25 Meters, 8 Lanes
Head Swim Coach
Head Dive Coach
The Goodman Waves Swim & Dive Team, was founded through a partnership between the City of Madison Parks, the Shelly Glover Foundation, and the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Foundation to provide an affordable, competitive swim team opportunity for the Madison area community. Our team color is purple to reflect Shelly Glover’s favorite color.
The Waves, Madison’s only public swim team, is one of the 13 teams that competes in the All City Swim and Dive League, a recreational summer swim league that has been in Madison for over 50 years. Since then, hundreds of swimmers, between ages 5 to 18, have competed for the Waves in the All City League. For many of our athletes, the Waves is where they first learned and had an opportunity to swim and dive competitively. Many have continued competitive swimming and diving for area high schools and year-round USA Swimming clubs.
A primary goal of the Waves is to provide competitive swimming & diving opportunities to children of all cultural, social, and economic backgrounds through affordable fees, generous scholarships, and high quality coaching. Support from the Madison Parks Foundation, the Goodman Foundation and SGF keep registration fee affordable for most families and provide scholarships for the families that need them, ensuring all kids have the opportunity to swim & dive. Scholarships are made available through the City of Madison.
The Waves prioritize and promote individual swimming and diving skills and goals while having fun on a team. Our expert coaches work daily with children to help them learn to the best of their abilities and to help them experience the joy, friendship, and physical fitness benefits that come with participating on a swim and dive team.
The Waves hold practice five times a week and participate in Saturday swim meets against other Madison area teams in the Madison All City Swim and Dive League. The highlight of the summer is at the end of the season, when swimmers and divers from all 13 teams compete in the All City Dive Meet and All City Swim Meet, one of the largest outdoor swim meets in the country. This is an experience you won’t want to miss out on and will be a memory of a lifetime.
The Friends of the Goodman Waves provides a strong parent community that is both supportive and fun. When first joining the Waves, many families had little or no experience with participating in swim meets. A strong and friendly mentoring program has allowed parents to participate as timers, officials, announcers, concessions hosts, and other positions to ensure that Waves home meets are both fun and run smoothly. Strong community is built through potlucks and other social activities throughout the season.
The Waves look forward to hosting the All City Dive Meet in 2020 and the All City Swim Meet in 2021.