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

Fall Registration opens August 15th!

Register online by Clicking Here

Class Sessions & Times

Lessons are held at our indoor heated swimming pool.

Saturday Lessons (3 Classes)

Session 8E

August 8, 15 & 22

9 – 10 a.m.

Session 9C

September 12, 19 & 26

9 – 10 a.m.

Session 10C

October 10, 17 & 24

9 – 10 a.m.

Session 11C

November 7, 14 & 21

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

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.

Lesson Fees

 2 Lessons4 Lessons6 Lessons
Basic Member$75$150$210
Non Member$95$180$250

Scheduling Lessons

Please consider completing and attaching the participant information form below when requesting private lessons via email.

Participant Information Form

 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

Fall Registrations opens August 15th!

Register online by Clicking Here

Class Sessions & Times

Tuesday & Thursday Lessons (6 Classes)

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 (3 Classes)

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.

Session 9E September 12, 19 & 26
Level 1: 11 – 11:30 a.m.

Session 9F September 12, 19 & 26
Level 2: 11:30 – 12 p.m.

Session 9G September 12, 19 & 26
Level 3: 12 – 12:30 p.m.

Session 10E October 10, 17 & 24
Level 1: 11 – 11:30 a.m.

Session 10F October 10, 17 & 24
Level 2: 11:30 -12 p.m.

Session 10G October 10, 17 & 24
Level 3: 12 – 12:30 p.m.

Session 11E November 7, 14 & 21
Level 1: 11 – 11:30 a.m.

Session 11F November 7, 14 & 21
Level 2: 11:30 – 12 p.m.

Session 11G November 7, 14 & 21
Level 3: 12 – 12:30 p.m.