YMCA of Greater Erie

“The Rebich Investments Downtown Showdown” 3 -on-3 Outdoor Basketball Tournament

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Held annually, this tournament is for all – boys, girls, men and women grades 1 and up with 12 different divisions.  Click here for more information.

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Active Older Adult Fitness

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A variety of programs designed specifically for the older adult. Includes cardio-respiratory fitness walking with exercise. Increase strength, flexibility, balance and joint mobility. See the Front Desk for current schedule.

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Adult Co-Ed 6s Competitive Volleyball

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An exciting and competitive league that will give your team a challenge. The league consists of eight or 12 weeks of play plus playoffs. All teams make playoffs and the championship team gets t-shirts. Fall, Winter & Spring Sessions. Cost: $270/team for fall session(12 weeks); $180/team for winter & spring sessions (8 weeks).

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Adult Co-Ed 6s Rec Volleyball

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An exciting league for adults looking to enjoy some time with their friends in a non-competitive environment. Great for players looking to learn the game of volleyball or “polish” up their skills. The league consists of eight or 12 weeks of play plus playoffs. All teams make playoffs and the championship team gets t-shirts. Fall, Winter & Spring Sessions. Cost: $270/team for fall session (12 weeks); $180/team for winter & spring sessions (8 weeks).

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Adult Racquetball League

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Dust off those racquets because we are bringing back one of our most popular leagues!  Our new racquetball league will consist of 8 Round-Robin Games and the player with the most  points at the end of 8 weeks will win the league.

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Birthday Parties

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What better place to have a birthday party for kids than the YMCA? We’ve got birthday party fun down to an art and our facility is a giant playground for kids eager to run, climb and play (and eat cake, of course!)

Party times are up to 2.5 hours and can include a variety of combinations from reserved swimming and gym time to planned youth activities/games and, if at our Camp – 70 acres of outdoor recreation including hiking, fishing and canoeing. A party room for cake and gifts is also available. Costs begin at $90 for Y members and community member rates are available. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required. Inquire at the Membership Desk for more information.

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Community Collections

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The Eastside Family collects goods monthly for local non-profits including the Second Harvest Food Bank, Wesleyville Food Pantry, military, City Mission, local schools and Mercy Center for Women.  We also collect items during the holidays for local families identified by neighboring nonprofits.

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CPR/AED And First Aid Certification Classes

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The American Safety and Health Institute CPR/AED and first aid certification classes are available to individuals who have never been certified or whose certification has expired. Classes offered throughout the year.

Click here for the 2016 schedule and registration information.

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Deep Water Competency Test

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Drowning is the second-leading cause of injury-related death for children ages 1-14 years old. In addition to drownings, five times as many children are victims of near-drowning incidents.

The YMCA of Greater Erie is committed to aquatic safety! All youth ages 17 and under will require a deep water competency test and an identification wristband before entering the deep end of the small pool or large pool. The test will only need to be completed once as a record will be kept on file but a wristband will need to be obtained from the membership or service desk and worn every time you visit.

Please be sure to stop by the membership desk prior to entering the pool area to get your wrist band.

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Financial Assistance

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If you are unable to pay the full cost of Y membership or programs, you may apply for partial assistance based on your financial situation. Income based membership rates are also available. Funds for financial assistance are raised by the volunteers of the Y’s We Build People campaign and come from generous individuals and businesses in the community. More >>

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Group Fitness Classes

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There is something for every “body” at the Y. From cardio to resistance training to mind/body classes are available to meet every interest and level: Water Fitness (summer only), Yoga, Pilates, Strength & Tone Classes, Kick Boxing, Step, Low Impact, Silver Sneakers & Silver & Fit, Zumba, Bosu and more.

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Healthy Rewards Program

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The Downtown Y Healthy Rewards Program allows members to earn points that are redeemable for prizes… All just for exercising!  The Healthy Rewards Program is FREE to members.  Click Here For More Information.  Click Here for the Prize List

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Insanity

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Are you up for the challenge? Prepare to see insane results with Max Interval Training. This class will keep your body working at maximum capacity throughout the entire workout of athletic and plyometric drills mixed with intervals of strength, power, resistance & core training. You will keep pushing your limits – so your body has to adapt. It’s time to dig deep! Class led by instructor and exercise modifications provided for all fitness levels.

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JUMPSTART Wellness Program

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JUMPSTART is a new approach to wellness that involves specialized classes, personal training sessions and lots of support!

12 Weeks of JUMPSTART includes:

  • 3 Specialized Classes Each Week
  • 1 Personal Training Session Each Week (That’s a $300 Value)

Program Begins with Initial Health Assessments the Week of May 23rd.
Members:  $100  Non Members:  $200

JUMPSTART

For More Information, Contact Monica Olesnanik at 877-3716 or molesnanik@ymcaerie.org

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Lake Erie Swim Challenge

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Start 2017 off by Conquering Mother Nature’s Lap Pool.

Sign up for The Downtown Y’s Indoor Lake Erie Swim Challenge.

It’s easy:

  • Register at The Front Desk by December 28th, 2016
  • Swim 24.3 Miles between January 2nd and April 15th
  • Receive victory t-shirt and bragging rights

$20 for Members

For more information, please contact Jeanne Moss at 452-3261 Ext 274 or mmoss@ymcaerie.org.

 

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LesMills Classes

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With a LESMILLS™ workout you’re not just exercising, you’re joining something bigger than yourself. You’ll gain the energy of the group effect as one of our certified instructors guides you through a motivating workout set to chart-topping music. You’ll fall in love with fitness and change your life.  Classes offered at the Downtown Y and UPMC Hamot include BODYSTEP™  BODYPUMP™,  BODYCOMBAT ™ and CXWORX™.

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Lifeguard Course

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This certification course is designed to give participants basic skills and knowledge to be a lifeguard in the pool, lake, river, surf and waterparks. This comprehensive course offers up-to-date information on how to guard, anticipate and prevent problems and take action to help those in danger. Participants must be 16 years old before the completion of the course.  A prerequisite swim is required.  Register Online>>

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Little Free Library

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In partnership with Gannon University, free books are placed in outdoor library boxes. You may take a book and bring a book. Program is free. Our box is located outside of the main entrance on West 10th Street. Enjoy!

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Master Swim Team

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Come and swim coached workouts with other adult swimmers. This Adult Masters Swim Team will be coached by one of our aquatics staff who is qualified and experienced in swimming. Each workout will be new and challenging. Each class we will work on various skills including: Stroke Technique, Endurance, Speed, and Strength. You must be 18 or older to participate.

The team will compete in The Allegheny Mountain YMCA/YWCA Masters Swimming Association.  Meets are held once or twice a month beginning in September and ending in April with a Championship meet.

This is a US Masters Swimming program so there is a nominal $10 yearly membership fee for
Y members and $90 yearly membership fee for non-members.  As a member of the team you can attend any or all of the meets. There is a $7.00 meet fee for the meet(s) you wish to attend. You must compete in 3 regular season meets to be eligible to attend the Championship Meet.

For more information contact Jeanne Moss at the Downtown YMCA at 452-3261 (Ext. 274)

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Maximize Your Membership Wellness Coaching

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MEMBER ONLY benefit offered FREE with your Y membership. One size does not fit all! Individualized fitness training is just one component of this holistic program. We include spirit, mind and body components in the program and it is designed for the beginner exerciser. Our team of Wellness Coaches are all certified as YMCA of the USA Personal Training Instructors.

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P.L.A.Y. Youth Basketball League

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This 8 week + playoffs youth basketball league is for boys and girls grades 1-6. This competitive league will be focused on developing basketball fundamentals while allowing the kids to experience healthy competition in a safe and fun environment. All games will be at the YMCA of Greater Erie Downtown Branch and will have an assigned referee and scorekeeper. The league fee is $45.00/student. All participants will receive a t-shirt. Next league begins in January 2017.

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Parent/Child Swim Lessons

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These classes are participant centered and use problem solving and guided discovery teaching approach. Each program is divided into five components: personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, water sports, games and rescue. This class promotes water enrichment and aquatic readiness activities for children from six months up to three years of age. Classes held with their parents or other trusted adults.   Y members: $15/ non-members starting at $50.  Classes held throughout the year at the Downtown, Eastside Family and Glenwood Park Ys.  Classes held outdoors in summer at YMCA Camp Sherwin.

Click here for YMCA Swim Lesson Enrollment Guide by swimming ability.

Register Online>>

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Preschool Swim Lessons

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These classes are participant centered and use problem solving and guided discovery teaching approach. Each program is divided into five components: personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, water sports, games and rescue. Swim lessons build a good foundation of basic aquatic skills to develop a lifelong appreciation for aquatic activities. Developmentally appropriate activities to ensure the student’s safety, enhance the student’s enjoyment and provide consistent progressive success for the child. Ages 3 to 6 years. Cost: Y members $15; non-members starting at $50.  Classes held throughout the year at the Downtown, Eastside Family and Glenwood Park Ys.  Classes held outdoors during the summer at YMCA Camp Sherwin.

Click here for YMCA Swimming Lesson Enrollment Guide by swimming ability.

 

Register Online>>

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Shower Pass Program

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In partnership with the Upper Room, the Downtown Y offers the homeless a hot shower between the hours of 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.

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Silver & Fit Fitness Program

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The Erie Y is a participating fitness facility in the Silver & Fit Fitness Program – a program designed to help older adults achieve better health through regular exercise and health education.  Silver & Fit provides eligible members with no-cost or low cost fitness memberships through arrangements with certain health plans. Learn more at www.SilverandFit.com.  Programs are offered year-round at the County, Downtown, Eastside Family and Glenwood Park Ys.  Programs offered in the spring and summer at Camp Sherwin.

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SilverSneaker Fitness Program

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Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills.  Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a ball are offered for resistance and a chair is used for seated and /or standing support.   Your SilverSneakers membership is offered to you at little or no cost through your health plan.  Learn more at www.silversneakers.com.  Schedules available at Front Desk.

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SilverSneakers Classic

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Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a SilverSneakers ball are offered for resistance. A chair is available if needed for seated or standing support.

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Swimming Lessons

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These swim classes are participant centered and use problem solving and guided discovery teaching approach. Each swim program is divided into five components: personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, water sports, games and rescue. Swim lessons build a good foundation of basic aquatic skills to develop a lifelong appreciation for aquatic activities. Developmentally appropriate activities to ensure the student’s safety, enhance the student’s enjoyment and provide consistent progressive success for the child. We offer Parent/Child for children as young as 6 months and progressive lessons for children age 3 -12 years.

Click here for a YMCA Swim Lesson Enrollment Guide based on swimming ability

Register Online>>

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Teen Center

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Teens are offered a safe place to socialize, provided a wide selection of teen fitness and healthy living programs and supported by Y staff with homework help and self-esteem building activities. Our program is open until 8:30 p.m. and includes a healthy evening meal. Ages 12-18 years.   Visit our Teen Center page.

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Teen Swim Lessons

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These classes are participant centered and use problem solving and guided discovery teaching approach. Each program is divided into five components: personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, water sports, games and rescue. Offered for the beginner through advanced levels using YMCA of USA’s five basic components of swim lessons.  Ages 13-15 years.
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Triathalon Training Program

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JUST TRI IT is a 12 week training program to inspire people to get healthy and fit. This program is open to all levels (novice to advanced) and provides participants the opportunity to train for a triathlon in a fun, challenging and non-intimidating environment.

Program Includes:  Training Schedule, Saturday Training Class (7am-8am) and monthly seminars on nutrition, injury prevention and triathlon fundamentals.

Next JUST TRI It Program – Jan 2017; Registration Fees & Dates TBA.

For more information, please contact Monica Olesnanik at 877-3716 or molesnanik@ymcaerie.org

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Volunteer Information

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Volunteers are the strength of our organization.  They make it possible to offer the wide range of quality services and programs that we do.  Their contributions impact all aspects of the Y. Volunteers assist us in the following areas:  aquatics, wellness, fund development, office, special events, committees, youth sports and board leadership. If you are interested in volunteering for the Y, please contact your branch Executive Director. More >>

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We Build People

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At the Y, strengthening community is our cause.  We are in this community to give everyone an opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.  At the Y, no child, family or adult is turned away.  We Build People is our annual fund drive which directly raises funds for children, teens, adults ad families to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to benefit from Y membership and programs.

As the nation’s leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, we use your gift to make a meaningful, enduring impact.  Your contribution is invested in people.  When you give to the Y, you help move people forward.

The YMCA of Greater Erie is a 501 c 3 charity and is one of the largest philanthropic organizations in Erie County dedicated to helping children and families live healthier, more productive lives in spirit, mind and body. More >>

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Weight Watchers

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Connect with a great support network by participating in Weight Watchers® at the Y! Our Weight Watchers® group is an opportunity to “buddy-up” with others, gather resources about nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. You can lean on your trained Meeting leader, who has been in your shoes.

Members who attend a minimum of 11 meetings earns a free month of YMCA membership (one awarded annually per household).

Cost is $156 for 12 weeks.  Pre-payment is required at time of registration and can be made in full or in three equal installments.  Program includes group meeting and 14 weeks of free Essential etools and 24/7 chat.  Program fees are established by Weight Watchers®.

Join at any time.  A minimum of 15 participants are required by Weight Watchers®.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions

 

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Wellness Center & Program Orientation

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Included in your Y membership is a one-on-one appointment with Y staff. Y staff will demonstrate proper use of the cardiovascular and strength-training equipment, orientate you to the free weight room and/or group exercise classes. Contact the Membership Desk to schedule your orientation.

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YMCA Aquatic Safety Assistance (YASA)

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This certification course is designed to prepare participants with the skills and knowledge needed to recognize aquatic risks and assist a lifeguard in the emergency response of an accident or injury. Minimum age: 14 years and must be able to swim 100 yards and tread water 2 minutes, legs only.

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YMCA Swim Lesson Instructor Course

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This is the introductory course given to YMCA instructors teaching Parent/Child, Preschool, and Youth and Adult classes.  This certification course gives new instructors the basics for teaching swim lessons that are student centered, value oriented, safe and effective. Participants must be 16 years old at the time of registration.  100% attendance is required on all dates.  Cost: Free to YMCA employees, $75/Y members, $150/Non-Member.  Prerequisites: Current certifications in CPR Pro, First Aid and Oxygen Administration, ability to demonstrate proficiency in Minnow level swimming skills.

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ZUMBA ®

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Everybody and every body! Each Zumba® class is designed to bring people together to sweat it on. We take the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party.

Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check.

A total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class.

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