12U – Junior Waves Swimming and Water Polo
(2012 – 2015)

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

We’ve always believed that swimming is to water polo as skating is to hockey — they are intertwined in so many ways. Capital 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 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 2 levels at Junior WAVEs – A and B. 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 13U program. Athletes may be promoted to the 13U competitive level at the discretion of coaches.

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?


  • 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.

Minimum Requirements

  • Athletes must be born between 2012-2014.
  • 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 1 minute and 15 seconds.
  • Evaluations are required for new athletes. Spots are limited and subject to availability.
  • 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 in-house swimming and water polo competitions amongst other Junior Waves groups
  • 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 water polo tournaments.
  • Water Polo Head Coach will invite certain individuals who they feel are ready to attend local and away 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 AquaticOver-sized goggles are not acceptable — they must remain below the brow.
  • Size 3 Water Polo ball – WAVE Store
  • Swimming fins (short blade fins available at Decathlon, Go Swim and Team Aquatic). NO Flippers or Scuba diving gear.
  • Swim paddles – Finis Agility recommended
  • 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 official 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

  • Fall 2023 Fees: JWA $650 / JWB $595
  • Water Polo Canada Insurance: $40 – 120 (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)