Elementary Swim Programs

Calling all first, second and third graders!

Join the YWCA for one of our most popular aquatics programs… Elementary Swim Week! During this class, children learn the basics of swimming and how to respond in an emergency when they or a friend are in trouble. We also teach your child about boating safety and provide a lesson on canoeing.

This program is open to children in first through third grades. There is a limited amount of space in each week-long program, so register today!

You can either mail in your registration form with your payment or drop it off in person.  Please do not call in or try to register online.  The registration form is needed to due the emergency contact information being requested from you. Thank you making your child’s safety around water important!

Lincoln Elementary – March 11-15, 3:30-4:30pm
Bussing is provided from the school to the YWCA only.  Parents must pick up student by 4:35PM.

Franklin Township Elementary – March 18-22, 3:30-4:30pm
Bussing is provided from the school to the YWCA only.  Parents must pick up student by 4:35PM.

James Gettys Elementary – March 25-29, 3:30-4:30pm
Bussing is provided from the school to the YWCA only.  Parents must pick up student by 4:35PM.

Biglerville Elementary – April 1-5, 4:00-5:00pm
No bussing is provided. Parents must drop off and pick up.  Parents must pick up student by 5:05pm.

Fairfield, Littlestown, home-school students and private/charter schools including Vida, Montessori, and St. Francis –
April 8-12, 4:30-5:30pm   No bussing is provided.  Parents must drop off and pick up.

Download a registration form:

GASD Reg Form 2019

Biglerville Ele Reg Form 2019

All county students reg form 2019

Contact our front desk to register and drop off the registration form.
Any questions contact Aquatics Director, Cora Rhoads
crhoads@ywcagettysburg.org, 717-334-9171, ext. 129

Water Training Classes

Deep Aquatics Fitness Training
A medium to high level workout in deep water for adults of all ages and ability levels. Emphasis is on improving total fitness goals which includes cardio, easy range-of-motion for joints, simple stretching, strengthening, and balance. There will be a cardio and strength assessment at the beginning and end of the session.  Class is limited to 18 people.

Registrations for Spring Sessions open February 15th.

Tuesdays & Thursdays    9:40-10:40AM

Session 03: March 14 – April 18
Session 04: April 25 – May 30

Rec Pass Members $10  Basic  Members $20  Non Members $25

Dynamic Shallow Water Training
A medium to high-intensity workout in shallow water for adults of all ages and ability levels.  This is a class for people who want to improve their cardio, strength, flexibility and balance. There will be a cardio and strength assessment at the beginning and end of the session. Class size is limited to 18 people.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays   11:30AM-12:30PM

Session 03: March 15 – April 19
Session 04: April 26 – May 31

Rec Pass Members $15  Basic  Members $25  Non Members $30

Both of these group training classes are taught by an instructor certified by the United States Water Fitness Association and holds a personal water fitness training certification. She has been training people for more than 10 years in the water.  Her name is Linda Denniston. 

Register Now: http://www.ywcagettysburg.org/membership/on-line-registration-payment/

Lifeguard Course

How to become an American Red Cross lifeguard:
Pass the lifeguard try outs:
A. Swim 300 meters (non stop front crawl/freestyle or breaststroke
B. Tread water without your hands for 2 minutes
C. Dive for a  10 pound brick, swim 15 meters on your back with it, and get out of the pool in under 1 minute and 40 seconds.

If you pass the try out, then you can enter the Lifeguarding course. This does not guarantee that you will pass the course.
Try out Date: February 15, 2019  at 3:00PM or by appointment prior to Feb. 15th.

  1. Read the lifeguard manual.
  2. Attend all class days and turn in your homework
  3. Participant must be at least 15 years old by the last class day
  4. Pass the written exams and rescue scenarios on the last day of class

All Class dates must be attended:
February 19  3:00PM-9:15PM
February 20  3:00PM-9:15PM
February 21  3:00PM-9:15PM
February 22  3:00PM-9:15PM

Fee: $150 to the YWCA
Register online: https://payments.ywcagettysburg.org/

American Red Cross Lifeguards are certified in Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Administration of Emergency Oxygen, Epi Pen and Asthma Inhaler.  All of these certifications are good for two years.  Lifeguards will also be certified in Bloodborne Pathogens which is good for one year.

Please call the instructor, Cora, at 717-334-9171 ext. 129 or email her at crhoads@ywcagettysburg.org, if you are interested in trying out.

Upcoming courses:

Session 3: Try out date: March 1 at 3PM
March 4-7  3:00PM-9:15PM (Monday- Thursday)

Session 4: Try out date: April 19 at 3PM
April 23-26 3:00PM-9:15PM (Tuesday-Friday)

Session 4B: Try out date: April 29 at 3PM
April 30-May 3  3:00PM-9:15PM  (Tuesday-Friday)

Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Course

img_1062This is a Basic First Aid and Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED blended learning course taught through the American Red Cross.  This course is designed for anyone over the age of 16, who would like to be certified.  This certification is good for two years.

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

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Students are to register for this course by paying the YWCA fee for the skills/teaching portion of this course.  Everyone must pay prior to the class date. Once this fee is paid, the student must contact the Aquatics Director, Cora Rhoads, via email crhoads@ywcagettysburg.org to have the online course link emailed to them.

Upcoming Blended Learning Class Dates:  Registration is now open for all dates.

Wednesdays 6:00pm- 9:00pm
Session 02: February 20       Register by February 18
Session 03: March 13            Register by March 11
Session 04: April 10               Register by April 8
Session 05: May 1                   Register by April 28

YWCA Fee: $80  Pay Online

Personal Water Fitness Trainer

This is for any adult who would like one on one water fitness training.  This is great for anyone coming out of therapy.  This is by appointment only.  All participants who are interested can email crhoads@ywcagettysburg.org or call 717-334-9171 ext 129 for an appointment with a water fitness trainer.  A medical release form is required of all participants.  One can be emailed or mailed to anyone interested.  Our water fitness trainer, Linda Denniston, comes with more than 15 years of fitness training.  She is certified through the United States Water Fitness Association and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.

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Rec Pass Fee: $40/hour          Basic Member Fee: $60/hour   Non Member: Not available

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.

2019 Walk-In Water Fitness Classes

TimeDaysClass Name
10:00-11:00 AMMonday & WednesdaySwing N' Sway
11:00-11:30 AMMonday & WednesdayWater Yoga
12:30-1:00 PMMonday, Wednesday, FridayPower House
8:45-9:30 AMTuesday & ThursdayWater Walking
5:00-6:00 PMTuesday & ThursdayMasters
8:00 - 9:00 PMTuesdayHydro Power Hour
5:00-6:00 PMWednesdayLiquid Fit
9:00-10:00 AMSaturdayLiquid Assets

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 Lori
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.

Masters (YWMA)

Join our YW Masters of Adams County

On Tuesday November 27  5PM-6PM for a special fitness challenge.  We are hosting the 2018 Smarty Pants Vitamins Fall Fitness Challenge for USMS.  The purpose is to raise funds for adults to learn how to swim.

The challenge is to swim whatever stroke you want, whatever distance you want in one hour.  To donate and swim this hour, click here:

https://www.flipcause.com/secure/fundraiser/MjE1NDE=/13722

YWCA Masters of Adams County (YWMA)
4 Reasons to Join
1. Increase your strength, endurance, stamina and flexibility
2. Enjoy focused workouts
3. Achieve your individual fitness or competition goals
4. Train for a triathlon

This club is for adults age 19 and over of any fitness level. You must be able to swim at least 25 meters without stopping.  This is run like a swim team practice, so expect to swim a lot!
Evening practices are coached by a USMS certified level 1 Coach: Carol Miller.

Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-6 pm with Carol Miller

Want to become a member of the US Masters Swimming click on this link:
https://www.usms.org/join-usms/join-or-renew

Pool Rentals

Our 25-meter indoor pool is available for any group or individual to rent during the following days and times:
Shared Pool Rentals:
Any day and time if available

Private Rentals Times:
Saturdays and Sundays 4:30-6:00PM

Any YWCA member or non member may rent the indoor swimming pool for up to two hours. All rentals of the swimming pool include a minimum of two life guards. Pool rental also includes the use of our 12-person spa/whirlpool. The spa can only be used by people ages 18 and older.

Fees: Half pool $80/1.5 hour (available for groups with 15 to 25 people)
Entire pool $175/1.5 hour (for groups larger than 25 people)

For available reservation dates call the Aquatics Director at 717-334-9171 ext. 129

YWCA Sharks Swim Team

The Sharks Swim Team is for children ages 6-18 with strong swimming skills.  Swimmers must be able to swim all four competitive strokes.

We have an excellent group of coaches who are excited about taking your child’s skills to the next level.

Tryouts for the Sharks Swim Team:
First time swimmers interested in our swim team must try out with a swim team coach.  Try out appointments are made via email: sharkscoaches@gmail.com.  The swimmer will show the coach what they can do.  Assessing a swimmer’s skill takes about 20 minutes. Swimmers must be able to swim the entire length of our pool (25m) doing each of the following strokes: freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke.  They also must show they can swim at least half the length of our pool (about 15m) doing the butterfly.  They must show their skills in diving, flip turns and open turns.  The swimmers do not have to be proficient in these skills.  The coaches will determine whether a swimmer is ready for the Sharks Swim Team or whether the swimmer would benefit from practicing with the Mini Sharks, a pre-competitive team.  After the try out, the swimmer will pay $25 to practice with the team for 2 weeks to determine if this is the sport for them.

Description of Swim Levels:
Level 1:  Participants with little to no competition swim experience.  This level focuses on competitive strokes and techniques.
Level 2: Focus is 50% stroke technique and 50% endurance training.
Level 3: Focus is on advanced techniques
Level 4: Swimmers who want longer and tougher workouts
USA Swimmers: This is for swimmers who love competition at the pre-Olympic level.  Swimmers must be recommended by their coach to be part of this group or have already been in this group before the fall.  These swimmers will still practice during their scheduled level, but will have an extra 2 weeks of practice before the regular team starts and 2 weeks of practice after the regular team has stopped practicing.  This group will also attend USA meets and league meets, around 12 meets a year.  There is an extra $75 USA membership fee (that is not for the YWCA) to be paid directly to USA Swimming.  The coaches will talk to the families about this.
High School Sharks: This is for members of area high schools who are not part of our USA program, who wish to get a jump on their high school season and build their skills and learn more about the swimming atmosphere.  Swimmers will practice with the Sharks pre-high school season and may double periodically to enhance their skill and endurance. High school swimmers must be willing to compete with Sharks at dual meets as their high school swim schedule permits.

Practice begins September 17, 2018 for USA swimmers.
Practice begins October 15th for all levels of the Shark Swim Team.

Shark Swim Team Regular Practice Times:
Practice begins October 15th  and ends February 2019.
Level 1: Monday-Thursday 5:45-6:30PM
Level 2: Monday-Thursday 6:30-7:45PM; Friday 5:30-6:30PM
Level 3: Monday-Thursday 6:30-8PM; Friday 5:30-6:30PM
Level 4/USA: Monday-Thursday 6-8PM; Friday 5:30-6:30PM

Registration opens August 15th.

Swim Team Level Season Fee (Oct. 15, 2018 – Feb. 28, 2019):
Level 1: Rec Pass Members: $190  Basic Members  $230  Non-Members  $245
Level 2: Rec Pass Members: $240  Basic Members  $280  Non-Members  $295
Level 3: Rec Pass Members: $290  Basic Members  $330  Non-Members  $345

USA Swim Team Level Season Fee (Sept. 17, 2018 – March 17, 2019):
Level 2 USA: Rec Pass Members: $290 Basic Members  $330  Non-Members  $345
Level 3 USA: Rec Pass Members: $345 Basic Members  $385  Non-Members  $395
Level 4 USA: Rec Pass Members: $450 Basic Members  $490  Non-Members  $510

High School Swim Team Swimmers (non-USA)  (Sept. 17, 2018 – Feb. 28, 2019)
Practices will be Monday – Thursday 6:30pm – 8pm and Friday 5:30 – 6:30pm
Rec Pass Members: $105  Basic Members  $145  Non Member $155

Full Payment can be made online: https://payments.ywcagettysburg.org/
Partial monthly payments can only be done through an EFT.  The EFT form is at the front desk in the YWCA. It must be filled out in person.

Swim Meet Schedule:
11/17/18  Tri Meet at Big Spring with Mercersburg
12/15/18  Swim meet at Mechanicsburg
1/5/19      Swim meet at YWCA Gettysburg against Mercersburg
1/12/19    Swim meet at YWCA Gettysburg against EPAC
2/2/19      Swim meet at South Middleton
2/23/19    Divisionals: TBD
2/24/19    All Stars: TBD

Fall sports conflict ??-  Please do not forget to register your child for winter swimming even if they can’t begin practice until after a fall sport is over (such as football, hockey, soccer, etc.)   Just email the coaches at sharkscoaches@gmail.com with a projected date for your swimmer to start practice. The meets do not typically start until late November or early December, so there is not a real conflict with fall sports.

Visit the Sharks website for more information!

History of Past Winning Seasons:
In the fall/winter of 2016:
The GETY Sharks once again had an undefeated season for the 3rd season in a row.

  • Sharks became CPAL Division 1-A Champions in February 2016 during their regular season dual meets.
  •  40 Swimmers participated in CPAL Division 1-A Championships in late February. At that meet, 2 Division 1-A meet records were broken by Sarah Hardy in the 13-14 Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke with a 1:12.19 AND by Jared Herr in the 11&Over Men’s 200 Yard Freestyle with a 1:52.25.
  • 29 of those swimmers qualified for CPAL All Stars the following day.
  •  Sharks Team Records were beaten this season. Caroline Dudenhoeffer in 15-18 Women’s 100 Meter Breaststroke with a 1:19.33 and Jared Herr in 11&Over Men’s 200 Meter Freestyle with a 2:05.90.
  • 8 Sharks Swimmers will be joining their Gettysburg High School team mates as they have qualified and will be competing in 2015-2016 PIAA District 3 Swimming and Diving Championships next week.
  • 15 10&Under Sharks will be participating in Mini Champs in early March.
    10 Sharks have qualified for SunKissed Invitational Junior/Senior Championships, held in Charlotte, NC in early April.

In the fall/winter of 2015:

The Sharks ended the season with a 4-0 record, securing them as CPAL Division 1-A Champions (pictured below)

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Aquatics

Since 1981, the YWCA Gettysburg and Adams County has been home to the only public indoor swimming pool in the county. Within our aquatics program we offer a variety of programs for all ages: from our American Red Cross-certified parent-child program that teaches children as young as 6 months old age-appropriate respect for water, to our Arthritis Foundation water fitness classes that are populated by men and women on the other end of the age spectrum.

Children and teenagers can participate in swim lessons that will take them from elementary water safety skills to be able to swim at least six different strokes. More advanced children and adults can join our Sharks swim team or our masters swimming program. We have recently expanded our swim team program for youth to compete on a national level and even train for the Olympics. Our water fitness classes offer our more senior members an opportunity to strengthen their muscles and lose weight in a no-impact environment.

We offer community organizations such as Special Olympics and the Gettysburg Area School District discounts for the use of our pool, and members can rent the pool for private parties. Family swim hours on weekends offer all community members an opportunity to use the YWCA pool for a minimal charge.