Safe Around Water Campaign

Our Annual Safe Around Water Campaign gives children an opportunity to learn new swimming skills & improve the skills they already know. These concentrated 1-week sessions will incorporate safety around the water skills so needed by all of the children in our community.

WHEN: June 10 –June 14 OR June 17-June 21 OR June 24-28, 2019

  • Monday through Friday
  • 5 Days—5 Lessons
  • We offer

Download registration form with times

Questions: Email or call Diana Dempsey 570-970-5051


Get fit with water fitness classes without going far from home. Come swim and exercise in the water at the Wilkes-Barre YMCA. Aquatic exercise is gentle on the joints and makes it a safer option for those suffering from joint problems. Our pool workouts can be tailored to fit your individual needs. You can even do your own pool workout as long as a lifeguard is on duty!


Here are just a few reasons why you should take your workouts to the pool.

Build Strength – With every stroke, you are pushing the weight of the water. It is the ultimate in resistance training.

Are Easy on the Joints – Swimming exercises are low to no impact, meaning that they involve very little joint strain. Swimming for fitness also carries a low risk of injury. Those who are old, overweight, pregnant or have mobility issues can move comfortably in a pool.

Help You Become More Flexible – Water exercises offer a full range of motion, which is important to maintain good balance and flexibility as we age. We offer a full range of water aerobics classes here in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Burn More Calories – Aquatic exercise torches more calories than you’d know. 

According to the MyFitnessPal calorie burn calculator, a 150-pound individual can expect to burn between 200 to 350 calories in 30 minutes of swimming, depending on intensity. Likewise, a 150-pound water jogger can burn 272 calories in 30 minutes, the exact same amount he or she could expect to burn while jogging a 12-minute mile pace on land.

Promote Heart Health – Swimming laps and other water exercises are cardiovascular activities that improve heart health. Get your heart pumping with our low impact pool workouts.

For more information contact:
Senior Aquatic Director
Diana Dempsey
570-823-2191 ext. 5051

Wilkes– Barre Family YMCA Egg Dip

Bring the whole family and enjoy an egg hunt in the pool, prizes, arts and crafts and light refreshments as we celebrate the Easter holiday.
WHEN: April 14th
TIME: 12:30p.m.-2:30p.m.
COST: YMCA Family Members – FREE
Member – $3.00 Per Family
Non Members: $5.00 per Family

How Do We Attend?

  • Registration will open beginning March 21st
  • Register online or in person at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA
  • Day of registration will be Extremely Limited.
  • Check in begins at 12p.m. in the Lobby.
  • Ages 3-5 will hunt at 12:30p.m./ Ages 6-8 will hunt at 12:45.m./Ages 9-12 will hunt at 1:00p.m.
  • Hunt times are subjected to change so please arrive by 12p.m.
  • For ages 3-5 a parent is required in the water, please bring your own floatation if needed-puddle jumper/ lifejacket)

Contact: Ashlee Rittenhouse, Youth Program Coordinator Phone: 570-970-5039
OR Diana Dempsey, Aquatics Director 570-970-5051

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