Programs & activities

There is lots happening at the pools during the season, from exercise classes to community events.  Keep up to date by following us on Facebook

Swimming lessons

We’re excited to have confirmed VICSWIM Summer Kidz Programming will return to all of our pools this Summer!

Learn more, enquire and book your child into this Victorian Government subsidised 5 day intensive swimming and water safety program directly on the  VICSWIM website

We look forward to seeing your child learn more essential lifesaving skills through this program at our pools this Summer

Aqua exercise classes

Water exercise classes are a great low impact activity to keep you healthy and fit. Classes are run by qualified instructors and provide a safe and gentle environment for exercise.

No matter what age or ability you are, we can provide a comprehensive workout that leaves you feeling great. We also provide floatation devices, music and qualified instructors to take you through the routines.

Our program timetable is as below across Castlemaine, Maldon and Newstead Swimming Pools

  • Castlemaine – Monday’s at 6pm
  • Maldon – Tuesday & Thursday’s at 6pm
  • Newstead – Wednesday at 6pm

Infant Aqua Play

Our infant aqua play program is an unstructured time at each facility designed to facilitate parent/infant water familiarisation activity in a relaxed and social environment providing great outcomes for both parent and child.

Nominated program times are available at all facilities as below:

  • Castlemaine Pool – Monday at 2.00pm
  • Harcourt Pool – Tuesday at 4.30pm
  • Maldon Pool – Thursday at 4.30pm
  • Newstead Pool – Wednesday at 2.00pm

Birthday parties

We welcome all users from our community to enjoy each of our aquatic facilities.

If your child thinks a party at the pool would be the best way to spend their day we welcome you to bring yourselves, your child and all of their family and friends down during our regular operating hours to enjoy your day.

Standard pool entry fees apply and we welcome you bringing in all party food, supplies and drinks that your child will enjoy. Speak to our staff and we’re happy to help keep your cake and other supplies in a fridge or freezer through the afternoon.

Should you have a special request for your event we’re also happy to discuss the opportunity for this to be accommodated. You can contact us regarding this at

School & group bookings

From swim carnivals to aquatic education and survival skills, we can tailor an aquatic program for your school or community group.

In a practical environment they will develop physical skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of aquatic situations. Programs can be tailored to suit the age group.

So whether you’re looking for a fun excursion or end of year event for your students, a venue for your swimming carnival, or an integrated component of your PE program, we are here to help.

And remember, we’re committed to everyone having the opportunity to participate. So if you have a student in financial hardship, YMCA can provide subsidised access to the program.

Pool Bookings are available at all pools – email us at or on your local pools email address today to enquire about your booking needs

Lap swimming

Slow, medium or fast, we’ve got a lane for you!

It’s not only a great way to escape the heat but swimming a few laps in a pool can translate into a total body workout! A swim workout adds minimal impact or stress to your joints – in fact it encourages joint mobility! The aerobic benefits are also great for your heart as it can really boost cardiovascular endurance and help increase your lung capacity. Not only that, the resistance through the water is a great way to tone up those muscles.

There is usually a minimum of one lanes available, plus space for unstructured activity. This may vary when we’re hosting a carnival, so please the check lap lane availability or call us if you’re unsure.

Please note lap lane availability is programmed at Maldon Swimming Pool as below to accommodate the whole community within the limited pool space available

  • Monday / Wednesday / Friday evenings 6pm – 7pm

Lap swimming is available at all pools.