— A new Blue Wave Swim Club is celebrating 70 years in the Omaha area with a swim.
The Omaha Blue Wave swim club has been operating for 70 years, said owner and swim instructor Joe R. Sartor.
Sartor is the executive director of the Nebraska Blue Wave Association, a non-profit that promotes the club’s longevity.
It has been an important part of the community for the club and its members, Sartom said.
Sastor said his club has a strong tradition in Omaha that dates back to when the first swimmer was a member.
The Blue Wave Swimming Club was established in 1913 by the Omaha-Cedar Falls Association of Lifeguards, which later merged with the Omaha County Lifeguards Association, he said.
The club started out in the area of Omaha, which is known as the “Blue Stripes,” as a way to swim, Sastors said.
Omaha is located on the North and South shores of Lake Michigan, the Blue Wave swimming pool is just off the North Shore.