Do I need to be a member to use the facility?


Do I need to live in the immediate area to join The Community YMCA?

No. Memberships are open to anyone in the area who wishes to obtain one.

Can I enter the facility without my YMCA ID card?

Yes, however another form of identification will be required.

Can I put my membership on hold?

The Community YMCA will allow a member using our monthly draft plan to place their membership on hold one time per calendar year, for a period of 30 to 90 days without having to pay a Joiner’s fee upon reactivation.  The suspension request must be made 30 days prior to schedule draft date, and reactivation date must be determined when the membership is placed on hold.  If a member of the family is participating in class during the time frame the membership cannot be put on hold. Members with outstanding balances may not be placed on hold until all balances are paid in full.

How do I cancel my membership?

Your monthly membership will automatically renew unless you give the Y a written cancellation request 30 days prior to their scheduled draft date.  Membership fees are non-refundable.  Membership fees are based on enrollment, not facility usage.  If a membership has been cancelled for 90 days or more a Joiner’s fee will be assessed.  As a courtesy, members may put their membership on hold for up to 90 days once per calendar year.  Members that pay annually will not be eligible to cancel prior to the annual expiration date.

How do I put my children in Child Watch?

During your first visit you will be asked to fill out a registration form.  All children must be signed in and out by a parent of legal guardian.  Child Watch is included with the Family Membership, all other memberships will need to pay to drop in fee.

Can I come in and pay the guest fee, even if I am not a member?

No, you must be accompanied by a current member and then pay the appropriate fee.

Is my membership transferable?

No, memberships are non-transferable.

How do I become a member of the swim team?

All prospects must try out prior to the season. Specific dates and times are posted on



How do I know what level my child is in group lessons?

If your child has taken Progressive Swim Lessons at another YMCA, the levels are the same.  If not, please view the class descriptions.  If you are unsure of which level your child belongs please call the Aquatics Department to schedule a swim level evaluation.

When can I sign up for group swim lessons?

You can sign up during the registration period.  Please view the latest program guide for registration dates.

Do I need to be a member to take a group or private lesson?

No, non-members can take swim lessons at the Program Participant rate however you will have to pay an annual participant fee.

How do I get private or semi-private lessons for my child or myself?

Private lessons are on a first come, first served basis. Competitive private swim lessons are also available. They run according to availability of pool space and swim instructor’s schedule. Please call the Aquatics Department for more information. You may sign up for private lessons during registration. Please contact the Aquatics Department.

How many private lessons do I need to sign up for?

Private lessons are set up in sets of 4 or 8.

How do I swim when the pool is crowded?

The Bodman Pool has lap lanes signs indicating lane speed.  Swimmers are encouraged to swim with the speed that fits their work for the day.  If you need assistance the Lifeguard is available to help.

How am I supposed to swim if there are more than two people in the lane?

You must circle swim. Circle swim is where everyone in the lane goes up the right side of the lane and comes back on their right again. They do not cross the black line down the center of the lane for any reason. If you catch up to the person in front of you swimming, slow down, and at the wall switch positions.


Health & Fitness

How can I sign up for a Wellness Orientation?

You can sign up for an orientation at the Welcome Center. It is recommended that you sign up right after you join The Community YMCA. Thus, you can start your workout with confidence and motivation.

What is Preva?

Preva is a feature on our new Precor cardio equipment. It is a goal-based networked fitness program that will allow you to set a daily, weekly or even a lifetime goal to stay on top of your workouts. Goals can be based off of distance, duration or calories burned. Preva also offers a mobile app that allows you to log in your strength training workouts and to track your fitness data on the go.

Fitlinxx is now Activelinxx

Activelinxx (formerly Fitlinxx) is a specially designed computer system that is attached to our Cybex Strength circuit and most of our cardiovascular equipment, and is designed to assist you in your workout. It can be programmed to remember the proper weights, seat settings and range of motion.  Members may also enter other physical activity such as participation in Group or Water Fitness classes.  FitLinxx can also be a motivational tool, as the user gets “points” for accomplishing both cardiovascular and strength exercises. The trainers may also interact with the member by emailing in the FitLinxx system.

As an Activelinxx user, you don’t have to do anything differently. Your login will be the same as your old one. For more helpful information, log onto and follow the directions.

What is FAST?

FAST is a combination of Functional Training, Aerobic Training and  Strength Training.

FAST differs from Group Fitness because classes are tailored to each individual person in the class and the results they are looking to accomplish. Classes will use brand new equipment such as battle ropes, rubber coated kettlebells, plyo boxes, agility equipment, medicine balls, etc.

Why get a Personal Trainer?

Personal Trainers can motivate you to reach your exercise goals. Through program design, coaching and learning about your individual lifestyle, your Personal Trainer will teach you about the latest exercise techniques and wellness insights. Whether you want to lose weight, increase your energy level, reduce stress, improve flexibility, or develop more strength, you can achieve your goals with a YMCA Personal Trainer!

How can I get a Personal Trainer?

Please contact the Welcome Center at 732.741.2504. Be prepared to answer several questions like: what are your goals, available time slots, gender preference and past experience with personal training.  Please be aware there is a 24 hour cancellation policy for personal training.