13U – Competitive Swimming and Water Polo
(2011 – 2013)

The 13U Competitive Swimming and Water Polo program is WAVE’s building block for developing life-long aquatic athletes.

We’ve always believed that swimming is to water polo as skating is to hockey — they are intertwined in so many ways. WAVE has worked hard with Swim Ontario and Ontario Water Polo to train our coaching staff in both sports to build our success as a dual-sport club.

WAVE is the only club in Ottawa that is an official swim club and water polo club. Look no further, this is where it all starts.

13U athletes must attend 90% of their practices. Practices are four times per week. Athletes must do swimming and water polo. The focus of practices will change from swimming to water polo and vice versa at the discretion of the coaching staff.

All 13U athletes are expected to attend all swim meets and water polo tournaments.

All athletes will be registered with Swim Ontario and Ontario Water Polo and can not be registered with any other club. 

What can athletes expect to learn?


  • Introduction to race-pace training.

  • Proficiency in all four strokes.

  • Stroke efficiency.

  • Proper turns and starts.

  • Having and achieving goals as an individual and as a team.

  • Dedication to a sport, to a team and to an active, aquatic life!

Water Polo

  • Eggbeater and the base position.

  • Strokes that are designed for water polo play, e.g. water polo backstroke, head-up frontcrawl and sidestroke.

  • Ball handling, passing and shooting skills.

  • Principles of the game and introduction to strategy.

  • Conditioning and endurance building.

  • Teamwork.

Minimum Requirements

  • Athletes must be born between 2011-2013.
  • Athletes must be able to follow instructions and be part of a group environment.
  • Athletes must be able to complete 50 metres of recognizable front crawl (freestyle) under 45 seconds.
  • Evaluations may be required for new participants. Spots are limited and subject to availability – WAVE is currently full as of September 2023.
  • Advancement and Progression guidelines (PDF)


  • Attend 90% of all practices
  • Show up on time
  • Bring training equipment bag
  • Be ready to have fun and learn two sports!

Competition Opportunities

  • Compete in our internal swimming and water polo meets, competition and games.
  • Swim Head Coach will invite certain individuals who they feel are ready to attend local and away swim meets – all invited athletes are expected to attend swim meets.
  • Water Polo Head Coach will invite certain individuals who they feel are ready to attend water polo games/tournaments – all invited athletes are expected to attend water polo tournaments.

Training Equipment List

  • 2 pairs of goggles from a reputable brand (such as Speedo, Tyr, Nike, Arena, and Swans) – goggles can be found at Winners and other local shops such as Go Swim and Team Aquatic. Over-sized goggles are not acceptable — they must remain below the brow.
  • Size 4 Water Polo ball – WAVE Store
  • Swim paddles – Finis Agility recommended
  • Swimming fins (short blade fins available at Decathlon, Go Swim and Team Aquatic). NO Flippers or Scuba diving gear.
  • PullKick Board from Speedo or Arena available on Amazon (these are small boards that can be used as a pull buoy and as a kickboard)
  • Swim suit – one piece for girls and brief or jammer style for boys (NO board shorts and NO t-shirts)*
    • *Note: Club bathing suit will be required for any swim meets and/or water polo tournaments
  • Swim cap – one club swim cap (yellow)
    Be sure to label all of your equipment and a mesh bag is highly recommended and is available from the WAVE Store.

Cost Estimates

  • 2023-2024 Season Fees: $2450
  • Water Polo Canada Insurance: $40 (this amount is the base – may need to upgrade for certain events) – pay once
  • Swimming Canada Insurance: $121.40-161.40 (this amount is calculated based on age) – pay once
  • Team Gear: TBD (depends on what you need)
  • Training Equipment: TBD (depends on what you need)
  • Meet/Tournament Fees: TBD (depends on which ones you attend)
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