Adult Swim Instruction

Ages 18+

This class is designed for beginner through advanced swimmers. Focus on proper stroke technique and endurance.


Competitive Stroke Clinics

Ages 12 - 18

Throughout the year York YMCA Swimming offers specialized clinics and mini-camps. These sessions are open to all competitive swimmers and focus on stroke development, starts, turns, and the mental aspects of improving performance.

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High School Prep Swimming

Instructional swim ages 13 - 17

This is an opportunity for high school swimmers to get in shape and work on improving their strokes. Practices are designed to focus on high school events with a large emphasis on stroke improvement as well as training sets.

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Homeschool Swim

Instructional swim ages 5 - 18

Introduces swimmers to the team sport of swimming. Levels of novice to expert, swimming in a healthy competitive environment with great coaching and instruction.

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Indoor Lap Swimming

The York YMCA’s Graham Aquatic Center is a state of the art 34,306 square foot natatorium that contains a 345,000 gallon indoor pool. The average pool temperature is kept at 79 degrees.


Kids Triathlon

A youth swim, bike, run event for kids ages 7 and older.  Hosted by the York YMCA Aquatic Club, this event encourages youth to try a new sport.  Free swim clinics are included in the registration.  Learn more


Masters Swim Team

Ages 18+

Open to adults 18+ looking for instructional competitive swimming. Training for a triathlon, used to be a swimmer and miss the coaching, want to get better at swimming workouts, ect. are just a few of the options for joining this group.

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Parent/Child Swim Classes

Instructional swim ages 6 months - 36 months

This program is designed to be a fun introduction to the water. Emphasis is placed on water acclimation and safety. This class prepares the child for swim lessons without a parent.

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Pre-Team Swimming

Instructional swim ages 5-18

This swim program is geared to prepare swimmers ages 5+ to be on a competitive swim team. Swimmers will get a taste of competitive swimming in a fun and low pressure atmosphere while focusing on the four competitive strokes. Participants must get evaluated before registering.


Private Swim Lessons

Instructional swim for any age

These one-on-one lessons offer individuals of any age the chance to learn to improve swimming skills in a private, respectful and safe atmosphere.  By Appointment

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Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Instructional swim for any age

These small group lessons offer individuals of any age the chance to learn to improve swimming skills in a private, respectful and safe atmosphere.  By Appointment Only

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Stroke Development

Instructional swim ages 5 - 12

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


Stroke Introduction

Instructional swim ages 6-12

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

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Stroke Mechanics

Instructional swim ages 6 - 12

This level refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. Students also work on building their endurance.


Teen Swim Instruction

Instructional Swim for ages 13 - 17

Geared for youth at a beginner level to advance their skills and feel confident in the water which will include breathing and stroke technique development.


Water Acclimation

Instructional swim ages 3 - 5

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 students future progress in swimming.

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Water Discovery

Instructor led for ages 6 month - 18 months

Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.


Water Exploration

Instructor led for ages 19 - 36 months

In stage B, the parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.


Water Movement

Instructional swim ages 3 - 5 and 6 - 12

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.


Water Stamina

Instructional swimming ages 3 - 5

In Stage 3, students learn how to swim 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.


YMCA Competitive Swim Team

Competitive swimming ages 5 - 18

The York YMCA’s Competitive Swim Team is open to youth of all levels & abilities. It is the perfect program for those who love to swim but have never competed on a team It is ideally for those who enjoy competitive swimming but enjoy a low pressure, relaxed atmosphere. It is especially beneficial for high school swimmers wishing to stay in shape during the off-season. Swimmers compete in local swim meets that give them friendly competition and teach them sportsmanship and teamwork. Practice is held at two locations, the Graham Aquatic Center, located at 543 N. Newberry Street in York, and the York YMCA Southern Branch, located at 100 Constitution Ave in Shrewsbury.

Time Varies by Location