Developmental Group

Calabasas Waves Development Swim Program

General Description:

The Calabasas Waves Developmental Competitive Swim Program is designed to teach the skills of each stroke in a gradual progression. The goal is to learn all 4 competitive strokes, turns and starts, to learn something new each day, and to have fun! 

Any swimmer interested in joining will need to come for an assessment prior to starting with the Waves. Assessments are available Monday – Friday between 3:00 – 3:30 pm at the Lower School Pool. Once the coach assesses his/her skill level, swimmers will be placed into a skill-level appropriate group. Each group in the program practices between 2 – 4 times/week during a 2 month session. Sessions are offered year-round and our first session begins June 3, 2019. 

For more information regarding our Developmental Program, please email us: calabasaswaves@viewpoint.org or call us at (818) 591-6472.

There are 4 groups that comprise the development swim program.  They are as follows:

Tadpoles: To join the Tadpoles, a swimmer must be able to swim 25 yards without stopping. The primary focus is learning freestyle and backstroke and is taught through the use of drills. Additional skills such as kicking, body position, balance and “feel” for the water are also taught.  Progress in this group will be measured on refining technique of each stroke and demonstrating consistency.

Minnows: To enter the Minnows, a swimmer must be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke legally and without stopping.  Minnows focus is learning breaststroke and butterfly. Swimmers learn how the arms and legs move in both butterfly and breaststroke through the use of specific drills and learning skills. Progress in this group will be measured on refining specific skills and technique and being able to perform skills consistently.

Sharks: To enter the Sharks, a swimmer must be able to swim 25 yards in all four strokes legally and without stopping. The focus is learning starts (via the USA Swimming guidelines) and turns for all strokes including IM turns. Progress in this group will be measured by consistently demonstrating proper technique.

Jr. Waves: To enter the Jr. Waves, a swimmer needs to be able to swim 50 yards of all 4 strokes legally (including turns). In this group, swimmers will continue the development of technique and skills while improving conditioning and stamina specific to swimming. The emphasis is on learning intervals, drills, how to read the clock, pacing and how to be a teammate.