Pool Policies

Gettysburg YWCA Pool Policies

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General Pool Rules

We welcome all members and guests to our pool. For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, we ask that you abide by the following rules. Members, non-members, or guests who repeatedly break these rules are subject to possible membership loss or appropriate corrective measures.

  • The lifeguard is the sole authority in the pool. All persons must obey the instructions of the lifeguard or his/her supervisor. Please do not argue with the lifeguard about these rules; they did not make them, nor can they change them, however, they are required to enforce them. If you are not satisfied with the way a guard is handling something, ask to see a manager.
  • Please do not engage actively guarding staff (on duty watching the pool) in extended conversation.
  • Persons with the following conditions will be prohibited from entering the pool (the YWCA reserves the right to refuse entry to any person at their discretion): Any person appearing to be or known to be intoxicated. Any person with symptoms of diarrhea. Any person showing evidence of skin disease, sores, inflamed eyes, or communicable disease, shall be refused use of the pools unless a physician certifies that the individual’s condition is not infectious or contagious by waterborne transmission.
  • Please shower before entering the pool and between pool and spa use. Users’ good hygiene is
    essential to keeping our pool and spa clean and operational.
  • Children under the age of 10 must always be accompanied by an adult . The adult must remain in the pool area with the child.
  • No diving in shallow water. Forward diving is permitted only in water depth of 9 feet or greater.
  • Jump in only from the ends of the pool; the ends are nearest to the locker rooms and the starting blocks.
  • Do not hang or lay on the lane lines.
  • Running, rough play, dunking, splashing, and pushing is prohibited. Standing or sitting on the back or shoulders is not permitted.
  • Disrespectful or inappropriate language or behavior is prohibited.
  • Glass, gum, food, and smoking are not permitted.
  • Water in plastic or metal containers is permitted in all pool areas.
  • Keep clear of pool ladders. They are to be used for entering and exiting the pool only.
  • Swimmers are not permitted to participate in breath holding activities.
  • Use of photographic devices to take pictures without consent is prohibited.
  • Strollers are not permitted on deck; wheelchairs and other assistive devices are permitted.
  • Wear jewelry at your own risk.
  • Electrical appliances and electronics are prohibited within 5 feet of the water (battery operated waterproof devices are permitted).
  • Please consult a physician before beginning any form of water exercise.
  • In an emergency, please follow lifeguard’s directions as quickly and safely as possible.

Attire

  • Use good judgment in choosing your swim wear as to not offend other swimmers. Street clothes are not permitted.
  • Persons in bathing suits are restricted to the pool and locker room areas.
  • Please remove shoes before entering the pool area to keep dirt, debris, and other matter at a minimum.

Diapers

  • Non-toilet trained individuals must wear a fresh swim diaper and/or snug fitting plastic pants under the bathing suit while in the pool. Disposable diapers are not allowed in the pool. If your child soils their diaper during the course of swim, they must be taken immediately to the bathroom to be changed. Do not wait until swim is over to change your child’s diaper, and do not change diapers on the pool deck.
  • Please encourage all swimmers to make an attempt to use the toilet prior to entering the pool area. If your child requests to use the toilet during their swim, take them immediately, do not ask them to wait until swim is over. Accidents in the pool will cause a shutdown of up to 24 hours and must be prevented if possible.

Use of Equipment

  • Equipment is to be used for its intended use only.
  • Starting blocks are to be used only under the supervision of a certified swim coach or a certified swim instructor.
  • Flippers are allowed for lap swimmers, swim team, and lessons only.
  • Masks and snorkels may be used by adults or children (under adult supervision only).
  • Aquatic barbells are for adult use only.
  • Use of equipment and supplies may be limited by lifeguards if the pool becomes crowded.
  • No playing on or around ladders, stairs, and lift chairs. They are for entering and exiting only.

Lap Swim Rules

  • Please observe common courtesy.
  • When joining a lane, make sure everyone in the lane is aware prior to entry.
  • Swimmers are expected to share the lane with other individuals. In the event a swimmer refuses to share a lane; they will be asked to leave the pool area.
  • When 2 swimmers are in a lane, the lane can be shared/split.
  • Circle swimming prevails if more than 2 swimmers are in a lane.
  • When stopping, please occupy a corner of the lap lane.
  • When circle swimming, allow faster swimmers to pass.
  • Stop at the corner to allow faster swimmers to make the turn to go ahead of you.
  • Do not stop in the middle of the lane.

Flotation Devices

  • Any and all flotation devices must bear the mark of Coast Guard Approval. Appropriate flotation devices include: lifejackets and “puddle jumpers”.
  • If a participant is found to be using a non-approved device they will be required to remove it from the pool. The YWCA provides a variety of approved flotation devices for use by any of our swimmers during their visit to our pool at no cost.
  • Floatation devices may not be substituted for swimming ability in deep water.
  • Inflatable flotation devices of any kind are not permitted.

Spa Rules

  • Spa users must be at least 18 years old.
  • Maximum occupancy is 10 persons.
  • The spa is an “at your own risk” area, as there is no lifeguard on duty.
  • Please shower before entering the Spa. Users’ good hygiene is essential to keeping our spa clean and operational.
  • Pregnant women, persons suffering from heart disease, diabetes, or high or low blood pressure should not enter the spa without prior medical consultation and permission from the doctor. Persons taking medications should consult their physician and obtain permission prior to using the spa.
  • Do not use the spa immediately following vigorous exercise.
  • Check the temperature before using, the maximum safe temperature is 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Observe a reasonable time limit to avoid nausea, dizziness, and fainting.
  • Enter and exit the spa slowly.
  • Do not submerge beyond the shoulders in the spa.
  • Inappropriate behavior or public displays of affection in the spa area will not be tolerated.
  • In case of emergency, a red emergency stop button is located above the spa on/off switch panel.

 

Aquatics Fund

Becky Bollinger Aquatics Fund Information

Becky Bollinger was an inspiration and encourager to those who knew her. She loved life. Of the many activities Becky enjoyed, aquatics was her true passion. She was a Red Cross swimming instructor for almost 50 years. This fund will help children who want to learn to swim achieve that desire. This fund will support the YWCA Gettysburg Adams County’s Learn to Swim program for children ages 4-12 years who cannot afford lessons.

Rebecca Bollinger Obituary

Please Consider Donating

Please donate by visiting the Adams County Community Foundation website at: https://www.adamscountycf.org/funds/becky-bollinger-aquatic-fund/

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Pool Rental Information

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Indoor Swimming Pool Rental

Our 25-meter indoor pool is available for any group or individual to rent. Renting the swimming pool does not include the use of our spa.

Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

  • All groups larger than 10 people must rent the pool.
  • All groups larger than 25 people must privately rent the whole pool.

Shared Pool Rentals

Half of the Pool, Rental Fee: $75/ per hour

Shared rentals are only allowed during open swim times, in which half the pool is used and shared with our members. This is only an option for groups with less than 25 people. This option is available on all days.

The combined use of our Community Room is also available for birthday parties – the additional fee is $40 for 3 hours in the Community Room.

Please contact our Aquatics Director, Mark Mellon at 717-334-9171 ext. 129 or via email at mmellon@ywcagettysburg.org for more information or to make a rental request.

Private Rentals

The swimming pool is available for private rentals on the following days and times:

Saturdays & Sundays, between 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Entire Pool, Private Rental Fee: $150/ per hour

The combined use of our Community Room is also available for birthday parties – the additional fee is $40 for 3 hours in the Community Room.

Please contact our Aquatics Director, Mark Mellon at 717-334-9171 ext. 129 or via email at mmellon@ywcagettysburg.org for more information or to make a rental request.

Individual Lap Lane Rentals

The rental of individual lap lanes is available upon request.

Lap Lane Fee: $25/per lane, per hour

Example: Renting 2 lap lanes, for 1 hour, would cost a total of $50.

Please contact our Aquatics Director, Mark Mellon at 717-334-9171 ext. 129 or via email at mmellon@ywcagettysburg.org for more information or to make a lap lane rental request.

Adult Swim Lessons

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Adult Lessons

Progress at your own pace and develop the skills needed to swim safely for fun or exercise. Students will learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning water acclimation, forward and backward movement, and rhythmic breathing. We help swimmers overcome fears, build confidence in the water and develop swimming skills that last a lifetime.

Swim Lesson Details

Fees

Saturday (3 Classes):
Rec Pass Member $30, Basic Member $36, Non-Member $44

Summer Registration opens May 15th!

Register online by Clicking Here

Class Sessions & Times

Swim Lessons are held at our indoor heated swimming pool.

Saturdays (3 Classes)

Session 5H

*Session 5H canceled due to continued closure.*

May 2, 9, & 16

10 – 11 a.m.

Session 6F

*Swim lessons in June will be limited to 3 participants in order to minimize exposure risk.*

June 6, 13 & 20

10 – 11 a.m.

Session 7F

July 11, 18 & 25

10 – 11 a.m.

Session 8F

August 8, 15 & 22

10 – 11 a.m.

Adult Learn to Lap Lessons

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Learn to Lap Swim

This class is for any adult who is comfortable being in the water.

Learn to Lap Swim with us! This class will teach you all the knowledge you need to confidently lap swim for fitness. This class will focus on building endurance, improving the front crawl (freestyle) and the backstroke. Other focuses will also include learning how to do open turns and/or flip turns at the wall, and improve your ability to breathe rhythmically.

You will be coached through a series of workouts, based on your swimming level, so that you will have all the tools you need to prepare yourself to swim laps as a form of fitness.

Class Details

Fees

Saturday Lessons (3 Classes)

Rec Pass Members $30, Basic Members $36, Non-Members $44

Summer Registration opens May 15th!

Register online by Clicking Here

Class Sessions & Times

Saturday Lessons (3 Classes)

Session 5G

*Session 5G canceled due to continued closure.*

May 2, 9, & 16

9 – 10 a.m.

Session 6E

*Swim lessons in June will be limited to 3 participants in order to minimize exposure risk.*

June 6, 13 & 20

9 – 10 a.m.

Session 7E

July 11, 18 & 25

9 – 10 a.m.

Session 8E

August 8, 15 & 22

9 – 10 a.m.

Group Aquatic Training Programs

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COVID-19 Updates

We are greatly looking forward to re-opening the pool to our members once we enter the Green Phase of Governor Wolf’s re-opening plan.

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:40am – 10:40am

A medium to high intensity workout in deep end of the pool for all ages and ability levels. Emphasis on deep water cardio, range-of-motion, and strength of movement for muscles and joints. Participants can expect to work out in a vertical position with a supportive floatation belt. This class is a progression in fitness, using benchmarks to measure performance. Excellent for participants looking for the next level up in their water exercises. Bringing a water bottle with you is highly recommended.

Session 4H: April 28 – June 9

Session 6W: June 16 – July 30

Session 8W: August 6 – September 22

Rec Pass Members $9, Basic Members $17, Non-Member $21

Shallow Water Group Training with Linda

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 11:30am – 12:30pm

A medium to high intensity workout in shallow end of the pool for all ages and ability levels. Emphasis on cardio, flexibility, balance, and strength while moving through water. This course is a progression in fitness, using benchmarks to measure performance. Wearing water shoes and bringing a water bottle with you is highly recommended.

Session 4J: April 27 – May 29

Session 6S: June 5 – July 8

Session 8S: July 15 – August 17

Rec Pass Members $10, Basic Members $20, Non-Member $25

Personal Water Fitness Trainer

This is for any adult who would like one on one water fitness training. Teaching sessions are by appointment only. All participants who are interested can email our Aquatics Director, Mark Mellon, at mmellon@ywcagettysburg.org or call (717-334-9171 ext. 129) to schedule an appointment with one of our water fitness trainers. A medical release form is required of all participants.

Our primary water fitness trainer is Linda Denniston. She comes with over 15 years of fitness training. She is certified through the United States Water Fitness Association and the Aerobics & Fitness Association of America.

Private Session (1 person):

Rec Pass Member Fee: $40/ per hour, Non-Member Fee: $60/ per hour

Semi-Private Session (1-3 persons):

Rec Pass Member Fee: $60/ per hour, Non-Member Fee: $80/ per hour

Lifeguard Course

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American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification

This is a blended learning course. Participants must try out to enter the course. Once they pass the try-out, then they can do the 7 hours of course work online and 18 hours of practical skills on land and in the water. This course provides certification in Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer for 2 years.

We require a minimum of at least 4 participants to be able to run the course. Please register with the front desk or online prior to the tryout date. If a participant is unable to pass the tryout, their registration for the course will be refunded.

Course Fees:

Members: $200, Non-Members: $225, YWCA Staff: $150

Re-Certification Fees:

Members: $125, Non-Members: $150, YWCA Staff: $95

Try-Outs

Everyone must try out to determine whether or not they qualify to take the course. Please register with the front desk prior to the tryout date. If a participant is unable to pass the tryout, their registration for the course will be refunded.

The try-out consists of:

  • A 300-meter swim (front crawl or breaststroke)
  • Treading water without using your hands for 2 minutes
  • Dive to the bottom of the pool for a 10 pound brick, swim 15 meters on your back with the brick, and get out of the pool; all in under 1 minute and 40 seconds

To view a video example of the tryout, please click here.

Once you pass the try out, then you can begin the online course material.

Please contact our Aquatics Director, Mark Mellon, at 717-334-9171 ext. 129 or by email at mmellon@ywcagettysburg.org for more information.

Upcoming Courses & Try Out Dates

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May

*Canceled due to continued closure. Please contact our Aquatics Director, Mark Mellon, via email at mmellon@ywcagettysburg.org with any questions or concerns.*

May 5, 7, & 8

  • Tuesday, May 5, 3:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Thursday, May 7, 3:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Friday, May 8, 3:00 pm – 9 pm

Tryouts: May 1st @ 3:30 pm

*Canceled due to continued closure. Please contact our Aquatics Director, Mark Mellon, via email at mmellon@ywcagettysburg.org with any questions or concerns.*

May 12, 14, & 15

  • Tuesday, May 12, 3:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Thursday, May 14, 3:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Friday, May 15, 3:00 pm – 9 pm

Tryouts: May 6th @ 3:30 pm

June

June 8, 10, & 12

  • Monday, June 8, 3:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Wednesday, June 10, 3:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Friday, June 12, 3:00 pm – 9 pm

Tryouts: Wednesday, June 3rd @ 3 pm

July

July 6, 8, & 10

  • Monday, July 6, 3:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Wednesday, July 8, 3:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Friday, July 10, 3:00 pm – 9 pm

Tryouts: Friday, July 3rd @ 3 pm

August

August 10, 12, & 14

  • Monday, August 10, 3:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Wednesday, August 12, 3:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Friday, August 14, 3:00 pm – 9 pm

Tryouts: Wednesday, August 5th @ 3 pm

Steps to Successfully Passing the Course

  1. Complete the tryout session.
  2. Finish all online course work.
  3. Attend all class sessions.
  4. Pass the rescue scenarios and written exam on the last day of class.

Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Course

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American Red Cross
Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Course

Adult & Pediatric First Aid and Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED blended learning course taught through the American Red Cross.  This course is for anyone over the age of 16 who would like to get certified.  This certification stays valid for 2 years.

Class Details

This is a blended learning course.  You will be expected to spend 2-3 hours completing online coursework.  The online portion of this course should be completed prior to the in-person skills portion scheduled at the YWCA.

Fee: $80

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Must pay prior to the scheduled class date. Once your class fee is paid, students must contact our Aquatics Director, Mark Mellon, via email at mmellon@ywcagettysburg.org to have the online course link emailed to them.

Upcoming Blended Learning Class Dates & Times

Register online at least 3 days before the class date to allow time to complete the online course work.

May

*Session 5PR canceled due to continued closure.*

Session 5PR

May 20, 6pm – 9pm

June

Session 6PR

June 24, 6pm – 9pm

July

Session 7PR

July 8, 6pm – 9pm

August

Session 8PR

August 5, 6pm – 9pm

Personal Water Fitness Trainer

Personal Water Fitness Trainer

This is for any adult who would like one on one water fitness training. Teaching sessions are by appointment only. All participants who are interested can email our Aquatics Director, Mark Mellon, at mmellon@ywcagettysburg.org or call (717-334-9171 ext. 129) to schedule an appointment with one of our water fitness trainers. A medical release form is required of all participants.

Our primary water fitness trainer is Linda Denniston. She comes with over 15 years of fitness training. She is certified through the United States Water Fitness Association and the Aerobics & Fitness Association of America.

Private Session (1 person):

Rec Pass Member Fee: $40/ per hour, Non-Member Fee: $60/ per hour

Semi-Private Session (1-3 persons):

Rec Pass Member Fee: $60/ per hour, Non-Member Fee: $80/ per hour

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Water Fitness Schedule

All water fitness classes are free to try for your first time!   Participants must bring their own towel, bathing suits, water bottle and a change of dry clothes.  We would also encourage everyone to wear water shoes, flip flops or sandals to prevent slipping in the locker rooms or on the pool.

Water Fitness Schedule

Class NameDaysTime$
Swing N' SwayMonday & Wednesday10 - 11amIncluded in Rec Pass Membership
Water YogaMonday & Wednesday11 - 11:30amIncluded in Rec Pass Membership
Shallow Water Group Training ProgramMonday, Wednesday, Friday11:30 - 12:30pmRec $10 /session
Basic $20 /session
Non Mem $25 /session
Power HouseMonday, Wednesday, Friday12:30 - 1pmIncluded in Rec Pass Membership
Water WalkingTuesday & Thursday8:30 - 9:30amIncluded in Rec Pass Membership
Deep Water Group Training ProgramTuesday & Thursday9:40 - 10:40amRec $8.50/session
Basic $16.50/session
Non Mem $21/session
Masters SwimmingTuesday & Thursday4:30 - 6:00pmIncluded in Rec Pass Membership
Liquid FitWednesday5 - 6pmIncluded in Rec Pass Membership
Hydro Power HourThursday8 - 8:55pmIncluded in Rec Pass Membership
Liquid AssetsSaturday (Starting Oct. 23rd)9 - 10amIncluded in Rec Pass Membership
Aqua ToneTuesday & Thursday (October & November)11am -12pmIncluded in Rec Pass Membership

Liquid Assets with Kellie
This class is for active and healthy adults who want a medium- to high-intensity workout that includes muscle toning and aerobic exercises. The workout uses the shallow and deep ends of the pool. This is taught by a certified United States Water Fitness Association Instructor.

Swing N’ Sway with Mary
A low- to medium-intensity workout for senior adults that includes stretching, and muscle strengthening. The class is held in the shallow and deep ends of the pool.

Masters Swimming with Carol
This is an adult swim program to help adults improve their swim strokes, endurance, breathing, and improve their fitness level overall.

Power House Workout with Linda
A high intensity workout in the shallow end of the pool only.  This workout will focus on strengthening joints, increasing balance, and toning core muscles.

Liquid Fit with Kellie

This class is for active and healthy adults who want a medium- to high-intensity workout that includes muscle toning and aerobic exercises. The workout uses the shallow and deep ends of the pool. Routine is set to music, and all equipment is provided. This is taught by a certified United States Water Fitness Association Instructor.

Gentle Water Yoga for Beginners with Mary
This is a low intensity workout in the shallow end of the YWCA outside pool.  This will focus on strengthening joints, increasing balance, and toning core muscles.

Hydro Power Hour with Brittany
This class is for active and healthy adults who want a medium- to high-intensity workout that includes muscle toning and aerobic exercises. The workout uses the shallow and deep ends of the pool. Routine is set to music, and all equipment is provided. This is taught by a certified United States Water Fitness Association Instructor.

Water Walking with Linda
A low- to medium-intensity workout for senior adults that includes stretching, and muscle strengthening. There is a focus on a variety of movements through shallow water. This is taught by a certified United States Water Fitness Association Instructor and Personal Water Fitness Trainer.