Tips for what to wear and what to bring to Swim Lessons

The Y is committed to keeping class and lesson sizes small to ensure swimmers get the expert, personal attention they need to succeed. Review these tips for what to expect, what to wear and what to bring to YMCA Swim Lessons:

Signing up

  • You don’t need to be a member of the Y to take swimming lessons, but members receive a discount on lessons and classes
  • If you’re not sure which lesson to sign up for, review the Lesson Selector
  • If you have questions please contact us

What to bring to lessons

  • Y members should bring their membership cards to check in; Community Participants ages 18 and older should bring a Photo ID to check in the first day of the new session and will be issued a community participant card that can be used for checking in the remainder of that session
  • Clothes, street shoes, diaper bags and other personal items can be stored in the locker rooms; please see the Welcome Desk for a key to the lockers; if using the Family Locker Room at West Washington bring your own lock; leave your valuables at home
  • A family-appropriate and clean swimsuit is required for all class and lesson participants
  • Children who are not toilet trained are required to wear a swim diaper covered by a tight topped suit or plastic pants
  • Sandals or flip-flops are permitted in the pool area; please remove your street shoes prior to entering the pool area

Arriving for lessons

  • Plan to arrive with enough time to change into swimming attire
  • All class and lesson participants must shower before entering the pool
  • Using the restroom is encouraged before entering the pool

On the first day of lessons

  • At West Washington meet in the large pool near the Boys and Girls Locker Room. At Feith Family Ozaukee meet at the stairs to the water slide.

Other expectations

  • Parents of children 7 and under must pick up and drop off in the pool area
  • Review our policies designed to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time at the pool
  • The pool might be available before or after lessons for open swimming—check your local Y pool schedule

Accommodation process

The Y considers the individual needs of every person and the ability of the program to meet those needs. Please inform the Y during the enrollment process if you or a family member requires any special accommodation. This information enables the Y to better meet your needs or those of a family member, within available resources and to the extent reasonable. All staff that will be working with you or a family member with special needs will be informed of how to care for or meet those needs.