General Membership Policies

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To help keep everyone safe and happy and our Y running smoothly, check out the below information.

Code of Conduct

The YMCA strives to create and maintain an environment that is welcoming, genuine, nurturing and caring for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Everyone using the YMCA is expected to behave in a mature and responsible way and to respect the rights and dignity of others. The YMCA insists that individuals using this facility demonstrate caring, responsible, respectful and honest behavior. Our Code of Conduct does not permit profane language or action that can hurt or frighten another person. Any inappropriate behavior, including but not limited to: aggressive or threatening behavior, harassment of any type, inappropriate language or any inappropriate sexual activity may result, at the sole discretion of the staff, in suspension or termination of membership. Please report any inappropriate behavior to a staff member as soon as possible.

Facility Policies

To maintain a safe and welcoming facility please adhere to the following: 

  • Proper dress is required at all times while in the YMCA facility.
  • Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs are not permitted on YMCA property.
  • Carrying a concealed weapon on the premises is prohibited.
  • The YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Free lockers are for day use only. Members are asked to bring a lock and secure their personal items at all times. 
  • Personal Trainers and Swim Instructors who are not employees of the YMCA are not permitted the use of YMCA facility to train clients.
  • Program registration is not accepted until full payment is made.
  • Children of the opposite sex may accompany a parent into the locker room if the children are under 3 years of age. All others can use the unisex locker rooms. 
  • Review the YMCA of Greensboro Restroom and Locker Room Policy
  • Parent/Guardian must remain in the building while child(ren) are in PlayZone room or if child(ren) are enrolled in a program.
  • Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult who is 18 years of age or older or a sibling 16 years of age or older who has a membership or has purchased a day pass. 
  • For security reasons, the YMCA reserves the right to search the bag, backpack or pocketbook of any individual on our premises to ensure the safety of our members, guests and staff.
  • All members must scan their membership cards upon entry for admittance to the YMCA. Allowing someone other than the member to use a card will result in revocation of membership.

Community Guest Policy/Fees

  • Members ages 13 and older will have access to free guest passes. Each member may bring one (1) individual per visit. Each guest may visit any YMCA of Greensboro for free only once. When guests have used their free visit, they must either join the YMCA or buy additional day passes. Members must remain in the facility for the duration of the guest's visit. 
  • Day Community Guest passes may be purchased for $15/Adult, $10/Teen, $5/Youth.
  • Members from other YMCAs may use our facility after their membership has been verified by their home YMCA.
  • Availability and guest access hours vary by location. Please contact the Y you would like to visit prior to visiting. View locations.
  • Guest must complete a waiver release

Membership Card Policy

All members must scan their membership cards for admittance to the YMCA. This card is verification of your membership and documentation of usage of a facility to better serve our members. New cards must be purchased at a cost of $5 per card if lost or stolen. Anyone who allows another person to use his or her membership card will have their membership terminated immediately. 

Bank Draft/Credit Card Memberships

Memberships purchased through the bank draft/credit card plan require the first month of payment (along with applicable Joining Fee).  Bank draft/credit cards charges are on a continuous monthly plan and are automatically renewed yearly. A 15 day written cancellation form must be completed and returned to the YMCA. It is the member’s responsibility to check bank/card records to make sure the draft has been stopped.  Any error must be identified no later than 60 days from the posted statement dates. The YMCA does not accept responsibility for any errors if more than 90 days have passed since the initial error.  

Inclement Weather Pool Policy

The YMCA will close the pool due to inclement weather including thunderstorms, hail and other forms of severe weather. During thunderstorms, the pool will close and remain closed for 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder or after the last sight of lightning. 

Joining Fee Policy

Certain Membership types come with a Joining Fee; this is a one-time fee as long as the membership is kept active. If the membership expires more than 60 days, the Joining Fee will be charged upon renewal of the membership. Joining Fees can be spread across the first three drafts of a membership. 

Refund Policy

The policy of the YMCA is that all membership and program fees are non-refundable. The exception will be if a program is canceled, then a credit will be issued or a refund given if no makeup program is offered.

Returned Check/Draft Policies

There is a $20 service charge on all returned checks and/or drafts. If payment (or payment arrangement) is not received within 14 days memberships may be terminated and/or program registration will be withdrawn.

Pool Contamination Statement

The YMCA will close the swimming pool due to incidents of fecal contamination. The pool will remain closed until all contamination has been treated and eliminated. This process could take up to 24 hours. Pool users can help us avoid contamination by following these guidelines:

  • Do not use the pool if you or your child has had diarrhea in the previous 2 weeks.
  • Shower your child and yourself before entering.
  • Do not change your child’s diaper at the poolside.
  • Assist young children in making frequent visits to the bathroom to minimize accidents.
  • Do not rinse hands in the pool following a trip to the bathroom or changing a child’s diaper.
  • Wash hands thoroughly using soap and warm water.

Association Wellness Center Rules

1. Minimum age for using strength equipment is 16. Youth ages 14-15 must complete the YMCA Teen Certification to use strength equipment. Youth ages 13+ may use the cardio equipment if adult supervision is in the Wellness Center. Youth ages 9-12 may use the cardio equipment while next to adult supervision. Children under 9 are not allowed in the Wellness Center.

2. Athletic shoes and appropriate attire are always required. Flip-flops, sandals and open-toed shoes are not allowed in the Wellness Center.

3. Do not rest on machines while others are waiting.

4. No horseplay, fighting or use of profanity.

5. Use a spotter when using free weights.

6. In accordance with the YMCA insurance policy, no volunteer or individual may use the Y facility to work with a client for a fee or free unless employed by the YMCA.

7. Return all weights and other items back to their proper stations after use.

8. Wipe down all areas on machines and benches after use, including the bottoms of cardio equipment.

9. Use recycling and trash receptacles to dispose of unwanted items.

10. Refrain from bringing weightlifting chalk, food or gum into the Wellness Center.

YMCA Swim Test Policy

For safety purposes, all swimmers under the age of 13 must take a swim test and wear a swim band based on their swimming ability before entering the water. Lifeguards may use their discretion to swim test any swimmer.

Our swim test is designed to check the swimming abilities of a child. Based on this test, the child receives a colored band that signifies their swimming ability.

NOTE: Lap Lanes are for lap swimming only.

Our swim test consists of:

  • 25-Yard Freestyle Swim
  • Jump in and submerge in deep water
  • Deep Water tread

Ages: Under 13
Anywhere in the Pool

A child must:
• Be able to comfortably swim 25-Yard Freestyle Swim
• Be able to jump in and submerge in the deepest area of the pool
• Be able to complete a 1-minute deep water tread with head fully out of water
A green band allows a child to swim anywhere in the pool (based on availability).

Ages: Under 13
Shallow Water Only

A child must:
• Be able to comfortably swim 25-Yard Freestyle Swim
• Be able to comfortably jump in and submerge in the deepest area of the pool
• Be able to complete a 30-second deep water tread with head fully out of water

A yellow band will allow the swimmer to swim unaccompanied in the water up to 5 feet deep.*
*This may vary at pools depending on the pool setup.

Ages: Under 13
Must Have Supervision

The child was not able to complete or unwilling to complete the swim test. The water in the designated red zone must fall at or below the child’s armpits, and they must pass a walking test. The swimmer must remain in the designated red zone. They can swim in this area without a life-jacket or without a parent in arm’s length.

Any child under age 13 who does not pass the swim or walking test are required to be within arm’s length of a parent or guardian (18+) or wear a Coast Guard approved PFD (Personal Floatation Device). Swimmers wearing PFDs must remain in the designated red zone of the pool. Life Jackets are not allowed in deeper areas of the pool.


A Parent or Guardian (18+) must stay in the immediate pool area with any child aged under 13 years of age.

Aquatic staff reserves the right to remove a swim band if a swimmer’s skill level falls below a swim test standard. Aquatic staff have final decision making on all interpretation of the policy and variances that may occur due to each pool set up.

Bands must be worn every time a child gets into the pool. Only children with a green band may swim in the lap lanes or in water deeper than 5 feet under any circumstances.

YMCA Camp Weaver will swim test all participants in their programming, regardless of the band color received at branch pools.