Welcome to Making Waves Swim Club, Edmonton's masters swim club and water polo team for the gay and lesbian community and their friends. Since 1999, we have fostered participation in aquatic sports in a gay-positive environment that is supportive of all athletes.
We encourage participation regardless of ability, from those who are just starting to competitive swimmers. We promote the Master's Swimming Canada values of "fun and friendship, health and wellness, and participation and achievement."
We offer two coached swimming practices and one coached water polo practice each week, additional un-coached practices, and regular social events.
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.
Making Waves Swim Club is affiliated with provincial and national swimming associations as well as international gay aquatics associations. Our affiliations include:
- Swim Alberta, which is a member of Swimming Canada
- Waterpolo Alberta, which is a member of Waterpolo Canada
- International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics, which is a constituent member of the Federation of Gay Games
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.
Drop in passes, provincial affiliation fees and club fees are non-refundable.
Refunds on season passes for swimming or waterpolo will be given on a prorated basis, rounded up to the start of the month following a request.