Mini Waves ~ We are the future!
What is Mini Waves?
New for 2021 Mini Waves is now a three-day a week swim-lesson program for kids ages 3-8. This program was created to introduce the sport of swimming to the Rivercrest neighborhood children in a fun and relaxed manner. The program also targets those that are not “swim-team ready.” The season will culminate in a “Lollipop Meet” (in late July) where the swimmers will compete in kick-board races, and fun relays and receive a lollipop at the end of the race. The Riptide Swim Team will be present to cheer-on the Minis and run the meet in the place of the regular adult volunteers. Some Mini Waves will graduate to the Riptide and swim in Riptide meets later in the season!
* Note: there may be some children outside the specified age range who may be eligible to participate. This assessment will be made by the coaches.
When does the program start and where is it held?
New for 2021 Mini Waves will have more opportunities for lessons. We will be offering two morning sections, with section one running June 21st to July 15th and section two will run from July 19th to August 12th. Based on community feedback we will offer one evening section from June 21st to July 12th. All lessons will be held at the Rivercrest Pool.
What time is the program?
The lessons will be on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Session 1 is 10:10:30 and Session 2 from 10:30 - 11. Which session your swimmer attends will be determined by the Mini Waves Coordinator. Evenings will have one session from 6;30-7:00. There is a maximum of 24 slots total.
How do I register and how much does the program cost?
Our registration and payment process is fully online through the Rivercrest Swim Team-Unify Registration system; Mini waves participants can be registered right along with any Riptide siblings in the family. The process is simple for both new and returning members. Once you register on this system, you will use the same account throughout the season. Click the "Home" tab on this page then go to "Online Registration".
Mini Waves Fees are the same as Riptide swimmers. Each Registration will also be assessed a fee of $5 for the entire transaction and $2 per swimmer by TeamUnify.
What type of equipment is needed?
Bathing suit, towel, and goggles - good ones please!
Who are the instructors?
The instructors are all accomplished Riptide swimmers and may include coaches. Coaches in training from the Riptide Swim Team will also be on hand to help with the lessons.
What level will my child be placed in?
Note: children may be placed in a group below and be moved to a different level (instructor) if they are making progress.
There are four levels of Mini Wave Swimmers:
1. Minnows - Level 1. The minnows or “water explorers” learn to hold their breath and blow bubbles. They are begin to put their face in the water for several seconds. They will become more comfortable by playing games such as “Simon Says” and “Red Light - Green Light.”
2. Starfish - Level 2. The Starfish begin to develop a kick and become horizontal in the water. They will learn to get their feet off the bottom of the pool and propel forward. Rhythmic breathing and a sitting dive will also introduced.
3. Dolphins - Level 3. The Dolphins begin to perfect their kick, which is the foundation of every stroke, and will begin to introduce the arms. They become more comfortable in deep water and can retrieve objects. They begin to progress from a sitting dive to a standing dive.
4. Mini Riptides - Level 4. These swimmers are “Riptide Ready” and are swimming comfortably in the water. They have a Front Crawl with Rotary Breathing. They have a relaxed Back Crawl. They retrieve objects from deep water and have a standing dive (somewhat:) They will be evaluated by the Swim Team Head Coach and allowed to compete in a sanctioned Riptide Swim Meet during the 2021 season if desired.
A parent or guardian must remain on the pool property throughout the lesson
All Mini Wave Swimmers are part of the Rivercrest Riptide Family and are “team members.” They are invited to participate and attend all social events - Pasta Parties, Pep Rallies, Paper Plate Awards and team-building events.
How can I find out more?
GO RIPTIDE ~ GO MINI WAVES ~ WE ARE THE FUTURE !!!