12U – Junior Waves
Swimming and Water Polo
(2013 and under )

The 2021-2022 season was the first season for WAVE’s dual sport program – Junior Waves. WAVE athletes have competed in swim meets in Ottawa, Brockville, Cornwall, Perth, Belleville, and the Greater Toronto area. WAVE athletes have also competed in water polo tournaments in Ottawa, Montreal and the Greater Toronto area.

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.

Junior Waves athletes must attend 90% of their practices. Practices are between two to three 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.

There are 3 levels at Junior Waves – A, B, and C. All “A” athletes are expected to attend all swim meets and water polo tournaments – should they be invited.

The skills and ability of Junior Waves A athletes does at times overlap with that of the competitive 12U program. Athletes may be promoted to the 12U competitive level at the discretion of coaches.

See Practice Times and Locations (PDF)

Athletes will be registered with Swim Ontario and Ontario Water Polo and cannot be registered with any other club.

What can athletes expect to learn?


  • Learning how to train properly.

  • 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 skills and basic shooting fundamentals.

  • Principles of the game.

  • Conditioning and endurance building.

  • Teamwork.