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Member Etiquette

The YMCA is a shared experience for everyone to enjoy.  Each of us can make it better for all by being considerate to others.  Our Members, Guests, Volunteers and Staff all accept the responsibility to treat one another with care, honesty, respect, responsibility, and inclusiveness.

The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka reserves the right to revoke or suspend membership and/or access privileges at its sole discretion, for:

  1. Any inappropriate behaviour not conducive to a values-based, family environment;
  2. Any personal conduct (at, or away from YMCA premises) that may be prejudicial to or incompatible with the YMCA’s values, goals, business interests and public reputation; or
  3. Any breach of YMCA rules, policies or procedures (including those relating to harassment or discrimination).

YMCA Access

Your child’s safety is important to us!

  • Children (ages 0-12) are not allowed to purchase any YMCA products or services on their own (including access passes) regardless of the method of payment.
  • Children under the age of 10 may use YMCA programs supervised by YMCA staff, as well as gymnasiums, pools, courts, or tracks when accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 16. To ensure your child’s safety, you must remain in the building while your child participates in a YMCA instructor-led program. When your child is not in a YMCA instructor-led program, you must directly supervise them at all times.

This policy applies to all Open Swims, Family Swims, Special Events & Birthday Parties.

  • Children under 6 years of age must be directly supervised in the water by a parent/guardian, who is at least 16 years of age, at a ratio of 1:2. All children must be within arm’s reach of the guardian in the shallow end.
  • Children 6 to 9 years of age must be directly supervised in the water by a parent/guardian, who is at least 16 years of age, at a ratio of 1:4.
  • Children 10 and up are welcome to swim in the pool as appropriate to their swim ability. Children will be asked to perform the facility swim test. Those who cannot yet pass the swim test will be required to remain in the shallow end.

All of our Health, Fitness and Aquatics centres meet the accessibility requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).  The YMCA is committed to diversity and social inclusion, and to providing environments that are accessible for everyone.

  • YMCA participants with a disability are welcome to bring a support worker to assist them at no additional charge. Please note that access and identification policies apply.
  • YMCA participants with a disability are welcome to bring a service animal into our facilities. The service animal should be readily identified with visual indicators, such as a vest or harness.
  • YMCA Conditioning Rooms are available anytime that we are open. Please note that Conditioning Room Etiquette, Safety and Attire Practices are strictly enforced.  YMCA Trainers and Managers reserve the right to remove any YMCA Member or guests that do not comply.
  • YMCA Members and guests age 10-12 may be allowed to use YMCA Conditioning Rooms upon successful completion of our Youth Wellness Courses, or with authorization from certified YMCA Trainers. They must be directly supervised by a parent/guardian age 16+.
  • YMCA Group Fitness Classes are available for any YMCA Members or Guests age 13+. Some restrictions apply.  Please speak to a YMCA Trainer or Instructor for more information.

Photo ID Policy

If you are 16 years+, you must swipe a YMCA Membership Card or show government-issued photo ID to enter the YMCA. You must sign-in at Member Services before accessing any part of the Y. If you are the parent, guardian, grandparent, relative, etc. of a child member, you must swipe your own YMCA Membership Card to gain access, or show your photo ID.

Technology Etiquette

The YMCA values and respects the privacy and security of our members and participants. We ask that you please not use any cell phones, digital cameras, or other electronic devices that may infringe upon the enjoyment, privacy and security of your fellow members and participants.

Photography during any YMCA program or activity is not allowed. There may be designated times, on occasion, for parents to photograph their own children in programs. These times will be posted in advance.

YMCA Change Rooms are technology-free zones. When using these areas, please ensure that your electronic devices are stored in either your pocket, or your gym bag.

Cell phones may be used in the lobby of the YMCA. Please be mindful of other members and participants at all times. We appreciate your cooperation in helping to create an enjoyable experience for all.

Your safety is important to us

We are here to help you achieve your goals and enjoy a respectful, safe and fun workout. For your safety and the safety of others, proper attire must be worn while in program areas at all times.

  • Only clean, dry, non-marking, closed-toe running shoes are permitted.
  • Dress appropriately – gym attire; shirts, shorts, running shoes. Shirts must be worn.
  • Food or beverages (except water) are not permitted in the locker rooms or program areas.
  • Protect your belongings – lock them up in the locker room.
  • Do not use the camera function on personal devices. Taking photographs, images or recordings is prohibited in locker rooms or pool areas.

Privacy Statement

The YMCA strives to ensure that volunteers and staff conduct their relationships with each other, participants and all other Association contacts with integrity, good judgement and fairness.

The YMCA respects the right of individuals to the protection of their personal information.

The YMCA is committed to maintaining the confidentiality, privacy, and accuracy of personal information it collects, uses and discloses about its participants, members, donors, parents/guardians, staff and volunteers.

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