Jersey Wahoos Swim Club

★★☆☆☆
  • 4101 Church Rd

    Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

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  • 856-234-5898

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Have you ever gone to a restaurant recommended by many as the best in town only to find out that they've been coasting on their reputation for the last 30 years, serving bad food and fleecing customers because they're the only game in town?

Well the NJ Wahoos is the swim club version of such a restaurant.

First let's start with the lockerooms. Broken down, dirty, .lockers rusting.

My child has been swimming there for seven years. What my wife and i found out is the place is very political. If your child is a legacy
or one of the top swimmers of the team, The Wahoos is her oyster.
Special consideration is given for private lessons. Want the good coach? Sorry. all booked up. But they'll make time for precious snowflake.

Many of the parents are nice, but most are borderline psychotic. Ever hear of a 10 year old kid taking steroids? Well you won't hear about it at this place because the code word is "Performance enhancing supplements". They also pull their kids out of school a week at a time to "vist grandma in Florida" - which eans they managed to score a session in florida with a good coach.

The kids are separated by speed and ability. The fastest go in lane one and lane seven the slowest. The coaches pay a lot of attention to the kids in the first two lanes. Everyone else is pretty much left to their own devices and pretty much ignored - their sole purpose is to help pay to keep the lights on.

The fact is this place is a ripoff - unless your kid is a star. Frankly I dont' get it. Four coaches lavish attention on four kids who can already swim well when they should be developing the other 30 kids on the team.

But their incompetence and indifference shows at the swim meets.
They stand around doing nothing - chatting, checking text messages..while the coached on the other teams encourage their swimmers, go over their mistakes and offer suggestions before and after a heat.

My child was getting slower and slower, despite the fact that she was about a head taller than her team mates and swimming since the age of two.

We visited with a college swim coach - for a major university in the tri-state area. He took pity on us and offered to assess our son.

After an hour he asked, "How long has she been swimming with the wahoos?"

"8 years".

No wonder she's slow. She's exhausted from swimming incorrectly. Everything is wrong - diving, strokes, turns, breathing".
All she's doing at practice 5 days a week is reinforcing bad habits and tiring herself out. Practice doesn;t make perfect. PERFECT practice makes perfect".

His suggestion? FIND A NEW SWIM CLUB.

Funny - they do have several excellent coaches. But they're not taken seriously by management. One is excellent. We've used him but he tends to be unreliable (does not show up).

Bottom line: your kid will learn more if she's thrown into the ocean and told to swim back to shore.

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★☆☆☆☆

Have you ever gone to a restaurant recommended by many as the best in town only to find out that they've been coasting on their reputation for the last 30 years, serving bad food and fleecing customers because they're the only game in town?

Well the NJ Wahoos is the swim club version of such a restaurant.

First let's start with the lockerooms. Broken down, dirty, .lockers rusting.

My child has been swimming there for seven years. What my wife and i found out is the place is very political. If your child is a legacy
or one of the top swimmers of the team, The Wahoos is her oyster.
Special consideration is given for private lessons. Want the good coach? Sorry. all booked up. But they'll make time for precious snowflake.

Many of the parents are nice, but most are borderline psychotic. Ever hear of a 10 year old kid taking steroids? Well you won't hear about it at this place because the code word is "Performance enhancing supplements". They also pull their kids out of school a week at a time to "vist grandma in Florida" - which eans they managed to score a session in florida with a good coach.

The kids are separated by speed and ability. The fastest go in lane one and lane seven the slowest. The coaches pay a lot of attention to the kids in the first two lanes. Everyone else is pretty much left to their own devices and pretty much ignored - their sole purpose is to help pay to keep the lights on.

The fact is this place is a ripoff - unless your kid is a star. Frankly I dont' get it. Four coaches lavish attention on four kids who can already swim well when they should be developing the other 30 kids on the team.

But their incompetence and indifference shows at the swim meets.
They stand around doing nothing - chatting, checking text messages..while the coached on the other teams encourage their swimmers, go over their mistakes and offer suggestions before and after a heat.

My child was getting slower and slower, despite the fact that she was about a head taller than her team mates and swimming since the age of two.

We visited with a college swim coach - for a major university in the tri-state area. He took pity on us and offered to assess our son.

After an hour he asked, "How long has she been swimming with the wahoos?"

"8 years".

No wonder she's slow. She's exhausted from swimming incorrectly. Everything is wrong - diving, strokes, turns, breathing".
All she's doing at practice 5 days a week is reinforcing bad habits and tiring herself out. Practice doesn;t make perfect. PERFECT practice makes perfect".

His suggestion? FIND A NEW SWIM CLUB.

Funny - they do have several excellent coaches. But they're not taken seriously by management. One is excellent. We've used him but he tends to be unreliable (does not show up).

Bottom line: your kid will learn more if she's thrown into the ocean and told to swim back to shore.

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Wahoos is nationally ranked and known as one of the top USA Swimming clubs on the east coast. If you are interested in competitive swimming, Wahoos is worth investigating. My experience has been excellent.
I believe Robert M.'s experience is an exception and quite unfortunate.

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Wahoos is nationally ranked and known as one of the top USA Swimming clubs on the east coast. If you are interested in competitive swimming, Wahoos is worth investigating. My experience has been excellent.
I believe Robert M.'s experience is an exception and quite unfortunate.

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Agree with above parent. Horrible instructors for little kids too. Money making scheme it seems like since the instructors have no sense in how to teach little kids. Stay away from this place if you want your kids to love swimming.

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Agree with above parent. Horrible instructors for little kids too. Money making scheme it seems like since the instructors have no sense in how to teach little kids. Stay away from this place if you want your kids to love swimming.

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This is a good place to go if you are interested in competitive swimming for your child. The only problem is that it is pricey. It would be nice if they had the option for more recreational-type swimmers to come for regular lessons. It seems very geared toward competition.

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This is a good place to go if you are interested in competitive swimming for your child. The only problem is that it is pricey. It would be nice if they had the option for more recreational-type swimmers to come for regular lessons. It seems very geared toward competition.

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My daughters swam here for a few years. First of all the place has a very dirty feel. It doesn't seem to be at all maintained to very high standards. The coaches don't care at all about the kids. They will demean they and push them to swim through serious injuries. Our daughter had to go through six months of physical therapy due to an injury she got from swimming and was made to continue practicing or be reprimanded. If you want your children to be treated like athletic slaves, then this would be the place to take them.

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My daughters swam here for a few years. First of all the place has a very dirty feel. It doesn't seem to be at all maintained to very high standards. The coaches don't care at all about the kids. They will demean they and push them to swim through serious injuries. Our daughter had to go through six months of physical therapy due to an injury she got from swimming and was made to continue practicing or be reprimanded. If you want your children to be treated like athletic slaves, then this would be the place to take them.

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