What Swim Lesson Class is right for my child?

This link will help you to determine the correct class for your child.

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Swim Starters

Swim Starters is for parents to be part of their childs water exploration.

Ages 6 Months to 3 Years

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Water Safety Stage 1

Stage 1 is for children not yet comfortable going underwater voluntarily.

Preschool Ages 3-5

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Water Safety Stage 2

Stage 2 is for children able to go underwater on their own.

Preschool Ages 3-5
Youth Ages 6-12

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Water Safety Stage 3

Stage 3 is for children able to stay on the surface of the water unassisted for short distances & go underwater on their own.

Preschool Ages 3-5
Youth Ages 6-12

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Swim Development

Your child needs to have passed out of Stage 3 or have the fundamental skills to be able to move a distance of 10 yards on the surface of the water independently on their front and on their back.

Preschool Ages 3-5
Youth Ages 6-12

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Swim Opportunities

Options for children that can swim one length of the pool on their front & back.

Session & Registration Dates

Registration Opens Thursdays at 8AM

May Dates to Remember:

  • May 16: Members Registration Summer 1
  • May 23: Non-Members Registration
  • May 31: Spring Session Ends

June Dates to Remember:

  • June 3: Summer 1 Starts
  • June 20: Members Registration Summer 2
  • June 27: Non-Members Registration
  • June 28: Summer 1 Ends

Swim Lessons - Skills for Life
At the YMCA, we are dedicated to providing swim lessons for every child. No one is turned away due to their inability to afford fees; scholarships are always available.

Swim Lessons
No refunds for classes cancelled due to weather.

We offer Swim Lessons at 2 locations:

Wausau Branch South Pool
707 N. 3rd St., Wausau
715-845-2177

Aspirus Branch Pool
3402 Howland Ave., Weston
715-841-1850

Swim Starters

Ages 6 Months to 3 Years

Parent/Child Class

Swim Starters is for parents to be part of their childs water exploration.

Bablies & toddlers will learn water safety. Parent will help child gain comfort through fun games and group interaction.

Swim Starters: 30 Minute Class

Parent Child Swim Starters

Summer 1
Session: June 3-28 (Lessons are twice per week)
Members $48 | Non-Members $72
Monday/Wednesday9:15-9:45amWausau Branch
Monday/Wednesday9:50-10:20amWausau Branch
Tuesday/Thursday4:15-4:45pmWausau Branch
Tuesday/Thursday6-6:30pmWausau Branch

Water Safety Stage 1

Preschool Ages 3-5

Stage 1 is for children not yet comfortable going underwater voluntarily.

If your 3 year old is not comfotable in the water without you, please sign them up for Swim Starters.

Stage 1 Goals

  • Increase child’s comfort in the water.
  • Introduction to floating (body balance). 
  • Child learns basic self rescue skills, to submerge and resurface independently.

Preschool: 30 Minute Class

Water Safety 1

Summer 1
Session: June 3-28 (Lessons are twice per week)
Members $48 | Non-Members $72
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Tuesday/Thursday4:50-5:20pmWausau Branch
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Monday/Wednesday9:35-10:05amAspirus Branch

Water Safety Stage 2

Preschool Ages 3-5
Youth Ages 6-12

Stage 2 is for children able to go underwater on their own.

Stage 2 Goals

  • Child learns balanced, independent forward movement on top of the water.
  • Independently recovers from vertical to horizonal.

Preschool: 30 Minute Class
Youth: 45 Minute Class

Water Safety 2

Summer 1
Session: June 3-28 (Lessons are twice per week)
Members $48 | Non-Members $72
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Monday/Wednesday5:35-6:05pmWausau Branch
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Tuesday/Thursday4:15-4:45pmWausau Branch
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Tuesday/Thursday5:25-5:55pmWausau Branch
Youth
Ages 6-12
Monday/Wednesday5:05-5:50pmWausau Branch
Youth
Ages 6-12
Tuesday/Thursday4:50-5:35pmWausau Branch
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Monday/Wednesday9:35-10:05amAspirus Branch
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Tuesday/Thursday9:35-10:05amAspirus Branch
Youth
Ages 6-12
Monday/Wednesday10:10-10:55amAspirus Branch
Youth
Ages 6-12
Tuesday/Thursday10:10-10:55amAspirus Branch

Water Safety Stage 3

Preschool Ages 3-5
Youth Ages 6-12

Stage 3 is for children able to stay on the surface of the water unassisted for short distances and go underwater on their own.

Stage 3 Goals

  • Child learns efficient forward movement on the water and is able to roll body from front to back independently.
  • Stage 3 is often multiple sessions until passed by the instructor.

Preschool: 30 Minute Class
Youth: 45 Minute Class

Water Safety 3

Summer 1
Session: June 3-28 (Lessons are twice per week)
Members $48 | Non-Members $72
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Monday/Wednesday5-5:30pmWausau Branch
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Tuesday/Thursday4:15-4:45pmWausau Branch
Youth
Ages 6-12
Monday/Wednesday5:05-5:50pmWausau Branch
Youth
Ages 6-12
Monday/Wednesday5:55-6:40pmWausau Branch
Youth
Ages 6-12
Tuesday/Thursday4:50-5:35pmWausau Branch
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Monday/Wednesday9:35-10:05amAspirus Branch
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Tuesday/Thursday9:35-10:05amAspirus Branch
Youth
Ages 6-12
Monday/Wednesday10:10-10:55amAspirus Branch
Youth
Ages 6-12
Tuesday/Thursday10:10-10:55amAspirus Branch

Swim Development

Preschool Ages 3-5
Youth Ages 6-12

Your child needs to have passed out of Stage 3 or have the fundamental skills to be able to move a distance of 10 yards on the surface of the water independently on their front and on their back.

Development Goals

  • Child learns efficient swimming skills so they can swim longer distances using less energy.
  • Children will be taught to utilize their whole body to be balanced on top of the water.
  • Core to stabilize, arms to anchor out in front and legs to propel forward. 

Preschool: 45 Minute Class Wausau/30 Minute Class Aspirus

Youth: 45 Minute Class

Swim Development

Summer 1
Session: June 3-28 (Lessons are twice per week)
Members $48 | Non-Members $72
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Monday/Wednesday4:15-5pmWausau Branch
Youth
Ages 6-12
Monday/Wednesday5:05-5:50pmWausau Branch
Youth
Ages 6-12
Monday/Wednesday5:55-6:40pmWausau Branch
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Tuesday/Thursday9:35-10:05amAspirus Branch
Youth
Ages 6-12
Monday/Wednesday10:10-10:55amAspirus Branch
Youth
Ages 6-12
Tuesday/Thursday10:10-10:55amAspirus Branch

WYNS Swim Team

Ages 3+

Swim team seamlessly follows swim lessons, providing a pathway for continuous skill development, endurance, and speed. Children as young as 3 are encouraged to join.

Requirement: Your child must be able to swim one length of the pool on their front & back.

Benefits of Swim Team

  • Develops Positive Self-Image
  • Fosters Teamwork & Cooperation
  • Builds Friendships & Healthy Habits
  • Everyone Swims - No One Sits On The Bench
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Swim for Fitness

Ages 8+

Swim for Fitness Classes will be a guided swim time with an instructor on deck.

Requirement: Your child must be able to swim one length of the pool on their front & back.

  • Children will be guided through an enjoyable swim workout, enabling them to build on skills learned and gain stamina in the water.
  • A great class to continue swimming skills, improve and have fun.

Swim for Fitness

Summer 1
Session: June 3-28 (Lessons are twice per week)
Members $48 | Non-Members $72
Ages 8+Tuesday/Thursday4:50-5:35pmWausau Branch

Jr. Lifeguard

Ages 10-14

Jr. Lifegaurding is a fun & educational class that introduces the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course.

Requirement: Your child must be able to swim one length of the pool on their front & back.

  • Participants will learn skills such as victim recognition, rescue skills, introduction to first aid and CPR.
  • At age 15 they are eligible to take American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course and become a Certified Lifeguard!!
  • Jr. Lifeguard Classes will be at the Wausau Branch.

Jr. Lifeguarding

Not Available Summer 1: June 3 - 28
If interested for Summer 2 please email Jen Deets, Aquatics Director (see below).
Ages 10-14
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Woodson YMCA Aquatics

Jennifer Deets
Aquatics Director - Woodson YMCA

Contact Jen Deets

Email Here or
or call 715-841-1831

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