Swim Lessons - Skills for Life

With a focus on water safety and skill development, the YMCA Swim Lesson program is effective at helping children and adults learn to swim and, most importantly, be safe around water. The Y was the first organization to establish certification programs for lifesaving, swimming and aquatic instruction, and it's a tradition we're proud to continue today.

Registration Dates 2022

SessionMember RegistrationNon-Member Registration
Fall 1Thursday, August 18th at 8:00 AMThursday, August 25th at 8:00 AM
Fall 2 Thursday, October 13th at 8:00 AMThursday, October 20th at 8:00 AM
Winter 1Thursday, December 15th at 8:00 AMThursday, December 22nd at 8:00 AM
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Stage A/B: Parent/Child

6 Months - 3 Years  | Parent  & Child

Parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. Infants and toddlers learn swim readiness skills through fun and confidence building aquatic experiences.

Members $35 | Non-Members $56

*Monday Classes are Pro-Rated

Swim Stage A & B

Fall Session: September 6th - October 22nd
Monday*10:10-10:40 amWausau Branch
Tuesday5:25-5:55 pmWausau Branch
Wednesday5:40-6:10 pmWausau Branch
Thursday9:50-10:20 amWausau Branch
Thursday6:00-6:30 pmWausau Branch

Stage 1: Water Acclimation

Ages 3+

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

Children will develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

In Water Acclimation, your child will:

  • Bob to submerge in the water
  • Front and back glide to the wall for five feet
  • Front and back float for 10 seconds
  • Roll from back to front and front to back
  • Jump, push, turn, grab
  • Swim, float, swim 10 feet
  • Exit the water

Members $35 | Non-Members $56

*Monday Classes are Pro-Rated

Swim Stage 1

Fall Session: September 6th - October 22nd
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Monday*9:00-9:30 amWausau Branch
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Monday*5:45-6:15 pmWausau Branch
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Tuesday4:15-4:45 pmWausau Branch
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Wednesday4:30-5:00 pmWausau Branch
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Thursday4:50-5:20 pmWausau Branch
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Thursday5:25-5:55 pmWausau Branch
Preschool & School
Ages 3-12
Tuesday9:50-10:20 amWausau Branch
Preschool & School
Ages 3-12
Thursday9:50-10:20 amWausau Branch
Preschool & School
Ages 3-12
Monday*6:15-6:45 pmAspirus Branch
Preschool & School
Ages 3-12
Tuesday 5:45-6:15 pmAspirus Branch
School Age
Ages 5-12
Monday*5:05-5:35 pmWausau Branch
School Age
Ages 5-12
Wednesday5:05-5:35 pmWausau Branch

Stage 2: Water Movement

Ages 3+ Based on Swim Level

Children entering Stage 2 should be able to go underwater voluntarily. 

Students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while continuing to practice how to safely exit if they would fall into a body of water.

Stage 2 is for children who are not yet able to do a front and back float on their own.

In Water Movement, your child will:

  • Submerge to look at an object on the bottom of the pool
  • Front and back glide to the wall for five feet
  • Front and back float for 10 seconds
  • Roll from back to front and front to back
  • Jump, push, turn, grab
  • Swim, float, swim five yards
  • Tread water near the wall for 10 seconds
  • Exit the water

*Monday Classes are Pro-Rated

Members $35 | Non-Members $56

*Monday Classes are Pro-Rated

Swim Stage 2

Fall Session: September 6th - October 22nd
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Monday*9:35-10:05 amWausau Branch
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Monday*6:20-6:50 pmWausau Branch
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Tuesday4:50-5:20 pmWausau Branch
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Tuesday6:00-6:30 pmWausau Branch
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Wednesday5:05-5:35 pmWausau Branch
Preschool
Ages 3-5
Wednesday5:40-6:10 pmWausau Branch
Preschool & School
Ages 3-12
Thursday4:15-4:45 pmWausau Branch
Preschool & School
Ages 3-12
Monday5:55-6:25 pmWausau Branch
Preschool & School
Ages 3-12
Monday* 6:15-6:45 pmAspirus Branch
Preschool & School
Ages 3-12
Wednesday7:05-7:35 pmAspirus Branch
Preschool & School
Ages 3-12
Thursday5:45-6:15 pmAspirus Branch

Stage 3: Water Stamina

Ages 3+ Based on Swim Level

Children entering Stage 3 should be able to front and back float independently. 

Children learn to swim to safety from a longer distance.  They are introduced to rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

Stage 3 is for children who are not yet able to swim 10-15 yards on their front and back.

In Water Stamina, your child will:

  • Retrieve an object in chest-deep water
  • Swim on their front and back for 15 yards
  • Roll from back to front and front to back
  • Jump, push, turn, grab 10 yards
  • Swim, float, swim 25 yards
  • Tread water for 1 minute

Members $35 | Non-Members $56

*Monday Classes are Pro-Rated

Swim Stage 3

Fall Session: September 6th - October 22nd
Preschool & School
Ages 3-12
Monday*6:50-7:35 pmAspirus Branch
Preschool & School
Ages 3-12
Tuesday5:45-6:30 pmAspirus Branch
School Age
Ages 5-12
Monday*5:05-5:50 pmWausau Branch
School Age
Ages 5-12
Tuesday5:25-6:10 pmWausau Branch
School Age
Ages 5-12
Wednesday4:15-5:00 pmWausau Branch

Stage 4: Stroke Introduction

Ages 3+ Based on Swim Level

Children entering Stage 4 should be able to swim 15 yards on their front and back independently.

They will develop stroke technique in front and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

In Stroke Introduction, your child will:

  • Swim the front crawl with rotary breathing for 15 yards
  • Breaststroke kick for 15 yards
  • Butterfly kick for 15 yards
  • Elementary backstroke for 15 yards
  • Dive from a sitting position
  • Tread water using a scissor and whip kick for one minute
  • Swim any combination of strokes for 25 yards

Members $35 | Non-Members $56

*Monday Classes are Pro-Rated

Swim Stage 4

Fall Session: September 6th - October 22nd
Preschool & School
Ages 3-12
Monday*6:50-7:35 pmAspirus Branch
Preschool & School
Ages 3-12
Wednesday6:15-7:00 pmAspirus Branch
School Age
Ages 5-12
Monday*4:15-5:00 pmWausau Branch
School Age
Ages 5-12
Wednesday5:40-6:25 pmWausau Branch

Join WYNS Swim Team Novice Group!

If you child has passed Stage 3 they can sign up for
Novice Group with the WYNS Swim Team!

Stage 4 swimmers and children able to swim 25 yards unassisted are encouraged to join our YMCA Swim Team WYNS.

Learn More >

Stage 5: Stroke Development

Ages 3+ Based on Swim Level

Children entering Stage 5 should be able to swim 25 yards of front and back crawl.

They will work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. Emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.

In Stroke Development, your child will:

  • Swim the front crawl with bent-arm recovery for 25 yards
  • Breaststroke for 25 yards
  • Butterfly with simultaneous arm action and kick for 15 yards
  • Back crawl for 25 yards
  • Sidestroke for 25 yards
  • Dive from a kneeling position
  • Tread water using a scissor and whip kick for two minutes
  • Swim any combination of strokes for 50 yards

Members $35 | Non-Members $56

*Monday Classes are Pro-Rated

Swim Stage 5

Fall Session: September 6th - October 22nd
Preschool & School
Ages 3-12
Monday*6:15-7:00 pmAspirus Branch
Preschool & School
Ages 3-12
Wednesday6:15-7:00 pmAspirus Branch
School Age
Ages 5-12
Monday*4:15-5:00 pmWausau Branch
School Age
Ages 5-12
Thursday5:25-6:10 pmWausau Branch

Join WYNS Swim Team Blue Group!

If you child has passed Stage 4 they can sign up for
Blue Group with the WYNS Swim Team!

Stage 5 swimmers and children able to swim 25 yards unassisted are encouraged to join our YMCA Swim Team WYNS.

Learn More >

Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics

Ages 5+ Based on Swim Level

Children entering Stage 6 should be able to swim 25 yards of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke.

They will refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

In Stroke Mechanics, your child will:

  • Swim front crawl for 50 yards with a flip turn
  • Breaststroke for 50 yards with an open turn
  • Butterfly for 25 yards
  • Back crawl for 50 yards with a flip turn
  • Sidestroke or elementary backstroke for 50 yards
  • Dive from a standing position
  • Tread water for one minute and retrieve an object from the bottom of the pool
  • Swim any combination of strokes for 150 yards

Members $35 | Non-Members $56

*Monday Classes are Pro-Rated

Swim Stage 6

Fall Session: September 6th - October 22nd
School Age
Ages 5-12
Wednesday4:15-5:00 pmWausau Branch

Join WYNS Swim Team Bronze Group!

If you child has passed Stage 5 they can sign up for
Bronze Group with the WYNS Swim Team!

Your child will learn to swim with efficiency and speed.

Our team is a YMCA and a USA sanctioned year-round swim team offering high quality professional coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities.

We Welcome All Ages & Swim Levels

  • Our emphasis is on instructing proper competitive swimming techniques.
  • The goal of our team is to provide opportunities for every member to reach
    his/her potential at each stage of their development.
  • We give swimmers of all ages the chance to improve swimming skills.
  • Build friendships and healthy habits that last a lifetime. 
  • Competing is not mandatory to be part of the team.

Try our Woodson Y Northern Swimmers Team for a 1 Week Trial & let your child see if they enjoys being part of our team.

Learn More >

Teen Swim Lessons

Ages 13 - 17

For Beginner and intermediate swimmers.

No previous experience necessary. Lessons designed to help you meet your personal goals. For ages 13-17

Members $35 | Non-Members $56

*Monday Classes are Pro-Rated

Teen Swim Lessons

Fall Session: September 6th - October 22nd
Ages 13-17Monday6:30 - 7:00 pmWausau Branch

What Swim Level is my child?

The YMCA has an easy guide to help you find just the right swim lesson class for your child.