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(Program for youth ages 8-12)
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.

Dates TBA
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.
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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 6:45-7:30pm

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 6:00-6:45pm

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

October 27-December 20
(Classes meet once a week for 8 weeks;
except Thursday classes, which meet 7 times)
No Classes will be held on Thanksgiving

January 5 - February 14
Registration Begins December 8


The POOL will be CLOSING 9:30am, Sunday, December 7, due to a YMCA Swim Meet.

(ages 5-Senior in High School)

To be eligible for swim team participant must be able to swim one length of the pool (25 yards) with a recognizable swimming stroke. Season will run October through February/March with the meets beginning in mid November; most of the meets are held on Saturday's. The Wilkes-Barre YMCA Dolphins is a fully sanctioned YMCA Swimming Program that participates in the Penn-Del swimming league, YMCA invitational meets, and for those who qualify, YMCA Districts, States and Nationals. All swimmers must have a Wilkes-Barre YMCA membership in order to participate; this is a National YMCA guideline.

Practice for ALL team members begins on October 6, 2014.
Mini Dolphins (ages 5-8**) Fees: $200
M/W/F 5:30-6:30 pm

Spinners (ages 9-12**) Fees: $225
M/W/F 6:30-8:00
TH Dry land (ages 10 & up) 6:30-7:25pm
Pool-Thursday 7:30-8:30 pm

Orcas (ages 13 and up**) Fees: $225
M/W/F 6:30-8:00/8:15pm
TH Dry land (ages 10 & up) 6:15-7:25pm
Pool-Thursday 7:30-8:30 pm

** Ages are guidelines only and the actual practice times will depend on the swimmer's physical and mental ability to handle the workload and will be up to the coach's discretion.

A parents club activity fee of $25 per family is due no later than Friday, October 17. Team fees due by November 3. Registration forms due the first week of practice.



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
Saturday 9:00am-9:45am

PERCH (Parent/Child Class)
19 months - 36 months and one parent or guardian: This program is designed for toddlers 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 class.
Monday 10:30am-11:05am
Thursday 5:15pm-5:50pm

Saturday 9:45am-10:20am


Skill Levels: Pikes, Eels, Rays & Starfish (Ages 3-5)
Preschool swim lessons focus on basic swim skills and pool safety. Children move through four progressive levels as they increase swimming distance, endurance and ability with each level. These 45-minute swim lessons are taught by certified YMCA swim instructors. The first level is pike (beginners); they are unable to swim without flotation.
It is not uncommon for a student to spend multiple sessions in the same level until achieving the skills to advance to the next level.

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

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)
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 at 570-970-5051. 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:
December 26, 27, 29 & 30 (Daily 9:00am-5:30pm)

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.)


This program is designed to assist the prospective lifeguard candidate in preparing for the three Lifeguarding class prerequisites skills test. They are listed in detail under the Lifeguard Course information.

Member-$16 Non-Member-$20
2014 Class: December 9 & 16 6:15pm-7:15pm

2015 Classes:
Class 1:  March 3 & 10    6:15pm-7:15pm

Class 2:  March 24 & 31  6:15pm-7:15pm

Class 3:  April 7 & 14       6:15pm-7:15pm

Class 4:  April 21 & 28     6:15pm-7:15pm

Participants who receive a certificate from the instructor and are enrolled in a Wilkes-Barre YMCA LG class within 30 days of their completed class, will not have to come to the Friday night pre-course test of their scheduled class.


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: Monday, December 29 & Tuesday December 30 (8:30am-5:00pm)

Fees: Member $127; Program Participant $142
NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $30 due at registration; balance due after pre-course test, which is held the first hour of the first class.

Begins September 9
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 Tuesday nights.

Member $350 Non-Member $375


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