Water Wave Optimisation algorithm (WWO) is a new swarm-based metaheuristic inspired by shallow wave models for global optimisation. In this paper, an enhanced WWO, which combines with multiple assistant strategies (EWWO), is proposed. First, the random opposition-based learning (ROBL) mechanism is introduced to generate the initial population with high quality. Second, a new modified operation is designed and embedded into propagation operation to balance the global exploration and the local exploitation. Third, the covariance matrix self-adaptation evolution strategy (CMA-ES) is employed by the refraction operation to further strengthen the local exploitation. Furthermore, the diversity of the population is maintained in the evolution process by using a crossover operator. The experiment results based on CEC 2017 benchmarks indicate that the EWWO outperforms the state-of-the-art variant algorithms of the WWO and the standard WWO.