Waves Program

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Hear from our swimmers about why they love Waves!


NYAC Waves is a developmental swim program that introduces swimmers between the ages of 6-18 years to the sport of competitive swimming.  The swimmers in this program are learning what it means to be an athlete in the changeroom, on the pool deck and throughout the hour 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, the coaches teach invaluable life skills that should be recognized to be just as important as swim skills.  Time management, discipline, teamwork, self-confidence and social skills are just some examples of 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 which 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 the long lasting friendships that go beyond the NYAC programs.  NYAC extends far beyond the pool becoming a part of thier daily routine.

What is our belief?
We belive that every child can reach their own Olympic potential through the lessons they learn at NYAC both inside and outside the pool.


Learn to Swim - Learn to Train - Learn to Race


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 girls change room?
At NYAC we ask all swimmers to use their own gender change rooms regardless of age. Just as classmates 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 Coach to swimmer. 

What equipment does my swimmer need for Waves and where can I buy it?
All swimmers should have:

A swimsuit - avoid 2-pieces, ruffles 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