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Welcome to the Wave Swim Team! We are a competitive swim team that strives to provide the best opportunity for kids to achieve success in and out of the pool. The Wave offers a complete program for all ages and abilities levels from beginning developmental swimmers to swimmers who are committed and striving for state and national success.

The Wave is an athlete centered program which focuses on team building and providing the best opportunities for the athlete. The coaches are committed to providing an environment which fosters personal growth and development, team unity, and goal oriented athletes.

The Wave swim team began in 1959 and has achieved state and national success from the beginning. Over the last 40 years the team has produced a number of state and national qualifiers. The Wave competes in local, regional, state and national competitions sanctioned by YMCA swimming and USA swimming, the national governing body for amateur swimming in the United States.

The following information is meant to provide more detail regarding Wave swimming and answer any additional questions you may have.

The Competitive Swim Season

Competitive swimming breaks the year into two seasons: the Fall/Winter season, which is roughly September - March, and the Spring/Summer season, May - July. Throughout the season swimmers will develop their skills in order to compete at swim meets (on the weekends). 

Practice Groups

The Wave Swim Team is broken into groups based on age and ability of the swimmers. With 6 unique groups, the Wave Swim Team has the ability to work with swimmers just starting their swimming career to national caliber athletes. The descriptions of the groups can be found under the "about" tab, under "practice groups." If you are unsure if you will be ready to join the team you can refer to the team practice groups guide (which will give more detailed information about swimmers abilities starting out with the swim team), or you can contact the Head Coach.

Practice Locations

Because we are a larger swim team (200 plus swimmers) we practice out of multiple locations. The older groups (Senior and Junior Elite) will meet at a single location each night (which rotates depending on the day of the week) and the younger group meet at multiple locations (for ease of access to the team, and spreading out the larger numbers). The two main locations used are the Onalaska and La Crosse YMCAs. You can find a list of our locations and practices times under the Team Information tab above.

Free Two-Week Trial

Because each season is several months long, and many new athletes are unsure if they are ready to commit to a long season, we offer a two-week free trial for new participants. This gives the swimmers a chance to see if they enjoy competitive swimming as well as gives the coach an opportunity to evaluate the swimmers ability to see if they are ready to be a part of the Wave Swim Team (and which group would best fit their individual needs). For more information about the two-week free trial please click here. After your two weeks are up, the coaching staff will talk to you at a practice, or email you about registering for the rest of the season.

A two week trial can be started at anytime throughout the season! If you are interested in joining the swim team, simply fill out the two week registration form and come to a practice!

What do you need?

All you need for your very first practice is a swim suit, a pair of goggles and a great attitude! Beyond that most swimmers wear a swim cap (to put longer hair in, and to help with buoyancy). If you are starting with the Senior group you may need other equipment, but can get by for a few practices without it. Talk to your coach at practice to find out more information about what may be needed.

Swim Meets

The best part of being a part of a swim team! Swim meets are a way for swimmers to find out what improvements they have made in their practices. While there is typically 3-4 swim meets offered a month, you don't have to compete in every meet (but are more than welcome to). Typically a swimmer should compete in 1 to 2 meets a month so they can keep their racing strategies fresh in their mind, and continue to watch their improvements made through practice. If you are not sure how to sign up for meets you can talk to the coach on deck at a swim practice.

Word Glossary

The link below has a list of commonly used phrases and words with the competitive swimming world. While not completely comprehensive, it gives you a feel for some of the jargon used within the sport. If you have any other questions or concerns please don't hesitate to ask a more seasoned parent or a coach!

The Word Glossary