Practice Groups

Training Groups


The Wave Swim Team provides training groups for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Practices are organized for swimmers to challenge themselves and train hard. The goal of the Wave Swim Team is to develop each athletes technique and swimming skills to the highest possible level desired by the swimmer, and teach swimmers the process of achieving success.

Please call us at 608-519-5459 or email the head coach, Jeanine Serrano if you have any questions.

Pre-Novice Group

The Pre-Novice is the first level of swim team.  It follows the 7 week session schedule (not the swim team seasonal schedule).  You can register for Pre-Novice at the front desk.  It will be offered during Fall I and Fall II sessions.

Entry Requirement: Swimmers who can swim one length of the pool either front crawl or back crawl. Swimmers must be comfortable putting their head under water and swimming in the deep end of the pool.

Recommended Attendance: In order to see the most progress out of your swimmer it is recommended to attend at least two practices per week.

Novice Group

The Novice group is for swimmers ages 10 and under. Swimmers will be taught proper stroke technique for all four competitive strokes by qualified coaches, and will focus on having fun and building friendships. Swimmers will also be  encouraged to participate in several local meets throughout the season in order to learn how competitive swimming works.

Entry Requirement: Swimmers who can swim one length of freestyle and backstroke and are comfortable doing a competitive dive from the side of the pool. Swimmers should be at least 6 years old when joining the Novice group.

Recommended Practice Attendance: In order to see the most progress out of your swimmer it is recommended to attend two to three practices per week.

Recommended Meet Attendance: Meets are an important component of being on a swim team.   Novices are encouraged to participate in all the Friday Night Practice Meets, Home weekend meets and other YMCA meets  that are close to home, as well as YMCA Sectionals.   Usually this commitment involves one friday night and one weekend day each month.   It is through swim meet participation that swimmers learn to set goals, to see their personal times improve, and learn what its like to be a part of a team.     

Junior Group

Improve your stroke technique and swimming endurance while having fun! The Junior group is designed to refine stroke technique while working with a qualified coach to provide personalized feedback to each swimmer’s need. The focus of the Junior group is on stroke development, learning how to compete and an introduction to competitive training all while having fun. Swim meet attendance will be strongly encouraged for swimmers in this group, as development in competitive swimming requires competition.

Entry Requirement: Swimmers should have four legal strokes and be able swim 50 yards of each stroke.Swimmers also need to be at least least 8 years old to join this group.

Recommended Attendance: In order to see the most progress out of your swimmer it is recommended they attend at least three- to- four practices per week and attend two weekly dryland sessions.

Recommended Meet Attendance: Swimmers at this level should be going to swim meets about two times each month.   Meets that should be attended are Friday Night Practice Meets, Home Meets, Local YMCA or USA Swim Meets and the YMCA Sectional Meet.  Swimmers that achieve qualifying times for the Wisconsin Swimming (USA Swimming)12 & Under Championship Meet or YMCA State Championship Meet should attend those meets as well.

Junior Elite

Swimmers in the Junior Elite group will discover how to work hard, what it means to prepare for big meets and how proper nutrition, goal setting and dry-land workouts play a role in improved performance.  The focus of the Junior Elite group is on stroke technique, improving physical endurance, competition strategies, and of course having fun! Swim meets will be expected for the Junior Elite group, as practices in this group are geared towards swimmers who have State and Regional meets as their goals.

Entry Requirement: This group requires athletes to be able to compete in all 4 competitive strokes as well as longer Individual medley events. Entry to this group is by coaches invitation only; swimmers must be at least 10 years old to join this group.

Recommended Attendance: In order for you to see the most improvement from your swimmer, a at least four practices with the goal to make five days per week on a regular basis.   Swimmers should also attend the two dryland fitness sessions each week.

Recommended Meet Attendance: It is recommended swimmers attend two meets each month with the goal of achieving best times in the Championship Meets at the end of the season.

Additional Training Equipment Needed: All swimmers in this group should have appropriate fitting short blade fins (Zoomers) and "swimmer" (center mounted) snorkels.


Take your swimming to new heights with quality coaching and increased training. Practicing in the Senior group allows swimmers to increase their training volume while focusing on swimming fast at bigger meets. Swimmers will focus on all aspects of the sport including dry-land, nutrition, and goal setting all geared towards improving performance. Swim with Senior group to challenge yourself, reach your goals, and become a leader.

Entry Requirement: The senior group accommodates all high school age athletes on the team that are 14 years of age or older. Within this group we have flexibility to work with national caliber athletes to those just starting out with competitive swimming.

Recommended Attendance: In order for you to see the most improvement in endurance and competition it is important to attend a minimum of five practices per week and the two dryland practices each week.

Recommended Meet Attendance: At this level swimmers swimmers should attend two meets each month and swim the maximum amounts available each day.   Season Ending Championship Meets should be the focus of the season with the goal of achieving personal best performances at those meets.  

Click here to view a more detailed description of each training group.