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Welcome the Aquatics Department at the Greater Pittston YMCA. Our focus is on water safety and enjoying your time in and around the water. Our Aquatic programming teaches kids and adults the proper ways to swim, exercise and play whether by yourself or enjoying the compnay of a group of people. Our Aquatic Center is equiped with a indoor heated pool with handicap accessability. We offer swim lessons, water aerobics and free swim all year around. Come dive in!

Aquatic Center Master Schedule

Please look at our 2016 FALL Programming Guide for all current Aquatic Programs.

The Aquatic Department is under the director of Susa Vosik-Pekala, Aquatic Director and can be reached at 570-655-2255 ext.106 or aquatics@greaterpittstonymca.org.

New, Improved Swim Lessons

  • Small instructor-to-student ratios
  • Classes feature more time in the water and time for instruction
  • Parent/Child classes feature a skill-based model for introductory to advanced levels
  • Achievement Log tracks a student's progress as swimming skills are mastered

Swim Lesson Levels

Bubble Babies--6 months through 36 months - with adult
The primary objective of Parent & Child classes is to get both the parent and child comfortable in the water. Under the guidance of an instructor the class will help prepare the child for the preschool level classes and have fun. The child will be exposed to games that use basic movements, such as kicking, arm strokes and breath control. Activities are based on the developmental abilities of the child.

2 1/2 and Up Swim Class--30 months - 3 years old
This program is for children who have successfully completed the Parent/Child Level II class (minimum age of 30 months required) or are pre-school age and have never been in a swim class. Parent must remain on the pool deck during the 30-minute instructional period of the class. The parent/guardian gets in the water and swims with child for last 15 minutes to reinforce skills covered by the instructor during class.

Preschool Instructional Swimming Classes (Age 3-5)
Preschool Swim Lessons offer children their first experience in the pool without parental assistance. Children are taught the basic stroke development, personal rescue skills and are introduced to water sports and games. Children move through progressive levels as they increase swimming distance, endurance and ability with each level.

This beginner level class helps children develop safe pool behavior, adjust to the water, and develop independent movement. Children will learn the basic paddle stroke and kicking with the use of floatation. They will also become comfortable holding their faces in the water while blowing bubbles and swimming.

This advanced beginner class is for children who are comfortable in the water. They are taught to kick, float, and perform a simple paddle stroke. Children can swim across the width of the pool without assistance by the end of this level.

Children begin to build endurance while improving their strokes and skills. They learn to swim on their front and back, tread water and perform diving skills. Children can swim the width of the pool on their front and back without assistance by the end of this level.

Children at this level refine their strokes while reviewing previously learned skills. They also learn underwater swimming skills. Children can swim a length of the pool on their front and back without assistance by the end of this level.

Youth Instructional Swimming Classes--(Age 6-14)
Youth Swim Lessons are for children ages 6 years and older. Children use repetition and practice to create a student-centered environment with well-trained instructors. This program comprises five main components: personal growth, personal safety, stroke development, water sports & games and rescue. Each skill level builds upon the preceding levels, covering all strokes, diving and safety fundamentals.

Beginning level for school-age children. Students are introduced to basic stroke development, personal safety skills, water sports and games in a friendly environment with peers.

This class is designed for students who have completed the Polliwog. Children will continue to improve their freestyle and backstrokes. They will be introduced to deep water swimming skills including personal safety in deep water, diving and treading water. Children will also learn rotary breathing, and will be introduced to breaststroke and butterfly.

The Minnow level is designed for students who have completed either the Guppy or Starfish level. This class will continue to introduce students to diving, treading water, increased distance for freestyle and backstroke, as well as deep water swimming skills. It will introduce lap-swimming techniques to students and will focus on stroke refinement and endurance.

Students continue to focus on lap swimming skills, stroke refinement and endurance. They will continue to learn about water sports and games, increase distance of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke, personal safety and basic rescue skills.

Flying Fish
Flying Fish students continue to perfect lap swimming techniques and focus on stroke refinement of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and increase distance of butterfly. They will continue learning basic rescue skills such as throwing assists and rescue breathing.


Youth Stroke Clinic
This clinic is designed for current swim team level swimmers. This clinic will focus on stroke development, starts, turns, and conditioning.

Adult Beginner/Intermediate
This class for adults who are comfortable in the water and who would like to work on stroke development and endurance. It is perfect for those who have limited swimming skills and who would like to improve their techniques.

**PLEASE NOTE: Enrollment Minimum Low enrollment classes may be subject to cancellation.
Refunds and Make-up Classes We do not offer refunds or make-up classes for missed lessons. Credit towards another aquatic program can be issued for illness only, and must be accompanied by a physician’s note.

Registration for any program opens to members of the Y three weeks prior to first date of a session; one week for the general public. Registration will close two days prior to frist date of a session.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Classes

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguard course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.

  • Minimum age 15 on or before the final scheduled class
  • Pass pre-course swim test:

1. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed, goggles permitted.
2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
3. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards, surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 pound object, return to surface and swim 20 yards with legs only and exit the water in 1 minute 40 seconds (goggles are not permitted).

  • 100% class attendance and participation
  • Pass both a water skills test and written exam

    NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $30 due at registration; balance due after pre-course test, which is held the first hour of the first class. Max participants of 10.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Renewal Class

This course is designed to re-certify a current American Red Cross Lifeguard. Candidates must have a current American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer card and a current American Red Cross Lifeguarding and First Aid card. A new adult/infant resuscitation mask will be provided, participants must download a new lifeguarding book from www.redcross.org, (click on to take a class, then lifeguarding then under materials will be the lifeguard manual in a downloadable format), review this prior to attending class. This class will renew your lifeguard, first aid and CPR/AED certifications.
NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $30 due at registration; balance due after pre-course test, which is held the first hour of the first class.

Water Safety Instructor Training Certification

If you are at least 16 years old and a proficient swimmer, you can become an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. This course will help you teach skills that may save a life, gain terrific work experience as an aquatics professional, earn money or join a volunteer team while you help people learn valuable skills. In addition you will learn organizational and presentation skills that will help you in any career and make a difference in people’s lives. Whether you want to splash around with kids and teach them to swim, help children and adults refine their strokes or teach diving safety techniques, you can do it as an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor

Minimum age of 16, Fundamentals of Instructor Training Course (Online Course, no additional fee), Demonstrate swimming skills consistent with the Stroke Performance Charts, Level 4, by swimming the following strokes:

• Front Crawl - 25 yards
• Back Crawl - 25 yards
• Breaststroke - 25 yards
• Elementary backstroke - 25 yards
• Sidestroke - 25 yards
• Butterfly - 15 yards
• Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling)
• Tread water for 1 minute

NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $30 due at registration; balance due after pre-course test, which is held the first hour of the first class. Max participants of 6.

America Red Cross Adult CPR/AED Certification Course

Would you know what to do in a cardiac, breathing or first aid emergency? The right answer could help you save a life. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, our First Aid/CPR/AED courses give you the skills to save a life. All course options align with OSHA’s Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Training Programs and are available in classroom and blended learning formats. Certification is issued upon successful completion. Free online refreshers are available with all course options. Course length: From 2 hours to 5 hours, depending on course option; 2 year certification.