AQUATICS

Aquatics Director: Benjamin Bricker

email: aquadir_jvymca@comcast.net

phone:717-248-5019

pool schedule 

 

POOL RULES

· SHOWER BEFORE ENTERING POOL AREA.

· Please Walk.

· Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a  parent or adult (18 years of age) at all times in the pool area.

· Children under 5 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult (18 years of age) in the water at all times.

· Do not hang, climb or swim through the railings.

· Diving will not be permitted unless under the instruction of a YMCA program.

· Inflatable floatation devices are prohibited.

· No cut off shorts. Bathing suits & swim trunks are best.

· No profanity.

· No horseplay / splashing.

· Swimpants only – no diapers.

· No snorkels or masks – goggles only.

· Food and drink are not allowed in the pool area.

· Lanes are for lap swimming only – Please do not block the lanes - share when  able

· Please be RESPONSIBLE with all YMCA equipment.

· Always be courteous of one another.

· RESPECT the Lifeguard.

 

 

Safe swimming and having fun. That’s what it’s all about at the Y.

“I can swim the whole way across the pool!” Hearing those excited words coming from a beaming child is about as rewarding as it gets. Every day, children learn the basics of swimming at the Y or enhance their skills with our progressive lessons that turn beginners into experts, polliwogs into sharks. While developing new skills, our kids are having fun, being healthy, learning safety, making new friends and building confidence! Make sure that your kids get plenty of personal attention, we provide a low instructor-to-student ratio: 1:4 preschool and 1:5 school age. And with our wide selection of classes, you’ll be able to find one that fits your child’s needs and schedule.

You can learn to swim! Using the nationally recognized Y Progressive swim program, our certified guards and instructors ensure that everyone, regardless of age or ability, learn skills appropriate for their abilities in a safe, fun environment. Choose from Preschool and School Age lessons designed to grow their confidence in the water no matter their skill level. And remember our TOTS (Parent & Child) Swim Lessons introduce infants and toddlers to the water while teaching parents how to guide and supervise them, have fun, build trust and confidence.

 

 

 

Bring your kids to the Y for swim lessons and watch them learn life lessons, too.

 

LESSON DESCRIPTIONS:

 

TOTS (Parent & Child) Swim Lessons 6-36 months – under 3 years of age

Get ready to swim with your baby or toddler! This water enrichment program is designed to help your child feel comfortable in the water at an early age. The child becomes acclimated to the sights and sounds of the pool and is introduced to kicking, blowing bubbles, floating, and general water movement through the use of games and toys. You, the parent, are the teacher—with hints and ideas from the Y instructor, who will guide you through a positive experience. Children should wear swim diapers under their swim suit and must be accompanied in the water by an adult.

 

PRESCHOOL Swim Lessons 3-5 years

This group lesson, without parents, is designed to teach water safety and respect for the water. The physical skills they learn will help them develop an awareness of their own bodies, acquire a feeling of independence, gain a sense of success and increase their self-esteem. Personal progress reports are provided at the end of each session. Level progression skills are listed as follows:

  • PIKE – Beginner swimmers who are not comfortable in the water – children will complete the following skills: bubbles nose/mouth, submerging head, front/back float and push off wall independently and paddling, use of float pack.

  • EEL – Intermediate swimmers - children will complete the following skills: retrieving objects from under the water, learning to get elbows out of water and backstroke arms, use of float pack.

  • RAY – Advance swimmers - children will complete the following skills: retrieving objects from under the water, treading water, backstroke, freestyle and side breathing, limited use of float pack.

  • STARFISH – Advanced level swimmers - children will complete the following skills: touch bottom of pool off of ramp area, treading water, freestyle with side breathing and backstroke, no use of float pack.

 

SCHOOL AGE Swim Lessons 6-12 years

This is a six-level program designed so that each levels builds upon the proceeding once. Personal progress reports are provided at the end of each session.

  • POLLIWOG – Beginner swimmers who are not comfortable in water - children will complete the following skills: bubbles nose/mouth, submerging head, front/back float, push of wall independently, swim length of pool, high elbows and backstroke arms, use of float pack.

  • GUPPY – Intermediate swimmers who are comfortable in water - children will complete the following skills: retrieve objects from under the water, treading water, backstroke, freestyle and intro to side breathing, sitting dive skills, limited use of float pack.

  • MINNOW – Advanced swimmers - children will complete the following skills: touch bottom of deep end of pool, tread water, freestyle with side breathing, backstroke, kneeling dive and standing dive, no float pack.

  • FISH – Advanced swimmers and successfully perform freestyle with side breathing, backstroke & elementary backstroke continuously and standing dive

  • FLYING FISH – SHARK – Advance swimmers able to complete all of the above and beginning to explore breast stroke and butterfly strokes, merging into competitive swimmers.

 

ONE-ON-ONE Swim Lesson Instruction

Scores of individuals have benefited from private swim lessons with qualified instructors. If you want to learn to swim, enhance swim strokes, improve endurance or meet other personal goals, then one-on-one swim lessons are for you! Our certified instructors are familiar with the need to adjust with certain disabilities. Have you had past negative experiences in the water? We can help you overcome your fears. Lessons may include practice, technique builders, discussions, observations and use of a variety of equipment such as kickboards, pull buoys, gloves, etc. Lessons are scheduled for 45 minutes. 30 minute lessons are an option for children under 12, if recommended by you or the instructor. Although one-on-one is offered to everyone, we would suggest that participants be at least 2½ years of age.

Want to save money? Semi-private lessons are available at a reduced rate per swimmer. Best for siblings or friends, semi-private participants must be close in ability or neither swimmer will be able to fully benefit from the lesson.

 

Have fun and stay in shape with YMCA water fitness classes

 

Water Fitness is for everyone. Water is great for those recovering from an injury or for those just getting started in fitness for a healthy lifestyle. Water can be used in addition to your land based exercise routine for cross training to allow for increased range of motion, flexibility, and reduced soreness. Classes can be adjusted to everyone’s individual fitness level.

WATER EXERCISE HEALTHY BENEFITS:

There are many benefits to using different types of water fitness as a means of exercise in a healthy lifestyle. You can use water fitness in the following ways:

1. Improve cardiovascular strength

2. Build endurance

3. Enhance flexibility and joint mobility

4. Increase muscle tone

5. Expand cross training skills

6. Develop friendships

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

All water fitness classes must have sufficient participation each time for the Y to continue to offer the class.

 

JACKIE’S CLASS

Basic water exercise class, mainly in shallow water. No swimming ability is required. Designed to work your sore joints, improve your flexibility and improve your range of motion in a relaxed environment and easy going pace. Good class for people that want to relieve some soreness, or people that want a low impact workout. NEW participants may try a (1) class for free. New participants may join at any time. Water Pass Required.

This class runs year round.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

8:15 - 9:15 AM

 

SPLISH SPLASH

Strictly shallow water only to help improve agility, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. No swimming ability is required. Class uses a kickboard to develop strength, balance and coordination. New participants may join at any time. FREE for all YMCA Members – SilverSneakers – All others will need to purchase a day pass.

This class runs year round.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

11:15 - NOON

 

AQUA ZUMBA

Integrating the Zumba formula and philosophy…with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, Aqua Zumba blends it all together into a safe, challenging, water-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief. All Participants are suggested to wear Water Shoes & Bring bottled water to every class!!!! Once the first sessions begin, unless the class is sold out, participants may try a (1) class for free. Water Pass Required or pay by the class. 

Class runs September through May.

Tuesday, Thursday

9 - 10 AM

 

AOA POOL TIME

Three times a week, pool time is designated for those over 55 years of age. Join in on water volleyball, volunteer led class exercise or socialize in the deep end. Lap lanes are not available during this time. New participants may join at anytime. No prior registration is required. FREE for YMCA members--SilverSneakers--All others will need to purchase a day pass. Pool time runs year round.

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

1:15 - 3 PM

 

Be an American Rred Cross Lifeguard

Red Cross Lifeguarding

Designed to certify participants in lifeguarding, CPR for the Pro Rescuer, AED and First Aid / Emergency Oxygen. Approxiametly 25 hours long, the course consists of both classroom and skilled course work. Water Park and Waterfront Skills are not included in this course. Students who need these skills will need to talk to the instructor on the requirements for these completions.

Instructor: Benjamin Bricker

At the YMCA

Cost: M$160  NM$240

Must be 15 years of age

What to Bring: Bathing Suit (1 piece for girls), towel, pencil or pen

LIFEGUARD FACT SHEET

Contact Benjamin in Aquatics for more information - 248.5019 or aquadir_jvymca@comcast.net