Welcome to Waves!

My name is Elona Wave Skadberg (yes Wave is my real middle name).  I am a proud mom of 2 teenage boys and 2 grown daughters. 

Owning and operating Waves swim school is my lifelong dream come true and have been working towards Waves my entire life. 

I believe sharing my love of water is what I was put on earth to do and truly cannot remember a time in my life that water didn't play

a pivotal role. All my fondest memories have water embedded in them.  I was born in Northern California to parents that had a love

for sailing and water. The story my mom told, was when I was 8 months old she dove into a pool, and I crawled in after her.

Everyone panicked and scrambled to "save the baby" but before they could reach me I surfaced laughing. And so, it goes... 

At the age of 15 my family moved to Eureka, Nevada and the town pool was the only body of water within 40 miles. I felt like a

landlocked mermaid, and at 15 I thought my life was over. In order 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 Municipal and Private sector

I started instructing American Red Cross Learn to Swim programs in 1995, and I 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 strive to make Waves a unique environment full of water lovers and believe the experience should be holistic and loving. 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 who are dedicated to the teaching of 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 lesson, you can sit back, enjoy a relaxing moment and make yourself at home while watching 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

Hello Waves families! My name is Sheridan and I was born and raised right here in Reno Nevada. I am a third generation graduate of both my high school, Reno High, and the University of Nevada, Reno. Reno really runs through my veins and I love this town with all my heart. I have always loved teaching people new things (even when I was a child). I remember when I was barely three year old, my next door neighbor had trouble pronouncing the word truck and I sat with him and helped him learn to pronounce it properly. This love for sharing my knowledge has carried me all through my life and lead me to this job. I loved swim lessons when I was little. I still have a relationship with my swim instructor and continue to admire her to this day. For me, this job is about the positive impact I get to have on each student and each family. The best part is that this impact looks different in each circumstance whether that be swimming across the pool for the first time or just getting in the pool. I love the smiles, the giggles, and the memories that I get to make with my students. I truly am so lucky to get to be a part of each of your lives. I graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. I am currently attending (virtually) the University of Colorado Denver and pushing a dual masters in criminal justice and public administration. My ultimate career goal is to work for a nonprofit that does criminal justice reform. I am very passionate about reforming our prison system and would love to be involved with the Innocence Project in some capacity. In my free time (of which I have so little lately) I love to bake, hike, and go camping. I have gotten into sourdough and I love making bagels. My favorite hike that is close by is Hunter Creek Trail, and I love to camp at Stampede. I cannot wait to meet all of you and have you as a part of the Waves family! 

Hello! My name is Katie. I grew up in Las Vegas from the time I was 2 years old and I moved to Reno 3 years ago when I started college. As an incoming freshman at UNR I declared my major as Neuroscience and was super excited to start. I soon realized that I have two passions in life: medical practices and working with children. I thought really hard about how I could combine the two and last year decided to change my major to pre-nursing. I am so excited to see where this journey will take me! 
I adore teaching and have been teaching swim for a little over 3 years now. I thoroughly enjoy my time with each student and love to take my time to not only teach them, but learn from them. I also love everything about the water and get so excited to share my love of swimming with them.

Hello! My name is Claire and I am 23 years old. I was born and raised in Eugene Oregon, and recently moved to Nevada. I am currently an engineering student here in Reno. I Have always been passionate about swimming and did competitive swimming and water polo in high school. I also enjoy outdoor water sports and was a whitewater rafting guide for several years. I first started teaching swim lessons at the YMCA when I was 15, and spent 6 years there. After taking a brief break from teaching I realized how much I missed it. Luckily, I found Waves and it was the perfect fit. I hope to bring my love and passion for water, and the importance of water safety to all of my students.

Hi! My name is Nicola (Coach Nicky). I am a full time student at UNR studying both Human Development/Family Studies and Social Work with a minor in Addiction Treatment Services Minor. I want to go into social work-either school social work or child welfare. I have always loved working with kids and after taking my first social work class at UNR, I fell in love and found that direction for myself.
My Swim Background... I am originally from Davis, CA but I moved here to Reno summer 2017 for school. I love Reno and everything I have found here so far. Since 2012, I have taught swimming at several establishments in Davis and now Reno. I also worked summer camps at one of the swim establishments (my camp name was Strawberry-I still get texts and letters from old kiddos and parents addressed to Strawberry). Before teaching swim lessons, I was on swim team for 5 years. My favorite stroke was always Breaststroke (froggy kick with mermaid arms) but the stroke I competed in most was Butterfly. 

Hello! My name is Maddy and I am an instructor at Waves. I was born and raised right here in Reno, and I have been swimming for practically my whole life. When I was about 2 years old, my dad taught me how to swim right in our back yard, and I've been swimming ever since. I've been swimming competitively on multiple swim teams since I was about 6 years old, and I swam for Reno High School's varsity swim team from 2016-2019, making it to our regional competition in freestyle and back stroke. Swimming has always been a passion of mine. When I was young, I always had so much fun during my swim lessons. My teachers were amazing with using a balance between playing and learning valuable techniques, which is such an important way of teaching that I like to carry on. Now that I'm a freshman at University of Nevada, Reno, I'm glad that I get to use my passion towards swimming, and help other people find that same passion. At UNR I’m studying Criminal Justice, and will be making my way to law school. In my free time I like to roller skate, drink too much coffee, hang out with friends and family, and I’ve been volunteering at Reno’s Our Center for almost a year now. Whether it's for safety, fun, or you want to make it a competitive sport, swimming is a very important skill to have and I'm glad that I'm here to teach it!