General Water Safety

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General Water Safety

Whether you work or volunteer in a field that takes you on, in, or near the water – or you’re a weekend warrior who loves to swim, boat or paddle around the pool – our general water safety class can complement all that you do. This course is taught through the American Red Cross and the certification stays valid for 2 years.

Class Details

The course presentation last for 30 minutes.

Fee: $10/ per individual

To set-up a water safety presentation, please contact our Aquatics Director, Mark Mellon, at 717-334-9171 ext. 129 or by email at for more information.

Pool Policies

Gettysburg YWCA Pool Policies

Please Click Here for a printable version of our 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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Please Consider Donating

Please donate by visiting the Adams County Community Foundation website at:

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Pool Rental Information


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.

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

Please contact our Aquatics Director, Mark Mellon at 717-334-9171 ext. 129 or via email at 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 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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

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

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

Adult Swim Lessons

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


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

Winter Registration opens November 15th!

Register online by Clicking Here

Class Sessions & Times

Swim lessons are taught at our indoor heated swimming pool.

Saturdays (3 Classes)

Session 10D

October 10, 17 & 24

10 – 11 a.m.

Session 11D

November 7, 14 & 21

10 – 11 a.m.

Session 12D

December 5, 12 & 19

9 – 10 a.m.

Session 1D

January 9, 16 & 23

9 – 10 a.m.

Session 2D

February 6, 13 & 20

9 – 10 a.m.

Adult Learn to Lap Swim Lessons

Learn to Lap Swim

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


Saturday Lessons (3 Classes)

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

Winter Registration opens November 15th!

Register online by Clicking Here

Class Sessions & Times

Lessons are held at our indoor heated swimming pool.

Saturday Lessons (3 Classes)

Session 10C

October 10, 17 & 24

9 – 10 a.m.

Session 11C

November 7, 14 & 21

9 – 10 a.m.

Session 12C

December 5, 12 & 19

8 – 9 a.m.

Session 1C

January 9, 16 & 23

8 – 9 a.m.

Session 2C

February 6, 13 & 20

8 – 9 a.m.

Lifeguard Course

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 20 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: $75


Everyone must try out to determine whether or not they qualify to take the course. If you intend to come to a try-out session, please reach out to our Lifeguard Instructor, Mark Mellon, via email at to let him know you are coming.

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 for more information.

Upcoming Courses & Try Out Dates

Register online by Clicking Here


Re-Certification Course

November 13 & 14

  • Friday, November 13, 3:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday, November 14, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Full Course

November 27, 28, & 29

Tryouts: Monday, November 23rd @ 5 pm

  • Friday, November 27, 3:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday, November 28, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Sunday, November 29, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm


Full Course

December 18, 19 & 20

Tryouts: Monday, December 14th @ 5 pm

  • Friday, December 18, 5:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday, December 19, 1 pm – 6 pm
  • Sunday, December 20, 8 am – 6 pm


Full Course

January 22, 23 & 24

Tryouts: Monday, January 18th @ 5 pm

  • Friday, January 22, 5:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday, January 23, 1 pm – 6 pm
  • Sunday, January 24, 8 am – 6 pm


Full Course

February 19, 20 & 21

Tryouts: Monday, February 15th @ 5 pm

  • Friday, February 19, 5:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday, February 20, 1 pm – 6 pm
  • Sunday, February 21, 8 am – 6 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 CPR / AED / First Aid Course

Adult & Pediatric CPR / AED / First Aid 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: $90

Register online by Clicking Here

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 to have the online course link emailed to them.

Off-Site Training Services

We are able to travel and offer American Red Cross group training services at local off-site locations.

Fee: $110/ per participant

Please contact our Aquatics Director, Mark Mellon, via email at to make a request for off-site training services.

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.


Session 10PR

October 14, 6pm – 9pm

Session 10PR2

October 28, 6pm – 9pm


Session 11PR

November 5, 10am – 1pm

Session 11PR2

November 18, 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 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 (2-3 persons):

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