At the Y, we provide the opportunity to learn to Scuba or refresh your skills in the water through our Scuba programs. Our select Harrisburg Area YMCA branches offer scuba and snorkeling classes that allow you to choose your level and interest to maximize your time in the pool.
We provide over a handful of scuba and snorkeling programs that are not only informative and instructive, but also tons of fun! If you’ve always had a desire to be certified in Scuba Diving or learn how to snorkel, then try it at your local YMCA.
Find how what various programs we offer at our branches, below!
West Shore YMCA
If you’re not sure Scuba is for you, try one of the Discover Scuba sessions at the West Shore YMCA! Discover Scuba is a fun “try it before you buy it” option. During this course, you get to utilize all the scuba equipment and swim around a local pool to discover if scuba diving is right for you.
Various sessions are offered throughout the year, so contact our Aquatics Director, Rachel Beck, for more information and dates at Rachel.Beck@ymcaharrisburg.org.
East Shore YMCA
This course offers an introductory lesson on scuba diving. If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is for you. While not a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.
To sign up for a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, you must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to be in reasonable physical health. You will not need to have any equipment; we will provide all you need to take this first plunge! For information on 2017 session dates, please contact the East Shore YMCA at 717-232-9622.
Learn to snorkel the correct and easy way with the West Shore YMCA’s Discover Snorkeling class! Spend an hour or two in class and make your future snorkeling experiences so much more enjoyable. With a little instruction, it’s easier than you think.
This program is held every Tuesday night. Please contact the instructor Ron Willis to set up an appointment via phone at 717-443-1548.
Open Water Scuba
The Explore Under Water P.A.D.I. Open Water Scuba Course is for those who wish to pursue a Scuba Certification. Certification courses are taught by P.A.D.I. instructors from Harrisburg’s West Shore Scuba Center. This class is available at the East Shore YMCA.
Participant must be in good health, at least 12 years old, and able to swim 200 yards. Students must supply your own mask, fins, snorkel and booties. This is considered personal gear and can be obtained at the scuba shop. All additional equipment will be provided.
Textbooks cost are not included in the class cost and are obtained at the scuba shop. Open water dives and additional costs to the class are involved to become certified and vary depending on local quarry or Florida certification destination. For more information on this course, please contact the East Shore YMCA at 717-232-9622.
Has it been a while since you were Scuba Diving? We are now offering a Scuba Refresher course at the West Shore YMCA! Catch up on the art of scuba diving with this refresher instructional course so you can get back in the water!
This program is held every Tuesday night at the West Shore YMCA. Please contact the instructor, Ron Willis, to set up an appointment at 717-443-1548.