Y SPLASH: Free Water Safety Course

June 10-14 • Ages 3-12

The Stevens Point Area YMCA is offering a free water safety course the week of June 10-14. This course will cover beach, boating and pool safety skills. For swimmers ages 3-5, classes will be 30 minutes in length. For ages 6-12, classes will be 40 minutes in length. The goal of the YSPLASH program is to help educate kids how to be safe in and around water during the busy summer months. Thousands of people drown annually and less than half of Americans can swim. This course will give children additional confidence and safety skills around water. Registration is open to the public. To sign up, call 715 342-2980 or visit the Y.

Swim Lessons


Private & Semi-Private Lessons
Are you terrified of water? Or are you an accomplished swimmer who wants to fine-tune your butterfly stroke? In our Private & Semi-Private Lessons, we work with you at the level you come to us. We can help you get over water fears and learn basic stroke development and water safety. Or we can help more advanced swimmers with advanced skills, technique, and endurance.

Parent/Child Lessons
A great bonding experience between you and your baby or younger child! Parent/Child lessons let parents and their children ages 6 months to 5 years experience water games, basic movements and skills, and confidence in the water.

*Parent/Child lessons are a Value-Added program, and are free to most members.

Preschool Lessons
Floating solo! A nurturing environment for swimmers of all levels, ages 3 to 5 years. Classes have a max of 5 kids for more one-on-one with our fun and talented instructors.

Youth Lessons
Time to take a dive! Our youth swimming lessons help kids ages 6-13 learn how to swim and reach their full potential. Small classes and many levels mean that every child can progress at their own pace.


Swim Team
Got that competitive spirit? Our SPDY swim team is for those just starting out in competitive swimming to advanced swimmers that compete at the state and national levels. Open to swimmers ages 5-18, our swim team is led by professional coaches with years of swimming and coaching experience.


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New To The Y?
Our Aquatics department also offers other programs: CPR/First Aid, Masters Swim Team, Water Exercise, Family/Open Swim, and Lap Swim. Call us for more information.

Here is our current Pool Schedule. To see all aquatics programs, see our Program Guide.

Lifeguard Training
Help Make Swimming Safer
Do you want to turn your love of water and swimming into a valuable job or important safety-focused career? With our American Red Cross lifeguard certification courses, you can do just that. We offer certifications for individuals looking to gain the necessary skills to work as lifeguards in a variety of areas. We also offer lifeguard recertification, to help current guards keep their skills sharp.

Lifeguard Training
Red Cross Certification in Lifeguard Training, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED and First Aid upon successful completion. Course focuses on skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to drownings and injuries.


  • Must be at least age 15 to participate in training
  • Must be at least age 16 to work as a lifeguard
  • Swim continuously for 300 yards using front crawl or breaststroke
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using legs only
  • Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 9 ft., retrieve a 10 lb. object, return to surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object, and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, all within 1 minute 40 seconds.

Additional Details
A Red Cross Lifeguard manual (pdf) and pocket mask is included for each participant. Certifications will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

Lifeguard Recertification with CPR/AED/First Aid
Red Cross Re-Certification in Lifeguard Training, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED and First Aid upon successful completion. Course focuses on skills and knowledge taught in the initial Red Cross Lifeguard program. Successful completion of the review extends the individuals certification for 2 more years. Participants are encouraged to bring their own rescue mask if they have one.


  • Must meet “Lifeguard Training” prerequisites (see above)

  • Must hold current and valid Lifeguard Certification

Registration and Information
Find upcoming program dates, time, and locations, as well as registration information here.