YWCA York has a long tradition of aquatics excellence that teaches water safety and lifelong skills.
YWCA York improves the quality of life for people of all ages through physical fitness and health education. Our aquatics programs strengthen bodies, build self-esteem, increase confidence, and prepare people of all ages and backgrounds for a lifetime of enjoyment in and around water. YWCA York is a gender-inclusive association and is open to everyone.
U.S. parents see swimming as a key life skill for children, on par with first aid skills or being able to prepare a simple meal.
of U.S. parents have low confidence with water activities or bodies of water.
Make Your Workout Fun
Aquatic exercise is a low-impact activity that takes the pressure off your bones, joints, and muscles. Water also offers a natural resistance to help strengthen your muscles. You can even do aquatic exercise if you don’t know how to swim! YWCA York offers several group classes as well as family and lap swim times.
A total body workout with 20 minute segments of cardiovascular, strength, and stretch routines
High energy class with music. Cardio variety combined with exercise for overall muscle conditioning
Exercise in the deep water using floatation belts and water bells with no stress on the joints
Follows the Arthritis Foundation's guidelines. Gentle moves to improve flexibility, strength, and coordination.
Flow through Yoga, Pilates and Thai-Chi moves in a relaxing atmosphere using the resistance of water
Lap swimmers join a group workout to improve conditioning and stroke efficiency. Great for triathlon athletes.
Wet N Wild
Shallow water total body workout for adults of all abilities
Relax, build strength & increase flexibility with this virtual series, suitable for beginners or those with experience
YWCA York is a provider for the Healthways “Silver Sneakers” and “Forever Fit” programs and the American Specialty Health “Silver & Fit.” Contact us to learn more and inquire about eligibility.
Learning to swim is a life skill. From infants to adults, we offer both group, semi-private and private lessons in a safe, supportive environment for all ability levels with numerous approaches to meet everyone’s needs. We focus on each person as a developing individual, teaching them to not only appreciate the water, but to also become safe and develop competitive strokes, which will prepare them for swimming as a sport or for a lifetime of enjoyment.
Founded in 1972, our York Synchro Team has competed at the local, regional, and national levels. We have placed swimmers in the top eight in the Regional Age Group Championships and the Junior Olympics. Many of our swimmers have competed at the collegiate level and have placed nationally. Several swimmers have returned to our team and others across the nation to continue their love and dedication to the sport as coaches and judges.
The synchronized swimming season runs year-round, and practice is typically twice a week. Each October the York Synchro Team presents a water show for the community.
Want to become a certified Red Cross Lifeguard? YWCA York offers several lifeguard classes and refresher classes for current lifeguards throughout the year. Training includes certification in first aid and CPR for the professional rescuer.
At the age of 31, I enrolled in the beginner swim class at YWCA York to help conquer my fear of drowning.
I’m thankful that I had one of the best swim instructors to learn from. She was kind and patient, and taught in a way that was easy to understand. She encouraged me to try different techniques in the water, but did not force me to do anything I was uncomfortable with.
I recently traveled to Mexico and swam in a 5-mile underground river. I also swam with dolphins. I felt confident doing this and swimming in the ocean because of the YW.
I put in the effort, and I’m happy to say that I can now swim!