Waves Program


2021-2022 Waves Registration  - Link to Registration  

  • All new members need to attend a tryout, to add your name to the email contact list 
  • Those that were previously registered in Waves do not need to attend a tryout and may register their swimmers without attending a tryout.


Updated Fall 2021 Waves Schedule *updated October 6

  • The season starts the week of October 3, 2021. 
  • The last week of practice is January 23-29, 2022.
  • No practice on Thanksgiving Monday, October 11th (groups that train on Mondays have been prorated for the missing practice)
  • Winter break is December 20 - January 3
  • No parents will be allowed in any pool facility due to COVID  ( parents caught inside any of the pool facilities are putting our permits at risk) We thank you for your cooperation with this! 
  • Masks are required at all times except while swimming.

For those who are training at Holland Bloorview:

All swimmers that are 12+ who register for the Holland Bloorview Waves programs will have to provide proof of vaccination before they can enter the building.  

**Contract Tracing Forms For Holland Bloorview**  - must be filled in before each practice



Please be sure to scroll down to read the full information regarding our Waves program. If you have any further questions please contact Linda Liberta at [email protected]

New to NYAC?

All new swimmers must attend a tryout before registering for any of our programs. If you swam in 2020 Waves you do not need to attend a tryout your swimmer has been assigned a placement. 


If you wish to be contacted about future tryouts, please register here

For assistance or questions regarding joining our club  please email Linda Liberta at [email protected]


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 a 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.  

To help you understand what a Waves program will look like during the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Screening and completion of a Covid-19 questionnaire related to infection risk for each swimmer attending practice.
  • Hygiene & Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – swimmers will sanitize their hands upon entry into the facility and masks will be worn to practice and onto the pool deck and will only be removed before entering the pool. Coaches will wear masks at all times.  Equipment will not be shared between swimmers.
  • Physical Distancing & Smaller Group Sizes -  6ft will be maintained at all times, on the deck in the pool and in the changerooms.  Group sizes for Waves will be 10 swimmers per coach to ensure a safe environment.
  • Arrival & Departure:  Parents are not allowed into the facility.   Swimmers are required to arrive in their bathing suits and can change out of them to exit.  No showers.  Swimmers must be self-sufficient at changing, coaches cannot assist with this. 
  • Contact Tracing will be enforced using the City of Toronto procedures
  • Trained & Experienced Coaches: all Waves coaches have been working on deck during this pandemic and fully understand the policies and procedures surrounding all of the above

Learn to Swim - Learn to Train - Learn to Race

Hear from our swimmers about why they love Waves!



NYAC Waves is a precompetitive swim program that introduces swimmers between the ages of 6-18 years to the sport of competitive swimming.  Swimmers in this program start learning what it means to be an athlete in the changeroom, on the pool deck and in the pool.

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 swim 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 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 $65 cancellation fee if notice is given in writing 24 hours before the start of the first 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? In Waves, we have a 1 to 12 ratio for Coaches to swimmers. 

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 where 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



Notice for those that swam in Waves 2020 Program

For those families that have credits on their accounts due to Covid-19, we will hold these credits in your account and they can be used for any program at NYAC.  No further communication is needed for this option.

If you prefer to receive a refund, please email [email protected].

Thank you for your understanding during these challenging times, and we look forward to the day of having your swimmers back in the pool with NYAC.

Questions may be directed to Linda Liberta at:  [email protected]