The Junior Wahoo Program is a selective developmental program for emerging swimmers. Your young swimmer will work with Wahoo coaches and trained Junior Coaches to refine his or her stroke and improve endurance, with the goal of swimming a full lap and competing for the Wahoo.
Practice begins with an evaluation of prospective Junior Wahoo swimmers. Please note that children who cannot yet put their faces in the water or who exhibit extreme trepidation about joining the group will be directed to private lessons before joining. Parents of registrants who have any concern about this might consider scheduling lessons prior to the evaluation so that their swimmers are comfortable in the water, able to manage the minimum requirements of the Junior program, and are eager to swim by the beginning of June. Please refer to the skill requirements below.
The evaluation and subsequent two practice sessions will run concurrent with Wahoo practices on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, between 8:00 and 9:30. There will be two sessions. Each session will be approximately 45 minutes long and will be broken up according to skill level. As swimmers improve, they can advance through our “minor leagues.” We’re looking forward to seeing even more youngsters build their confidence by swimming themselves onto the big team. Juniors who become able to swim the length of the pool unassisted will have the option of joining the Wahoo 6 and Unders in Wahoo meets.
Junior Wahoo Minimum Skills: Juniors should be able to put their faces in the water, float on their backs, and be able to propel themselves across the fifteen foot instruction area. On evaluation day, any swimmers who have not quite mastered these skills will be referred temporarily to private lessons so that they can get caught up more quickly and join their friends in the Junior Wahoo. Coaches will determine when they may matriculate.
Like the big squad, Junior Wahoo are always eligible for doughnuts after Saturday’s practice, and Juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend Wahoo meets to cheer on their older teammates.