Welcome to KC Wave!
KC Wave is the predominately gay and lesbian swim team in the Kansas City area. Our membership ranges from 20 to 40 swimmers, covering most age groups and orientations. We have 20-somethings and 60-somethings who swim. We boast gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and straight folks who enjoy a fun practice. You want to know more about joining? See our "Join Us!" page.
You Are Interested But Hesitant, Right?
You will find a workout that is comfortable and challenging, regardless of your current ability. Swimmers of all skill levels are welcome to join the team. And, we structure practice to accommodate differences in ability.
Our workouts have three levels: Hard, Harder, and Hardest. The Hard workout is typically 1500-2000 yards and is exclusively freestyle. If you are someone with little or no experience on swim teams, we design the Hard workout to help you improve fitness, endurance, and basic swimming technique. If you are a more experienced swimmer, our Hardest level averages 2500 yards and generally requires proficiency in all four strokes as well as a good level of swimming fitness. And, you get to pick the level thats right for you.
You also don't need to stress about someone staring and critiquing as you swim. One of our team members coordinates the practice sessions, but we rarely have a coach on deck.
Organizations And Competitions
The KC Wave is one of 40 teams belonging to International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA), sharing the mission to promote participation in aquatic sports among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans and their friends in the community. KC Wave also belongs to Missouri Valley Swimming (MOVY).
As a KC Wave swimmer, you dont have to participate in meets. Most of our team members dont, as a matter of fact. However, if you are competitive, we have members who attend swim meets locally, nationally, and internationally. The annual IGLA championship is a focus meet. The KC Wave had 10 swimmers at the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne, Germany, for example. (We were the only KC-area athletic organization with anyone at the Games. And, 6 of our 10 swimmers got medals!)
We Practice Every Tuesday Night
The KCWave practices together on Tuesday evenings (8:00 pm - 9:00 pm) at the Swinney Rec Center at UMKC. )
August 9-16, Gay Games 9 in Cleveland, OH. (DETAILS)
Team Events At A Glance.....
No special events planned at this time.