Conditions of Membership and Participation

Last updated: June 9, 2020

Member Health

The applicant/member/participant on behalf of themselves and their family members (“member”) understands that participation in aerobics and other exercise, weight training, recreational sports, and use of pools, spas, saunas, steam rooms and fitness equipment and any other activities at the YMCA carry a potential risk of injuries or illness. The applicant/member/ participant further understands that the YMCA of Greater Seattle assumes no responsibility for any such injury or illness and agrees to hold the YMCA of Greater Seattle harmless from any and all claims for such injury and illness.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Warning & Disclaimer

Coronavirus, COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily through person-to-person contact. Federal and state authorities recommend social distancing as a mean to prevent the spread of the virus. COVID-19 can lead to severe illness, personal injury, permanent disability, and death. Participating in YMCA programs or accessing YMCA facilities could increase the risk of contracting COVID-19. YMCA in no way warrants that COVID-19 infection, to you or others, will not occur through participation in YMCA programs of accessing YMCA facilities.

Conduct and Right to Use the Facility

Applicant/member/participant agrees to abide by the YMCA Code of Conduct and all policies and procedures of the YMCA of Greater Seattle and its branches and understands that failure to act in accordance with these rules may result in action up to and including expulsion from the YMCA and revocation of the membership locally and nationally.

Criminal History

The applicant/member/participant acknowledges that it is the policy of the YMCA of Greater Seattle to deny membership or participation to individuals convicted of a sexual offense and that the YMCA conducts regular sex offender screenings on all applicants, members, participants, and guests. If a sex offender match occurs, the YMCA reserves the right to immediately cancel membership, deny or end program participation, and remove visitation access. To ensure the safety of everyone, any individual who has been convicted of a sexual offense may be denied membership or program or volunteer participation at the Seattle YMCA.

Property Loss

The applicant/member/participant understands that the YMCA of Greater Seattle is not responsible for personal property lost, damaged or stolen while using or on premises at YMCA facilities –including parking lots and grounds– or participating in YMCA programs.

Photograph Permission

The applicant/member/participant hereby gives permission for the YMCA (local, national and international) to use, without limitation or obligation, photographs or other media that may include the applicant’s/member’s/participant’s image or voice to promote or interpret YMCA programs.

Cell Phone/Video/Audio Taping

Due to the advances in video equipment and telephone video technology, and for the safety and security of our members, participants and guests, any and all video equipment may not be used in locker rooms, dressing areas, shower areas, restrooms, or other areas generally deemed to be “private” within YMCA facilities. The YMCA of Greater Seattle requires that cell phone usage be reserved for lobby areas only.


The applicant/member/participant understands that the YMCA of Greater Seattle does not provide any accident or health insurance for its members or participants and further understands it is the applicant’s/member’s/participant’s responsibility to provide such coverage and agrees to hold the YMCA of Greater Seattle harmless from any and all claims for any accident, injury, or illness.

Medical Treatment

I give permission to be given cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In the event the YMCA is unable to communicate with me, I also give permission to be given first aid treatment by a qualified staff member of the YMCA, and to be transported by ambulance or aid car to an emergency center for treatment, at my expense. I further consent to the disclosure of any health information provided to the Y and to the medical, surgical, and hospital care treatment and procedures (including, but not limited to, administration of necessary anesthetics, tests, x-ray examinations, transfusions, injections, drugs) to be performed by a licensed physician or hospital selected by the YMCA when deemed immediately necessary or advisable by the physician to safeguard my health.