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Youth Aquatics

Strong Swimmers. Confident Kids.

Session Information

Summer 1 Session: June 14th – July 17th

Member registration begins on May 10th.
Non member registration begins on May 17th. 

Summer 2 Session: July 19th – August 21st

Member registration begins July 5th
Non Member registration begins July 12th

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Parent and Child Lessons

Stage A: Introduce your child to the aquatic environment. Learn how to safely work with your child using music, games, and various instructional tools.

Stage B: Building on skills learned during stage A, this class focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety. Swim diapers are required for non-potty trained children.

Thursdays   5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Saturdays   9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Preschool Swim Lessons

Students learn water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning benchmark skills: “swim, float, swim” and “jump, push, turn, grab.”

Thursdays   5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Saturdays   9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.   

School Age Swim Lessons

Children are placed into one of six different levels, based on ability. Whether this is your child’s first time in lessons or they’re wanted to get ready for the swim team, the Y’s experienced aquatic staff will teach your child the skills they need to swim safely and effectively.

Level 1: Water Acclimation: No skill prerequisites. Children develop comfort for water exploration and learn basic self-rescue skills with an emphasis on water safety.

Level 2: Water Movement: Teaches forward movement and basic self-rescue skills with alternating arm and leg actions.

Level 3: Water Stamina: Intermediate self-rescue skills and continued coordination of arm/leg actions.

Level 4: Stroke Introduction: Introduces basic stroke techniques: front and back crawl, backstroke, and treading water.

Level 5: Stroke Development: Introduces breaststroke, sidestroke, and butterfly. Reinforces water safety.

Level 6: Stroke Mechanics: Refines stroke techniques and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Tuesday                     5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday                    5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday                    10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Flip & Float (Ages 3-5)

Flip & Float is a preschool program that spends a half hour in the gymnastics center working on fine and gross motor skills, flexibility, and basic tumbling skills. The next half hour is spent in the pool with minimum time for lessons, but maximum time for fun with woggles, jugs, slides, basketballs, rings, etc.

Tuesday, Thursday                    4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

How do I know what level my child should be in?

If your child is currently in lessons, the new swim lesson level will be marked on their report card at the end of their current session. If your child is not enrolled in classes, click here to download our swim lesson level guide.

Have other questions? Contact our Aquatics Director Nicole Wenger at 608-325-2003 or


Private Swim Lessons

Who benefits from private lessons?

  • Children uncomfortable in lessons
  • Older children who are non-swimmers
  • Quick improvement of certain strokes and technique
  • Special needs
  • Big fear of water
  • Want skills learned faster
  • Wants to join swim team and get a head start
  • Lessons scheduled at parents request

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Pool Policies

Parents are welcome to stay in the pool and watch their children in swim lessons. Parents must remain seated on bleachers to watch lessons. Parents will be asked to leave if their presence interferes with lessons or if young siblings are running on deck.

  • Missed swim lessons cannot be made up on different days because of the teacher/student ratio requirement.
  • For open swim, children 7 and under MUST be accompanied one-on-one by an adult, in the pool, at all times.
  • Children wearing any flotation device must be within arms length of parent.
  • Any canceled classes that are out of the YMCA’s control will not be made up unless there is a break week at the end of the session.
  • A $5 late fee will be added to anyone who signs up after classes have begun. This is due to the instructor to child ratio.

Any lifeguard questioning a swimmer’s skill can request the swimmer pass the YMCA swim test: The swimmer must swim “Front Crawl” with rhythmic breathing one length of the pool (25 meters) and tread water for a minimum of 1 minute. If a swimmer is unable to pass these skills, the individual must stay where he/she can touch the bottom of the pool with their head above water.

Members are reminded that accidents and injuries could occur during participation at the YMCA. All participants should understand that they need to be prudent in their actions, keeping safety for themselves and others in mind. The swimming pool is a place where safety is #1. Members and guests are not to distract the lifeguard in any way; participants must obey the pool rules and follow the direction of the lifeguards and instructors. Parents share the responsibility of safety in all areas of the YMCA.

Inclement Weather Policy (updated November 2019)

The Green County Family YMCA will no longer follow the Monroe School District cancellation policy. Administrative staff will be making decisions on classes as inclement weather occurs. This will offer the Y more flexibility to serve our members by holding classes and programs. Please see our new policy details.

All closures and cancellations will be posted on Facebook, our website and via an email blast

Make up classes will not be scheduled unless arrangements can be made with the program directors, instructors, necessary support staff and volunteers.