Woodson YMCA Aquatic Policies

Our aquatics team works diligently to provide a safe, clean and comfortable swimming experience for all of our patrons.

Aquatics Policies


Showering: All patrons must shower before entering the pool.

Children: All children under age 7 must be accompanied by an adult in the water.

Life Jackets: All life jackets must be Coast Guard approved.

No Long Breath Holding: No Breath Holding, No Hyperventilation or Extended Underwater Swimming is Allowed. Prolonged breath holding is the cause of many water-related deaths.

Lap Swimming: Lap swimmers are expected to share lanes if all lanes are full. Learn more about lap sharing.

Pool Deck

Street Shoes: To maintain cleanliness of our deck facilities and to follow the WI Dept. of Health and Family Services codes; we cannot allow street shoes on the pool decks. Shoes not worn on the street is an acceptable alternative.

Food/Beverages: To ensure the cleanliness of our aquatic facility, food cannot be allowed on the pool deck. Beverages need to be in a non-glass, no-spill container. Chewing gum is not allowed in the aquatic facility.

Electronic Devices: Electronic devices, including cell phone, cannot be used in locker rooms. Please be polite and have telephone conversations outside of our program areas.

Swim Lessons

Cancelling Classes: The YMCA may need to cancel or combine classes due to low enrollment.

Refund Policy:  Refunds/credits will not be issued due to inclement weather or personal schedule conflicts. Credits may be given for medical reasons only, and must have Aquatic Director’s approval.

Registration:  All fees are due at the time of registration. Mail-in registration is not accepted. Fees are non-refundable.

Make Up Classes: Make-up classes are not provided for missed classes.

Swim Attire Guildlines


Swim Attire

Proper swim suits need to be worn in the swimming pool. Please refer to this visual guide for allowed swim attire.

The YMCA strives to be a safe environment for all. To ensure safety, we will only allow the following items of clothing in the pools and spas:

  • 2 Piece Tankini
  • 2 Piece Bathing Suit
  • 1 Piece Bathing Suit
  • Swim Trunks
  • Short Swim Briefs
  • Long Swim Briefs
  • Religious Swimwear
  • Swim/Surf Shirt
  • Swimmers Diapers

When purchasing swim attire, please confirm that this item is specifically made for being in swimming pools.

  • No cotton based clothing is allowed in the pool.
  • Cotton and similar materials can absorb the chemicals in the water, causing the water to become less effective at maintaining the proper chemical balance or may cloud the water.
  • Lycra and Nylon are the best non-absorbent material for swimming and are the best fabrics for proper swim attire.
  • Other absorbent materials (ie: cotton) can break down in the water and cause fibers to clog filters
  • Any “colored” material (unless specifically made for swimming) can bleed into the pool, affecting water chemistry and balance.
  • Street clothes can transport airborne and ultimately waterborne contaminants into the pool.
  • Lifeguards have the right to ask you to change or leave if wearing inappropriate swim attire.