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Ages: 13 – 17 years old
Quick Links: American Red Cross Certifications, Aquatic Programming, Sports & Movement, Youth & Government, Healthy Living

**The “Register Online” button only works during scheduled registration weeks unless otherwise noted. **Program schedules and fees are subject to change.


Runs January 6 – February 23, 2019
Member Registration: December 8, 2018 – January 3, 2019
Non-Member Registration: December 15, 2018 – January 3, 2019

View the Upcoming Events page for details about all Special Events.


Please contact Michelle Gonzalez, Aquatics Coordinator, at mgonzalez@bcfymca.org or Karen Guise, Senior Program Director, at kguise@bcfymca.org with any American Red Cross Certification questions.

A schedule of all upcoming American Red Cross Certifications is available on our Upcoming Events page.


11-15 years old. Participants will learn the necessary skills needed to care for infants through school-age children. The course will focus on injury prevention, basic child care, decision making, creative play, interviewing, and problem solving. Each student will receive a Babysitter’s Training Handbook. Participants must attend the entire training and upon successful completion, will receive a printable certificate that they can share with potential employers. Participants should bring a packed lunch.

Upcoming Class: March 9, 2019

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15+ years old. Upon successful completion of the course, participant will be certified in American Red Cross CPR/AED and/or First Aid. All certifications last for 2 years. Employee discount available – see supervisor for details.

Upcoming Class: January 26, 2019

Lifeguard Certification

15+ years old. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive their certification in Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. Course consists of 3-5 mandatory classes. PLEASE NOTE: ATTENDANCE FOR EVERY CLASS IS MANDATORY. Please bring a bathing suit, towel, and goggles.

Registration Information: After registering for the course through the Y, participant must schedule and pass pre-test (must be successfully completed prior to the last day of registration). To schedule the pre-test, email Michelle Gonzalez, Aquatics Coordinator, at mgonzalez@bcfymca.org.

Pre-test skills include: Swim 300 yards • Tread water for 2 minutes • Swim 15 yds, dive down to retrieve a 10 lb. brick & swim back to the wall in 1 min, 40 sec. The pre-test must be successfully completed for participant to attend the course; the course fee will draft automatically on the first day of the class.

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Wilderness & Remote First Aid

14+ years old. Designed for scouts and scout leaders, outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who works or spends time in remote environments, this course teaches advanced skills to be used in emergencies when help from professional first responders may be far away. Based on the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines, this course aligns with OSHA’s Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Training Programs.

Prerequisite: Must have current CPR/AED Certification prior to start of course.

Upcoming Class: None scheduled at this time

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Questions? Please contact Michelle Gonzalez, Aquatics Coordinator, at mgonzalez@bcfymca.org or 724.452.9122 x218 or
Karen Guise, Senior Program Director, at kguise@bcfymca.org or 724.452.9122 x230


Swim Lesson FAQs

Achievement Tracker (printable)

Private Swim Lessons
seven 30-minute lessons: Member $147  |  Non-Member $220

Private Swim Lesson Q & A

Private Swim Lesson Application (Electronic)

Private Swim Lesson Application (Printable)

We heard you… The Aquatics Center is proud to announce the implementation of a private swim lesson program. This program is for ages 3 and up.

Benefits of a private swim instructor include:

  •     Ability to focus better working one-on-one
  •     Individual guidance to perfect your stroke technique
  •     Convenience of scheduling with your own instructor.

An application is required before registration. Please find the application at the Member Service Desk or the link above and return to the Aquatics Coordinator. After application is received you will be contacted by the Aquatic Department.

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Questions? Please contact Ashley Vranick, Youth & Family Director, at avranick@bcfymca.org or 724.452.9122 x217




Open to 4 years and older. Tang Soo Do is a traditional Korean Martial Art that teaches the values of integrity, concentration, self-control and perseverance while emphasizing skills in practical self-defense. Registration is required monthly, available the 15th through the end of the month.

Youth Beginner: 7-13 years old. For new or existing students with white, orange or green belts.

Youth Advanced: 7-13 years old. For existing students with brown, red, blue or black belts.

Teen & Adult: 14+ years old. Beginner through advanced black belt.

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+Monthly registration required; available 15th-30th/31st


Youth will have a positive experience regardless of skill level! This program focuses on the basics of volleyball in addition to strategies to improve one’s overall game.

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FamilyYouth and Government

7th-12th grade students, as of Fall 2018-2019 school year.
This program is a national YMCA program that brings youth together to learn about politics, government and debating skills. Participants will work together to create mock acts/bills for the state of Pennsylvania and critique them in weekly meetings. Participants can run for Student Senate positions, House of Representatives positions, Student Governor and more. The program begins in September and culminates in April with a weekend trip to the Capitol Building in Harrisburg, where the participants will present their bills to other delegates and vote on which ones will pass or fail. There are also press and judicial aspects of this program that participants can be involved with.

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Questions? Contact Karen Guise, Senior Program Director at kguise@bcfymca.org or 724-452-9122 x230

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Questions? Please contact Kathy Hensler, Healthy Living Director at khensler@bcfymca.org.

  • 14+ years old can attend group exercise & cycle classes.
  • 12-13 years old may attend Land & Cycle Group Exercise classes with a parent*.
  • *Youth must not be a distraction to the adult class.
  • Please view Adult/Active Older Adult/New To Exercise Program Guide for all class details & description, available on the Class/Program Information page.



11-15 years old. This small group training program will focus on Flexibility, Strength, and Total Body Conditioning. Technique, form, and function will be a big part of this small group training.

Winter I: Once a week for 7 weeks; January 6 – February 23, 2019
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6-17 years old. Younger ages may be approved through Joella; 724-321-4265

Class Times (Schedule emailed each week and posted to Team Snap):

  • Monday through Friday: Practices are 3:15PM-6:00PM. Youth should be prepared to swim, bike and run each day at practice. Items needed for each practice: goggles, swim cap, towel, swim suit, running shoes and running clothes; cycling shoes and cycling clothes are optional.
  • Saturday: Races or training time announced each week, if scheduled. Will be held outdoors as long as possible.
  • Sunday: Will be announced each week. Bike and run workouts will be outside, weather permitting; practices may be moved indoors in the event of inclement weather.

Youth participants will receive:
Weekly group training sessions, bicycle handling skills training, swim stroke development, running development skills, discounts for Get Fit Families races, swim evaluation, and small group swim, bike and run sessions (when available).

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Contact Information:

Joella Baker, USAT Triathlon Coach: Joella@zoominternet.net | 724-321-4265
Kathy Hensler, Healthy Living Director: khensler@bcfymca.org | 724-452-9122 x226
Karen Guise, Senior Program Director: kguise@bcfymca.org | 724-452-9122 x230


60 minute bike session and 40 minute run session. Each week will be a different workout. Athletes will learn the importance of a brick workout, how different workouts make you stronger and faster and better prepared for your next triathlon. Saturday and Sunday outdoor bricks while the weather permits. Do your first or 50th triathlon with us.

Fall II: (8 weeks; Oct. 31—Dec. 19, 2018): Wednesdays, 6:05PM-7:45PM


7-15 years old. Young athletes will be able to improve their explosiveness, acceleration, quick first step, reaction time and core strength throughout this training. It doesn’t matter what sport you play. If you are looking

Winter I: Once a week for 7 weeks; January 6 – February 23, 2019
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Wellness Center Youth Orientation

Wellness Center Youth Orientation is required for youth members between 11-15 years old prior to using the Wellness Center. Please inquire at the Wellness Center Desk for equipment age restrictions and to schedule an appointment.

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