Making Waves Aquatics Club
Edmonton's Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Club
Frequently Asked Questions
Who swims with the club?
Anyone interested in swimming with a masters swim club. We welcome anyone whether they're men or women, young or not so young, gay, lesbian, bisexual or straight, in the closet or out. Our members swim with the club for many different reasons, some to improve their fitness, some to socialize and meet new friends, some to train for competitions (swimming, triathalon, etc).

Do I have to be a great swimmer?
No, you don't need to be a great swimmer, just have a willingness to get wet and work with the coach. The pool is divided into lanes of varying abilities/speeds from former competitive swimmers to people very new to swimming. We practice in the shallow end of a 50 meter pool to be particularly beginner-friendly.

Do I have to be able to do all the strokes and turns?
No. One of the reasons we have a coach is to help swimmers who want to learn new strokes and turns. Being masters swimmers we also realize that not everyone is going to be able to do everything--our coach can modify a workout for you if you physically can't (or won't) do butterfly or breaststroke for example.

Do I have to wear a speedo to practice?
Although most masters swimmers do wear racing or training suits to practice (ie speedos), it is not a requirement. Swimmers should wear what they feel comfortable in to practice. Swimmers also shouldn't worry about what they look like in their swim suit--we're happy to share the pool with anyone whether they're too skinny, not skinny enough or somewhere in between!

Do you really swim for a whole hour?
Yes and no. Our coach designs workouts that should take about an hour to complete but there are short breaks built into these. It's also not uncommon for there to be some additional chatting/social breaks to be stuck in by some of our swimmers. Swimmers are also free to climb out when they've had enough, whether that's after 20 minutes or once the practice time is up.

I can't make it to every practice. Can I still swim with you?
We understand that people are busy and that not everyone's schedule matches with our pool schedule. Anyone is welcome to join us, whether they can make it once a month, once a week or to every practice.

I don't have a car. How else can I get to the pool?
One of the reasons we've chosen to swim at NAIT is because it is on many city bus routes and relatively central in the city. We do also have members who live all over the city and so catching a ride with someone is very possible. Feel free to email the club and let us know where you're coming from and we can see if someone is able to give you a lift.

Does everyone race or go to swim meets?
No, not everyone in the club swims in masters meets, but a lot of us do. We're big believers in having fun at swim meets and purposefully host our own meet (in February) so that people who haven't had the chance to swim at a meet before can see how much fun it can be. Many of the meets we go to also have a number of social events attached to them which increases the fun.

I want to come to my first practice with Making Waves. What should I do?
You can email the club in advance and let us know you're coming so we can keep an eye for you or you can just show up at the pool. Try to come a few minutes early and look for us on the deck in the shallow end. Our members and coach will welcome you and answer any questions you might have, especially if you've never swam with a swim club before. You can choose to complete the online registration before or after you have tried out your first practice.

Can visitors to Edmonton drop in for a practice?
Definitely. Email us in advance and we can try to help to get you to the pool if you like.