We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity

to discover who they are and what they can achieve


Ages: 5 – 12 years old
Quick Links: Aquatics, Sports & Movement, 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 7 – February 24, 2018
Member Registration: December 2, 2017 – January 4, 2018
Non-Member Registration: December 9, 2017 – January 4, 2018

Runs February 25 – April 14, 2018
Member Registration: February 10-22, 2018
Non-Member Registration: February 17-22, 2018


  • Princess Ball (Father/Daughter Dance) – Fri., March 2, 2018

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

Preschool Program

Whether you are looking to get a head start on your child’s education, get them ready for Kindergarten, or supplement what they are learning in a current preschool or Kindergarten classroom, Y Kids Academy is the place to be!

In this class, your child will learn through play and a variety of educational experiences in line with the PA Standards. Your child will engage in self-guided and teacher guided exploration, both small group and large group lessons with a Christian emphasis.

The curriculum will focus on the development of pre-reading, literacy and language skills, math, science, fine and gross motor skills, music, art, and social skills.

Register your child to be a Y Kid for the 2017-2018 school year!


Preschool Class (for 3-4 yrs):
Must be 3 years old as of September 1, 2017 and potty trained.
Monday & Wednesday 9:00-11:00AM or Tuesday & Thursday 1:00-3:00PM

Pre-K/Kindergarten Enrichment (for 4½-6 yrs):
Must be 4 years old as of March 1, 2017 and potty trained.
Monday & Wednesday 1:00-3:00PM or Tuesday & Thursday 9:00-11:00AM


  • The 2017-2018 school year will be Tuesday, September 5, 2017 – Thursday, May 24, 2018.
  • Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year is open and requires a $50 non-refundable deposit, which will be applied to student’s first month’s tuition.
  • Tuition is $50 per month, automatically drafted the 1st of each month, October 2017 – May 2018.

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Contact Karen Guise, Senior Program Director: or 724.452.9122 x230


Please contact Michelle Gonzalez, Aquatics Coordinator, at with any additional Aquatics Programming questions.



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.

All Youth Swim Lessons run for 30 minutes.
Member $45 | Non-Member $90

Winter I:

SWIM BASICS: Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: 1.) Swim, float, swim— sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit. 2.) Jump, push, turn, grab


Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.


In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.


In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

SWIM STROKES: Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.


Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.


Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.


In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.


Scuba Diving

For ages 12 and older. Discover one of the world’s most exciting sports, your ticket to a lifetime of adventure! Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can scuba dive. Throughout the course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of diving, including dive equipment and techniques. PADI Open Water Diver is the “independent diver” scuba certification course. Upon completion, you will be able to engage in open water diving activities independently, within the limits of your training and experience, of course. You will be in the pool every session, so bring your swim suit and towel. All scuba equipment for the pool sessions, including mask and fins, will be provided. There may be an additional cost for study materials. Contact Downey Diving at 724-869-7989 or at with any questions.

Age and Program Prerequisites: Ages 12 and older. Youth ages 12-17 must have parental permission and be accompanied by a parent. Medical and waiver forms must be signed. Bring swim suit and towel. Participants must be able to swim 8 lengths of the pool, tread water for 10 minutes, be comfortable in deep water and be in good health. There may be an additional fee for books and instructional materials.

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Program schedules are available on the Gym & League Schedules page.

Questions? Contact Nik Cubbison, Program Director at

Classes/Programs offered Winter I:

Click here to register for our current sports programs available: Register Online

Private Sports Instruction
six 30-minute lessons: Member $120  |  Non-Member $180
Sports offered: Soccer (seasonal – weather permitting) & Lacrosse (seasonal – weather permitting)

Private Sports Instruction Application (electronic)

Coaches will work with each athlete to develop attainable goals. Lessons are taught by experienced sports staff with specialized knowledge.

Application must be completed and turned into to Nik Cubbison, Program Director ( Once the application has been received, parent/guardian will be contacted regarding availability.


Little/Mighty Dragon (4-6 year olds):  Member $50  |  Non-Member $95
Youth Beginner/Advanced (7-13 year olds):  Member $60  |  Non-Member $105

Open to ages 4 – Adult
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.

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Registration available monthly; 15th-30th/31st

Baseball/Softball Hitting Academy

Co-ed, 7-15 years old as of first class date. Refine your skills in our baseball hitting small group lessons. Lessons are taught by experienced sports staff with specialized baseball knowledge and experience.

Basketball Skill Academy

Co-ed, 7-15 years old as of first class date. Small group instruction designed to refine & develop individual’s basketball skills.

Youth Volleyball

Grades 4th–6th as current school year. Youth Volleyball is designed to help youth learn fundamental Volleyball skills while gaining a deeper understanding of the game. T-shirts and awards provided. Everyone plays, everyone wins! 10 week season.

YMCA Junior Penguins Hockey (typically run during Fall II)

Ages 6-12, as of the first date of the program. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Trib Total Media, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and the YMCA have teamed up to bring the game of ball hockey  to the youth of our region. YMCA Junior Penguins is a beginner to intermediate level floor hockey league open to girls and boys from six to twelve years old. Children will learn the basics of hockey while reinforcing the positive aspects of sportsmanship, teamwork, and the benefits of exercise. Players are responsible for mouth guard and shin guards (Soccer shin guards permitted).

Flag Flag Football (typically run during Fall I)

This league is designed to instruct the fundamental skills of football. All participants will receive a team jersey; all equipment will be provided by the YMCA. There will be one practice throughout the week for the first two weeks of the season.

Youth Basketball

This is a noncompetitive instructional league for boys and girls ages 5-12 years old focusing on skill exploration. Winning is down played and character development is highlighted! Game shirts and awards provided.

Youth Soccer

Ages 4-12, as of the first date of the program. This is an instructional league designed to develop the fundamental skills of soccer as youth play and learn in a non-threatening environment. Winning is down played while character development is highlighted. T-shirts and awards provided!

Speed & Agility Performance

Ages 7-15 yrs. 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 for that competitive edge, this program will provide it.  It is action packed with drills, including agility ladder, cone drills, core work and other speed/agility drills.

T-Ball/Coach Pitch Baseball

YMCA T-ball (ages 4-5 yrs old) / Coach Pitch Baseball (ages 6-7 yrs old) is designed to instruct the fundamental skills of baseball as youth play and learn in a non-threatening environment. Winning is down played while character development is highlighted. Glove required.

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Questions? Please contact Kathy Hensler, Healthy Living Director at


Classes/Programs Offered Winter I: 

Schedules are available on the Group Exercise Schedules page.

Ages 14+ yrs can attend group exercise & cycle classes. Ages 12-13 yrs may attend Land Group Exercise classes with a parent*. Ages 11-13 yrs may attend Group Cycle classes with a parent*. *Youth must not be a distraction to the adult class. Please view Adult Registration Information/Program Guide for all class details & descriptions.

Wellness Center Youth Orientation

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

Teen TRX

Ages 13-17 yrs. Youth can engage all of their muscles using the TRX Suspension Trainer.  Participants will gain flexibility, core strength, and balance, with this total body conditioning program designed for teenagers.

Youth/Teen Fitness

Ages 7-17 yrs. This class includes cycling, speed, agility, strength training, and flexibility into a program that offers variety, fun, and a noncompetitive environment.

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