Vision and Purpose:

The Wave Swim Team program transforms young people into high character leaders and lifelong champions of the YMCA. We actively promote the four, YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility as our foundation.

Through competitive swimming we will empower each individual to reach his or her full potential – as an athlete, a YMCA leader and a community leader - by promoting achievement, creating a sense of belonging and facilitating positive relationships.

Guiding Principles:

  • Holistic development of athletes
  • Excellence in coaching (instructing, leading, motivating, mentoring)
  • Creating, growing, maintaining and supporting a strong community
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Development and maintenance of quality facilities
  • Provide a safe, healthy, and positive environment


  1. Create strong program-wide culture that clearly reflects the vision and purpose of the WAVE Swim Team.
  2. Align around a competitive progression through which swimmers can strive to reach their full potential.
  3. Increase and model diversity across the program and association.
  4. Secure consistent, quality facility access.
  5. Increase acquisition and retention of swimmers, families and staff.
  6. Create systems for the development of coaches as program leaders and YMCA leaders.
  7. Maintain sound financial status.