Info to Know for Your Y Visit

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Welcome Y Members 

(Spanish) Masks and face coverings remain optional at the YMCA of Austin.

  • Masks are not required for those who are vaccinated and/or for those with medical conditions or disabilities preventing them from wearing a mask.
  • Masks are highly encouraged for those who are not fully vaccinated, including children. If you or your child are not vaccinated, please continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing, out of care and respect for those around you.

The YMCA will not require proof of vaccination.

Temperature checks are no longer required.

We ask that all members demonstrate the YMCA values of CaringHonestyRespect and Responsibility toward each other and our dedicated staff team.

The YMCA will continue to practice the following safety measures:

  • Zone cleanings throughout each day in all areas of the facility, including high-touch surfaces, door handles, railings & common areas
  • Increased cleaning protocols in locker rooms
  • Additional cleaning supply stations with medical-grade wipes, spray bottles & hand sanitizers across the gym

We also offer a schedule of outdoor exercise options and Virtual Y programming with a full compliment of live and on-demand classes.

Licensed child care programs will continue to follow State guidelines in addition to requirements from host school districts, including social distancing and masks and face covering requirements.

Learn more about our policies for afterschool child care, infant/preschool care and summer day camp.

The YMCA of Austin may change our protocols at any time.

To guarantee a spot in class or the pool, Y members should make reservations for Lap Lane Swimming, Recreational Swim, Gymnasium, Water Exercise and Group Exercise Classes.

Members can make reservations starting at 6:00 am two days prior to class / swim time by using the MotionVibe platform.  Create your free account and begin today! Reservations can also be made using the MotionVibe app for Android and Apple, or over the phone with any YMCA of Austin location.

Please check the schedule for lane times, recreational swim, group limits and more.

Questions? Email MVSupport.

  • Reservation system for Group Exercise Classes, Lap Lane Swimming, Gymnasium use and Hot Tub / Sauna
  • Members should arrive 15 minutes before classes/pool usage for health screen and check-in
  • Sneeze shields installed at Welcome Center desks

Facility Guidelines

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Updated Membership Agreement

You’ll need to sign our updated membership agreement to access YMCA of Austin facilities.

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Facility Hours

Most locations are open M-Th 6am-8pm, Friday 6am-6pm and Saturday 8am-3pm; Closed Sunday. Check your location’s hours here.

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Pre-Registration

Reserve Lap Swim, Hot Tub & Sauna, Group Exercise and Gymnasium via our reservation platform, MotionVibe. Create your free account or download the app for Apple or Android.

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Specialty Equipment

If your class requires a mat, blocks, towel, pool buoy, paddles or other specialty equipment, the Y provides this equipment. Please clean after use.

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Clean Your Equipment

Please wipe down equipment before and after you use it. Cleaning supplies are provided.

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Water Fountains Open

Water fountains are available. Water bottle filling stations remain open for members who prefer to use their own bottle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Facilities

We will not require mask wearing or enforce compliance in our Y facilities or programs unless mandated to do so. 

We acknowledge the recommendations of the CDC and Austin/Travis County health authority that everyone wear a mask indoors as well as outdoors if social distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccination status.

Since these are recommendations and not mandates, we will not require masks.

Since the Austin/Travis County health authority has provided a recommendation and not a mandate, we will not require mask wearing or enforce compliance in our Y facilities or programs.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the YMCA of Austin has followed state and local mandates, and we will continue to do so. 

We strongly encourage everyone to continue following recommendations from public health officials - including wearing a mask - to protect yourself and others.

We are open at 100% capacity as allowed by state & local mandates.

We strongly encourage everyone to continue following recommendations from public health officials to protect yourself and others while in the Y.

The YMCA of Austin remains focused on your health and safety, and all enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols will continue, including:

  • Zone cleanings throughout each day in all areas of the facility, including high-touch surfaces, door handles, railings and common areas
  • Increased cleaning protocols in locker rooms
  • Additional cleaning supply stations with medical-grade wipes, spray bottles and hand sanitizer across the gym

We support the recommendation from the Austin/Travis county health authority that children older than 2 should wear masks when indoors and when they cannot socially distance outdoors. 

When you enter YMCA of Austin facilities, please remember to:

  • Conduct your personal health screening before visiting or coming to work
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly
  • Continue wearing a mask
  • Continue to practice social distancing

Please visit our member account page to learn about your membership options including switching to a virtual membership.

Each YMCA of Austin branch will provide a dedicated exercise space in which masks will remain required.

We also offer a schedule of outdoor exercise options in which social distancing will be maintained and Virtual Y programming that provides a full weekly schedule of live and on-demand classes.

We respect anyone’s decision to continue to wear a mask. Our goal is to create a safe, welcoming environment for all. We ask that all members demonstrate the YMCA values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility toward each other and our dedicated staff team.

The YMCA of Austin will continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and our local public health authorities, and may change our protocols at any time.

You can contact the Executive Director of your home YMCA branch with any further questions.

If you have additional questions or concerns, feel free to contact Shayna Molinar, YMCA of Austin Executive Assistant for Operations, Compliance and Risk Management at shayna.molinar@austinymca.org or (512) 322-9622 ext. 120.

Health & Wellness

Yes, we offer a daily schedule of group exercise classes, plus more on-demand and YMCA Live programs.

Equipment is available for use by members. We encourage members to clean the equipment after each use. Y staff will also sanitize equipment after each use. 

Will the cardio equipment be available? 

Yes, members can use the cardio equipment. 

 

What are you doing to ensure social distancing in the cardio area?

We are employing a combination of strategies: alternating equipment in use, putting more space between machines or moving equipment to new areas with greater open space.  

 

Will free weights, weight machines and other strength training apparatus be available? 

Yes, members can use strength training equipment for up to one hour. 

 

What are you doing to ensure social distancing in the strength training area?

We are employing a combination of strategies: alternating equipment in use, putting more space between equipment or moving equipment to new areas with greater open space.  

 

What are you doing to clean the strength training and cardio equipment?

We position staff in the Fitness Center at all times to circulate and sanitize machines and equipment after use by members. 

We are also asking members to wipe down equipment before and after they use it. 

Cleaning supplies are available throughout the Fitness Center. 

We have developed personal training protocols to ensure safe delivery of the service and offer it at most Y locations. Learn more about personal training here. 

Many of our most popular senior fitness programs are available in Y facilities and on-demand.

Will you offer Senior hours?

No, we will not offer Senior hours. We believe we can provide a safe experience for our members regardless of age. 

Yes! We offer outdoor classes as weather permits. Outdoor classes are clearly marked on our schedule.

Aquatics

Water Exercise Classes

The YMCA of Austin is pleased to offer Water Exercise classes. Check AustinYMCA.org/Schedules for the latest updates.

Lap Lane Swimming

How Do Shared Lap Lanes Work?

  • Start at opposite sides of the pool.
  • Swim up and back on the same side of the lane.
  • If you need to stop and rest, do so only at your starting end of the pool. 

For shared lanes, 1 reservation = 1 swimmer. If family members wish to share a lane during shared lap swimming hours, they should make two separate reservations.

Waiting List Courtesy

Swimming is in high demand, and we often have waiting lists for lap lanes. If you have registered for a spot and cannot be there, please be diligent about canceling your reservation - either online or by calling your YMCA location. Another Y member will be overjoyed to have your spot! 

Our swimming pools are open for lap swimming and limited open swimming. We ask members to register in advance for pool time to ensure they reserve a space. 

Members must shower on the pool deck prior to entering the water.

Will I be able to shower before or after I swim? 

Yes, showers are located on or adjacent to the pool deck. 

Swim lessons are available now.

We offer Water Exercise classes at many of our Austin-area locations. Check the schedule and make a reservation for your favorite class.

Do I need to wear a mask in Water Exercise Class?

No, class participants do not need to wear a mask while in the water. 

Check the swim schedule to reserve a single-lane swim time.

Youth & Family

Child Watch is available at most YMCA locations with limited hours. Please check your individual branch hours here.

We offer several youth programs like gymnastics, martial arts, music lessons and youth sports. Check your location’s offerings here. 

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