Info to Know for Your Y Visit

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Welcome Y Members 

(Spanish) Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), masks and face coverings are 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:

  • Enhanced cleaning practices and increased frequency
  • Distribution of cleaning spray bottles for personal use
  • Social distancing for equipment, spacing in group exercise classes and formal groups/meetings
  • Requiring quarantine for staff members who test positive for COVID-19

In addition, each YMCA of Austin location will provide a dedicated exercise space in which masks will remain required. 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 Federal and State recommendations in addition to requirements from host school districts, including social distancing and masks and face covering requirements.

Currently, licensing requires children and staff to wear masks in our licensed programs. Enhanced cleaning practices will continue.

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

The YMCA of Austin will continue to follow guidance from the CDC and our local public health authorities, and 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.

Water Exercise Classes

The YMCA of Austin is pleased to offer expanded 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! 

Frequently Asked Questions

Facilities

Masks/face coverings will be optional at the YMCA of Austin branches beginning May 18, 2021.

  • Masks are no longer 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.

Members exercising outdoors or using outdoor pool areas are not required to wear face coverings. Masks are not required while swimming.

This policy applies to all YMCA of Austin facilities in Travis, Hays and Bastrop Counties.

Yes, these apply for everyone in our facilities and programs.

The YMCA will not require proof of vaccination. Based on CDC guidance, we are leaving the responsibility up to individuals to determine whether they will wear a mask. Masks are highly encouraged for those who are not fully vaccinated, including children.

Temperature checks are no longer required at the YMCA.

The YMCA will continue to practice the following safety measures:

  • Enhanced cleaning practices and increased frequency
  • Distribution of cleaning spray bottles for personal use
  • Social distancing for equipment, spacing in group exercise classes and formal groups/meetings
  • Requiring quarantine for staff members who test positive for COVID-19

In addition, each YMCA of Austin branch will provide a dedicated exercise space in which masks will remain required as well as a schedule of outdoor exercise options.

We realize that not everyone in our facilities and classes is vaccinated. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will maintain social distancing and enhanced cleaning practices.

Yes, we will still require reservations for group exercise classes and swim lap lanes to regulate capacity.

We will no longer require reservations for recreational swimming.

As local, state and federal guidelines evolve, we will re-evaluate the need for reservations on an ongoing basis.

Masks are no longer required at the Y 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.

Currently, licensing requires children and staff to wear masks in our licensed programs. Our licensed child care programs will continue to follow Federal and State recommendations in addition to requirements from host school districts, including social distancing and masks and face covering requirements. Enhanced cleaning practices will continue. Please review the information provided to you by our program leadership for details.

Masks are not required when a child is participating in a sports practice or game.

When a child is not actively practicing or playing, masks are no longer 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 when they are not practicing or playing.

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.

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.

Yes, we can put your membership on hold for 30 days. CDC guidelines and community health conditions are evolving rapidly, so you can re-evaluate after a month.

We also offer 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

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. 

All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and/or contributors and not of their employer. Any questions or concerns regarding the content found here may be sent to info@austinymca.org

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