Aquatics Programs


Lifeguarding puts you in an exciting position, working as part of a team to help people safely enjoy the water. First class is a water test. Must be at least 15 years old by the last day of the course and successfully complete the skills pre-test:

Recertification Lifeguarding Class

Must be a current certified American Red Cross lifeguard. Upon completion the participant receives recertification in Lifeguarding First Aid/CPR/AED valid for 2 years. Prerequisites include: A current American Red Lifeguarding card First Aid/CPR/AED. Must be 15 years old on or before the last day of class

Water Safety Instructor (WSI)

During our swim instructor certification training course, you’ll learn how to help individuals enjoy their time in the water safely – and in a wide range of ways. Throughout the course we’ll focus on many key areas that can help you succeed as aquatics instructor, 

Pool Operator Class

This course prepares the student to take and pass the State of Maryland Health Department Examination to become a certified swimming pool operator. Upon completion of the course and passing a required examination with a grade of 75 percent or better, the student’s records will be submitted to receive certification as a public pool/spa operator. Fee includes text, which is written by the course provider Aquatic Training Services. You must be at least 16 years old to register for this course.

Scuba Diving

Year round Scuba classes offered for ages 10 and up in our large pool. Contact Blue Marble Divers at 301.714.4673 for information, registration and student materials.


People with a physical or mental disability may come and play with others, or receive help with swimming lessons. The Y has 4 steps to get in and out of the pool, and a pool lift. Handicap dressing room also available.

Classes included with your Membership

ABC Aqua-Bands

ABC Aqua-Bands is an ideal multi-purpose aquatic band. A huge variety of moves and motions can be performed to help improve strength and flexibility. Perfect resistance tool for water-based fitness and physical therapy. Aqua-band loop comes in three levels of resistance: light, medium and extreme.


A medium to high impact shallow water class. Promotes joint flexibility, range of motion and agility while building cardiovascular endurance and muscle strength.

Aqua Yoga

This class is held in the small pool. Students flow through and hold a variety of yoga poses, synchronizing breath to movement. The warm water relaxes the muscles while the water supports balance.  This class is designed to assist students in increasing flexibility, improving balance, building strength and calming the mind. Class concludes with a brief free float for relaxation.

Aqua Zumba

Pulsating Latin rhythms will have you shaking your shoulders and hips. You will burn calories using big movements in the water. Jump, kick, splash, wave your arms and most of all, SMILE! All AEA guidelines are strictly followed in Aqua Zumba workouts. Steps will be demonstrated. Proper body alignment, foot placement, and core stability are a must to prevent injury. Required: water shoes and your own water bottle.

Hydro Fit

Exercise that Feels Good Watch us turn the pool into a fitness center. We have buoyancy and resistance cuffs, wave webs and hand buoys. Use our equipment and our guidance and your workout farther than you ever imagined possible! Improve your aerobic conditioning, muscular strength, endurance flexibility and abdominal toning. This equipment enhances buoyancy and increases resistance for water aerobics.

Splash Workout

A basic level water exercise class. By using the natural resistance of water and buoyancy, the exercise works towards improving flexibility, muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance. Discover what your body can do in the water! Co-ed classes, swimmers and non-swimmers welcome.

Arthritis Swim Program

The Arthritis swim class meets more needs than just people with arthritis. People with knee and hip replacements are encouraged to come and join us as soon as all the stitches are healed. The warm water relaxes the muscles and lets your new joint work easier.

People recovering from strokes and heart attacks are also encouraged to join us. The slow movements are easy to handle and fun to do. This is more a joint movement class than an exercise class. All classes are free to members, we run eleven classes a week so everybody can find several times a week that suits them.
Structured exercise program in the warm water under the supervision of a qualified instructor. Objectives – increased flexibility of body joints and greater comfort for arthritis suffers. No swimming ability necessary. Easy access steps and a pool lift are available. Handicapped parking in front of “Y” and a side entrance ramp available.