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Ripples program

ALERT: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there is no pre-team during summer 2020. We look forward to your participation in 2021!


Woodley Waves has an active pre-team program. These little Ripples range from about 4 to 8 years old. In fact, the program goal is to have each child swim in a Wednesday meet by the end of the summer!

Children looking to join the Ripples must do the following:

  1. Swim freestyle across the children's section on your own.
  2. Float for 5 seconds on your stomach with your entire face in the water.

Children participating in Ripples must be registered for swim team.

Evaluations will be held on Tuesday, June 18, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Based on the evaluations, Ripples will be divided into three different skill level groups. Alterations based on individual skill level and group sizes will be made throughout the season. (Note – the focus of the Ripples program is on learning the proper strokes for a sustained period of time, not just the ability to swim across the pool.)

For all practices, there will be swim coaches assigned to each group and a Pre-Team Coordinator (parent volunteer) on-site. Parents/Guardians should ensure they check in with the Pre-Team Coordinator upon arrival. 

Pre-team practice is not a drop-off event. It is important that an adult responsible for your child be on-site during practice. Weather is unpredictable as are restroom needs so a designated adult must be available to tend to your child in these circumstances.

Ripples families are invited to participate in all swim team events and activities. Although there are no specific volunteer requirements for pre-team parents, we do encourage you to get involved and get to know other families in our community.

A Funfest specially designed for our young Ripples swimmers will be held in July. The Funfest includes races and fun tailored just for them.

For more information, check out our Ripples FAQs written by parents for parents: read the page

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