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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!

Please look at Aquatic Spring II Programming

American Red Cross Lifeguard Courses

American Red Cross Lifeguard Recertification

How to select a swim lesson?

Aquatics Master Schedule Through June 10, 2018.

The Aquatic Department is under the direction of Susan Vosik Pekala, Aquatic Director and can be reached at 570-655-2255 ext.106 or svpekala@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


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 $50 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 $50 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.