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 and by checking out the activity calendar.

School & group bookings

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

We offer essential water safety and survival skills education to primary and secondary school students.

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 – call us on 5444 3360 to inquire and make a booking.

Swimming lessons

The learn to swim program at the pools is operated by VICSWIM.

VICSWIM has provided Victorians with fun and educational aquatic holiday programs since 1976. VICSWIM focuses on learn to swim and water safety skills, both in pools and open water venues across the state. VICSWIM now offers new locations to meet an increasing demand.

VICSWIM seeks to ensure that all Victorians have the opportunity to access water safety, survival and swimming programs for children, that maximise safety and attitudes ensuring confidence and the ability to enjoy aquatic environments.

The program is a low cost, 5 day intensive summer program teaching swimming and water safety to children from 4 years of age. Each program consists of 5 x 30 minute lessons starting at the same time each day throughout the week.

Parents are encouraged to enrol their children into 1, 2 or 3 programs across the 3 weeks on offer in January at Harcourt, Castlemaine, Maldon and Newstead pools.

To book go online at VICSWIM.

Birthday parties

Make your next party a real hit with the kids!

Birthday parties can be a lot of work, but a pool party with the YMCA is a breeze.

Let us organise the games, the party food and the clean-up.

Our trained party leaders will entertain the children with a variety of fun and exciting water games.

Party package includes:

  • Aquatic games
  • An ice-cream and drink
  • Our pools provide the perfect solution for your child’s birthday party.

Pool Parties are available at each pool and bookings can be made by calling 03 5444 3360

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.

Classes are run at the following pools:

  • Harcourt Pool on Thursdays
  • Maldon Pool on Tuesday and Thursday’s.

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.

Lap swimming is available at all pools.

Active Adults

Come down to your Mount Alexander Shire Pools at Castlemaine and Maldon to try an ‘Active Adults’ class. It is a low to moderate exercise class that combines strength and a cardiovascular workout. Suitable for older adults or those new to exercise. Castlemaine classes are Mondays at 3.00pm and Maldon at 4.30pm. Register for a class at the pool.


Now you can Pilates at the Pool! Pilates builds strength, flexibility and lean muscle tone with an emphasis on lengthening the body and aligning the spine.  Classes at available at Mount Alexander Shire Pools at Castlemaine and Maldon

Adrenaline HIT Classes

Kick start your fitness in 2019 at the outdoor pool at Castlemaine. It is an innovative and fun fitness program designed to improve strength and conditioning in a fun, focused and social environment with a small group. Each session is varied for maximum result and enjoyment. The activity calendar has class times. $15 per session register at the pool to avoid missing out!