Rye YMCA Blog

Summer Maintenance Schedule

We will be performing annual maintenance from August 17-September 7. During this time, various areas of the building will be closed for repairs, painting and cleaning. Please note: The Rye Y is open Sat., 9/1 and Sun. 9/2 but the parking lot is closed for maintenance both days. We are closed on Labor Day, Monday, 9/3.   Please click here to view. 

Fall 2018 Program Registration

Click here to view the Fall 2018 program guide.
Register now for fall programs. Classes started Sept. 8 but there is still limited availability in some classses.
Youth aquatics registration not available online. A swim evaluation is needed for most youth aquatics classes.


We’re Here for You (Member Story)

 A member shares his experience at the Rye Y

I’ve been a member of the Rye YMCA for about 10 years now; some of those years I “phoned it in” but recently I’ve been here 5-6 days a week.

Let me start by saying I don’t know which I hate more– exercise or vegetables. Currently they are neck in neck but I’m in the process of “peace talks” with both topics. Also, I have two hip replacements, arthritis, tight hamstrings and a bad attitude!

For the past two years I have been talking to Laura Laura about what classes I should take. At her suggestion I tried the TRX class. Before taking the class I was completely intimidated by it. I was convinced that I couldn’t do it. But I took the class and it was the first time in a decade that I did a squat – in fact 60 squads – it was my “OMG” moment. The class is great because it works on strength, flexibility, balance as well as being aerobic.

You could say that my “phoning it in” years have come to an end. Since I started my conversations with Laura, I began coming in regularly. I’ve also started the basic training classes and continue to try different classes to see what fits best.

I recently went to Spain for two weeks. The tour included lots of walking and hills and standing. Two years ago I would have been completely winded and sat out much of the tour.

I also took advantage of the Weight Watchers meetings that the “Y” offers and I’ve dropped thirty pounds over the past year. I’ve decided at 71 years of age to make a life style change.

The Rye YMCA is excellent because there are no other facilities that I’ve seen, including private clubs, that are as well maintained as this facility. The trainers and programs are really wonderful as well. I’ve had lots of conversations with Laura trying to figure out what works for me and what doesn’t and I’m really grateful that the Rye YMCA exists. —Bob Miranti, Member

Swim Open Evaluation Times – Fall 2018

No appointment necessary
Monday – Thursday: 3:20-3:45pm
Saturday: 11:20am-1:00pm

Questions? Please contact Vickie Tsakmakis.

Happy 70th Anniversary, Rye Y Summer Camp!

Playing kickball in the 1970s

In 1948, the first Polaroid camera went on sale. The World Health Organization was established. NASCAR held its first race for modified stock cars at Daytona Beach. And the Rye Y started a summer day camp that has given generations of children the opportunity to make friends, learn new skills and grow in confidence, all in a safe, fun environment.

Seventy years ago, there was no Brookside or Pa Cope Pool. (Pa Cope himself was very much alive and leading the Rye Y.) The first campers enjoyed swimming at Playland and kickball, softball and badminton outside the original old house, in a field where the parking lot now lies.

By the 1990s, the Y’s facility had grown, but still posed a challenge for camp staff, who took over the building during the summer months. During that time, Penny Cozza, the Y’s Membership Engagement Associate, led a group of three and four-year-old campers. She recalls the logistics of moving young children from one floor to another and one activity to another throughout the building before the major expansion of the early 2000s.

“We would meet downstairs for drop-off and greeting time. We proceeded to the pool for swim lessons and then moved outside for craft classes and snacks. If music was scheduled, we went to the upstairs lobby, where Ellen Watermelon entertained the children. Rainy days took us upstairs to the third floor for movie time and songs

Today, the Rye Y summer camp serves approximately 1,500 children a year, offering seven different camp programs for ages 3-16 at the Rye Y and Osborn Elementary School. Through our Y Cares Financial Assistance program, we make sure that every child who wants to attend camp is able to, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Rye Y awarded over $240,000 in financial assistance to 200 campers last year alone.

The world has changed a lot since 1948, and so has the Rye Y’s summer camp. However, our core values remain the same. As one Y Cares family told us “The Y camp’s emphasis on respect, caring, honesty, and responsibility challenges [our children] daily to grow into caring, honest and responsible people.”

We want to hear your Rye Y summer camp story!  If you’ve ever been a camper or a counselor at the Y’s day camp, send your reminiscences to Lisa Tidball at lisa@ryeymca.org.

1963 Day Campers


Summer Programs 2018

Click here to view summer program brochure.  June 23-August 18.
There is still limited availability in our summer programs.  Click here to register. Online registration is not available for youth aquatics classes. Click here for registration form.


Rye YMCA’s Annual Report

Click here to view our 2017 Impact Report

May is National Water Safety Month


 Teaching children how to swim and be safe around water is one of the most important life skills parents can help their children learn. It not only saves lives; it builds confidence. 

  • Research shows that participation in formal water safety and swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning among children 1 to 4 years of age.
  • Participation in swimming helps teach children at a young age to strive for physical achievement.
  • Water safety and swim lessons promote a lifelong enjoyment of swimming, encourages healthy living and the prevention of chronic diseases.
  • Learning to enjoy activities in and around the water nurtures social-emotional, cognitive and physical development.

 The Rye Y is committed to giving our surrounding communities the tools needed to be safe around water through various programs such as:

  • Safety Around Water : Free for non members and members
  • Swim Lesson Program for children and adults
  • Competitive and Non Competitive Swim Team
  • Water Safety Workshops in local community schools for grades Pre K-5  grade
  • Community Water Safety Workshops at various times through the year

In Safety Around Water, kids learn what to do if they find themselves in the water unexpectedly.

  • Children learn fundamental water safety skills that include the concepts of reach, throw, don’t go; what to look for in a safe place to swim.
  • Jump/Push/Turn/Grab teaches a child to push off the bottom of the pool as they are submerging to get back up to the surface while turning to grab the side of the pool.
  • Swim/Float/Swim teaches children to swim a short distance on their front, roll over onto their back to rest, and then roll on their front to continue swimming to safety.

Click here to view a video  about the Rye YMCA Safety Around Water program.

Join us for our upcoming Safety Around Water Workshop June 19-22.  Limited availability, register now!

Ages 3-5, 4:00-4:30pm:  Click here to register.

Ages 6-9, 4:20-5:00pm:  Click here to register

YMCA Swim Lessons

The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor” and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming.

  • The Y introduced the concept of group swim lessons more than 100 years ago (1909).
  • Each year, the Y teaches more than a million children invaluable water safety and swimming skills.
  • As one of the largest community-based organizations in the country, the Y owns or manages over 2,000 pools.
  • Thanks to its size and reach, the Y is in a unique position to help bridge the gap in the delivery of swim lessons and water safety education in the U.S.—especially in underserved communities.
  • In addition to water safety and swim lessons, the Y is a leader in competitive swim, and has been for more than 100 years when the first national YMCA swimming records were filed in 1907. 

Y Swim Lessons continue to evolve to better meet the needs of the people they serve.

  • The latest evolution of Y Swim Lessons accommodates students of varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers’ progress between levels.
  • Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace.
  • This results in more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime.

Through competitive aquatics programs, participants experience achievement, feel a sense of belonging and build supportive relationships. 

  • Swimming also motivates children to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem.
  • Swimming also teaches life lessons of sport and sportsmanship, so that children can learn how to work well with teammates and coaches and how to deal with winning and losing. 

The Rye Y will be hosting a Water Safety Workshop to give families the opportunity to learn more about being safe in and around the water as we approach the summer months! This 2 hour special workshop will be classroom and pool based to give children and their caregivers the opportunity to practice water safety together. Please make note that children must be accompanied by a caregiver to attend the event. This workshop is designed for parents, grandparents, babysitters, etc. that would like to learn more about how they can be safe around water.

Saturday, May 12 from 2:00-4:00pm

Pre-registration is required, spots are limited.  Click here to register.

The Rye Y is also committed to the safety of all of our patrons through various trainings for our Aquatics staff!

  • All lifeguards are certified in American Red Cross Lifeguard/CPR/First Aid
  • Various opportunities for training throughout the year
  • Required in service trainings