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


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)

*UPDATE* Swimming Lessons will resume as normal starting in July!

Session 7E

July 11, 18 & 25

9 – 10 a.m.

Session 8E

August 8, 15 & 22

9 – 10 a.m.

Women Behind These Walls

Much of Civil War-era history is recorded through the eyes of men: soldiers, laborers, government officials, and others. Women tofFamilyBehind These Walls is free, self-guided walking tour of downtown Gettysburg designed to share the stories and perspectives of civilian women who lived during the Battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath. The posters along the tour are placed at locations that were significant to each woman’s life before, during, or after the battle. The tour  is a collaborative effort between the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and Survivors, Inc., the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, Gettysburg Licensed Town Guides, and For the Cause Productions, Inc.

A special thank-you to all the businesses, organizations, and homeowners who agreed to be a part of this project.

Click here for a printable tour brochure (updated Aug. 2015). You can also find brochures at the YWCA, the Destination Gettysburg office, the Gettysburg Heritage Center, and A&A Village Treasures.

#25 Catherine “Kitty” Payne Brian’s story (no placard is currently displayed at Kitty’s site; an illustration of Kitty is shown above):
I lived here (219 S. Washington St.) with my second husband, Abraham Brian. My first husband had died of a fever, leaving me with three small children. I had been a slave in Virginia but had been set free upon my master’s death. His nephew, who had inherited the farm, took exception to our freedom and sent bounty hunters after my family. They captured us and took us back to Virginia, where we spent a year in jail. My life here was not any happier as my new husband did not want the burden of my children and sent them off to live with other families. My heart was broken and I died at age 34.

Women in History Essay Contest

The annual Women in History essay and art contest is open to students in grades 6 through 8 in all Adams County public and private schools, as well as home-schooled students. The contest includes categories for essays and artwork.

PRIZES: The first, second and third place winners in each grade will be awarded cash for writing entries. Artwork will be judged separately, and there will be only one first, second, and third place winner awarded a cash prize. Each winner will receive a coupon for a 10% discount on either a junior or family membership when they join the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County.

Click on the documents below to submit your own entry!

Cover Sheet WIH

Guidelines WIH

2019 Women in History Essay/Art Contest winners:

6th Grade
1st – Savannah Schneider (Irena Sendler) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Hassinger
2nd – Ellen Cadigan (Misty Copeland) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Hassinger
3rd – Brooke Myers (Rosa Parks) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Riddlemoser

7th Grade
1st – Ella Stremmel (Rosa Parks) – Upper Adams Middle School – Ms. Granger
2nd – John Kloster (Sojourner Truth) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Riddlemoser
3rd – Morgan Hoover (Mrs. Ellen) – St. Francis Xavier Catholic School – Ms. Hughes

8th Grade
1st – Kim Heinzelmann (Emma Lazarus) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Kessel
2nd – Zachary Tipton (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Teeter
3rd – Alison Harvey (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Kessel

Art Awards
1st – Kaitlyn Frey (charcoal – Rosa Parks) – New Oxford Middle School
2nd – Kennedy Brown (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) – Gettysburg area Middle School – Ms. Riddlemoser
3rd – Isabella Salas Kennedy (Susan B. Anthony) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Kessel

Tae Kwon Do

Learn the kicks, blocks and strikes of traditional Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do. This style of karate is taught primarily for self-defense, but students also gain physical fitness, increased awareness, and self-assurance in a noncompetitive environment. Designed for individuals ages 12 and up, including adults. If you or your child has a special need, please inform the service desk when you sign up.

Instructor: Pete Golden, 6th Dan

Wednesdays and Fridays, 7-8:30 p.m. p.m.

Rec $20/month Basic $25/month Non $30/month


Group Exercise Schedule

Inclement weather notice: On days that the Gettysburg Area School District is closed or has a delayed opening due to inclement weather, YWCA instructors are empowered to use their judgment to decide if it is safe to come to work. Class cancellations will be posted here.

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About our classes:

Advanced Body Sculpting: Intense muscle conditioning focusing on both upper and lower muscle groups, including abdominals.

Bootcamp: Mixes traditional calisthenics and body weight exercised with interval and strength training. It also includes various forms of skipping, jumping rope, sprinting and interval training that involve bursts of high intensity work.

Chair Yoga: A gentle class that enables people who cannot lie on the floor to enjoy the benefits of yoga. All the poses are adapted to be done seated, or standing with the support of a chair as needed. The class promotes flexibility, strength, balance and relaxation.

Fit, Fun & Fifty: A total exercise class for seniors. Cardio, toning and flexibility.

Fit Yoga: Discover the health benefits of Hatha Yoga. All ages, sizes and fitness levels are welcomed. Yoga will increase your flexibility, tone your muscles and to help reconnect your mind, body and spirit.

Gentle/Beginner Yoga: Gentle yoga designed for all ages.

H.I.I.T.: High intensity interval training. Head to toe workout that will leave you and your muscles exhausted!

Kids Bootcamp: Bootcamp for kids ages 10 and older. Age-appropriate exercises that help your child increase strength, endurance, core stability, power, flexibility, balance and agility.

Meditative Yoga: Focuses on breathing and being present and aware of your mind and body while moving through Yoga poses.

Meditation: Gather in the Community Room at 10:45am. Comfortable sitting position will be encouraged (chairs, floor, cushions), and set an intention (an individual point-of-focus) for our practice. A few tips on how to center and quiet thoughts will be shared (using breath, sound or touch). Two meditation sessions will be initiated. Each will last 15 or 20 minutes. You have the option to stay for one, ending by 11:15am; or stay for two. At the end of the second meditation, folks are invited to ask questions and/or share something about their experience, or simply leave. Meditations will vary in style, including sitting, walking and standing. At times, we’ll also listen to a recorded, guided meditation from an experienced      teacher. For more information, email Susan at

Pilates: A beginners introduction to Pilates Mat work through a series of floor exercises designed to promote core strength, flexibility, good posture and improve body awareness.

Power Hour: One hour of weight lifting that will tone your whole body!

Raising the Bar: An energy packed class that involves circuit training, strength conditioning, High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.), plyometrics, bodyweight/gravity exercises, and more! The objective of this class is to physically get everything out of you we can, having fun while doing it and helping you to raise the bar for yourself!

Saturday Shake Up: 30 minutes Spin, 20 minutes High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.), and 10 minutes of ab workouts.

SilverSneakers Classic: Variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing w/ handles and a SilverSneakers ball are offered for resistance. A chair is available if needed for seated or standing support.

SilverSneakers Circuit: Combine fun with fitness to increase your cardiovascular and muscular endurance power w/ a standing circuit workout. Upper body strength work with hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a SilverSneakers ball are alternated with low-impact aerobic choreography. A chair is used for standing support, stretching and relaxation exercises.

S.T.a.Y.: Start off with 20 minutes of Spin, followed by 20 minutes of Tabata (H.I.I.T.), completed with 20 minutes of Yoga.

Yoga for Health: A basic yoga class that is suitable for beginner, intermediate or advanced yogis. Its focus is on keeping your body strong for athletics, your mind calm to face the challenges that you may face, and your spirit at peace and in balance with the rest of your life.

Zumba: Fusion of Latin and International music that creates a dynamic, exciting and effective fitness class.

Zumba in the Circuit: The exciting dance rhythms of a Zumba class are combined with strength conditioning equipment provides a complete, fun and effective workout. This class is perfect for               non-dancers, new exercisers, experienced Zumba participants, or those who have previously hesitated to participate in group exercise class.

Zumba Gold: The design of the class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. Come ready to sweat, and prepare to leave empowered and feeling strong.

Zumba Toning: Those who want to party, but put extra emphasis on toning and sculpting to define those muscles! The challenge of adding resistance by using Zumba Toning Sticks (or light weights), helps you focus on specific muscle groups, so you (and your muscles) stay engaged!

SWIM & SPIN (AKA SUMMER STACKER): Meet in the indoor pool at 5:30pm for a 45 minute swim time (must be able to swim at least one lap). After swim, dry off, change in to your workout clothes and meet in the indoor cycle room by 6:30pm for a one hour cycle class- no experience needed for indoor cycle. May 18-June 29 Wednesdays, must have 3 participants.

Aquatic Classes:             

Deep Water Mix: This class offers participants a workout blending cardio, toning, and flexibility. Participants are encouraged to work at their own pace. All participants must be comfortable wearing floatation belts or using noodles in deep water.

Liquid Assets: 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.

Movin’ & Groovin’: This class is for people who are very mobile without pain and would like to try a tougher workout without aggravating their arthritis. The class will still improve balance and diminish pain. The instructor is certified to work with people with arthritis, diabetes, and sports-related injuries.

Swing N’ Sway: 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: This is an adult swim program to help adults improve their swim strokes, endurance, breathing, and improve their fitness level overall.

Power House Workout: This is a 30 minute class that focuses on flexibility, balance and toning.  Shallow end of the pool only.  No swim experience required.

Liquid Fit: 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.

Spirit of Gettysburg 5K

The Spirit of Gettysburg 5K normally travels the first day of the historic Battle of Gettysburg, past the Eternal Light Peace Memorial. If you love road races, or want to run in one for the first time, the Spirit of Gettysburg 5K is for you.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this year’s run – our 30th annual – will be a virtual event! All participants will be mailed an official Spirit of Gettysburg face mask!

Click here to register

So, how does a virtual run work? It is heavily based on the honor system.
1. Register here. You can register anytime between now and June 30. I do ask that if you know you want to participate, you register as soon as possible. I have no idea how many people are interested and I do not want to over-order or under-order masks. You deserve a mask but masks sitting in a box in the YW attic are wasted money!

2. You run/walk a 5K (3.1 miles) anytime between June 1 – 30 at the location of your choosing.

3. Upload your time to your account

4. Post pictures on social media using #VirtualSpiritofGettysburg

5. Wait for your Spirit of Gettysburg face mask to arrive in the mail.

If you already registered and do not want to participate in a Virtual Spirit, email for a refund.

Thanks for being a loyal Spirit of Gettysburg participant. This fundraiser is crucial to our operations and is not possible without your support and the support of our wonderful sponsors!

Past years’ results

Click here for 2019 Results

Click here for 2018 Results

Click here for 2017 Results

Click here for 2016 Results

Click here for 2015 Results

Click here for 2014 Overall Results

Click here for 2014 Results by Age Group

Click here for 2013 results.

2012 results by age group

2012 results sorted by time

2011 Race Results
2010 Race Results

2009 5K results

Private Swim Lessons

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Private Lessons

*UPDATE* Private Lessons will resume as normal starting in July! Please contact our Aquatics Director, Mark Mellon, at to schedule a lesson in advance.

One on one 30 minute swim lesson with an American Red Cross swim instructor. Our instructors are trained to work with people of different capabilities and all ages.

When you or your child take private swim lessons, you can focus on the skills most important to you at a convenient time set to meet your schedule. Great for beginners and experienced swimmers trying to hone their skills. Instruction will be given during open swim times.



Rec Pass Member: $24 /per lesson

Basic Member: $36 /per lesson

Non-Member: $46 /per lesson

 Please contact our Aquatics Director, Mark Mellon, via email at, or call (717-334-9171 ext. 129) with any questions or to schedule a private lesson.

Ages 6-12 Swim Lessons

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Get kids ready for the beach, lake or pool!

American Red Cross Swim Lessons

Help your child learn to swim at an early age. Participants learn about water safety and basic skills to get them swimming independently.  Your child has the opportunity to advance through three swim levels developed for their age group by the American Red Cross.

Children will learn water safety and swimming skills. These classes prepare kids to have independent fun in the water while giving parents peace of mind. Not only do these classes help prepare kids for upcoming water activities such as family trips to the beach, but also leave them with life-long swimming skills.

Participants must bring their own towel, and bathing suit. We also encourage everyone to wear water shoes, or sandals to prevent slipping in the locker rooms or on the pool deck.

Class Placement

Utilize this tool to place your child in the correct swim class.

Level 1:
Does not know how to swim or float independently.

Level 2:
Can float for 10 seconds on their front and back without any assistance.

Level 3:
Can float, glide, kick, and use arms for forward motion independently.

Swim Lesson Details


Tuesday & Thursday Classes (6 classes):
Rec Pass Member $44, Basic Member $56, Non Member $66

Saturday Classes (3 classes):
Rec Pass Member $22, Basic Member $28, Non Member $33

Summer Registration opens May 15th!

Register online by Clicking Here

Class Sessions & Times

Tuesday & Thursday Lessons

*UPDATE* Swimming Lessons will resume as normal starting in July!

Session 7B July 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 & 23
Level 1: 5 – 5:30 p.m.
Level 2: 5:30 – 6 p.m.
Level 3: 6 – 6:30 p.m.

Session 8B August 4, 6, 11, 13, 18 & 20
Level 1: 5 – 5:30 p.m.
Level 2: 5:30 – 6 p.m.
Level 3: 6 – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday Lessons

*UPDATE* Swimming Lessons will resume as normal starting in July!

Session 7C July 11, 18 & 25
Level 1: 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Level 2: 11:30 – 12 p.m.
Level 3: 12 – 12:30 p.m.

Session 8C August 8, 15 & 22
Level 1: 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Level 2: 11:30 – 12 p.m.
Level 3: 12 – 12:30 p.m.

Summer Sharks Swim Team

Summer Sharks Swim Team 2020

COVID-19 Updates

For the latest updates, or if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Head Coach, Megan Maslowski, via email at

In the Summer of 2015 the team was the CASL Swim League Champions!
The team has now been bumped up to a higher division:
Division AA

All participants are to bring a towel, bathing suit, goggles and water shoes to prevent slipping on the floors.  For swimmers who have long hair or long bangs you are encouraged to wear either a swim cap or tie your hair back out of your face, so you can breathe while you swim.

Welcome aboard!

The goals of the Sharks are sportsmanship, teamwork, fellowship, and fun!

Practices begin May 4th, 2020

Head Coach: Megan Maslowski
Assistant Coaches: Kelly Brainard, Mark Mellon, and Chris Gebhart


Swimmer must be able to swim 25 meters (full length of the pool) front crawl/free style and backstroke, without stopping. If the swimmer knows how to swim breastroke, butterfly, perform dives and turns off the wall, the coaches would like to see those skills as well. None of these skills have to be perfect, but the swimmer must show forward motion. If the swimmer does not know how to dive, swim breastroke, butterfly, or do a flip turn at the wall, they can still make the team. The coaches will ultimately determine if the swimmer can join the team. New swimmer try-outs are free of charge and done by appointment only. To schedule an appointment please email, Coach Megan, at Try-out will take approximately 20 minutes

Two Week Trial (Optional)

After your child passes the try-out, your child has the option to find out what swim practice is like before committing to the team for the season. Your child will practice with the team during their regular practice time. There is a small fee for this option. After the two week trial period ends, you can either choose to not continue, or you can sign your child up for the entirety of the season.

Fee: $25

Levels of Swimming Description

Sharks Level 1

Ages 6 – 8, and any new swimmer between the ages of 9 – 11. Participants with some or no competitive swim experience. This level focuses on stroke training and techniques, and basic endurance. Recommended 2+ times/week.

Sharks Level 2

Ages 9 – 12, and any new swimmer between the ages of 13 – 15. Focus is 50% on stroke technique, and 50% endurance training. Recommended 2-3+ times/week.

Sharks Level 3

Ages 13 – 18. Focus is on advanced techniques and endurance. Recommended 3+ times/week.

Sharks Level 4

Ages 13 – 18, for swimmers who wish to compete at a very high level. Focus is speed, endurance and technique. Recommended 4+ times/week.

Fee Structure

Level 1 Rec Pass $181 Basic $231 Non-Member $241
Level 2 Rec Pass $231 Basic  $301 Non-Member $311
Level 3 Rec Pass $261 Basic $311 Non-Member $321

Register & Pay Online by Clicking Here

Or, you can choose to pay monthly through use of an EFT.  If you choose to pay via EFT, then you must come to the YWCA Front Desk, in person, and fill out an EFT form.

Practice Days & Times

Level 1: Monday – Thursday, 5:45 – 6:30 p.m.
Level 2: Monday – Thursday, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. & Friday 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Level 3: Monday – Thursday, 6:30 – 8 p.m. & Friday 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Level 4: Monday – Thursday,  6 p.m. – 8 p.m. & Friday 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

**USA Swimming for the 2020 season has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak

USA Swimmers begin practice April 13th, 2020

Monday – Thursday, 6 – 8 p.m. & Friday 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

USA Swimming

USA Swimming is considered to be an add-on to Sharks Swim Team.

Participants will be emailed a practice schedule closer to the starting date.

USA Swimming is for swimmers who want more competition. Swimmers must be recommended by their coach to be part of this group or have already been in this group. This group will attend USA (approximately 1-2 during Summer, and 3+ in Fall/Winter) meets and league meets. There is an extra $78 USA membership fee to be paid directly to USA Swimming. Please contact Coach Megan via email at with any questions about USA Swimming

Level 2/USA: Extra practice time and attend USA meets in addition to league meets.
Level 3/USA: Extra practice time and attend USA meets in addition to league meets.
Level 4/USA: Highest level of practice and time commitment to the sport.

Fee Structure

Level 2/USA: Rec Pass  $251 Basic $301 Non-Member $311
Level 3/USA: Rec Pass $281 Basic $331 Non-Member $341
Level 4/USA: Rec Pass $296 Basic $346 Non-Member $356

Register & Pay Online by Clicking Here

Or, you can choose to pay monthly through use of an EFT.  If you choose to pay via EFT, then you must come to the YWCA Front Desk, in person, and fill out an EFT form.

We encourage all families to pay in full for summer swim team when you register. If families would like to do monthly payments then you must do an electronic funds transfer for that option.  All swimmers must have either a basic membership or a rec pass membership for the entire summer season to be on the swim team.

*Fall/Winter Swimming Season 20-21 begins in October 2020*

Meet Schedule: Division AA
TBD, Saturday mornings beginning early June, and continuing through July

The Sharks continue to perform well both as a team, and individually.

The goals of the Sharks are sportsmanship, teamwork, fellowship, and fun!

All swimmers must participate in team meets and parents must provide clearances to help run our swim meets.

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The team has now been bumped up to a higher division: Division AA