Making Sure We All Agree


All memberships incur a one-time non-refundable Startup Fee for processing. Membership dues may be paid annually or by monthly draft. All membership dues, monthly or annual, once paid are non-refundable. Any automatic draft that is returned will be charged a $5 returned payment fee. If returned, the draft will be automatically resubmitted for payment.  Daxko Full Service Billing will contact you to collect outstanding membership dues.  Any balances left unpaid will result in membership cancellation.  The YMCA will give you 30 days’ notice prior to any membership dues increase.

Monthly draft is a continuous membership until cancelled in writing.  The member must connect with us during normal business hours, to provide no less than a 24-hour notice of cancellation prior to the draft date.  Voicemail and/or e-mail communication will not be considered a valid notice until confirmed by Y staff.  Failure to do so will make subsequent drafts non-refundable.  Members participating in payroll deduction with their employer may require up to 2 weeks additional notice.  Members are responsible for reviewing bank statements to verify their draft cancellation.  Membership is not based on facility usage; monthly membership dues will be withdrawn whether or not members use the facility. Startup fees will be waived if a membership is renewed within 90 days, but will apply to renewals after 90 days.  


Members may put their membership on-hold for a maximum of 6 months, in a rolling 12 month period, free of charge.  The member must connect with us during normal business hours, to provide no less than a 24-hour notice of hold prior to the draft date.  Voicemails and/or e-mail communication will not be considered a valid notice until confirmed by Y staff.  Failure to do so will make subsequent drafts non-refundable. Members participating in payroll deduction with their employer may require up to 2 weeks additional notice.  While on-hold, the member will not be charged their monthly membership dues. The membership will be inactive during this time and the member will forgo access to all facilities. If a member wishes to sign up for a program while on-hold they will be charged the program member rate. Once the hold is released, the membership will automatically begin drafting again.


Akron Area YMCA ADULT members can bring up to 2 (two) individual guests per day or 1 (one) family, defined as 2 adults and dependents up to age 26 living in the same household, as a Membership perk.

Age restrictions may apply at various locations. Youth members are prohibited from bringing another youth guest at our Kohl Family Y and Lake Anna branches.

Guests must remain with the Member while they are in our facilities.

Guests will be able to participate in select programs.  Guests are excluded from participating in swim lessons or sports leagues.  Such activities require a Y membership.

Guests may come in as many times as they wish while accompanied by the member.

Daily Guest Fees:   $5 per youth; $10 per adult: $20 per family

          *No additional fee to try a class/program

Guest Passes will be honored for those visitors wishing to use our facility on a one-day trial.  Inquire at the branch

Access to all YMCA facilities and programs is limited to registered participants and active members. All members are required to present a current, valid membership card or valid photo identification when using the YMCAs facilities and programs. Membership cards are not transferable.
Members and program participants agree to follow YMCA policies, procedures and appropriate behaviors for the safety and comfort of all.  

CHILD WATCH (6 WEEKS–10 YEARS) - Child Watch allows parents to participate in programs and work out up to two hours per day while children are engaged in various age-appropriate activities in a supervised environment. Child Watch is free for those with a Family or Youth membership. Adult memberships may purchase a monthly Child Watch pass for children under 3 years of age for $5 a month. Please check with your branch for time and details.

Wellness/Fitness Center - Youth ages 10-12 may use the wellness/fitness center if accompanied by an adult (18 or older) at all times. It is recommended that the youth first complete Youth Wellness Assessment, at the branch. Teens ages 13-15 may use the wellness/fitness center if accompanied by an adult (18 and older).  They may only use the wellness/fitness center, without adult supervision, if they complete our Teen Wellness Assessment.

Gymnasium - Youth ages 9-10 are permitted in the gymnasium during open gym time.  A parent or supervising adult (age 18 or older) must be inside the building at all times. Youth ages 11+ may be in the gym without a parent or supervising adult in the building.

 Group Exercise Classes - Members ages 13–15 may attend fitness classes if accompanied by a parent/supervising adult (18 or older). Members 16 years and older may attend group classes on their own.

 Locker Rooms -Children age 4 and over are not permitted in opposite sex locker rooms but are encouraged to use the family changing rooms. Adults not required to use the family changing rooms are asked to use the regular locker rooms. The Y is not responsible for stolen, lost or damaged personal property. Ensure your lockers are secured and leave your valuables at home.

Open Swim - Children age 5 and under must be accompanied in the water by an adult wearing appropriate swimming attire at all times. Children ages 6–10 must have a parent present on the pool deck for the duration of their time in the pool. Children ages 11 and older may be in the pool without a parent present. However, they are subject to a swim test and must adhere to posted rules and any rules set forth by the lifeguard. Use of the deep end may be dependent on the completion of a standardized swim test and will be at the discretion of the lifeguard.

Check your branch for more information.


The YMCA is committed to providing a safe, caring, healthy and respectful environment for all members and guests. To promote these values, we ask all individuals to act appropriately at all times when they are using our facilities or participating in our programs. The following conduct can lead to suspension or termination of membership:

1. Inappropriate attire.
2. Physical contact with another person in an angry or threatening manner.
3. Angry or vulgar language including swearing, name calling or shouting.
4. Any demonstration of sexual activity or sexual contact with another person.
5. Harassment by words, gestures, body language or any other menacing behavior.
6. Theft or behavior that results in destruction of property.
7. Carrying or concealing a weapon or devices or an object that may be used as a weapon.
8.  Providing personal instruction/training/coaching as a non-authorized provider.

9 Using or possessing illegal chemicals or alcohol on YMCA property, in YMCA vehicles or at YMCA-sponsored programs.
10. Any other conduct of an inappropriate, threatening or offensive nature.

If any member or guest feels uncomfortable confronting a person regarding their behavior they should report the behavior to a staff member. Staff members are ready to help when these situations arise.

The YMCA conducts regular sex offender screenings on all members, participants, and guests. If a sex offender match occurs, the YMCA reserves the right to cancel membership, end program participation, and remove visitation access. The protection of our members and guests participating in our programs and/or our facilities is of paramount interest to the Akron Area YMCA. The Akron Area 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 a registered sex offender; habitually or excessively uses narcotics or dangerous drugs; has ever been convicted of any offense related to the use, sale, possession or transportation of narcotics or habit forming and/or dangerous drugs; or continually or excessively uses intoxicating beverages.

Personal training at our facilities (or related program), including instruction and coaching, is a Y service, requiring a specific skill or training to avoid and prevent injury. The liability risk for these activities in YMCA facilities and programs is held by the YMCA. As such, these activities are reserved as an exclusive Y service. The YMCA does not permit non-YMCA staff to engage in training, instruction or coaching, for compensation or gratis, in YMCA facilities or programs. Further YMCA staff may only conduct these activities as part of their assigned duties during their authorized work schedule. Limited exceptions may be allowed when prior written authorization is granted by an authorized YMCA representative. Examples may include: parents/guardians working with their own children/dependents, contracted rental agreements specifically designated for the purposes of coaching or training activities, etc., provided there is a low risk of liability.

I/we understand that there is a risk of serious injury associated with the use of the YMCA facilities, participation in YMCA programs and use of exercise and other equipment. As a condition of my membership I agree to assume the risk of injury arising from my use of the facilities, programs, equipment and for all other matters at all YMCA locations or program whenever occurring. On behalf of myself and my heirs, administrators and executors, I hereby release and hold the YMCA and it officers, trustees, employees, agents and contractors harmless from all such claims for injury and damage. I understand that I would not be permitted to participate in any YMCA program or use any YMCA facility or equipment without this agreement.  The YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen property. I authorize the Akron Area YMCA or its designees, agencies and contractors to create have and use statements, photographs, slides and videotapes of me or my family for its record keeping or marketing/public relations programs.  I/we have read and understand the information provided above. In addition, I/we understand and agree that the conditions of membership and the disclaimer/hold harmless statement are in effect throughout my membership with the Akron Area YMCA. I/we also understand and agree that if the membership is interrupted for any reason, these agreements will remain in effect during the period of interruption as well as after the membership is reinstated.