Welcome to Waves! My name is Elona Wave Skadberg (yes, Wave is my real middle name). I am a mother of 4, and owning and operating this swim school is my lifelong dream. I believe sharing my love of water is what I was put on earth to do. I have been working toward Waves my entire adult life. I cannot remember a time in my life when water didn't play a pivotal role. All my fondest memories have water embedded in them. I was born in Northern California to parents with a love for sailing and water, and my early years were spent sailing around the world. The story is told... when I was under a year old, my mother dove into a pool, and I crawled in after her. Everyone panicked and scrambled to "save the baby," but I surfaced laughing before they could reach me. And so, it goes... At age 15, my family moved to Eureka, Nevada; the town pool was the only body of water within 40 miles. I felt like a landlocked mermaid, and I thought my life was over at that age. To be close to the water, I started Lifeguarding in 1990. I was given my first aquatic management job in 1992 and have managed aquatic facilities throughout Nevada in both the Municipal and Private sectors since. I started instructing American Red Cross Learn to Swim programs in 1995 and moved on to Lifeguard Training in 1997. I am a passionate water lover who has dedicated my life to Aquatics and believes everyone can and should learn to swim. I have strived to make Waves a unique environment. The belief in water safety and saving lives through education, prevention, and passion is what we do. My team and I are passionate water lovers dedicated to teaching the highest quality swimming and safety lessons. Oh! And, of course, making sure the WHOLE family has a 5-star experience. So, while we teach the class, you can sit back, enjoy a beverage, and make yourself at home while watching your swimmer from the luxury of the pool house. This experience is as much for YOU as it is for them! Thank you again for visiting our website and considering Waves for your swimming needs!
Elona Wave Skadberg~ Instructor/Owner
Hi! My name is Whitney; I'm from Elk Grove, CA. I've been with Waves for a year and a half, teaching lessons for 6.5+ years. I am attending the University of Reno, Nevada, to earn my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. I want to teach kindergarten or first grade. I like going to the gym, spending time with the people I love, or scootering through downtown Reno on my days off.
Maddy is a homegrown Reno native. She has been teaching for Waves for three years and attends UNR. She specializes in competitive strokes and diving.
Here at Waves, we embrace and incorporate water safety with stroke refinement. We believe swim lessons should focus on safety first, then skills, either in a group or a private one-on-one setting. We also think there is no such thing as a "water safe" child. However, we know there are steps that we can take to educate and prepare for encounters with water such as pools, rivers, lakes, and the ocean.
Learning to recognize and respect safe water practices and make safe decisions around ALL types of water environments is a critical life skill that should go hand in hand with learning to swim and could save a life. What makes us different is that we do this by incorporating new, unique skills and tools that simulate other bodies of water and conditions. We are passionate about what we do and cannot wait to share our love of water with you. Being comfortable in the water is fun and opens the door to other enjoyable activities! We offer swim services to everyone, from infants to adults.
We want mature, dynamic, and positive people to join our team. We are a private, one-on-one, safety-based swim school that operates year-round. We are open Tuesday thru Saturday, 10 am- 6 pm (depending on the season). We are in a safe and family-friendly environment. We believe in Safety and the love of water FIRST and that swimming and water safety are a family affair.
Part-time and Full-time positions available
The schedule is set from January-May, June-August, and September-December.
Afternoon and Saturday are required.
Minimum of two shifts per week.
Starting pay begins at $14 and goes up after on-board training, work up to $20, depending on experience.
No teaching experience is required; we will train and pay you as you train!
Job Functions: Maintain and promote Wave’s safe environment by educating students and their families. Instructors work to build love and confidence in bodies of water of all kinds using the Waves Curriculum to students one month to 100 years young in water safety while teaching the skills necessary for students learning to swim, up to competitive strokes. Communicate lovingly, honestly, openly, and professionally with students and team members, and effectively communicate student progression. Welcome feedback and be willing to grow and learn continually. Ensure safety and emergency rules and procedures are always followed. Assist with cleanliness and organization of work environment. Instructors report to the lead instructor and site manager. Ensure cleanliness of deck and facility.
· Ability to stand, walk, stoop, jump, crouch, or swim up to five hours in water.
· The ability to lift, hold and move equipment or a child up to 50 pounds
· Must be 16 years old or older.
· Can commit to a minimum of 1 year and work two-hour shifts per week.
· Ability to communicate patiently and professionally and instruct all ages and types of people.
· Attention to detail and multitasking.
· Comfortable problem solving and ability to deal with issues that require immediate assistance.
· Must possess a love of water, but formal swim experience is not required.
· The candidate must be highly outgoing, have a professional attitude, enjoy working with people of all ages, be responsible, and have reliable transportation.
· Reliable transportation and attendance.
· American Red Cross CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguard Training
· Experience in aquatics and experience working in an instructional capacity.
· Paid time off
· Flexible schedule
· Employee discounts/swim lessons
· Paid training and travel opportunities
At our core, we believe in a family environment, safety, growth, and knowledge over perfection. Building our community is more important than building an empire. We are a place where every person can be successful; embrace the unique, whatever it takes, passion over profit.
Our on-site lessons are full for the fall. Please check back after the new year.