YMCA of the Northwoods Pool & Whirlpool Facts:

  • Pool average water temperature: 83 degrees F.
  • Pool length: 25 yards. 66 lengths = 1 mile.
  • Pool depth in lap lanes: 3 1/2 - 5 feet.
  • Pool depth in mushroom area: 2 - 3 1/2 feet.
  • Whirlpool average water temperature: 103 degrees F.

A lifeguard is always on duty for your safety.

  • Balls, water toys, noodles and life jackets are available for all ages.
  • Water dumb bells, flotation belts and flippers are also available.
  • Goggles and swim diapers are available to purchase at the Pro Shop.
  • Pool features mushroom, waterslide and basketball hoop.

Please call Aquatics, 715-362-9622, ext. 111 to set up a swim assessment.

  • Riders must be a minimum of 48" tall and a good swimmer.
  • No life jackets or goggles allowed on the slide.
  • No double riders on the slide.
  • Maximum weight limit is 250 pounds.
  • No standing in drop zone.

  • Shower is required before entering pool or hot tub.
  • Children under 18 years old are not allowed in hot tub.
  • No diving in pool.
  • 5 and under must have a parent/guardian in the water within arms length.
  • 6 and 7 must have a parent/guardian in the water.
  • 8 and 9 may be unattended for up to 2 hours, must have a parent/guardian in the facility, swim test required.
  • 10 and 11 swim test required, parent/guardian not required in the facility.
  • 12 and up adult rules apply.

Adult Aquatic Programs

Gentle Water Exercise

This program is designed for those who have Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Parkinsons, serious back problems or other conditions. Gentle water walking and range of motion exercises are done in warm, shallow water to help alleviate pain and extend range of motion.

Ai Chi

Ai Chi is a total body strengthening and relaxation progression that is performed in shoulder depth water using deep breathing and slow, broad movements. Ai Chi reduces stress and improves range of motion and mobility.

Power H20

This class provides a high-intensity workout that includes a combination of shallow and deep water exercises to increase strength and endurance for the upper and lower body and core. A variety of equipment is used.

Water Exercise

Exercise your entire body without straining your back or joints. This class improves cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, endurance and flexibility.

Swim Lessons

Private Swim Lessons - All levels and ages

Students work on basic swimming skills appropriate for their ability and in accordance with their individual goals. Water safety is stressed to all participants. Lessons are arranged to fit your schedule, pool availability and instructor.

Waterbaby - 6 months - 3 years with parent/guardian

Classes are taught as a combined class with the parent/guardian accompanying the child in the water. Parents learn how to interact with their children while teaching basic water safety, water adjustment and skills through play and songs. Parents also learn how to safely work with their children in the water including kicking on their back and front, floating and turning, and blowing bubbles. Children will also learn how to enter and exit the water safely. 

Preschool Swim Lessons - 3 to 5 years

This is a child's first experience in the pool without parental assistance. They are taught the basic skills that are the building blocks of swimming, pool safety, boating safety and the use of personal floating devices. Class participants are divided into skill levels. Class size is small so the instructor can provide children with individual attention. A minimum of 3 participants needed for all group swim lessons.


Children adjust to the water and develop independent movement. Includes basic stroke and kicking skills, floating bobs to safety and pool safety.

Eel-Intermediate Beginner

For children who are comfortable in the water and able to swim five feet with their faces in the water and no flotation device. Children are taught to float, kick and perform progressive arm movements across the pool.

Ray-Advanced Beginner

For children who can swim 15 feet with their faces in the water and no flotation device. Reviews and improves stroke skills on front, back and side, builds endurance and teaches treading water skills.

Youth Swim Lessons - 6-12 years

These lessons follow the National Y Youth Swim Lesson format: 5 levels of progressively challenging Y swim classes covering all the strokes and safety skills. Swim placement required if you have not taken swim lessons in the last year. A minimum of 3 participants needed for all group swim lessons.


Beginner level for those uncomfortable or inexperienced in the water. Includes basic water skills such as gliding with face in water, breath control, floating, kicking and bobs.

Bluegill-Advanced Beginner

This advanced beginner level reinforces Polliwog skills. Children are introduced to the front crawl with rhythmic breathing and over water arm strokes. Using the kickboard to swim the length of the pool and swimming independently on front and back are also part of the Bluegill level.

Guppy-Advanced Beginner

For children able to swim 30 feet without a flotation device. Includes swimming the front crawl with rotary breathing, back and side stroke, and introduction to breast stroke and elementary backstroke.


For children able to swim 25 yards on front and back without a flotation device. Refines techniques for front crawl, backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke and introduces flip turns.


For children able to swim 50 yards front crawl with rotary breathing, back crawl, sidestroke and rudimentary breaststroke. Refines breast stroke, introduces butterfly, flip turns and refines technique in all strokes.

Lifeguarding Classes and CPR

ASHI Basic First Aid/CPR/AED

This program teaches participants basic level training in first aid, CPR and AED skills. Each course is offered separately (Basic First Aid alone or CPR/AED alone) of all together. This class gives participants the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care for breathing and choking emergencies and how to perform CPR for a victim with cardiac arrest. It also teaches participants when and how to use an AED properly. Certifications issued upon successful completion of the course.

  • Recertification-$40 Members/Non-Members
  • Full Course-$70 Members/Non-Members
  • Classes will be held every month at the Y. Please call the Y for class times and dates.
ASHI Basic First Aid/CPR/AED E-Learning

This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to perform basic first aid skills, CPR and AED skills through online training and classroom skills practice. Participants will successfully complete an online portion of the class and meet at the Y to complete the class skills practice with an ASHI Instructor. Upon completion of the class, participants will receive a 2-year certification in Basic First Aid, CPR and AED.

  • Course-$65 Members/Non-Members
Lifeguard Training and Waterfront Skills - American Red Cross

Course Content & Prerequisites: This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to emergencies in and around pool and waterfront environments. Participants must successfully complete the following prerequisite swimming skills: *550-yard, continuous swim using front crawl and/or breaststroke; tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs; swim 20 yards, retrieve a 10 pound brick from a maximum depth of 12 feet, then swim 20 yards with both hands on the brick; and swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve 3 dive rings placed 5 yards apart, surface and swim to the wall. Participants must be 15 or older by completion of course.

Certificate: American Red Cross Lifeguarding & Waterfront Skills (includes CPR/AED and First Aid) upon successful completion of the written and physical skills tests. Certificate is valid for 2 years.

Class held in the summer months only at YMCA of the Northwoods and Hodag Beach.

  • Course- $250 Members/Non-Members
  • Max 10 students/Min 5 students
Blended Learning lifeguard Certification

This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to be a lifeguard through online training and classroom skills practice. Upon completion, candidates will have a 2 year certification in CPR, AED, First Aid and Lifeguarding. This course is 7 hours online training plus in class training.

  • Course-  $200 Members/Non-Members
  • Max 10 students/Min 5 students
Lifeguard Recertification Training

For individuals needing to recertify their Lifeguarding, First Aid and/or CPR. This class is designed for those who feel comfortable demonstrating their skills without needing a review. You will be expected to competently demonstrate all the lifeguard skills and the pre-course swim of 300 yards, and the 10 lb. brick retrieval. You must pass a written exam with an 80% or better.

  • 9:00AM-3:00PM classes.
  • Max 10 students/Min 5 students.

*Prerequisite: Participants must be 15 years of age by the last day of the course. Candidates must pass a mandatory swim test on the first day of class including 300 yards Lifeguard Course, 550 yards Waterfront Course.