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The Lock Haven Area YMCA offers a wide range of swimming lessons, classes, and aquatics programs for all ages.  Membership at the YMCA includes use of the pool during open swimming and lap swimming times at no additional cost.  


Y Swim Lesson curriculum is based on a continuum that focuses on a skill-based progression that builds confidence and supports swimming skills. There are three phases within the continuum, beginning with Swim Starters (children 6-36 months), then Swim Basics (children ages 3-12 years) and Swim Strokes (school-ages children 5-12 years). Each phase is broken into specific stages that are designed specifically for that age group on a cognitive and social ability.

Program enhancements include:ease at time of registration, improved curriculum focusing on skills-based instruction with an emphasis on personal safety, tools and resources to support families at home.

Small instructor-to-student ratios

Swim Starters (6-36 months) 1:4
Swim Basics (3-12 years) 1:4
Swim Strokes (5-12 years) 1:6

2019 Swim Lesson Program Guide

Winter/Spring Registration Form

Session Dates: 

Winter Session 1:
Saturday, Januaryr 26th - March 2nd
Weekday, February 12th - February 28th
Spring Session 1: NO Class Saturday, April 20
Weekday, March 19th - April 4th
Saturday, March 23rd - May 4th
Spring Session 2:
Weekday, April 16th - May 2nd
Weekday, May 21st - June 6th

Saturday class meets once a week for 6 weeks

Weekday classes meet twice a week for 3 weeks on Tuesday and Thursday

Registration Fees:
Swim Staters: Stage A & B Members: $40/Non-members: $55
Swim Basics & Strokes: Stage 1-5 Members: $48/Non-members: $72
Registration Opens:  
Winter Session 1:  Member, January 2nd/Non-member, January 9th
Spring Session 1: Member, February 26th/Non-member, March 5th
Spring Session 2: Member, March 26th/Non-member, April 2nd


SWIM STATERS:  Parent/Child Classes *30 Minute Classes


Stage A introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.

Saturday's 9-9:30 AM


In Stage B, parents work with their children to learn fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

Saturday's 9:35-10:05 AM

Weekday's 6:10 PM - 6:40 PM

SWIM BASICS: Preschool & Youth *30 Mintute Classes


Sudents develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit the pool.


Sudents focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water.


Students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance. Rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action are introduced.     

Preschool Times:

Saturday's 10:10-10:40 AM

Weekday's 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Youth Times:

Saturday's 10:45-11:15 AM

Weekday's 5:35 PM - 6:05 PM

SWIM STROKES: Youth * 40 Minute Classes


Students develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water.


Students are introduced to breaststroke, butterfly, and sidestroke.


Students focus on stroke technique on all major competitive strokes.

Youth Times:

Saturday's 11:20 AM - Noon

Weekday's 6:10 PM - 6:50 PM

Swim Lesson Selector Guide

*Adult lessons are availble upon request.

PRIVATE LESSONS may be scheduled by contacting Aquatics Director, Mandy Darby, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Winter Swim Team

Open to all youth 5-18 years of age who are able to swim one length of the pool (25  yards) with a recognizable swimming stroke.  Our program is designed to teach the fundamentals and advanced levels of competitive swimming.  We strive to develop a sense of team spirit, sportsmanship, fair play, and fitness habits that will last a lifetime.

The Lock Haven YMCA Loggerhead Swim Team program has 3 swim levels: Box Turtle, Snapping Turtle, and Ninja Turtle.  

Box Turtles: Beginner swimmers and those newest to swimming who need more teaching and instruction. Swimmers at the Box Turtle level can swim a length of the pool, BUT need work with:

  • Rotary Breathing
  • Breaststroke and Butterfly
  •  Diving
  •  Turning 
  •  Stroke Technique in ALL strokes

These swimmers will focus on technique (60-80%) rather than training and endurance (20-40%)

Snapping Turtles: Snapping turtle is an ‘INTERMEDIATES’ swimmer. They know ALL the strokes-or most of them-BUT need constant refinement. The emphasis will be on technique, training, and endurance. Snapping Turtle should:

  • Be able to perform rotary breathing while swimming freestyle
  •  Legal Breaststroke and Butterfly, as well as back
  •  Be able to repeat distances of 100 yards or less

Practice will be 40-60% teaching and 40-60% training.

Ninja Turtles: The most ADVANCED swimmers. Swimmers are relatively adept at strokes and techniques, and will spend most of the practice time on endurance and strength training.

They should expect to:

  • Be able to repeat swims of varying lengths and speeds during practice
  • Start/Turn/Stroke mechanics are solid at the beginning of training.

Practice will incorporate drills during sets. Teaching will be 0-20%, Training 80-100%

Swimmer registration and information packet can be found on the last 5 pages of the parent/swimmer handbook. 

18-19 Swim Team CalendarSwim Team Calendar

Handbook: Parent/Swimmer Handbook

Swim Team Website:

Shop Team Suit and Gear

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Items purchased through our store "LHAY Loggerhead" will give 8-10% back to the program!

Summer Swim Team

The Lock Haven Area YMCA's summer swim team competes in the Greater Susquehanna Valley Swim Association League - GSVAL. The team is open to all youth swimmers 5-18 years old, members and nonmembers. Swimmers must be able to able to swim 25 yards unassisted. 


At the Y, we provide the opportunity to learn diving techniques, equipment, usage, as well as explore life underwater through our Scuba programs. The Lock Haven YMCA and Sunken Treasure SCUBA Center is offering scuba classes that will teach you the necessary skills to become an open water certified SCUBA diver. The course consists of six (6) classes at the Lock Haven Area YMCA Pool: an additional four (4) open water (non pool) training dives are required for certification. Must be able to swim, must be at least 12 years of age or  older (those under 18 must be  accompanied by a parent), class is limited to 8 students.


Lifeguard Certification Course is designed to give particpants the skills and knowledge needed to be lifeguards in pools and aquatic environments. This comprehensive course offers up-to-date information on how to guard, anticpate, and prevent problems and to take action to help those in need. Paraticpants must pass a swim test on the first day of class inorder to remain registered. 100% class attendance and particiaption! 15 years of age or older may become certified.

YMCA Member's  Non-member's
$180 $210



We offer a variety of classes to accommodate your fitness needs, from easing arthritis and fibromyalgia pain to full-body workouts. 

AquasizeM/W 7 p.m.

This high-intensity class combines a cardiovascular and muscle workout using water resistance to build strength and tone muscles. Participants will burn major calories with this challenging workout.

Twinges in the Hinges (traditional)M/T/Th 9 a.m.

If you  are looking for a gentle, low-impact workout or you suffer from arthritis pain, an injury, or soreness from fibromyalgia, this class is for you!  These pool workouts are developed to help you build cardiovascular and muscle endurance while stretching the muscles and working the joints. 

Twinges in the Hinges (dynamic)M/W/F 1 p.m.

This class applies the same principles as the traditional Twinges class but with a workout that changes in nearly every class.  The dynamic class is higher in intensity than the traditional class but will feel like a lower intensity water aerobics class.