Policies

Spin Class at the Wallingford YMCA

We Love Our Community

At the Wallingford Family YMCA, we expect staff, members, volunteers and guests to act in accordance with our mission and values at all times by behaving in a mature & responsible way and respecting the rights & dignities of others. This is to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone in our facility or participating in our programs.

Rules & Regulations

Admittance

Everyone entering building must stop at Welcome Center. Members must scan cards. Visitors, guests and community participants must check in and sign visitor’s log and liability waiver.

Registered sex offenders are not welcome at the YMCA. Our computer software scans our database and compares it to the registry on a regular basis.

East Side Facility Use
  • Children over the age of 12 may use the YMCA without a parent/guardian.
  • Children 8-11 years old must have a parent/guardian in the YMCA building.
  • Children 7 and under must have a parent/guardian in the program area.
East Side Health & Wellness
  • Children 11-12 years old may use the cardio equipment only with the supervision of a parent/guardian.
  • Children 13-14 years old may use the selectorized equipment.
  • Members over the age of 14 may use the free weight equipment.
West Side Facility Use
  • Children 11-12 years old may use the cardio equipment only with the close supervision of a parent/guardian.
  • Children age 13-14 may use the cardio equipment and select circuit equipment members over the age of 14 may use the free weight equipment.
West Side Basketball Court
  • Children age 12 & under may use the basketball court until 2:30 pm on weekdays and until noon on weekends, with parental supervision.
West Side Locker Rooms:
  • Children 11-12 years old must be accompanied by a parent
    members age 18 and up may use the steam room and sauna.
Camera & Cell Phone Use

Video recorders, cameras or any other visual recording devices are not allowed within the YMCA without the expressed consent of the Executive Director.

Some cellular phones have the capacity to take pictures and video. We have zero tolerance for anyone taking pictures or video of another person without their permission.

Cell phone usage is not allowed in locker rooms in accordance with the Video Voyeurism Prevention Act of 2004. Members and guests cannot make or take cell phone calls while in the fitness center.

The Wallingford YMCA reserves the right to take pictures and video of its participants for brochures, publications, our website and other marketing purposes. If you would prefer not to be photographed, please stop by the Welcome Center and let us know in writing.

Liability

Each person, as a member or visitor, is solely responsible for any personal injuries or losses sustained while on any YMCA property or during any YMCA sponsored activities.We strongly recommend that you secure your belongings.

Temporary Freeze

Memberships may be put on hold for 3 months per year for no charge. A monthly charge will be applied to memberships that are put on hold for a period of longer than 3 months per year. Please see the Welcome Center for a change form. Change form must be submitted 3 weeks prior to next draft date. An exception may be made for unexpected medical conditions if appropriate documentation is provided.

Termination

Members who wish to terminate their membership must complete the
Membership Exit Survey 3 weeks prior to the next draft date. Membership dues are non-refundable.

Other Changes

If you need to make other changes to your membership, simply stop by the Welcome Center to fill out a membership change form. Changes may take up to 3 weeks to take effect.

Inclement Weather Policy

This policy encompasses ALL EAST SIDE BRANCH programs including: swim team, fitness classes, youth sports & swim programs and Child Watch.

When Wallingford Schools have a DELAYED OPENING, there will be no classes or programs until 12:00PM. When Wallingford Schools are CANCELLED, there will be no classes or programs until 3:00PM. Evening programs will still be held unless otherwise indicated.

WEST SIDE BRANCH programs & classes will be held as scheduled unless the facility is closed. Facility closures will be announced on our website and channels 3, 8 & 30.

The YMCA will make every attempt to make up classes for programs that have additional fees other than membership, but make-ups are not guaranteed.

Class Cancellations

All programs have a set minimum number of participants needed for the program to run. The minimum for all youth classes is 3 participants. The minimum for Red Cross Courses is 4 participants. If the minimum number of participants is not reached, the instructor has the authority to cancel the class or program. If the YMCA cancels a class, a 100% refund will be given.

Refunds

If the YMCA cancels a class, a 100% refund will be given. Program fees are fully refundable if withdrawal from a class occurs due to a doctor-documented illness. A voucher may be issued in lieu of refunds and are valid for one year. If withdrawal from a class occurs for any reason after the first class, a 50% refund or credit may be issued. No refunds will be issued after the second class. All refunds are subject to program director’s approval.

General Pool Rules
  • A lifeguard must be on duty in order for the pool to be open to the public
  • All persons must shower with warm water and soap before entering the pool
  • Any persons known or suspected of having a communicable disease will not be allowed to use the pool
  • Spitting or nose blowing in the water is prohibited
  • If a person’s hair is longer than the neckline, his/her hair must be tied back
  • Regulation bathing suits must be worn – no jeans and no cut offs
  • T-shirts may be work only with prior written permission from the Aquatics Director
  • No food or gum chewing is allowed in the pool facility
  • Children under 12 must have a parent or guardian (18+) on deck
  • Children under 8 must have a parent or guardian (18+) in the water
  • No inflatable swimming aides are allowed
  • No diving masks are allowed without prior written permission from the Aquatics Director
  • The use of noodles and toys is at the discretion of the lifeguard on duty
  • A non-swimmer must be within one arms reach of an adult (18+)
  • No repetitive breath holding allowed
Pool Storm Closures

Per Connecticut State Law, at the first sight and/or sound of a thunder and lightning storm, lifeguards will clear the pool immediately for 30 minutes. Within those 30 minutes if the lifeguards do not hear or see anything storm related, swimmers will be allowed back in the swimming pool. If the lifeguards do see lightning and/or hear thunder within those 30 minutes, lifeguards are required to repeat the 30 minute time period over again

Lap Pool Policies
  • Water in plastic containers is allowed only under a coach’s supervision
  • Lap lanes are strictly for lap swimmers
  • Only lap swimmers may use kickboards, pull buoys and fins
  • All persons must be able to pass a mandatory 25 yard swim test without support in order to enter the deep end (5+ feet past yellow safety line) of the swimming pool
  • No floatation devices or aides are to be used in water greater than 5 feet unless accompanied by a certified staff member
  • Sitting or hanging on lane lines and safety ropes is prohibited
  • Diving blocks are not to be used during public swims
  • Diving is allowed only from the deep end wall
  • A 1:25 lifeguard to swimmer ratio is strongly enforced. The ratio may be lessened if the attendance/skill level of swimmers warrants it
Teaching Pool Policies
  • Jumping in is allowed only from the deep end wall of the pool
  • No diving allowed
  • Slide may be used during swim lessons and rentals only
  • All persons must be able to pass a mandatory swim test without support in order to enter the deep end of the pool past blue safety line
  • No floatation devices or aides are to be used past the blue safety line unless accompanied by a certified staff member
  • Sitting or hanging on safety rope is prohibited
  • A safe lifeguard to swimmer ratio will be strongly enforced
Safety & Comfort

At the Wallingford Family YMCA, we expect staff, members, volunteers and guests to act in accordance with our mission and values at all times by behaving in a mature & responsible way and respecting the rights & dignities of others. This is to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone in our facility or participating in our programs.

At the Wallingford Family YMCA, we demonstrate Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility by:

  • Speaking in respectful tones
  • Refraining from the use of vulgar or derogatory language
  • Dressing appropriately for the YMCA program area or event
  • Never wearing clothing that reveals undergarments or contains offensive wording
  • Resolving conflicts in a respectful, honest and caring manner
  • Never resorting to physical contact or threatening gestures
  • Never carrying or concealing a weapon or anything that may be used as a weapon
  • Respecting the property of others
  • Never engaging in theft or destruction
  • Picking up after ourselves and one another
  • Cooperating with staff
  • Complying with all health and safety procedures
Lap Pool Policies

The YMCA is a drug, alcohol and smoke-free facility. Smoking, alcohol or drug use and/or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol on the premises is prohibited. No alcohol will be allowed on the premises unless at a sanctioned YMCA event.

Members and guests are encouraged to be responsible for their personal comfort and safety. Any one who feels unsafe or uncomfortable should report the situation to a staff member. We will make every effort to investigate and resolve issues promptly, confidentially and effectively.

The YMCA reserves the right to cancel the membership of any member or suspend visitation privileges of any guest who does not follow the Code of Conduct at any time while on-site at a branch or during participation in any Y affiliated program or event, regardless of location. Staff members may define what is considered a breach of the Code of Conduct and will ask to the violator to leave. All reported incidents will be reviewed by the Executive Director and the decision to suspend or terminate YMCA membership or visitation privileges will be made at the discretion of the Executive Director.