Swim Lessons-Home Activities

The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor” and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming.

YMCA of the Northwoods Pool & Whirlpool Facts:

  • Pool average water temperature: 82.5 degrees F.*
  • Pool length: 25 yards. 66 lengths = 1 mile.
  • Pool depth in lap lanes: 3 1/2 – 5 feet.
  • Pool depth in the mushroom area: 2 – 3 1/2 feet.
  • Whirlpool average water temperature: 103 degrees F.*

* At the Y, we work hard to accommodate all who use the pool and whirlpool. Please keep in mind the temperature will fluctuate due to patron load, humidity level, and air temperature. We do our best to maintain this but depending on these external factors, there will always be some variance in temperature.

A lifeguard is always on duty for your safety.

Pool Rules:
  • A shower is required before entering the pool or hot tub.
  • Children under 18 years old are not allowed in the hot tub.
  • No diving in the pool.
  • Respect all requests made by the lifeguard.
  • Children ages 5 and under (and any non-swimmer under the age of 10): must have a parent/guardian in the water within arm’s reach of them at all times.
  • Ages 6 and 7: must have a parent in the water with them.
  • Ages 8-10: parent supervision either in water or on the pool deck, depending on swimmer’s ability.
  • Ages 11 and 12: require orientation prior to swimming without a parent.
  • 13 and up: adult rules apply.
  • Do not bring toys/floaties from home (with the exception of U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets.
  • No phones in the pool area.
  • Competitive and repetitive breath holding is prohibited.
  • Water dumbbells and flippers are currently available.
  • Goggles and swim diapers are available to purchase at the Pro Shop.
  • The pool features a mushroom (available by request), waterslide, and basketball hoop.

Prohibited Items:

  • Mermaid tails/Mono-fins.
  • Scuba equipment (contact Aquatics Director for possible exceptions).
  • Full face snorkels.
  • Food/Gum/Beverages.
  • Non-U.S. Coast Guard approved floaties (such as baby floats, arm bands, etc.)

Please call Aquatics, 715-362-9622, ext. 121 to set up a free swim assessment.

Waterslide: Check Pool Schedule for Hours
  • 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 the drop zone.