Making Waves Aquatics Club
Edmonton's Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Club
About Us
Who We Are:
Making Waves Swim Club is a club dedicated to advancing the participation of gays and lesbians and their friends in the aquatic sports of swimming and water polo. We have members of all athletic abilities, with all different motivations and goals--from improving fitness to competing at international swim meets. With more than 50 members, we welcome everybody over the age of 18.

Pool:
All of our coached practices are held at the pool at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, located in the athletics building at the south end of campus just across the Princess Elizabeth Avenue from Kingsway Garden Mall and immediately north of the NAIT LRT Station. The pool is a six-lane 50 metre pool divided in half by a central bulkhead. We rent lanes in one half of the pool.

Free street parking is available north of campus on 109 Street and 118 Avenue. The pool is easily accessed by public transit, near the Kingsway Transit Centre and at the NAIT LRT Station.

Social Activities:
Nearly as important as swimming practices are our social events. We go for coffee or drinks after practice each Thursday. We also organize larger social events and parties, usually monthly, such as our yearly welcome party and tobogganing on New Year's Day.

Competition:
Many of our swimmers choose to compete in swim meets at various levels. We are represented at nearly all masters-levers swim meets in Edmonton, compete in provincial championships, and attend gay swim meets in Canada, the United States, and internationally. The club hosts its own annual swim meet in February, and has co-hosted the Canadian Masters Swimming Championships and was involved in organizing the swimming component of the World Masters Games.

Executive Board:
Making Waves Swim Club would not be what it is without the dedication and work of the members of the board, current and past. The board is elected annually at the annual general meeting, and each person can serve in a position for two consecutive years.

For the 2016-2017 season, the board is:
  • Copresidents: Brian Stearns; Craig Volkerink
  • Secretary: Nghi Tran.
  • Treasurer: Justin Shields.
History:
Edmonton's first gay and lesbian swim practice was held at the University of Alberta in conjunction with Calgary's Different Strokes Swim Club on January 9, 1999. This practice, organized by Dan MacGregor from Calgary and Darren Bates and Jeff Goth from Edmonton, welcomed swimmers from both Edmonton and Calgary. Shortly after that, recognizing a need for a swim club for gay and lesbian swimmers, Making Waves Swim Club was founded by Mike Stansberry and others shortly thereafter.

Affiliations:
Making Waves Swim Club is affiliated with provincial and national swimming associations as well as international gay aquatics associations. Our affiliations include:
Additionally, Making Waves Swim Club is a federated sport of Team Edmonton, which is an organization of more than two dozen gay and lesbian sports teams and clubs in Edmonton.

Contact:
E-mail: info@makingwavesswimclub.ca.
Mail: 8928-142 Street, Edmonton, AB T5R 0M5.