MEMBER & GUEST HANDBOOK
Welcome to the Y!
Welcome to the Hunterdon County YMCA! We’re so happy you are members with us! We strive to create exceptional and unparalleled member experiences for you, and keep you the most informed. Please review the HCY Member & Guest Policies below. If you have any questions about your Y, please visit our Staff page to contact us today.
The Hunterdon County YMCA is a charitable, nonprofit organization committed to strengthening our communities through membership and programs that foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for all. At the Y, we value the following attributes of personal character and ethical behavior and believe they are essential to fulfilling our mission:
Caring– To be sensitive, understanding and responsible for the well-being of self and others.
Honesty– To be truthful, trustworthy, sincere and fair in word and action.
Respect– To value the worth of person and property; treating others as you would have them treat you.
Responsibility- To recognize, accept and fulfill the obligation to contribute to a better society.
The Y stands for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.
The Hunterdon County YMCA is committed to fostering an environment of acceptance. We recognize that individuals, families, and communities are diverse, and choose to be inclusive of all. We are committed to developing programs and services which embrace the people and needs of our communities.
MEMBER CODE OF CONDUCT
The YMCA is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all members and guests. To promote safety and comfort for all, all individuals are asked to act appropriately at all times when in our facility or participating in our programs. We expect persons using the YMCA to act maturely, to behave responsibly, and to respect the rights and dignity of others. Our Member’s Code of Conduct outlines prohibited action, but the actions listed below are not an all-inclusive list of behaviors considered inappropriate in our facilities and programs:
Using or possessing alcohol or illegal chemicals on YMCA property, in YMCA vehicles, or at YMCA sponsored programs.
- Smoking on YMCA property– the YMCA and its property is a smoke free environment.
- Carrying or concealing a weapon or any device or object that may be used as a weapon.
- Harassment or intimidation by words, gestures, body language, or any type of menacing behavior.
- Physical contact with another person in an angry, aggressive, or threatening way.
- Verbally abusive behavior, including angry or vulgar language, swearing, name-calling, or shouting.
- Sexually explicit conversation or behavior: any sexual contact with another person.
- Inappropriate, immodest, or sexually revealing attire.
- Theft or behavior that results in the destruction or loss of property.
- Transferring membership cards.
- Loitering within or on the grounds of the YMCA.
In addition, The YMCA reserves the right to deny access or membership to any person who has been accused or convicted of any crime involving sexual abuse, is or has been a registered sex offender, has ever been convicted of any offense relating to the use, sale, possession, or transportation of narcotics or habit forming and/or dangerous drugs, or is presently or habitually under the influence of dangerous drugs or chemicals, narcotics, or intoxicating beverages. Members and guests are encouraged to take responsibility for their personal comfort and safety by asking any person whose behavior threatens their comfort to refrain from such behavior. Anyone who feels uncomfortable in confronting a person directly should report the behavior to a staff person on duty. YMCA staff members are eager to be of assistance. Members and guest should not hesitate to notify a staff member if assistance is needed. In order to be able to carry out these policies, we ask that members and guests identify themselves to staff when asked. The Membership Director will investigate all reported incidents. Suspension or termination of YMCA membership privileges may result from determination by the Membership Director if in their discretion a violation of the YMCA Member’s Code of Conduct has occurred.
MEMBER LIABILITY WAIVER
I/We the undersigned, realize that there may be medical risks associated with physical exercise, the use of this facility, or use of equipment within the facility or participation in any YMCA activity. I/We also recognize that the YMCA cannot evaluate my/our physical abilities and medical limitations as they pertain to participation in programs, to the use of the facilities, or use of equipment within the facility. I/We THEREFORE ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR HAVING A THOROUGH MEDICAL EXAMINATION PERFORMED, BY A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER OF MY/OUR CHOICE, BEFORE PARTICIPATION IN ANY PROGRAMS AND PRIOR TO USING THE FACILITIES. I/WE ALSO ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ABIDING BY THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF SAID MEDICAL PRACTITIONER, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, AS THEY PERTAIN TO LIMITATIONS ON EXERCISE, PARTICIPATION IN YMCA PROGRAMS AND USE OF YMCA FACILITIES OR EQUIPMENT WITHIN THE YMCA FACILITIES. Furthermore, in consideration of my/our participation in the activities of the Young Men’s Christian Association of Hunterdon County, I/We do hereby agree to hold free from any and all liability the YMCA of Hunterdon County and its respective officers, employees and members, including but not limited to, its or their own negligence and do hereby for myself/ourselves, heirs, executors and administrators, waive, release and forever discharge any and all rights and claims for damages which I/We may have or which may hereafter accrue to me arising out of or connected with my participation in any of the activities of the YMCA of Hunterdon County, use of its facilities, or use of equipment within its facilities. The Hunterdon County YMCA reserves the right to reproduce, share, post, use and allow use of any or all images, sounds, video, and testimonials of HCYMCA participants as the association desires with or without disclosure and free from claim or compensation to any persons. Communicable Disease / 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 means to prevent the spread of the virus. COVID-19 can lead to severe illness, personal injury, permanent disability, and death. Participating in programs or accessing facilities could increase the risk of contracting COVID-19. YMCA of Hunterdon County in no way warrants that COVID-19 infection will not occur through participation in programs or use of YMCA facilities. I/We the undersigned have read, understand and agree to the above.
MEMBER & GUEST CHECK IN POLICIES & PROCEDURES
For the safety and security of all members and guests, you are required to check in at the Welcome Center upon entry to the Y. Full and Program members are issued membership cards, and are encouraged to check in via our Bucks & Hunterdon YMCAs member app. Each member receives a coded membership card. Your membership card is required for access into facilities. If you forget this card, you will be required to present a photo ID at the Welcome Center. All members and guests are required to have a photo on file for entry verification. Non-members and guests are required to check in at the Hunterdon County YMCA by announcing themselves by name and signing in via the Non-Member Sign in binder. Failure to checkin and sharing/transferring of membership card will result in denied facility entry and could lead to membership revocation.
The following checkin policies outline how YMCA members are checked in depending on the membership or guest type applicable to you:
- Must scan in with either the assigned YMCA scan tag or member app.
- Without a scan tag or member app, must present photo ID to verify active membership.
- Full members are required to have a member photo taken for entry verification.
- Must scan in with either the assigned YMCA scan tag or member app.
- Without a scan tag or member app, must present photo ID to verify active membership.
- Program members are required to have a member photo taken for entry verification.
- Parents/Guardians/Guests accompanying an individual Program member will sign in as a non-member guest upon each visit to the Y.
Non-Member Facility Use Tryer:
- All first time tryers to the Hunterdon County YMCA must provide a valid photo ID and have an email address in order to enjoy full use of the facility for the day. First time free trial passes will be sent via email to the tryer and must be displayed to verify entry. Upon email verification, all tryers are required to complete a Guest Application. It is recommended that all first time free trial passes are requested in advance before arriving to the Y, and can be accessed by visiting https://www.hcymca.org/one-day/
- All tryers & member guests are required to have a photo taken for entry verification.
- Guests may try the Y for future visits for a daily rate of $15. Full Facility Membership is always recommended after more than 3 visits per month.
Non-Member Class Participants & Visitors:
- Non-Member class participants, accompanying parents/guardians/guests, and visitors are required to announce themselves upon entry to the Y and sign in via the designated Non-Member Sign In station at the Y’s Welcome Center Front Desk upon each visit to the facility.
- Non-Members escorting a child to programs will remain in spectator areas and not have to the full facility or use of the facility. All Non-Members are encouraged to become a YMCA full member to enjoy full use of the facilities.
PHOTO IDENTIFICATION POLICY
The YMCA requires members to be photographed for security purposes. These photos are stored in the Y’s database and are displayed on the computer monitor each time the member accesses the facility. Our database is internally password protected. For safety and security, we are required to know who is in our facility at all times and to verify actual members with photo identification.
FACILITY HOURS & SCHEDULES
YMCA Branch hours are available on the Locations & Hours page. The Y makes their facility schedules available at the Welcome Centers, viewable in real-time via the Hunterdon County YMCA app, and online by visiting our Schedules page. In order to accommodate the variety of programs offered at the Y, there are specific times throughout the day that facilities are reserved for classes and programs on schedule. While the Y posts schedules in advance and lists the schedule end date on all of its schedules, please note that all schedules are subject to change due to seasonal programming and/or other circumstances.
The Y is a shared community. While cell phones are permitted throughout the facilities, cell phone conversations are restricted to the lobby and hallway areas out of respect for our neighbors enjoying use of the shared space. We ask that you use discretion when talking and keep your voice low as not to disrupt fellow members. Talking on cell phones is not permitted during classes, in the Fitness Center, or in the pool area. Cell phone use of any kind is not permitted in the locker rooms, restrooms or sauna.
Cellular phone cameras, video recorders, cameras or any other visual recording devices are not to be used in locker rooms, restrooms or in the sauna at any time. Photographs are permitted during classes and events except where the instructor or Y staff member determines that it is disruptive, unsafe, and/or not in the best interest of the participants. A Y staff member reserves the right to stop any member from taking pictures at any time.
The Hunterdon County YMCA utilizes a video surveillance system. Cameras are located in the facilities and on the campus grounds. The surveillance system is used to help management determine how to better serve members, monitor high traffic areas and deter unauthorized access and crime.
Membership autopay authorizes the Hunterdon County YMCA (YMCA), to initiate debits to the bank or credit card provided based on current or future rates of the YMCA for membership or program services. The YMCA reserves the right to increase monthly draft rate for any reason and at any time. For promotional rate memberships taken out at any time during a promotional period, the rate will be adjusted to the standard published rate beginning the month the standard rate is set to resume and will be continuous after that. It is understood that bank account or credit card drafts are continuous and automatic until a cancellation request is made. Formal and written notice for cancellation is required in person at the Welcome Center prior to the member’s next scheduled draft date (1st or 15th) to stop autopay. Once cancellation is formally requested via the HCY Request for Cancellation form, one final draft will occur. It is the member’s responsibility to check monthly bank/credit card statements to ensure the cancellation has taken effect. No refund will be given for an autopay that occurs during the 30-day cancellation period. If a cancellation occurs, the member will forfeit any joiner’s fees. If a request to cancel is made, member agrees to pay all outstanding balances prior to cancellation taking effect. The Y will not take responsibility to cancel autopay. It is the bank or credit card holder’s responsibility for providing new information or any bank account or credit card changes. Accounts with non-sufficient funds (NSF) will be re-drafted the next autopay date for the returned draft, the current draft, plus a $20 service fee. If the account drafted has NSF a second time, or has been closed, the Y has the right to suspend the membership until all fees have been reconciled. Prepaid memberships are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
Checks returned as non-sufficient funds (NSF) will be re-deposited and a $20 service fee will be charged to the member. If the account has NSF a second time, or has been closed, the Y has the right to suspend the membership until all fees have been reconciled.
MEMBERSHIP DRAFT CANCELLATION
At the Y, our members are fully in control of how long they wish to remain members with us. We never charge cancellation fees or hold them accountable to annual contracts. Our draft memberships are billed on a continuous basis until you let us know otherwise! Full membership cancellation must be formally made in person at the Welcome Center using the Ys Request for Cancellation form. Cancellations may not be made verbally, over the phone, via email, or online. It is the member’s responsibility to request cancellation and to complete and sign the Request for Cancellation form. All cancellations require one final draft upon providing cancellation notice, and members may use the Y facilities through their last and final draft period after their last draft has occurred. All outstanding balances must be paid prior to cancellation taking effect. Annual paid-in-full memberships and program membership fees are non-refundable.
FREEZE & MEMBERSHIP SUSPENSION
As a differentiator in our community, the Y allows our members to temporarily freeze/hold/suspend their memberships. Full autopay members may freeze their accounts for up to 4 months per calendar year for a fee of $10 per month as opposed to being drafted at their standard rate of membership. The 4 Freeze months do not have to run consecutively. Medical freezes are complimentary and require a doctor’s note both to receive a medical freeze and to return to the Y. Freezes may only be performed at the Y’s Welcome Centers. When you place your membership on Freeze, the Freeze is for the entire unit and not an individual member. The duration of each month of Freeze must be taken in 30-day increments. Please note: A member may not be on Freeze and participate in programming; please keep this in mind when determining when you would like to Freeze your membership.
MEMBERSHIP UPGRADES & DOWNGRADES
You are in control of the membership type that you want! Membership categories may be upgraded or downgraded at any time during the duration of your membership, so long as the individual(s) within the membership type fit the age and same household requirements assigned to the membership type. The difference in draft rates will reflect on your next draft date.
All session fees must be paid in full at time of registration. Payments are accepted by cash, check, ATM or bank debit card, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover). Memberships must be current through length of program.
PROGRAM REFUNDS, PROGRAM CREDITS, AND PROGRAM CANCELLATIONS
The Y reserves the right to cancel, combine or modify a program due to insufficient enrollment. If a program is canceled by the Y, every attempt will be made to place the enrollee in another section of the same level program. If the enrollee cannot be accommodated, the Y will issue a full refund.
If a participant decides not to take a class, credit for that class must be requested prior to the first class of the session. After the session has started, credits will only be issued for extended illness/injury and with a doctor’s note. Credits will be prorated based upon attendance and all requests for credits may be subject to a processing fee. Credits are good for one year from issue date.
Please attend your scheduled class, as make-up classes are not available for non-attendance. No credits or refunds will be given for non-attendance. Make-ups may only be provided and communicated by the program’s respective program director or coordinator for inclement weather, emergency, and other reasons deemed appropriate by the director or coordinator, if applicable.
INCLEMENT WEATHER/EMERGENCY CLOSINGS
In the event of inclement weather or any other emergency in which the Y must close the facility and/or open later than standard operating hours and a class must be canceled, every effort will be made to schedule a make-up class at the same time and day of the week. If you cannot attend that make-up class, contact the Program Director to arrange for another make-up. No credits or refunds will be given regardless of it a make-up class is or is not possible. Weather closings or delayed openings will be announced on our website www.hcymca.org and via push notification on our Hunterdon County YMCA app. To avoid dangerous driving conditions, please call the Y before venturing out. All members and strongly encouraged to download the Hunterdon County YMCA App for facility announcements, and to routinely check the Y website at www.hcymca.org for inclement weather/emergency closing/delayed opening updates.
MEMBERSHIP SATISFACTION GUARANTEE
We are so confident in meeting your needs that we offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. We will refund your joining fees within the first 30 days of your join date, provided that you have used the Y a minimum requirement of 6 times and participated in a Fitness Start-Up Session with a Y staff member. Annual paid-in-full Full and Program memberships are not included in the Membership Satisfaction Guarantee, as these membership types are non-refundable.
YMCA FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
It is the goal of the Y to be affordable to all, as we never turn away members because of price. Our Y Financial Assistance program is available to eligible applicants. This is made possible by the generous support of members, individuals, foundations, and community businesses. Financial Assistance applications are available at the Welcome Center or online by clicking here.
MEMBER GUEST POLICY
We encourage our members to introduce friends and family to the Y! The following Guest Policies have been adopted to protect your membership and assure the safety to our members and other Y guests. All guests using the Y facilities on their own must be of a minimum age of 12 years old. All guests below the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult during their stay at the Y. All guests must sign in with our Guest Application at the Welcome Center and provide photo ID, and follow all HCY policies & procedures. Full members may bring guests under the following guidelines:
- All guests may try the Y at no cost for their first ever visit to the Y for a complimentary 1-day Free Trial Pass.
- Subsequent visits are $15 per person per visit. Full Facility Membership is always recommended after more than 3 visits per month.
- Full members are entitled to 3 free guest passes per individual within a membership unit/type per calendar year. Guests must be present with the member(s) in order to enjoy complimentary use of the Y for the day. These member guest passes are renewed on January 1 of the upcoming year.
Your Y membership allows you to visit any participating Y in the United States & Puerto Rico, at no additional cost! Take your Y membership with you on the road. Nationwide members may visit other participating Ys as often as they like, as long as they use their home Ys, on average, at least 50 percent of the time. Before being admitted into a participating Y, nationwide members present a valid Y membership card that includes a photo or other photo identification. The first visit to your non-home YMCA will require a short intake process including signing a nationwide membership waiver, ID check and sex offender registry check.
To view the HCY Nationwide Membership privileges and specific policies, please click here.
FACILITY MAINTENANCE & UPGRADE CLOSINGS
It is necessary from time to time to close Y areas and/or the building for short periods due to facility improvements, upgrades and enhancements, and construction. The Y does not provide refunds or credits due to pre-announced facility area or building closings. When necessary, the Y will communicate facility maintenance and upgrade closings via email and push notification from the Hunterdon County YMCA mobile app.
LOCKER ROOMS & PERSONAL BELONGINGS
General locker rooms are available for members and guests to use at both branches. Where applicable, children ages 7 and up must use appropriate gender locker rooms. Family and special needs changing rooms are available at our Deer Path Branch.
It is essential to know that while the Y is a community organization, it is the responsibility of the member to secure their personal belongings and failure to do so could lead to loss. The Y is not responsible for any items that are lost or stolen, and will not compensate or reimburse items that are lost or stolen. It is always the best practice to leave all personal and valuable possessions at home and not unlocked or unattended in any space within the Y or visible on YMCA property. Lockers are available for daily use only, with the exception of monthly locker rentals for Adult members at our Deer Path Branch. Monthly locker rentals are $10/month. Daily locks are also available at both branches on a first come, first serve basis should you forget yours for the day. Y staff are passionate about your member experience, but cannot hold onto your belongings during your visit.
LOCKER ROOM AGE POLICIES
Deer Path Branch:
- Adult Locker Rooms: Adults 18+ are permitted to use the separate Men’s or Women’s Adult Locker Rooms. Must be 18 years and older to enter.
- Family Locker Rooms: Families and individuals with children are permitted to use the separate Men’s or Women’s Family Locker Rooms. Boys 7 and older are not permitted in the Women’s Family Locker Rooms; Girls 7 and older are not permitted in the Men’s Family Locker Rooms. Adults over 18 are asked to please use the Adult Locker Rooms on Saturdays & Sundays due to high swim lesson activities.
- Special Needs Locker Rooms: private shower, restroom, and changing individual locker rooms are located in between the Welcome Center and Indoor Pool.
Round Valley Branch:
- Separate Male & Female Locker Rooms are available for members and participants. No age restrictions apply, but children under the age of 12 are asked to be supervised by an adult at all times.
FACILITY ACCESS BY AGE
Members and guests must be 12 years or older to check-in and have access to the Y Branches on their own and not accompanied by a parent/guardian. Members and guests below the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to check-in to YMCA branches. Certain facility areas also have age-restricted areas. Individuals under the age of 12 are not permitted to use the Fitness Centers, Adult Group Fitness classes, or other fitness workout areas until they reach the age of 12 years old.
For the safety of your child, we expect parents/caregivers, ages 18 and older, to be present with a child ages 11 and under while using the facility.
FACILITY AREA ETIQUETTE & GUIDELINES
The following are the Fitness Center Usage Guidelines:
- All Full-Facility Members are offered and encouraged to take advantage of their Complimentary Training Session, and are suggested to schedule upon the start of membership enrollment. Our staff will support you in achieving your goals, and this orientation is available by appointment.
- It is recommended that you check with your doctor prior to starting an exercise program.
- Please use discretion when choosing attire and refrain from wearing clothing that is immodest, revealing or with inappropriate messaging and imaging (intimidating, violent or offensive images or wording). Proper attire for the activity you are engaged in is required at all times, including shirts and shoes.
- Listening to music is permitted through the use of a cell phone or PDA and headphones; however talking on the phone or taking picture and/or videos is strictly prohibited in the Fitness Center without the express consent of the Hunterdon County YMCA. We ask that all members use headphones while listening to music on their devices. The Y staff member will determine any action that is unsafe and/or not in the best interest of membership.
- Report any injuries sustained in the Fitness Center or in a class to either a Membership Services Representative at the Welcome Center or a Fitness Center Associate/Personal Trainer in the Fitness Center.
- Wipe down all equipment following use.
- Report any equipment malfunctions to either a Membership Services Representative at the Welcome Center or a Fitness Center Associate/Personal Trainer in the Fitness Center.
- For the safety of our members we ask that members refrain from bringing in their own equipment. If there is a special request based on physical need, please speak to the Director of Healthy Living.
Cardiovascular Equipment Usage Guidelines
- A minimum age of 12 is required to use all cardio equipment.
- All of the cardio equipment is limited to 30 minutes of use should there be a request to use the equipment. Sign-up boards will be utilized for any cardio machines currently in use should the 30 minute time limit be in effect.
- Make sure that equipment is turned off and returned to its lowest control setting prior to leaving the machine.
- No food or drink permitted, except water or sport drinks in closed containers.
- Gym bags, handbags and other large items must be stored in a locker in the locker room.
- Coats hung on the coat rack outside of the Fitness Center and Studios or items left in cubbies are done so at the owner’s risk.
- The Fitness Center is for members 12 years and older.
Free Weight Equipment Usage Guidelines
- A minimum age of 12 is required to access the Free Weight Area.
- Re-rack all weights and return all other training aids to their original location or position after use.
- No dropping the weights. Lift only a weight that you can set down properly.
- Use a spotter when needed and always use safety clips. If a spotter is needed, please ask a Fitness Center Associate.
- No excessive grunting or yelling while using equipment or lifting weights.
- Do not drag or move machinery other than free weight benches.
- If you feel faint, dizzy, or short of breath, discontinue the use of equipment and contact a Fitness Coach or Welcome Center immediately.
- Please see and familiarize yourself with the Fitness Center Guidelines posted in the Fitness Centers.
Aquatics Center and Pools
The Y strives for a consistent ‘school year’ pool schedule and ‘summer’ pool schedule, however pool schedules may change with each new session and on holidays. The current schedule is available on the Schedules tab within the Hunterdon County YMCA website or can be viewed at the Welcome Center.
Please note that the Indoor Pool closes 15 minutes prior to the building closing time.
For all members swimming safety and enjoyment:
- For the safety of all, please adhere to rules and regulations as upheld by the Lifeguard on duty.
- Proper fitting swimwear is required; includes standard swimsuit with proper liner.
- No running, dunking, pushing, throwing, roughness or carrying children on shoulders.
- Keep swimming healthy! Please shower before swimming.
- We strongly recommend the use of bathing caps for shoulder length or longer hair.
- Do not swim with open sores, abrasions or rashes; remove all band-aids prior to swimming.
- No food or glass containers of any kind are allowed in the pool area.
- Children/Adults must wear a swim diaper if necessary.
- Kickboards, barbells and other instructional items are not to be used during recreational swim unless approved by lifeguard.
- Do not sit or hang on lane lines.
- No playing on the exit steps, ladders or railings.
- Baby strollers are prohibited on pool deck.
- No diving is allowed. Starter blocks are not to be used by anyone not with an instructor or coach.
- Use all play features appropriately.
- To allow our swimmers to focus on the lesson at hand, parents must remain in the observation area during lessons.
- Enter and exit the pool through the locker rooms.
- For special circumstances, please contact the Aquatics Department to discuss your child’s needs.
- Use of the whirlpool is for ages 18 and older.
- Keep swimming healthy! Please shower before using the whirlpool/spa.
- No soaps, body lotions, oils, etc in whirlpool/spa.
- Anyone under a physician’s care or with medical concerns should not enter whirlpool/spa without first consulting their doctor.
- Overexposure to hot water may cause nausea, dizziness, and fainting. Pregnant women, members with heart conditions, diabetes, high or low blood pressure or other health problems should not enter whirlpool/spa.
- Enter and exit whirlpool/spa by using the stairs or lift.
- Maximum use of whirlpool/spa is 15 minutes.
- Anyone with medical concerns, open sores, abrasions or rashes should not use whirlpool/spa.
- Swimwear is required.
- The Y reserves the right to respectfully request a member to leave the pool area for inappropriate behavior.
LAP SWIM POLICIES
Circle Swim Etiquette: When the pool is busy, swim lanes will be shared. Much like traffic on a road, always swim on the right side of the lane. This means swimming on one side of the lane going down and the other side of lane coming back. Swimmers move in a counterclockwise circle.
- Circle Swimming is available for members of all ages.
- Select lane with others at similar speed:
- Slow: For those who swim a lap (two lengths) slower than 1.5 minutes.
- Medium: For those who swim a lap (two lengths) in 1.5 minutes.
- Fast: For those who swim a lap (two lengths) in 1 minute.
- When fewer than 3 lanes are available, swimmer placement will be determined by the relative speeds of the swimmers present rather than the posted guidelines.
- Circle swim counter-clockwise close to the lane lines and wall.
- Observe circle swim at all times.
- Rest when needed. Stand to the right side corner of the lane so others can continue their swim without interruption.
- When joining the circle, do not start immediately in front of or behind other swimmers.
- If you adjust your speed, please change lanes accordingly.
- Allow faster swimmers to pass at the wall.
- To avoid collisions, please refrain from passing mid-length.
- Keep your eyes open to prevent a collision.
- Do not dive in the shallow end of the pool.
- Please only start and stop from the ends of the pool; refrain from stopping mid-length.
- Masks, fins, and snorkels are allowed, but please use discretion with overly large fins.
- Lifeguards are present to ensure safety and enjoyment. Please seek assistance if needed.
- The Lifeguard has the authority to place swimmers in appropriate lanes.
- If we work together, circle swimming will be a pleasant experience for all.
For a detailed description of Circle Swim and Lap Swim Etiquette, please visit here.
- Saunas are located in the Deer Path Branch Adult Locker Rooms.
- Maximum sauna use is 15 minutes.
- Breathing heated air increases pulse rate, increases body temperature, and changes blood pressure. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures may result in nausea, fainting or dizziness.
- You must be 18 or older to use the sauna.
- Shower shoes or flip flops are encouraged.
- Please open and close the door quickly to maintain sauna temperature.
- Bathing suit, exercise clothing, or comparable attire is required.
- Please shower after use the of sauna to cool down.
- Wait five minutes to cool down after exercising before using the sauna.
- No exercising or personal grooming while in the sauna.
- Persons with health conditions such as diabetes, high or low blood pressure, pregnancy, or heart disease, or taking any medication, should consult with a physician before using the sauna.
- To eliminate the risk of fire, please refrain from drying clothes, or reading newspapers or magazines in sauna.
- No food or drinks in the sauna.
- Pouring water onto the sauna heater is strictly prohibited. Doing so will cause electric failure and could lead to fire.
- The placement of any belongings, including towels or swimsuits, on top of the sauna is strictly prohibited. Doing so will cause fire.
- No rubberized suits in the sauna.
- Do not use under the influence of alcohol or prescription medication.
POOL CLOSURE DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER
For the safety of our members, the pool, sauna and showers will close for thunder and lightning and remain closed until 30 minutes after the last observed thunder or lightning strike. The Y reserves the right to close the pool at any given time due to circumstances beyond our control to protect the health and safety of members and guests.
- Parents/Caregivers of children between the ages of 3 to 11, must be in the facility and accessible based on the child’s needs. Parents/Caregivers are to alert the instructor and/or deck supervisor when accessing a different area of the facility.
- Proper dress is required of members while in the gymnasium. Shirt and sneakers must be worn at all times.
- No food or drink is allowed inside the Y gymnasium.
- Basketballs are available for use by the Y and located in the Gymnasium, and you are also welcome to bring yours from home.
- No members are permitted to enter the gym closets.
- The use of profane language will not be tolerated.
- Members are not permitted to enter the gymnasium while a class is taking place; members may only enter the gymnasium once the instructor is cleaned up and all the participants are picked up.
- Due to our class schedule, it is important for members to exit the gym when asked by the instructor. This is for the safety of our members.
- Rough play or bullying will not be tolerated.
- Be aware of your surroundings and other members; this is for your safety.
Employment and Volunteering
Volunteers are the foundation of nonprofit organizations like our Y. Help make a difference by volunteering as a sports coach, program volunteer, committee member, office helper, bulk mailing assistant, or greeter. Volunteers over the age of 18 must be willing to undergo criminal background and child abuse checks. For more information, please contact the Welcome Center at your branch or visit our volunteer webpage.
Consider working at the Y! We’re often on the lookout for friendly, outgoing and supportive staff in many areas. Please check our website for current positions available. For more information, visit our employment webpage.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
The Hunterdon County YMCA is committed to accepting all people without reservation. We recognize that individuals, families and communities are diverse. The YMCA values and respects this diversity and chooses to be inclusive through its acceptance of all individuals regardless of race, age, gender, religion, ability, sexual orientation or cultural identity asserting that all individuals, without exception, are intrinsically valuable.
Social Responsibility & Financial Assistance
We believe that EVERYONE deserves the Y. No one is turned away from our Y for their inability to pay. As a result, we offer Financial Assistance for Y programs and membership. For more information on our Financial Assistance Program and our application, please visit our Financial Assistance webpage.
As a charitable nonprofit organization, the Hunterdon County YMCA depends upon the support of its members and the community in order to accomplish our mission of building a stronger, healthier community.
With the help of our donors, the Y provides community benefit in the form of programs and services like:
- Livestrong Cancer Wellness Program
- 7th Grade Initiative
- 2nd Grade Learn to Swim Initiative
- Summer Camp for children in need
- Early childhood education and school age childcare for low-income families
- Financial Assistance for low-income individuals and families
You can help ensure that everyone in our community can grow stronger here at our Y by learning about how to give at https://www.hcymca.org/about/give/.