Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. Ys offer swim lessons (for all ages), family swim, competitive swimming, private lessons, water fitness and many kinds of adaptive swim programs for kids with special needs, so we can all safely enjoy the pleasures of an aquatic environment.

The 20th Avenue Y boasts the Kuhn Family Pool, an eight-lane, 25-yard, competitive lap pool. This pool allows the Y to hold competitive swim meets at the facility, as well as swimming lessons, fitness classes and family recreational swimming. The temperature in the Kuhn Family Pool ranges from 81-83 degrees.

The Oshkosh Corp Family Pool, also located at the 20th Avenue location, includes a water slide, zero-depth entry, a lazy river current, water play elements and water spouting gadgets. Families love to utilize this pool during open times for recreational swim. Other activities that take place in this pool include swimming lessons, arthritis aquatics class and active older adult programming. The Oshkosh Corp Family Pool’s temperature is kept between 84 and 88 degrees.

In addition to the two pools at the 20th Avenue location is a sauna, steam room and whirlpool, all located on the pool deck.

The Downtown Y is home to the Rockwell Pool, a four-lane, 25-yard pool, as well as the Williams 3 1/2-foot deep pool. The temperature in the Williams Pool ranges from 84-88 degrees and the Rockwell Pool’s water is kept at a temperature of 81-83 degrees. Programming in these pools includes activities for active older adults through young children. Y swimming lessons range from children six months of age. The Downtown Y has a whirlpool on the pool deck, as well as a same-floor pool observation area. The temperature of the whirlpool ranges from 101-104.

All of the Y pools are staffed with certified lifeguards that are prepared to respond. Aquatics staff members go through a rigorous staff meeting each month to practice their rescue skills. Our staff is dedicated to making the Y aquatics experience one that is enjoyable, as well as safe.


Lisa Bifano, 20th Avenue Aquatics Director