Making Waves Swim School was founded in 2002 by Bob Hauck and Cindy Varley, who together bring over 80 years of experience coaching swimming, teaching lessons and swimming competitively.
Over 28,000 lessons later, Bob and Cindy have this to say, “Our goal is to provide a nurturing, fun environment where students learn through a progressive skills approach. As directors, we work diligently to create classes with students who fit well together. We observe all classes each week to ensure good chemistry and great learning. Our instructors are hand picked for their enthusiasm, skills and ability to work well with children, then formally trained by us to provide consistent, quality instruction. We offer small classes, warm water and a creative approach to learning — a successful formula for everyone to begin swimming with ease and confidence.”
Cindy was born into a swimming family. She was cruising around the pool deck at two years old following the footsteps of her father, Skip Boyum. At six, she began competing in the Northfield Swim Club program and continued on to swim for the Northfield High School Swim Team. Cindy was a part of multiple championship teams and school records. She competed at the Minnesota State High School Championships, Junior Olympics, and was nominated as an All-American Swimmer. For eighteen years, Cindy has taught hundreds of children how to swim. Along with her teaching, she has assistant coached the Northfield High School Swim Team. She has had the opportunity to coach many individual state champions, All-American swimmers, and team championships. Cindy has a passion for teaching children how to love the water and become confident, life-long swimmers.
Bob is a life-long product of Northfield. He is currently in his 30th year as Head Coach of the St. Olaf College Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams. He has coached 23 championship teams and over 45 All-Americans during his tenure. Bob also directs the highly successful St. Olaf Swim Camp for kids ages 7-16 years old. As a competitor, Bob rose through the swimming ranks of the Northfield Swim Club, Northfield High School, and St. Olaf College to become an All-American, a National Champion, and a world-ranked backstroker. Through his years he has specialized in the “teaching” aspects of swimming for people of all ages. He enjoys promoting good health and well being and sees strong swimming skills as an asset for life.