Splash / Swim

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If you love the water, be sure and visit Willard Beach Park during the summer months. The beach is open seasonally between April 1 and October 31 with admission charged between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. Those that love to splash can also visit Flash Flood Water Park at Full Blast, open seasonally between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day.


Lifeguard Classes (Ages 16+) Get Certified NOW!


Get certified now in lifeguard training, First Aid/CPR and oxygen administration! Are you 16 years or older and looking for a great 2016 summer job? Lifeguard training class is a great opportunity to train and learn to save lives in the aquatics environment. Classes include CPR, First Aid and Oxygen Administration training. Students will get an understanding of the aquatic environment and what it takes to be a lifeguard. This certification is through the YMCA of the USA and is good for 2 years. Limit 10 people per class!
  • January 16th - 20th, 2017
  • February 13th - 17th, 2017
  • March 13th - 17th, 2017
  • April 10th - 14th, 2017
  • May 1st - 5th, 2017
  • Mondays: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesdays - Fridays: 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Registration fee is $125 per person


Aqua Zumba

Splash your way into shape with an invigorating low-impact aquatic exercise. Known as the Zumba® 'pool party,' the Aqua Zumba program gives new meaning to the idea of a refreshing workout. Integrating the Zumba philosophy with traditional aquatic fitness disciplines, Aqua Zumba® blends it all together into workout that's cardio-conditioning, body-toning, and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief.
  • Located at Flash Flood Outdoor Water Park
  • Mondays, June 20th - August 1st from 7:15 PM - 7:50 PM
  • Please bring a swimming suit, a towel & a water bottle to each class! Classes will be instructed by Carrie N. 
  • Registration fee is $30 per participant OR $5 a class!

New Year's Day Splash


For the polar bears among us, each New Year’s Day Battle Creek Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Family YMCA, hosts the New Year’s Day Splash – an icy plunge into the water at Goguac Lake from Willard Beach. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and bathers take the plunge at noon. Ring in the New Year with this chilly extravaganza. Souvenirs, hot beverages and snack are just part of the fun.
  • Located at Goguac Lake (Willard Beach)
  • Sunday, January 1, 2017
  • Registration Individual Fee is $14 per participant. Registration Family of 4 Fee: $35.