Safety is our number one priority at the YMCA. These age guidelines will help to ensure you and your family’s safety while having fun at the Y! Please review the dress code, and age, cardio & strength, and gymnasium guidelines below.

AGE GUIDELINES

POOL
  • Open Swim (BHSJ & NB) & Family Float (BHSJ only) – Open to all families, adults, & children. Those 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the water. All children under 42” tall from the shoulder to the floor must also be with an adult.
  • Lap Swim – Children 13 and over only.
  • Family Swim in the Therapy Pool (NB only) – Open to all families and adults. Anyone under the age of 18 must have an adult in the water with them in order to help keep the family environment.
GYMNASIUM
  • Children 7 and under need to be accompanied by an adult or sibling 13 and over (unless specified on schedule for adults, teens, youths).
CHILDWATCH
  • BHSJ: 6 weeks–8 years. During the school year, there will be a supervised area for kids up to age 13 to gather and work on homework, read, etc.
  • NB: 6 weeks–12 years
ACTION ZONE
  • BHSJ: 8–13 years
  • Summer only
CARDIO EQUIPMENT
  • Youth ages 10 and under are not allowed to use cardio machines and must be accompanied by an adult within arm’s reach when using the track.
  • Youth ages 11-13 must complete orientation to use cardio machines and the track without an adult.
STRENGTH EQUIPMENT
  • Youth ages 13-15 must have strength equipment orientation with a trainer and be supervised by a trainer or parent to use free weights and strength machines.
GROUP EXERCISE
  • No children under 13 allowed in fitness classes.
  • Family/Youth Classes – Children 4 and under need to be accompanied by an adult or sibling 13 and over. Children 5 and over who are able to follow instructions and be attentive in class can attend the class alone.

DRESS CODE

  • Closed toe athletic shoes are required.
  • Chest, sports bra, and midriff should be covered.
  • Buttocks should be covered at all times.
  • Due to health risks, plastic clothing is prohibited.
  • Clothing with offensive language or pictures is prohibited.
  • The YMCA reserves the right to define inappropriate dress when necessary.

STRENGTH & CARDIO GUIDELINES

  • Avoid dropping weights. If you can’t control the put-down, decrease your lifting weight.
  • Return all equipment to its original location for the convenience of others.
  • Wipe off the equipment after each use with provided supplies.
  • Do not spit in the drinking fountain.
  • Limit your time to 30 minutes on cardio equipment when it is busy.
  • When people are waiting, please allow them to work in between your sets.
  • All phone calls should be taken in the hallway or lobby.
  • Use headphones when playing music on your electronic device.
  • Only water and sports drinks are allowed in non-breakable bottles with caps.
  • Report any equipment in need of repair to YMCA staff.
  • Chalk and powder are not allowed to help maintain a clean facility.
  • Non-YMCA personal trainers and athletic coaches are prohibited.
  • All video recordings must be approved and supervised by YMCA staff.
  • The Y is family-friendly—please use respectful language and behavior.

GYMNASIUM GUIDELINES

  • No food is allowed in the gymnasium.
  • Only water and sports drinks are allowed in non-breakable bottles with caps.
  • Sportsman-like conduct is an expectation.
  • The Y is family-friendly—please use respectful language and behavior.
  • Dunking and hanging from rims is prohibited for your safety.
  • Use equipment properly.
  • Disagreements, disputes, and arguments will be settled in a polite and nonviolent manner.
  • Players are responsible for any damages resulting from misconduct or misuse of equipment and facilities.
  • The Y is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. Please keep your items locked up.
  • All video recordings must be approved and supervised by YMCA staff.
  • Non-YMCA personal trainers and athletic coaches are prohibited.

CODE OF CONDUCT

  • Resolve conflicts in a respectful, honest and caring manner; never resort to physical contact, verbal abuse, or threatening gestures.
  • Speak in respectful tones and refrain from the use of vulgar/derogatory comments or profanity.
  • Respect others by refraining from intimate behavior in public; abstain from contact of a sexual nature.
  • Respect the property of others; never engage in theft or destruction.
  • Create a safe, caring environment; never carry firearms or weapons on YMCA premises.
  • Participate in programs to build a healthy spirit, mind, and body. For participant’s safety, never engage in the use, sale, dispense, possession, or appear to be under the influence of illegal drugs, narcotics, or the unsanctioned use of alcohol on YMCA premises. This includes marijuana.
  • Prohibit anyone convicted of a crime involving child abuse or sexual abuse, or anyone listed on the National Sex Offender List to participate under my membership.
  • Abstain from the use of tobacco products, including vaping, in the facility or on the property.