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(Program for youth ages 8-12)
Begins Monday, July 21
Scuba Diving is a totally awesome sport and SCUBA RANGERS is a way cool scuba class for kids ages 8 to 12. Participants do not become Scuba certified. The class will learn safe diving practices, and participate in many games and activities. Participants receive a divers log, stickers, booklet, snorkel and T-shirt. Scuba Rangers make a scrapbook and will receive a video of themselves and classmates diving. A parent's orientation is held the first day of class. 

Classes meet from July 21-July 25
Member $225
Non-Member $250

Types of Parties:
Water fun! Lifeguard always on duty!
School aged children have their choice of basketball, soccer, dodge ball, kickball, t-ball, floor hockey, or our sports wall. Pre-school children will participate in traditional games such as duck duck goose, musical chairs, and red light green light.
High energy fitness classes packed with kid-friendly choreographed routines and all the music kids love!
A party package including an hour in the pool with a certified scuba diving instructor and an hour in the party room.
Learn more about
Birthday Parties at the Y!

Private Swim Lessons or Semi-Private Swim Lessons

All ages, abilities and levels welcome. Please contact the Aquatic Director to set up lessons. A set of four- (4) 1/2 hour lessons. Lessons are customized to the needs of the participant - (max. 2 people)

Private Lessons:
Family Member $65; Member $80; Program Participants $95
(one student/one instructor)
Semi-Private Lessons:
Family Member $52 per person; Member $64 per person;
Program Participants $80 per person
(two students/one instructor)
(both participants must sign up at the same time) 

 Adult/High School Beginner Classes

This class is for non-swimmers and or beginners, who are only comfortable in the shallow water. The goal is to learn the basics of swimming and to help overcome fears of the water.

Tuesday 6:45pm-7:30pm

Adult/High School Fitness Swimmer
This class is for adults who can already swim in both the shallow and deep water, but would like to learn the proper technique for the strokes, learn additional strokes, improve endurance and become more proficient in the water.
Tuesday 7:30pm-8:15pm

To insure proper swimmer-to-instructor ratios for each class, we are unable to permit make-ups. Makeups are not available due to space limitations and program design. To keep our class fees as low as possible, we will not be able to issue credits or make-ups for missed classes, even if they occur as a result of inclement weather including storm lightning. The storm policy is to close the pool when lightning is overhead, and to remain closed until 30 minutes after the last lightning strike. Thank you.

For more information contact:
Aquatic Director
Tammy Como
570-823-2191 ext 5051

July 21 - August 23
Registration begins June 30
Classes meet once weekly for 5 weeks.

Summer Session Pricing
Family Member - 5 Classes $39
Member - 5 Classes $48
Non-Member - 5 Classes $60

September 8-November 1
Registration Begins August 18
Classes meet once weekly for 8 weeks
Class Schedule will be available on our website on August 18



The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA Backyard Pool Program is designed to have a certified Swimming Instructor come to a privately owned pool and teach children or adults how to swim.

The instructor will come to your pool and teach swimming and pool safety for 45 minutes (1 student ages 3-5 receive 1/2 hour lessons). Backyard pool owners/contact person are responsible for gathering students for the class and for following the guidelines set by the YMCA.

Please fill out the registration request and return to Tammy Como at the Wilkes-Barre YMCA. For questions about this program or other aquatic classes/programs, please call 570-970-5051.

Backyard pool program Registration Form.


Parent-Child (Shrimp, Kippers & Inias)
6-24 months and one parent or guardian: This program offers activities based on the developmental abilities of the child. Parent learns how to positively and creatively encourage water skills through instruction and play as their child becomes more comfortable in the water.

Wednesday 9:45am-10:30am
Wednesday 5:15am-6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-9:45am

PERCH (Parent/Child Class)
19 months - 36 months and one parent or guardian: This program is designed for the children that are not quite ready (2- 3) to leave the security of being with an adult in the water or not old enough to be in the pre-school program but are ready to begin working on actual swimming skills.
Monday 9:45am-10:30am
Tuesday 6:00pm-6:45pm

Saturday 11:15am-noon

Pre-Pike Class
30 months to 3 years old: This program is for children who have successfully completed the Perch class (minimum age of 30 months required) or are pre-school age and have never been in a swim class. Parent must remain on the pool deck during the 30-minute instructional period of the class. The parent/guardian gets in the water and swims with the child for last 15 minutes to reinforce skills covered by the instructor during class.
Monday 10:30am-11:15am
Thursday 5:15pm-6:00pm

Saturday 11:15am-noon


Skill Levels: Pikes, Eels, Rays & Starfish (Ages 3-5)
Preschool swim lessons focus on basic swim skills and pool safety. Children move through progressive levels as they increase swimming distance, endurance and ability with each level. These 45-minute swim lessons are taught by caring YMCA swim instructors. The first level is pike (beginners); they are unable to swim without flotation.

Monday 11:15am-Noon (Pikes/Eels)

Tuesday 4:30pm-5:15pm (All Levels)
Thursday 5:15pm-6:00pm (Pikes/Eels)
Thursday 6:45pm-7:30pm (Pikes/Eels)
Friday 11:15am-Noon (Pikes)

Saturday 9:45am-10:30am (All Levels)

Tumble and Swim
(Ages 3-6)
The tumbling class consists of basic gymnastics, which teaches them forward and backward rolls, cartwheels, beam skills, springboard exercises, and uneven bar elements. The children then attend a pike/eel swim class (beginner I/beginner II), which includes songs, floating front and back, kicking, arm reaching skills and jumping skills. (Register for program under both aquatics & gymnastics; online registration not available)
Saturday 10:30am-12:05pm
Summer Session II - Family Member - $58; Member - $72; Non-Member - $90

Youth Swim Lessons (6-14 years old)

The YMCA youth swim program is a six level progression program with each level building upon the skills learned and mastered in the preceding levels. At every level, participants are involved in instruction related to the following five components: personal safety, stroke development, water sports and games, personal growth and rescue. Beginner level is Polliwog.

Polliwog, Guppy, Minnow, Fish, Flying Fish & Shark

Tuesday 5:15pm-6:00pm (All Levels)
Thursday 6:00pm-6:45pm (All Levels)
Friday 10:30am-11:15am (Polliwog & Guppy)
Saturday 10:30am-11:15am (All Levels)

PLEASE NOTE: Swim Evaluations are required for entrance into any levels higher than Pikes or Polliwog. Call Aquatic Director to schedule an evaluation. Prior participants may register for level noted on their progress reports.


American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguard course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.
  • Minimum age 15 on or before the final scheduled class
  • Pass pre-course swim test: 1. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed, goggles permitted. 2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. 3. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards, surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 pound object, return to surface and swim 20 yards with legs only and exit the water in 1 minute 40 seconds (goggles are not permitted).
  • 100% class attendance and participation
  • Pass both a water skills test and written exam
Participants should bring a whistle/lanyard, pen/pencil and paper. Attendance at all classes is required.
Fees: Members $210; Non-Members $225
Course Dates & Times:
Friday's 6pm-9pm; Saturday's 8:30am-5pm;
Sunday's 10am-4pm
August 4, 5, 6, 7 (Daily 8:30am-5:00pm)

NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $30 due at registration; balance due after pre-course test, which is held the first hour of the first class. (Any class option changes will incur a $10 processing fee. All changes must be made at least 48 hours prior to start of first class.)


The purpose of this instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach the American Red Cross Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding Blended learning, shallow water lifeguarding, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers, Administering Emergency Oxygen and Bloodborne pathogens Training courses and/or modules.
To teach Waterfront Skills, Lifeguard Instructors must posses a basic-level waterfront skills certificate and orient to the corresponding content in the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructors Manual and Lifeguarding DVD set or course presentation.

  • Must be at least 17 years old
  • A current ARC certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.
  • Successfully complete the Online Session for the Lifeguarding Instructor course (must be completed by Thursday, June 5).
  • Successfully complete the precourse Session
  • Obtain a copy of the current Lifeguarding Manual

Course Dates:

Course cost is $365.00 to YMCA; $35 in fees to ARC payable during online session.

For information on how to register contact Tammy Como at 570-970-5051 or


This course is designed to re-certify a current American Red Cross Lifeguard. Candidates must have a current American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer card and a current American Red Cross Lifeguarding and First Aid card. Participants must download a new lifeguarding book from, (click on to take a class, then lifeguarding then under materials will be the lifeguard manual in a downloadable format), review this prior to attending class. This class will renew your lifeguard, first aid and CPR/AED certifications. Bring resuscitation mask, proof of certification and whistle to class.
Participants must attend all scheduled classes.

Course Dates TBA

Fees: Member $120; Program Participant $135
NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $30 due at registration; balance due after pre-course test, which is held the first hour of the first class.

Classes Begin June 24
Open Water Scuba Certification consists of classroom, pool, and open water training.Program fee includes certified SSI Instructor, educational material and class/pool sessions. Participants must be at least 12 years of age. Please note, in addition to the course cost, each participant must either purchase or own the following items: mask, snorkel, fins, wet suit boots and mouthpiece. A swimsuit and towel is needed for each class as well. 8 Week Program; test dives not included. Class meets Wednesday nights.

Member $350 Non-Member $375
Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00pm

July 21-25

Scuba diving is a totally awesome sport and SCUBA RANGERS is a way cool scuba class for kids ages 8 to 12. Participants do not become scuba certified. This class meets daily for one week. Participants will learn safe diving practices, and participate in many games and activities. Each child will receive a divers log, stickers, booklet, snorkel, and t-shirt. Scuba Rangers make a scrapbook and will receive a video of themselves and classmates diving. A parent's orientation is held on the first day of class.

Member $225
Non-Member $250

June 9-August 8

Open to all youth 5-19 years of age, who are able to swim one length of the pool (25 yards) with a recognizable swimming stroke. Summer meets are optional and are held on Wednesday's, we swim in a friendly summer local league. Our program is designed to teach the fundamentals of competitive swimming. We strive to develop a sense of team spirit, sportsmanship, fair play and fitness habits that will last a lifetime.
Fees: Family Member $100; Youth Member $120; Non-Member $145

Mini Dolphins (ages 5-7 or first season) - This practice primarily consists of 7 and under swimmers and new competitive swimmers. Monday and Wednesday 6:00pm - 6:45pm, Thursday 6:45pm - 7:30pm.

Spinners (ages 8*-10) & Orcas (ages 11-19) - Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 6:45pm - 8:00pm. Practice times may change based on the number of Summer swim team participants.
*Prior swim team experience or approval from head coach required.

We are pleased to announce that the WBY Swim Team now has a website.
Check it out HERE!

September 8-October 1

This is a four-week introduction to swim team for the new competitive swimmer or the returning swimmer looking to get an early start practicing. Refinement of the competitive strokes (freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke) is the focus of this swim clinic.

Members-$40; Program Participants/Non-Members-$50

Ages 5-8       Monday & Wednesday         5:30-6:30pm
Ages 9 & up   Monday & Wednesday         6:30-7:45pm

July 8- August 12

This is a program for youth 11 years and up (or younger with approval of the Aquatics Director). This program teaches youth lifeguard skills and prepares them for lifeguard and swim instructor training. The participants will engage in lessons that may consist of lifeguard skills, fitness swimming and/or stroke refinement and then assist in teaching swimming lessons. Some of the topics covered are: non-swimming rescues, spinal injury management, recognition of swimmers, first aid, CPR, swimming instruction, scanning techniques, physical fitness, rule enforcement, communication, teamwork, decision making skills and YMCA philosophy. The hope is to grow knowledgeable and competent lifeguards and swim instructors.
Member - $42 Non-Members - $57
Tuesday's 6:15pm-7:30pm


Have your child's Birthday Party at the YMCA. The "Y" will provide a party coordinator and a gift for the birthday girl or boy. Parties are for two hours. **A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $50 is required to reserve package 1 or 2; $100 deposit for party 3.

Swim or Gym- $95 (2 hour party)
The party includes 1 hour in the pool OR the gym & one hour in the party room.
The first 12 children are included in the package price with each additional child being $5.00.
Gym & Swim- $130 (2 and 1/2 hr. party)
This package includes one hour in the party room, 30 minutes in the gym and 45 minutes in the pool.
The first 12 children are included in the package price and each additional child is $5.00.
Swim & More Swim - $130
This two and 1/2 hour party includes 1 hour 20 minutes in the pool, followed by 1 hour in the party area.
The first 12 children** are included in the package price and each additional child is $5.00.

Scuba Party-$225 (Ages 8 & up)
This package includes an hour in the pool with a certified scuba diving instructor and an hour in the party room. Birthday child and friends will enjoy this safe unforgettable underwater adventure in SCUBA gear. Party is subject to availability of the scuba company. The first 12 children are included in the package price and each additional child is $15.00. (Party is a maximum of
20 children)

**A certified Lifeguard is always on duty.
**Adults are required to be in the water with children who cannot touch the bottom of the pool or who need a flotation device.

Parties are available on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays.
Check out all available Birthday Party Packages Here!


Bring your Troop to the YMCA to complete badge requirements directly related to the water. Program includes 1-hour instructional period with a trained instructor and a 30-minute free swim period. Please contact the Aquatic Director to set up a program.

Program fee is $48 (minimum of 8 scouts) $4 each additional scout; for groups requiring more than 1 instructor there will be an additional $15 fee. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is due at the time of program set-up.

For more information contact:
Aquatic Director
Tammy Como
570-823-2191 ext. 5051