Capital WAVE is a large club. On top of that, WAVE competes in two sports. Twice the fun, yes, but also twice the number of questions.

Here is a list of questions that you may have now or in the future as you and your athlete progress through the club structure.

Please consult the WPC Concussion Education Toolkit (PDF).

The WAVE coaching staff is available should you have any questions.

In this day and age, athletes are encouraged to participate in many sports.

It really comes down to time and expectations if you play and compete on numerous teams.

By joining WAVE you are committing to TWO sports – swimming and water polo. If you are adding another sport, that is your THIRD sport. In any world, that’s a lot.

WAVE has a very busy competition calendar. If you are adding a third sport, you may not be able to commit to the demands of WAVE’s competition calendar.

If you cannot commit the required time for water polo and swim training, you cannot expect to play and compete for WAVE at the higher levels.


For water polo, athletes are evaluated by their performance at tournaments.

For swimming, athletes are evaluated by their performance at swim meets.

*** December 2023 – WAVE Coaches are experimenting with an evaluation email for MiniA, JWB, JWA athletes.


If the coach has informed you that your athlete is ready to move up then it is expected that this invitation is accepted. In order for that athlete to develop, further challenges are required.

Not accepting the invitation to move up can only be made once. If there is a second denial of moving up a group by a parent/guardian, your athlete will not be offered an invitation to return if in a sessional program.

The first step is for your athlete to have a discussion with their coach, especially if that athlete is in a competitive program.

If it concerns a decision made at a water polo tournament or a swim meet, you must wait 48 hours after the event to expect a response. Coaches will not address your concern until that time has passed.

The club’s Parent Liaison position has been created to help support the coaches in terms of increasing communication within the club. When you and your athlete have questions here is the process we encourage:

  • Have your athlete request a meeting with their coaches – The Rule of Two will always be applied
  • If your athlete is still unsure of what was said in the meeting, have them discuss it with you and then you can send questions and possible solutions to the Parent Liaison at
  • If you have concerns directly related to coaches, Kim Darling the club president should be your point of contact. She can be reached at

Each pool has a Lost and Found. Coaches are not responsible for equipment that is left behind.

You can try posting to the Parents Facebook group to see if anyone has picked up your belongings.

Athletes that participate in swim meets and water polo tournaments are allowed to register before athletes that do not participate in competitions.

We use the Google calendar embedded on the Calendar page of this website for all practice schedules, commitments, meets, tournaments, club activities, merchandise orders etc…

If you notice an error, please contact

There are specific times to order equipment and swim suits. Swim suits take time as they are a special order. Pick up of orders is arranged for specific times during the year – usually once in September and again in November and January.

The Team Managers will post pick up and order dates.

Regional and Provincial level swim meets are to be attended over an open invitational water polo tournament.

Provincial and National level water polo tournaments are to be attended over Regional and Provincial level swim meets.

Yes. WAVE is a competitive club.

Tournaments and swim meets are when coaches evaluate the progress of the athletes in the Junior WAVES and 13U programs.

Failure to participate in at least 2 swim meets and 1 tournament between September and January and again between February and June, may lead to you not being able to renew.

You and your athlete must be committed to our competitive program at the Junior WAVES and 13U levels because it will only get harder to commit as you progress.



No. All Mini WAVE, Junior WAVE and 13U Competitive athletes must participate and train in both swimming and water polo.

There could be several reasons:
  • you may have missed the commitment deadline. Dates are posted on the club calendar along with the link to the forms. Information is also included in the TM weekly updates and in the News section of the website.
  • not an appropriate meet for your particular athlete ie: it’s a meet for more experienced swimmers and your athlete is still new
  • you may no longer be in “good standing” with the club. This typically happens when meet/tournament  fees are outstanding from a previous event. As stated on all commitment forms and fees emails, once you have committed and are entered into the meet/tournament, you will be responsible for the fees regardless if your athlete is able to attend or not. Please reach out to Lisa ASAP if you think this may be the case.

There is a window of opportunity to change your swims and that is between the time that the entries are posted to the website and the deadline for entries as requested by the host club. The deadline time and date is posted in the meet package (there is a link to the meet package on every Commitment Form).

If you are asking to change your swims after the deadline or after you see the heat sheets, you are too late and it’s not going to happen.

Keep in mind, that there usually is a very good reason why you are doing an event. If you kept doing the same events over and over again, swimming would become dull and you would not progress. Ask your coach.


The swim head coach.

Boys, yes.

Girls, no. Zippers are not allowed on swimsuits for swimming competitions.

The swim meet schedule is announced at the start of each session.

WAVE usually attends 5 or 6 meets in the Fall and another 5 or 6 in the Winter and Spring.

You are asked to commit to a meet by filling out a Google Form that will be distributed by the Team Managers. All information about that meet will be on the Google Form including a link to the host club’s Meet Package (a document with all the details on events, location, timing).

The Swim Coach will then make available the entries of all the swimmers, i.e. – a list of all the swimmers attending the meet and all the events that they are entered. You must visually confirm that your athlete is entered. Mistakes can and will be made. This is posted to the news section of the site.

Closer to the meet, the Swim Coach will post the heat sheets if they are made available by the host club. The heat sheets let you know the Event, Heat and Lane for your athlete’s meet. This is posted to the news section of the site.

The meet package will be linked in all communication and will be included in the itinerary that is put together by Lisa closer to the day of the event.


Yes. We are a competitive program and we train to improve for ourselves and for the team and for that we need the proper equipment.

Your athlete must come to the pool prepared and with all the required equipment.

Yes. In order to compete in swim meets and to be insured for swim practices you must purchase SNC insurance.

For invitational tournaments, the club’s goal is to give fair playing time to all players. If you’re in the stands with a stopwatch, you’re bound to be disappointed but please know that the coaches try. Coaches take into account – attendance, attitude, effort at practices, and overall development.

For Provincial and National level tournaments, WAVE plays to win and fields the top players for the game and for the situation in hand.

For NCL, there’s a document that covers all the ins and outs –

Win with dignity, lose with honour.

  • Remember that young people participate in sport for their enjoyment and benefit, not yours
  • Applaud good performance and efforts from all individuals and teams. Congratulate all participants on their performance regardless of the game’s outcome
  • Respect the decisions of officials and teach young people to do the same
  • Never ridicule or scold a young player for making a mistake. Positive comments are motivational
  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, whether it is by spectators, coaches, officials or players
  • Show respect for your team’s opponents. Without them there would be no game
  • Encourage players to follow the rules and the official’s decisions
  • Do not use foul language or harass players, coaches or officials
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion

It is possible to get banned from watching a water polo game at tournaments. Remember that we all represent WAVE and we must conduct ourselves appropriately. The athletes in the water are young and impressionable and do not want to see parents in the stands being rude and obnoxious.

WAVE coaches will dismiss parents from the stands and athletes on the bench who persistently shout out “Shoot!” – or any other coaching command – during a game.

No. Concerns about coaching decisions made during a water polo tournament can be raised 48 hours after the completion of the tournament.


It’s important to understand that WAVE athletes play for their club and not a team. Because of this, the rosters and teams are very fluid and are independent of what training group you are a part of.
For invitational tournaments, WAVE wants to send as many athletes as possible and allow for full participation. WAVE also strives to develop our athletes at each step of the way, according to their abilities and their progression.
In the Junior Waves alone, there are 3 age categories that athletes belong to: 9U, 11U, and 13U so you can expect some movement from tournament to tournament.
Sometimes your athlete will play up an age division or play their own age division, this can happen when:
  • athletes are needed in age age category above their own in order to make a team (and thus prevent WAVE having to cut a team)
  • athletes are required to play in their own age group when playing for a Provincial title
  • athletes are participating in an invitational tournament and want to gain experience at a higher age level
Attendance and participation is also a large part of team placement decisions.

Yes. In order to participate in water polo tournaments and to enter the water at practice, you must have insurance.

Families are asked to submit pledges through the Amilia platform by clicking on the “Fundraiser” Tab.

Fundraising is an integral part of Capital Wave and helps our overall operating costs, coaching development, and future equipment purchases to name a few. The idea for the Wave-A-Thon grew out of the Covid-19 situation and will sure stay here for the years to come. The club needed a new and safe way to raise the funds we rely on, respecting all of the current health guidelines at the time.

In fall 2020, during our toughest year to date, we announced our newest fundraising initiative to our members called our Wave-A-Thon. The Wave-A-Thon is an event where all of our athletes and coaches swim as many lengths as they can in a given amount of time.


Arranging for team travel is an arduous task and it requires that the entire team is following the arrangements.

You may be able to find a cheaper hotel and/or flight because your are booking for smaller numbers. There are penalties and incentives put in place by travel companies to arrange for team travel, anyone straying from these arrangements puts the entire itinerary in jeopardy.

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