Scuba and Snorkeling

scuba class

At the Y, we provide the opportunity to learn to Scuba or refresh your skills in the water through our programs. Our select Harrisburg Area YMCA branches offer classes that allow you to choose your level and interest to maximize your time in the pool. Scuba and snorkeling offer many health benefits, including:

  • Physical fitness
  • Flexibility and strength
  • Better breathing
  • Stress relief
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Reduce blood pressure

We provide over a handful of programs that are not only informative and helpful 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!

Discover Scuba Diving

West 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 your first plunge! Please contact Harrisburg’s West Shore SCUBA at 717-836-7699 to begin the registration process.

Session Times:
Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm – January 3, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 5, August 7, September 5, October 2, November 7, and December 4, 2018.

Contact our Aquatics Director, Rachel Beck, for more information at Rachel.Beck@ymcaharrisburg.org.

Fees:

  • Facility Members: $25
  • Program Members: $30
  • 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 your first plunge! For information on 2018 session dates, please contact the East Shore YMCA at 717-232-9622.

    Discover Snorkeling

    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 the first Tuesday night of each month in conjunction with the SCUBA refresher course at the West Shore YMCA. Please contact Harrisburg’s West Shore SCUBA at 717-836-7699 to begin the registration process.

    Session Times:
    Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm – January 3, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 5, August 7, September 5, October 2, November 7, and December 4, 2018.

    Fees:

  • Members: $25
  • Program Members: $30
  • Open Water Scuba

    Explore the underwater world by enrolling in a PADI Open Water Scuba Course. This course is for those who wish to pursue Scuba Certification. Certification courses are taught by PADI instructors from Harrisburg’s West Shore SCUBA center. This class is available at the East Shore and West Shore YMCA.

    Participant must be in good health, at least 10 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.

    E-learning costs, as well as open water check-out dives, are not included in the class registration fees. Open water dives and additional costs to the class vary depending on local quarry or Florida certification destination. For more information on this course and to begin the registration process, please contact Harrisburg’s West Shore SCUBA at 717-836-7699.

    West Shore YMCA Session Times:
    Saturdays/Sundays from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm – January 13/14, March 24/25, April 14/15, May 12/13, June 16/17, August 18/19, September 15/16, October 13/14, November 17/18, and December 15/16, 2018.

    East Shore YMCA Session Times:
    Saturdays/Sundays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm – May 26/27, July 7/8, September 29/30, and December 1/2, 2018.

    Fees:

  • Members: $175
  • Program Members: $195
  • Scuba Refresher

    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 the first Tuesday night of each month at the West Shore YMCA. Please contact Harrisburg’s West Shore SCUBA at 717-836-7699 to begin the registration process.

    Session Times:
    Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm – January 3, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 5, August 7, September 5, October 2, November 7, and December 4, 2018.

    Fees:

  • Members: $25
  • Program Members: $30
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