Frequently Asked Questions about YMCA Membership

When is the the Y closed?

All branches are closed on Christmas Day. On the holidays listed below, branches have the following schedule changes:

  • Thanksgiving: Focused services from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Christmas Eve: Early close at 3:00 p.m.
  • New Year's Eve: Early close at 3:00 p.m.
  • New Year’s Day: Open 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

What time is the Y open?

You can view all of our branch hours by visiting our locations page.

Can I go to any YMCA location?

Yes, as a member of the YMCA of Greater Seattle, your privileges extend to all 14 of our branches, as well as every Y in Washington State. Some restrictions may apply for YMCAs out of the greater Seattle region and encourage check the Y you are planning to visit in advance.

What is included with membership?

You can view most of our member benefits online. While many classes and group fitness experiences are free, there may be additional fees for care, specialty or instructional programs, such as swimming lessons, martial arts, Pilates Reformer or cooking classes.

Does Membership at the Y include child watch while I exercise?

Absolutely! Kids Zone, the Y’s child watch program, is a benefit for all family memberships. 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. You can view hours of Kids Zone by visiting our schedules page and selecting your branch of choice.

Can members bring guests to the Y?

Your membership includes 12 guest passes per year. Guests 16+ will 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. Members must remain present in the building with their guests.

Liability waivers are available at all YMCAs.

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.

Does the Y offer financial assistance for membership and programs?

To ensure equitable access for all the Y offers affordable options at all of our 14 branches. 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.

How does payment work?

Membership includes a one-time joining fee and monthly dues. Most members pay dues through a monthly bank draft via checking, savings, debit, or credit card but you can also pay for your membership on an annual basis. If you give an email address when you sign up for a Y membership you will have access to an online account. Learn more about your online account and registration here.

How can I join the Y?

You can join the Y online or at any YMCA of Greater Seattle location. A government issued ID will be required for enrollment. You can view all packages online.

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.

I am not a member, Can I visit the Y for just the day?

Yes, you can buy a day pass, a government issue ID will be required to check – in

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. We do not issue refunds for lack of use or failure to notify the Y.

What is the difference between a Facility Member and a Community Member?

Facility Members have chosen to be a member of the YMCA organization by signing up for one of membership packages and receives member inclusive access like Personalized Wellness Plans and member discounts on programs like swim lessons. This often includes fitness centers, group exercise classes, lap and recreational swimming, and Kids Zone

A Community Member does not pay member dues, but can still 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. Also community members pay increased fees for programs.

Is the YMCA a nonprofit?

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. Learn more about how the YMCA is unique by visiting our “About us” page

*Membership benefits and facility amenities vary by location

How do I volunteer my time to help the Y serve the community?

Most volunteer opportunities are run through individual Y branches. To learn more about volunteer opportunities or to sign up to be contacted visit the Volunteer page or call your local Y.