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Ages: 5 – 12 years old
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**The “Register Now” button is only available during scheduled registration weeks unless otherwise noted. **Program schedules and fees are subject to change


Runs: Feb. 19 – Apr. 8, 2017
Registration is closed.

Runs: Apr. 9 – June 3, 2017
Member Registration: Mar. 25 – Apr. 26, 2017
Non-Member Registration: Apr. 1-6, 2017


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 February 7 – August 15, 2017 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.


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

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

Private Swim Lesson Application – Fall/Winter/Spring

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 Director. 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

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.
Spring Session:
Mon.    5:05-5:35PM
Tues.   5:40-6:10PM
Wed.    4:30-5:00PM
Thurs.  4:30-5:00PM
Sat.      10:45-11:15AM


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.
Spring Session:
Mon.    5:40-6:10PM
Tues.   5:05-5:35PM
Wed.    5:05-5:35PM  |  6:15-6:45PM
Thurs.  5:40-6:10PM  |  6:15-6:45PM
Sat.     9:00-9:30AM  |  10:45-11:15AM


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.
Spring Session:
Mon.    5:40-6:10PM  |  6:15-6:45PM
Tues.   4:30-5:00PM  |  6:15-6:45PM
Wed.    5:40-6:10PM
Thurs.  5:05-5:35PM
Sat.     9:00-9:30AM

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.
Spring Session:
Mon.    4:30-5:00PM
Tues.   5:05-5:35PM
Thurs.  4:30-5:00PM
Sat.     9:35-10:05AM


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.
Spring Session:
Mon.    5:05-5:35PM
Tues.   6:15-6:45PM
Wed.    5:40-6:10PM
Thurs.  6:15-6:45PM
Sat.      9:35-10:05AM


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.
Spring Session:
Mon.    5:40-6:10PM
Wed.    4:30-5:00PM
Thurs.  5:40-6:10PM
Sat.      11:20-11:50AM


Aqua School (Not available during summer sessions)

This program is designed to be a fun and energetic P.E. class for home school/cyber school students. Our curriculum coincides with the Academic Standards Health Safety and Physical Education in the state of Pennsylvania. Prerequisite: Participant must be able to swim 25 yards.

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Sea Otters (Offered Fall Session I only)

(No minimum age to participate; level distinction will be based on evaluation.) This program will prepare children to transition from swim lessons to a competitive swim program. This class will be twice a week for 45 minutes with an instructor partially in the water to help tweak those techniques. Must be approved to join Sea Otters. Registration will only be available in-house.

Schneider Sea Turtles (Offered Fall Session I only)

(No minimum age to participate; level distinction will be based on evaluation.) This program emphasizes endurance, stroke perfection and learning fundamentals of a competitive swim program. 50% attendance is mandatory to sign up for next session. Youth must be evaluated prior to registration. Registration will only be available in-house.

Group Descriptions:

  • Bronze Group: ( Member $50 | Non-Member $100) 2 days a week for 1 hour, focusing on stroke development. Requirements: Freestyle – 25 yds., Backstroke – 25 yds., Breaststroke – 25 yds. and Butterfly – 25 yds.
    Meets: Tues. & Thurs.: 6:30PM-7:30PM for 7 weeks.
  • Silver Group: (Member $70 | Non-Member $120) 4 days a week for 1 hour, focusing on stroke refinement and swim team basics.
    Requirements: Freestyle – 50 yds., Backstroke – 50 yds., Breaststroke – 50 yds. and Butterfly – 50 yds. and must be able to dive.
    Meets: Mon., Tues., Wed. & Thurs.: 6:30PM-7:30PM for 7 weeks.
  • Gold Group: (Member $90 | Non-Member $140) 4 days a week for 1.5 hours, focusing on stroke refinement, physical improvements and swim team terminology.
    Requirements: Freestyle – 100 yds., Backstroke – 50 yds., Breaststroke – 50 yds. and Butterfly – 50 yds. and must be able to dive with flip turns and open turns.
    Meets: Mon., Tues., Wed. & Thurs.: 6:30PM-8:00PM for 7 weeks.

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? Please contact Brad Pontius, Program Director at

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

Private Volleyball Instruction
six 30-minute lessons: Member $120  |  Non-Member $180

Private Sports Instruction Application

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

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

Scheduling lessons: Initial lesson is scheduled by the Director and remaining lessons through the instructor.


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.

Little Dragons:     Mondays & Wednesdays: 4:10-4:40pm
Mighty Dragons:     Tuesdays & Thursdays: 4:10-4:40pm
Youth Beginner:     Tuesdays & Thursdays: 6:00-7:00pm | Saturdays 9:00-10:00am
Youth Advanced:     Tuesdays & Thursdays: 7:00-8:00pm | Saturdays 10:00-11:00am

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

Baseball Hitting Academy (offered select sessions throughout the year)

Co-ed, 7-15 years old as of first class date. Get ready for the season with our Hitting Academy! Refine your skills in our small group lessons. Taught by Nathan Statzer, Sports Director, who has many years of baseball coaching experience.

Day & Time: meets once per week for 45 minutes.

Basketball Skills Academy (offered select sessions throughout the year)

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


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Youth Volleyball (Winter II – Indoor)

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.Volunteer Coaches Needed!

YMCA Junior Penguins Hockey (Winter II – Indoor)

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).

Volunteer Coaches Needed! 

NFL Flag Flag Football (Fall – Outdoor)

Flag Member Primary WBG - ONLINE

Our YMCA has become a proud member of the NFL Flag Program! This league is designed to instruct the fundamental skills of football. All participants receive official NFL Flag team jersey, flag belt and access to online resources through *NEW* There will be one practice throughout the week for the first 2 weeks of the season;

Volunteer Coaches Needed! Coaches meeting will be held at a date and time to be determined.

T-Ball/Coach Pitch Baseball (Summer I – Outdoor)

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. Rain out days will be select Tuesdays. Glove required.

Volunteer Coaches are needed! A coaches meeting will be held
at a date and time to be determined.

Youth Basketball (Fall – Indoor)

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.

Volunteer Coaches Needed! A coaches meeting will be held at a date and time to be determined.

Youth Soccer (Winter I – Indoor)

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!

Volunteer Coaches Needed! A coaches meeting will be held at a date and time to be determined.

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Questions? Please contact Kathy Hensler, Healthy Living Director at

Schedules are available on the Group Exercise Schedules page.


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.

Get Fit Families: Youth Triathlon and Running Program

Ages 6-14 years old. This program is for youth who want to train to compete in events or want to have the fitness/skill level of someone who does. It includes weekly group training sessions, swimming evaluation/swim stroke development, bicycle handling skills training, bike fitting, shoe analysis, individual run analysis and GFF t-shirt.

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Youth Fitness

Ages 8-12 years old. This program is designed to help young kids develop strength, flexibility, balance, and core strength. One hour group workouts are designed to help you get in shape and have fun at the same time. Classes will include kids fitness boxing, cycling, and yoga for kids.


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