Waves Program

(Pools in Toronto are currently closed, once allowed by Public Health the Waves programs started in October 2020 will be completed.)


New for summer 2021, Waves programs are planned, more details and registration are available -  here:


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. 

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 this summer:

  • 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.

Registration is currently open to swimmers that pre-registered in July and who are on our waiting list. 

Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, and will open on April 12, 2021, at 9:00 am and will be open to new members on May 1, 2021.  Register early so as not to be disappointed


Learn to Swim - Learn to Train - Learn to Race

Hear from our swimmers about why they love Waves!


For the Waves 2020/2021 schedule please click here.

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 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 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 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 Coach 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 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



Notice for Original Fall Waves 2020 Program

Due to limited access to pools, the 2020 Fall Waves session will be delayed until more pool space becomes available. 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], and a cheque for 37.5% of your Spring Waves fees for 2019/2020 will be sent.

NYAC is committed to securing pool time and reschedule the Waves program as soon as possible. Communication will be sent to the Waves Membership on any progress we make moving forward.

We encourage those who would like to swim in the Waves program to add their swimmer's name to the waiting list for their preferred location (2021 Spring Waves Waiting List). By doing this your name will be in our system and you will receive updated communications about Waves. 

This is the first time in 20 years that Waves has not run but rest assured, we continue to focus on cultivating a passion for the sport of swimming, improving swimmer’s self-confidence and helping athletes achieve their personal swimming goals.

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.

NYAC Management

Questions may be directed to Linda Liberta at:  linda@nyacswimming.ca