming but I just hate jumping in the water. Natalie Coughlin


Being happy outside the pool means fast swimming in the pool. Eric Shanteau


“Swimming took up so much of my faculties, and for so long, I was willing to give it everything.” – Aaron Peirsol

Quotes On Swimming As A Sport

Swimming is normal for me. I’m relaxed. I’m comfortable, and I know my surroundings. It’s my home. Michael Phelps

The best swimmers are the ones that almost don’t try the most… It’s just about relaxing and enjoying it.” – Cate Campbell

Swimming is one of the hardest sports. Stephanie Rice

It’s cool just because I’ve had this dream of changing the sport of swimming and it’s finally happening. Michael Phelps

“It’s easy to forget when you’re an elite athlete that everyone else gets nervous as well. Even the best people in the world, at whatever they do, they’re still nervous.” – Leisl Jones

Swimming is a life-saving skill, so just the fact that the sport that I love can give so much back to other people – and inspire them to join something that they never thought they could do or go after their dreams – is something that is really special to me. Simone Manuel

“Never worry about what anyone else is doing…Just swim your own race.” – Dara Torres

To get ready to climb Everest, I did a lot of hill running with a daypack on and a lot of underwater swimming. I would swim a couple of lengths underwater and then a couple above. It gets your body going with limited oxygen. Bear Grylls

“People ask me ‘what was going through your mind in the race?’ and I don’t know. I try and let my body do what it knows.” – Ian Thorpe

I want to test my maximum and see how much I can do. And I want to change the world of swimming. Michael Phelps

Open-water swimming scares the hell out of me. Jesse Spencer

“It’s not who’s put up the fastest time in the world that year, or who’s put up the fastest time in the previous four years, but who can get their hand on the wall first today.” – Nathan Adrian

Swimming is probably the ultimate of burnout sports. It’s ironic because millions of people who swim as their regular exercise love the meditation aspect of it; you don’t wind up with any orthopedic injuries. But when you swim at a world class level for hours and hours – the loneness of the long distance runner. Diana Nyad

The reason swimming is one of the hardest sports is because you have to be in the pool by yourself every day, making that sacrifice. There’s no time to do anything else. Chad le Clos

My whole swimming career was about training to beat Michael Phelps in any race I possibly could. Chad le Clos