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If you have ambition to succeed,
find out what our HIGH VALUE, HIGH STANDARDS program can do for you!

We Understand You

Remember when your criteria was just finding a convenient after school activity that provided some exercise for your child?  Now you're thinking differently. 

You've observed there is a team where all the swimmers have better technique, even the slower ones.  And they have LOTS of kids achieving at high levels.  They have lots of fast age group swimmers, not just a few. And it's not just a few talents or early maturers like it is on most teams.  The team you've noticed is doing this over and over, as new groups of swimmers move into and up through the team.

You're wondering if this team you've started thinking about is doing something differently.

You've been curious and following this other team's website and Facebook.  You've discovered there is more evidence of their crazy achievement.  They have teenagers who go to Nationals.  And they have swimmers who make national teams and compete for the national team in major international competitions.  And this kind of stuff has been going on for years.

It seems as though their coaches actually know what they're doing. Like they know the pieces involved in how to coach swimming success. And they know the order to put those pieces together so they GET swimming success. Like not only do they know how to do it right, they know how to teach it, and they teach it to everyone.

Something different is happening over there and you're thinking you want to investigate to see if maybe this is a group of people you want your child to spend their time with...

...But it's hard because of all those other parents you've met.  The same ones you see at practice, or sit nearby at swim meets, or even carpool with.

They're the same ones who made the same initial choice from the same simple criteria.  They're still thinking the same way as you did when your child was younger, when you didn't understand the choices available for your child in the ways you're starting to now.

You could ask them about that other team.  Maybe you already have. They're not going to give you accurate information.  You'll only hear the rationalizations they've invented to justify sticking by their own early, naive choices.

Yes, to find out what's happening over there, you're going to be on your own for just a little while.  But don't fret, very soon you'll meet new people who will like you and who you will enjoy.  And before you know it, maybe some of the old friends will see your positive experience, and they'll start thinking differently too.  They may even join you.

Fortunately, you can get started on your journey of discovery just by scrolling...

Continue reading to find out about WAVES Swimming. This is where everyone is thinking like you are.



We teach everyone and we're outstanding at teaching everything!

We know how to develop swimmers…And we do it better than anyone else!

While not everyone will achieve at the highest levels of the sport, everyone can receive the best foundation for their own future success.

The WAVES team at every level is an active learning environment.  We give our swimmers the tools they can use to develop the achievement-confidence crucial to their future outcomes.

Parents...give your child the best foundation for success, make the choice to surround him or her with the best learning environment, with the best coaches, and with teammates who share the same growth-oriented and excellence-striving habits of achievement.

WAVES Swimming...the proven pathway to success!

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If transfering to the WAVES from another USA Swimming club, read this:

Parent will complete a Club Transfer form. A WAVES coach will help you fill in the blanks with the correct information.  Parent will then mail to ISI office.

Get a Club Transfer form here

Swimmer is eligible to compete in meets with your WAVES teammates and coaches right away from the day you join.  Your times count and you are treated as a full team member.

If you were already entered in upcoming meets WAVES are attending, by your old club, you can compete.  We will request the timing desk operator at the meet to switch your team affiliation.

You will be listed on meet entries, heat sheets, etc. as "unattached" for a period of 120 days since the last meet representing the old club. During this period as an "unattached" swimmer, you are not on WAVES relays, and you do not score points for the team.

After the 120 day period, you will be listed as representing WAVES, will be eligible for team relays, and will score team points.



Why should my child swim with the WAVES?
Because he or she is motivated to step up to higher levels in the sport.

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 truths...

  • 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 achievement.
  • getting the right start building a solid foundation gives an enormous advantage,
  • there will be new friendships - for swimmers and parents - on the new team.

Value of the WAVES program
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 adolescent maturation.

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 elite.
  • Our athletes receive the most current advances in stroke technique instruction.
  • Step-by-Step competition plan provides for effective goal setting and motivation.
  • Long Term Athlete Development Plan brings highest levels of success at maturity.
  • WAVES athletes are sought by major college teams across the country.

Stroke 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 outcome.  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.

The best 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 there

  • USA National Team
  • World Championships
  • Olympic Trials
  • US Nationals Finalists
  • National Junior Team
  • NCAA Division I All-Americans
  • National Age Group Record Holders
  • ...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 NOW!
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 swimmers.

Fun, Friends, Fast Swimming, and Achievement-Confidence
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!

We’re one 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 assessment

  • 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 form.)
  • Swim suit and goggles.  If long hair, we recommend your swimmer wear a swim cap.

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 acquisition.


More questions?  Click the Contact Us tab at the top of the page to send a message to the WAVES head coach.

WAVES Swimming...the proven pathway to success!

We teach everyone, and we're outstanding at teaching everything!

National Club Excellence Silver Medal Award 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016