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. The YMCA will contact you to setup a redraft date; any balances left unpaid will result in membership cancellation.

Monthly draft is a continuous membership until cancelled in writing 24hours prior to the draft date; 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. The YMCA will give you 30-day notice prior to any membership dues increase. 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  Membership is not based on facility usage; monthly membership dues will be withdrawn whether or not members use the facility.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. The first 3 months will be at no charge. Months 4, 5, and 6 will be assessed a fee of $8 per month, to be paid up front. Hold forms must be confirmed received by a YMCA staff member at least 15 days prior to the members next scheduled draft; 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.

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.  

SWIMMING POOL - 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. 

CHILD WATCH - (6 weeks - 10 years). 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 a nominal fee. Children may be in Child Watch up to 2 hours per day.

FITNESS CENTER - Children under 10 are not permitted in the Fitness Center. Members ages 10-12 who have passed the Youth Wellness skill assessment may be permitted to use the Fitness Center when accompanied by an adult who has completed the program as well. Members ages 13-15 who have completed the Teen Wellness skill assessment may use the Fitness Center but must show a membership card designating Teen Wellness status.

GENERAL FACILITIES - Children under age 11 must be supervised by an adult at all times.  

GYMNASIUM - Children ages 9+ are permitted in the gymnasium during open gym time. Parent or responsible adult must be inside the facility at all times.

GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES - Members ages 13-15 may attend fitness classes if accompanied by an adult. Members 16 + may attend on their own.  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. Using or possessing illegal chemicals or alcohol on YMCA property, in YMCA vehicles or at YMCA-sponsored programs.
9. 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.

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.