Membership Information

La Crosse Area Family YMCA Swim Team


 If you are a new swimmer you can bring a completed "two-week free trial" form to practice to start your two week trial.


The Wave is divided into five distinct training groups based on ability, experience, and age.

PRE-NOVICE is the first level of swim team. It follows the 7 wee session schedule (not the swim team season schedule). You can register for Pre-Novice at the front desk.

NOVICE is for swimmers ages 10 and under. Focus is on learning to swim all four of the competitive strokes. 3 practices per week recommended.

JUNIOR is for experienced 8-10 year old swimmers and new 10-14 year old swimmers. Focus is on refining strokes and increasing strength and endurance. 3 practices per week recommended.

JUNIOR ELITE is for experienced swimmers age 10 and over with the ability and desire to train for longer periods of time. 4 practices per week recommended.

SENIOR is for the committed 14 and over high school age swimmer who is able to train with increased distances, duration and intensity. 5 practices per week recommended.

Coaches will gladly answer questions regarding which training group is most appropriate. Please do not pay registration fees before checking with Head Coach Jeanine or Admin Coach Deb if you are unsure which group to sign up for.


The Wave participates in variety of meets during the season. Participation in all meets is optional. Swimmers sign up for each meet and the events they want to swim. Coaches are happy to provide advice on which meets and events are appropriate for certain swimmers.


The 2017-2018 swim season begins September 18, 2017 .  

Monthly training fee for each group are:

Novice $49
Junior $55
Junior Elite $67
Senior  $78


Youth or Family YMCA membership is required of all swimmers on the team. Some meets require meet entry fees usually $2-$5 per event.

No swimmer will be refused participation due to an inability to pay. Please see Coach Deb for questions regarding financial aid.


New swimmers age 10 and under should attend the Novice practice group times, swimmers 11-14 should attend either the Junior or Junior Elite practice group times depending on their ability level and competitive swimming experience, and swimmers 14 and older who are at least Freshman in High School should attend the Senior practice group times. Swimmers new to the Wave should take advantage of the two-week free trial. Swimmers may try the team for two weeks without obligation at any time during the season. Click here to find a copy of the two-week free trial form. You can print it off, fill it out, and bring it to the practice that you choose to come to.


Please call Head Coach Jeanine Serrano at 608-519-5459

E-mail: jserrano@laxymca.org   Web Site: thewave.laxymca.org

Administrative Coach Deb Ondell email: dondell@laxymca.org