Waves Program

  NYAC Waves is a pre-competitive program that introduces swimmers between the ages of 6-12 years (Teen Waves 13-18)  to the sport of competitive swimming.

                  Waves Spring 2023 Schedule

Pool Locations

 Spring 2023 Registration Link 


Swimming Canada and Swim Ontario Consents

All new members must attend a tryout before registering

Tryouts - Link to Tryout Information &  Registration


Special Note - Pool Closures: 

  • T​he Forest Hill pool is closed until August 1st for repairs, we have cancelled Waves 3 & 13 . 
  • The Lawrence Park pool is closed for repairs until June; we have had to cancel Waves 4 for the spring session.
  • The Norttview Heights Pool is down for scheduled maintenance until the end of summer. . Waves 8 has been moved to a new location




  • Waves practices start the week of February 12 - Feb 18  - ** New start week** 
  • Prices for a one-day program are $300, and for a two-day program, $550. 
  • Fees have been prorated for groups with practices that fall on statutory holidays. 
  • Coaches encourage all swimmers looking to enter the competitive program to register for a two-day program.
  • If your preferred Waves Group is full, you may put your swimmer on the waiting list, and we will contact you if something opens up for your swimmer.
  • If your swimmer is on a waiting list, we recommend placing your swimmer in a second favourite group to start the season on time; this will not affect your placement on the waitlist. ​                    

Spring Waves Schedule

  • Practices begin the week of February 12 – 18
  • Exception – Waves 14 at Havergal – begins February 28
  • The last week of practice is the week of May 28 – June 3
  • Our end-of-season Splash N Dash competition is on May 28 
  • Family Day Weekend – no practices on Sunday, February 19 and Monday, February 20 (all Friday and Saturday practices will run)
  • March Break – no practices March 13 – 19
  • Easter Weekend – no practices on Good Friday – April 7, Easter Sunday – April 9, & Easter Monday – April 10 – All practices will run on Saturday, April 8.
  • Victoria Day Weekend – no practice Sunday, May 21 and Monday, May 20 (all Friday and Saturday practices will run)

Groups that don't have practices on scheduled holidays have been prorated.

Drop off and pickup

  • ​This is a gentle reminder to be at the pool 15 minutes before practices begin; arriving late is disruptive for the group. 
  • Be on time for pick-up Coaches cannot wait for those that are late, as supervision cannot be guaranteed.
  • Do not pull your vehicle in front of the doors of any facility. This causes a safety hazard for swimmers and parents walking outside.
  • Please park your vehicle in the parking lot and walk to the door at the drop-off and pickup time


Equipment Needed 

     All Waves Swimmers should have the following on the first day of practice: 

  • Goggles
  • Kick Board
  • Training Fins (not scuba)
  • Cap (a NYAC cap will be given out on the first day of practice)
  • Swimsuit - a training suit is highly recommended (bikinis, halter tops, ruffles, and baggy trunks can make it difficult to learn in) 
  • NYAC's official Team Wear Supplier is below. All NYAC swimmers receive a 25% discount.


50 Paxman Road, Unit 4
Etobicoke (Toronto), ON M9C 1B7
Tel: 416 620-4954
Fax: 1 866 508-4162
Google Map Splashables

Get your Equipment for the Spring 2023 Season! 


Lost Items: 


Please remind your swimmers to always double-check their items before leaving the pool. Teaching swimmers to be responsible for their items is a great habit and life lesson for our athletes. 


NYAC will do its best to assist you in finding any lost items, but with over 700 swimmers in the club, it is not always possible to recover everything. 

  • Please label all items with your swimmer's name and NYAC! 
  • Labelling your swimmer's items is the #1 to ensure lost items are returned. Putting NYAC on allows a facility to know which organization it belongs to. 
  • Coaches cannot bring left-behind items home with them; many are students or commuting and do not have the capacity to carry extra items. 
  • Also, we ask parents never to contact a facility directly for a lost item. As you can appreciate, there are hundreds of children using school or community centers, and their staff does not have the compacity to help find multiple lost items.  Parents contacting a facility for any reason puts our permit at risk. 



Learn to Swim - Learn to Train - Learn to Race

Hear from our swimmers about why they love Waves!





What is it?

The NYAC Waves program is a developmental swim program that introduces swimmers to the sport of competitive swimming.   The program goal is to develop all four kicks: free, back, breast and fly.  Swimmers will also learn how to function as a part of a group with the added element of water.  Waves has 2 sessions per year Fall (Oct - Jan) and Spring (Feb - May). Each session is 15 weeks and offers a once-a-week or a twice-a-week option. 

Who is it for?

This program is for new swimmers between the ages of 6-12 years.  Your child must be able to swim across a 25-metre pool without stopping.  They do not have to have strong skills; however,  they need to be able to prove that they can be safe in the water.  


What do we do?
Swimmers are introduced to the four competitive strokes, dives, and turns. Emphasis is on body position, kicking, recovery and pull. Beyond swimming, coaches teach invaluable life skills that are as important as swimming skills.  Time management, discipline, teamwork, self-confidence and social skills are just some skills that NYAC athletes learn under the radar of having fun.

Who can join?
The Waves program is for anyone between the ages of 6 and 18 who can swim 25 meters front crawl. Waves swimmers should be at least at Level 6 in swimming and comfortable in the deep end.

Why do parents like us?
We have certified coaches and convenient times and locations.  NYAC athletes learn to swim much faster than from traditional recreational swimming lessons.  Our parents are just as much a part of the team as the swimmers.   From seeing each other at practices and the final fun meet, they create a bond of their own that extends beyond NYAC.  

Why do children like us?
They like being part of a team, making friends and improving their swimming skills while having fun.  Children enjoy our friendly atmosphere, team bonds and long-lasting friendships that go beyond the NYAC programs.  NYAC extends far beyond the pool, becoming a part of their daily routine.

What is NYAC's belief?
NYAC believes that every child can reach their own Olympic potential through the lessons they learn at NYAC, both inside and outside the pool.


Splash N Dash 

Each Waves session ends with the Splash N Dash.  This experience is meant to be fun and is the first step for a swimmer to walk out onto a pool deck, independent of their parent and perform to the best of their ability in the pool.    

This event will conclude your child’s Fall/Spring Session with Waves. 


Waves Commonly Asked Question


What is the Waves Cancellation Policy?
Parents will receive a full refund less the $85 cancellation fee if notice is given in writing 5 business days before the session begins.

How do I see my Waves Swimmers Account?  
Log into the NYAC Website and go to "My Account" in the top left corner of the home page.  A black bar will pop up on the left side of your screen and select "My Account" again.  Go to Account info > Swim Lessons to see your swimmer's Waves Account.

Do you offer make-up practices? 

We cannot offer a make-up practice if you need to miss a practice for personal reasons. We have lifeguarding and programming ratios that we must abide by, making it impossible to have swimmers attending different programs for missed practice. 

What pools do you swim out of, and where are they?
NYAC Swims out of 14 different pools. For the full directory with map links, click HERE.

Can my 7-year-old son change in the girl's change room?
At NYAC, we ask all swimmers to use their own identified gender change rooms regardless of age. Just as classmates in school would feel uncomfortable changing in front of each other, so do teammates at the pool. 

What is the Coach to Swimmer ratio in Waves? We have a 1 to 12 ratio for Coaches to swimmers in Waves. 

What equipment does my swimmer need for Waves, and where can I buy it?

All swimmers should have:

A swimsuit - avoid 2-pieces, ruffles, baggy trunks etc., as they make it difficult to swim
Competition Goggles
Training Fins
Bathing Cap - A NYAC team cap is provided on the first day of practice


Our official Supplier is Splashables, and all NYAC swimmers receive a 25% discount.

We recommend all new swimmers go in person to be sized for their swimsuits, fins and goggles. 


50 Paxman Road, Unit 4
Etobicoke (Toronto), ON M9C 1B7
Tel: 416 620-4954
Fax: 1 866 508-4162


For those who are training at Holland Bloorview:





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