should my child swim with the WAVES?
Because he or she is motivated to step up to higher levels in the
And because you support
your child's development of achievement-confidence. As an adult,
you know how important that will be for their future success. You
probably also understand some or all of the following
- some teachers - and
coaches - are better than others,
- some environments are
more suitable for effective talent development,
- the importance of
peer-influence on your child's striving for
- getting the right start
building a solid foundation gives an enormous
- there will be new
friendships - for swimmers and parents - on the new
Value of the WAVES
When you join the WAVES you are joining a program with high
standards and a long term plan for athlete development providing
benefits which will span the critical years of childhood and
As a WAVES team member,
young people develop a love for the sport while being introduced to
the fun challenge of striving for improvement to "be the best you
can be" under the positive, encouraging guidance of one of the best
coaching staffs in the country.
- We have proven expertise
to develop swimmers from Novice to International
- Our athletes receive the
most current advances in stroke technique
- Step-by-Step competition
plan provides for effective goal setting and
- Long Term Athlete
Development Plan brings highest levels of success at
- WAVES athletes are
sought by major college teams across the country.
technique...We consider swimming a technique-limited
sport. Our expert coaches work on skills at every practice session,
and we are continually staying current with the latest advances in
stroke technique. Click here
to read about our coaching staff.
Developing children into successful young
adults...Many parents are pleasantly surprised to see
their children energized with enthusiasm for the challenges of
daily WAVES training and competition. Learning the secrets of
success on the WAVES team, our athletes develop character traits
allowing them to turn dreams into goals, learning goal completion,
acquiring skills, applying determination to ability, and making
achievement at the highest levels of the sport a realistic
Click here to read more about the benefits of WAVES Swimming.
One of the
best swim clubs in the nation...The WAVES swim team
is one of just twenty USA Swimming clubs - and the only club in the
midwest - honored as Olympic Development clubs for developing three
or more swimmers ages 17 and younger to the 2008 Olympic Trials,
the highest level swimming meet in the country. In 2008, WAVES
Swimming was ranked #1 nationally in number of USA Swimming
Scholastic All-Americans to team size.
developmental club in the state...
read our special report from July 2015.
If you dream of going to higher levels,
WAVES Swimming is how you get
- USA National
- US Nationals
- National Junior
- NCAA Division I
- National Age Group
- ...these are just some
of the achievements of WAVES-developed athletes!
- If YOU want to
develop your talent, we want to help you!
You’re welcome to join any
time, year-round - You can start having fun
Get started building your solid foundation for success! Our
coaches want to help your child improve technique, get fast, and
build confidence by their actions. Our swimmers want to
welcome your child onto the team and make new friends. Get
your swimmer into the program he or she deserves.
Have more fun being on a team that actually develops
Fun, Friends, Fast Swimming, and
The first step for every future champion is developing a love for
the sport. Join the WAVES, where your young child will have fun,
make friends, develop confidence by learning and mastering skills,
get attention from coaches, practice in squads of similar ability,
and start lifelong habits of fitness and healthy living.
Meanwhile, we’re starting your athlete on a well-designed,
long term program to develop fast swimming and confidence in their
ability to succeed in the pool and the world!
of the best youth sports programs in the nation. Find out
what a high value, high standards swim team can do for your
child. Join today!
Here’s how YOU can get
started with WAVES Swimming
Swim skill assessments take just a few minutes and are held
weekdays at Bloomington-Normal YMCA, 602 S. Main St., Bloomington,
IL 61701. Make an appointment with a WAVES coach,
see currently offered days and times here.
What you need to bring to your swim skill
- Fill out a WAVES New
Swimmer Info form and hand it to the coach on deck. (Click
Forms/Documents tab at top of page to find the proper
- Swim suit and
goggles. If long hair, we recommend your swimmer wear a swim
If you can’t make
our scheduled swim skill assessment times, please contact us to
arrange another day and time with our coaching staff.
After we see your child
in the water, we will assign him or her to a practice squad with
other swimmers who are at a similar stage of skill
questions? Click the Contact Us tab at the
top of the page to send a message to the WAVES head