Frequently Asked Questions about YMCA membership and programs

Who can participate at the Y?
Everyone is welcome - the YMCA of Greater Seattle is a membership organization open to people of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientation, abilities and financial circumstances. Programs and branches embrace diversity, reflecting the needs and composition of the communities they serve. Financial assistance, to the extent possible, is available for those in need.

How can I join the Y?
You can join the Y online or at any YMCA of Greater Seattle location. There are a variety of membership options you can choose from. Feel free to complete your member enrollment form in advance and bring it with you to your local Y. Please also bring a government-issued photo ID.

To help you get started, we'll talk with you about membership types that will best fit your needs as well as your health and wellness goals. After completing your application and making your initial payment, we'll issue you a membership card and you can start using the facility and participating in programs right away!

How does payment work?
Membership includes a one-time joining fee and monthly dues. Most members pay dues through a monthly bank draft but you can also pay for your membership on an annual basis.

Does the Y offer financial assistance for membership and programs?
Financial assistance is available to those who cannot afford the full cost of Y membership and programs. Assistance is based on family income, number of household members, and the availability of Y funds. It is provided fairly and openly on a first come, first served basis. All Y members receive the same membership benefits, regardless of whether or not they are receiving financial assistance and your application is processed confidentially. Please speak to a Membership Representative at your local Y for more information or visit our Financial Assistance page.

What is included with membership?
As a Facility Member, you can use all the facilities and participate for free in many of the programs offered - as often as you want! While many classes and group fitness experiences are free, there may be additional fees for specialty or instructional programs, such as swimming lessons, martial arts, Pilates Reformer or cooking classes. Please view all our available programs by clicking the Programs page on our main website.

Once I become a member, is online registration available for programs and classes?
Yes. Most programs are available for online registration. Some programs may require additional paperwork that is not available online such as summer day camp. For personal assistance with program registration, call or visit your Y.

How do I create an online Y account?
If you are new to the Y, click the Create New Account to set up your online account.

If you are participating with the Y or have participated in the past, you may already have an online account if you provided an email when registering. The email that you provided is your login. Your password will be unique to you. Click the Forgot your password? link to set up your password. Once you have logged in to your online account you will be able to sign up for programs, view past receipts, see current enrolled programs and more.

What is the Y Membership Satisfaction Guarantee?
Should you decide to stop your membership within the first 30 days, you may request and will receive a full refund of the joining fee and your monthly dues.

Do you offer child care while I exercise?
Absolutely! Kids Zone is a benefit for all members. Many of our Ys offer Kids Zone, a caring and fun environment where your young children can play and make friends while you work out. No advance reservation is necessary! Please contact your local Y to confirm hours and availability.

Can I bring a guest with me?
If you are an adult member, you are entitled to 12 guest visits per year. Please let your guest know they need to bring a government-issued photo identification and they will need to sign a liability waiver. If your guest is under 18, a parent or legal guardian will need to sign the liability waiver.

Can I visit the Y for just the day?
Yes, you can buy a day pass. Please be sure to bring your government issued id when you come!

How do I cancel my membership?
At the Y, there are no contracts for the length of your membership. If you need to cancel your Y membership, please provide written documentation to your Y either in person or via email no less than 7 days before your automatic payment withdrawal. If you need to cancel within 7 days of your automatic payment, please contact your local branch to confirm if they can accommodate your request. 

Can I access all Y locations when I join one?
Yes, as a member of the Y of Greater Seattle, your privileges extend to all 13 of our branches, as well as every Y in Washington State*. Your membership card may also be honored at more than 2,500 Ys across the country if they participate in the AWAY (Always Welcome at the Y) program. Some restrictions apply. Please check the Y you are planning to visit in advance.

How do I volunteer my time to help the Y serve the community?
Volunteering at the Y is a fun and rewarding way to support your neighbors, strengthen your community, and connect with amazing people. There are lots of ways you, your friends or your whole family can contribute, not matter what your interests or your schedule. Most volunteer opportunities are run through individual Y branches; they help with programs and events; they serve on committees; and some lead as members of branch boards. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, view our Volunteer page, call or visit your Y.

What makes the Y unique?
Rooted in our respective communities, we’re best able to meet the needs of the people we serve— creating bridges that get them from where they are to where they want to be. From youth development, to helping people lead healthier lives, to being the largest provider of beds for our community’s homeless youth, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

As a social enterprise our resources support our cause. The better we do, the more people we can help. And in the progressive spirit of our region, we know we can’t do it alone. It takes commitment, participation and an understanding that we are all in this together.  Together we create this movement, and we all rise by lifting others.

What is the difference between a Facility Member and a Community Member?
As a Facility Member, you have full access to the Y facility that you join. This includes fitness centers, group exercise classes, lap and recreational swimming, and Kids Corner/Adventure Zone. You also receive a free personalized wellness plan and priority registration for programs. As a facility member, you can participate in most programs at no additional cost; and receive reduced rates for specialty or instructional programs.

A Community Member can enroll in a particular class or program, such as swim lessons, youth sports, or child care; but general usage of the Y facility is not included. Additional fees apply for programs.

Is the YMCA a charitable organization?
The YMCA of Greater Seattle is a nonprofit organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service with a 501(c)3 charitable designation. All donations made to the YMCA of Greater Seattle are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Make a donation online today! Individuals, families, businesses, community partners, foundations, churches, civic groups and government grants all support the work of the Y to provide crucial programs and services to more than 230,000 people every year.

*Membership benefits and facility amenities vary by location