Who we are and what we do

Wave Aquatics is a proven leader in aquatics programming. For more than 30 years, Wave has provided aquatics programming to Eastside community members of the greater Seattle area. The organization has experienced steady growth over the years and today manages two public aquatic centers. Programs have expanded to include swim lessons, a competitive swim team, a water polo team, the Lake Washington Masters team and public swim.



Wave Aquatics is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a range of public aquatics programs and facilities management services to Eastside Seattle-King County residents in order to enhance health, fitness, safety, recreation, and quality of life. Programs instill confidence, resilience, team work, health, and a strong work ethic. Founded in 1987, the organization began when Northshore, Redmond, and Totem Lake swim teams merged in order to provide more opportunity and a stronger foundation for swimmers in the Lake Washington and Northshore school district areas. Wave has operated the Juanita Aquatics Center (Juanita HS Pool) in Kirkland since 2009, and the Redmond Pool on Education Hill since 2010.
Wave's programs serve more than 2,000 Eastside residents annually through its competitive swim team, swim lessons, Lake Washington Masters swim program, water polo team, recreational swimming and pool rentals. With Eastside pool capacity rapidly falling behind population growth, Wave Aquatics is the proven leader in aquatics management poised to partner with local governments to solve this problem by refurbishing and expanding facilities. Wave Aquatics operates as an independent nonprofit with a staff team of 85. The organization is in strong financial standing, and has a dynamic and growing team of employees, and a dedicated Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Kfir Ami-ad, President
Julie Soedel, Treasurer
Cari Brumfield, Secretary
Raoul Sreenivasan, Member at Large
Jackie Hizzey, Member at Large


Leadership Team
Chad Winkle, Executive Director / Swim Team Head Coach
Emma Drysdale, Aquatics Director
Erin Dunn, Swim Team Associate Head Coach / Black Group Coach
Wade Praeger, Lake Washington Masters Head Coach
Julia Shmutser, Water Polo Head Coach

Wave Swim School/Pool Operations
Felipe Cruz, Swim School Director / Operations Manager
Tara Heiland, Aquatics Manager
Bridget Bowie, Aquatics Manager
Mariele Wenzel, Assistant Manager

Nicole Binette, Assistant Manager

Swim Team Coaching Staff
Dillon Cady, Swim Team Head Age Group Coach
Tatiana Lemos de Lima, Swim Team Head National Group Coach
Kyle KallinSwim Team Head Senior Coach
Jay D. Pearson, 
Swim Team Head Development Group Coach
Carlie Vasquez, Swim Team High School Group Coach
Aili McJunkin, Swim Team Purple Group Coach
Robin McQuinn, Swim Team White Group Coach



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