January Happenings


Registration for the next session of private swim lessons opens Monday, January 25th at 6:00AM. Due to popular demand we have added additional lessons on Wednesdays. Children over the age of 5, teens, and adults can receive individualized instruction with one of our trained, experienced instructors. Each individual participant is limited to 4 private lessons during the upcoming session (2/9 - 3/4). Click here for full details and registration options. Contact our Aquatics Director, Alyson, at amurphy@ithacaymca.com with any questions. 

Starting Wednesday, February 3rd from 5:30pm-6:30pm the Y will be offering a 6 week beginner archery course in our new indoor archery range. Build your skills with our USA Archery certified instructors for this exciting new program. In addition to formal instruction the program focuses on empathy, personal development, relationship building, goal setting, overcoming  obstacles, and responsibility. Class space will be limited to ensure compliance with all NY Forward safety standards. Ages 10 and up.  The cost is $48 per member. For more program information and registration click here.

We will also be offering family instruction (max of 4 participants, ages 10 and up) by appointment for $32 per 45 minute session. Appointments can be made be emailing ftowner@ithacaymca.com.


The current group fitness schedule will be extended through February. Registration for additional classes will open early next week. Stay tuned for potential new offerings in the weeks ahead. 

Check out our newest offering, Group Cycling with Liz, every Friday at 10:00AM. Classes will be held in the yoga studio. Classes are $3 for members and advance registration is required due to limited capacity determined by occupancy restrictions.

Circle Swim Pointers

The addition of "circle swim" to our 6:00AM lap swimming schedule is off to a great start and has expanded the opportunities for more folks to swim. Our lifeguards have developed some helpful tips to help make it a smooth experience for all swimmers. Don't be intimidated! It's easier than it sounds.

- Be aware of your proximity to other swimmers.

- When possible, communicate your intentions to pass.
- When passing another swimmer, keep your head in the water until you have successfully completed the pass. 
- When being passed, the slower swimmer should move closer to the lane line to create more physical distance.
- Do your best to match up with swimmers of a similar speed. Our guards can help you determine your best placement.
- Make sure the first swimmers on each side start at the same time. 
- Wait for the swimmer ahead of you to push off the wall and move past the backstroke flags before starting your swim.
- If you need to rest, move to the corner of your double lane to allow safe distancing and to prevent interruption to other swimmers.


We are actively working on plans for summer camp offerings for 2021. At this time we are creating programs that work within the restrictions that were in place during 2020 with the flexibility to adapt and evolve as updated guidance is released this spring. Stay tuned for updates on exciting new and revamped options for your children to have a safe and satisfying summer experience.
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