The Darien YMCA has been an integral part of Darien for 50 years with its focus on improving individual health and well-being, developing the potential of kids, and giving back to the community.
“Family” is defined by the National YMCA as adults and children living in the same household, and being related by blood, marriage, or adoption. The Darien YMCA will require proof of residency of all parties seeking a membership that consists of more than one individual.
We offer Nationwide Membership because we want to help you to reach your health and wellness goals wherever you live, work or travel. This is an essential part of our cause of strengthening communities.
Nationwide Membership – Things to Know Before You Go:
As a Nationwide Member, you now have the added value of visiting Ys across the United States and Puerto Rico. There are a few guidelines to know and follow when you travel:
- Before you travel, contact the Y you intend to visit to make sure it is one of the more than 2,600 locations that participate in Nationwide Membership.
- You must have an active membership to be eligible for Nationwide Membership.
- On average, at least 50% of your monthly visits must be to your Home YMCA (the local association that enrolled you and collects your membership dues).
- If you have known periods of seasonal travel (when you will not be using your Home Y at least 50% of the time or will be a resident of another area for more than 28 days), you will need to place your Home Y membership on hold (or cancel it) and join the Y where you will be living for that time period. Please plan ahead, as it may take several weeks to place your account on hold.
- If you are a college student, you will need to join the YMCA where your usage is 50% or greater. Nationwide Membership is based on individual usage, not the family unit. Most Ys have a young adult or college membership option, or you can ask about the financial assistance program.
- Most YMCAs require a photo ID for all visitors. Please bring a photo ID with you for a seamless customer experience.
- You will be asked to sign a wavier when visiting other YMCA locations.
It is the members’ responsibility to carry their membership card while in the facility: to gain admittance to the facility, when registering for programs, and upon entering the pools.
Code of Conduct
We expect everyone using the YMCA to behave in a mature and responsible way, and to respect the rights and dignity of others. Our Code of Conduct does not permit language or actions that can hurt or frighten another person, or that falls below a generally accepted standard of conduct. Members should report an infraction to a YMCA Director immediately.
The YMCA reserves the right to suspend or revoke any membership for good cause as determined by the Executive Director or the Board of Directors. The length of suspension or refund of membership dues or fees will be determined by the same authority.
The actions listed below are not an all-inclusive list of behaviors considered inappropriate within the YMCA property, facilities, or programs:
- 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, 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
- Loitering within or on the grounds of the YMCA
The Y will make every effort to open its doors during inclement weather. Please note that a final decision to open or close will be made based on conditions of your safety, staff safety, and emergency first responder’s recommendations. Holly Pond Nursery School will continue to mirror the Darien Public Schools in the event of their closings or a 90-minute delay. If the Darien Public Schools have a delayed opening and the YMCA opens at its regular morning hour, the following policy applies:
- Holly Pond Nursery School will open at 10:00 a.m.
- All Youth Aquatics and Gymnastics classes will begin at 10:00 a.m.
- All Group Fitness Classes and Adult Fitness Classes will run at regularly scheduled times
If the Darien Public Schools cancel school or have an early dismissal, a decision will be made by the Executive Director about whether the YMCA will remain open and whether classes will run. All announcements regarding closings will be made available online through our website (under Y News) on Facebook, Twitter, our iPhone mobile app, and our Droid mobile app. If you have any questions you should contact the Y’s main phone number and a recorded message will be current.
The Darien YMCA does not provide accident insurance for injuries sustained during YMCA activities. Program members participate in programs and use the facility at their own risk. Members are encouraged to have personal medical insurance coverage.
Youth Supervision Policy
Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times (with the exception of open gym). Please see the following rules for each department
Wellness Center minimum age: 13 years old, which constitutes a Student Fit membership. All Student Fit members must complete a Wellness Center youth certification (free of charge) with one of our personal trainers before being allowed to use the Wellness Center. (please see Wellness Center student hours).
Training Center minimum age: 15 years old. If the student is 15 years or older, they will be orientated with the Training Center during their initial youth certification.
Personal Training minimum age: 10 years old. This option is open to children of members and children who hold youth memberships. Non-member children are also permitted to personally train at an increased rate.
Group Exercise Classes minimum age: 15 years old.
Open Gym: 12 years of age and older. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Aquatics: Children 8 & under must have a parent/guardian (minimum of 17 years) with them in the water and in the locker rooms at all times.
Aquatics: Children 9 to 12 must have a parent/guardian supervising them on the pool deck at all times. if a 9-12 year old is a non-swimmer a parent/guardian is required to swim with their child
Aquatics: Children 13 years and older are allowed to use the pools without direct supervision. Parents are strongly encouraged to be in the building while their child is swimming
During the hours of 5-8 p.m. on the weekdays, all students of respective ages must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in either the Wellness Center or the Training Center
The YMCA would prefer that all children under 16 years of age be picked up at the YMCA instead of having them walk home or bicycle home.
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.
Youth Membership Policy
Children (under 18) of Adult members and Youth members are entitled to:
• Priority registration
• Use of the pool
• Use of the basketball gym
Children (under 18) of Adult members and Youth members are not permitted to:
• Have access to our fitness facilities this includes the Wellness and Training Centers
• Have guest pass privileges
All youth are required to check in at the Control Desk when entering the facility. Kids must be age 12 to use the pool and basketball facilities without adult supervision.
Teens who are interested in using our fitness facilities can purchase a Student Fit membership and will have access to the following:
• Age 13-14 – Use the Wellness Center after a student fit certification with our staff.
• Age 15-17 – Use the Wellness Center, Training Center, and take fitness classes after a student fit certification with our staff.