Facility Guidelines


The Decatur Family YMCA makes every effort to assure that all times/dates and pricing information posted on this website is correct, however from time to time incorrect information may get through our screening process. This website is intended to be a guide, and we encourage you to contact us directly by phone or email for the most current information on the classes or programs you may be interested in.


The Decatur Family YMCA accepts the following forms of payment:

Cash, Check, Visa, Discover, and MasterCard & Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).

If the monthly payment is elected, it must be automatically drafted from a checking, credit card or savings account of your choice each month. Bank draft memberships are perpetual and renew automatically unless the YMCA receives notification in writing to terminate the draft.

We also accept Semi-Annual payment in full and Annual payment in full.

A $25 service charge will be assessed in the event of a returned check, credit card or bank draft.


The Decatur Family YMCA reserves the right to cancel any class. Full refunds will be given. No refunds will be given for classes unless cancelled by the YMCA. If you are unable to take a class due to doctor’s orders, a refund or credit will be given if canceled before the class has begun. After the start of a session, a credit may be given for medical reasons at the discretion of the Department Director.

If you withdraw from any class and your registration has not prevented us from serving someone else and the Y has not incurred any direct expense due to your registration, you will receive a full credit.


The YMCA seeks to model and encourage behavior that fits with our Character Development Initiative. We model and encourage: CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY throughout the facility. To that end, we would hope that the dress and behavior of staff members and participants would reflect those values. Dress that is offensive or overly revealing does not help to uphold the Mission of the YMCA. Staff members and participants are asked to dress in a manner that will not cause offense to others. Some type of shirt or top should be worn at all times.

A swimsuit is required in the pool. Cut-offs and shirts are not allowed and no shoes are allowed on deck. Please refrain from wearing swimsuits in all other areas of the facility. Shoes are required in all areas of the YMCA except the pool area and locker rooms.


The Decatur Family YMCA cares about all of our families and children and is dedicated to supporting strong, healthy families.
The following youth guidelines have been added to our policies so that your children will be cared for and supervised properly:

  • Children 8 and under must be directly supervised by an adult unless participating in a Y program.
  • Children between the ages of 9 to 12 must have and adult in the building.
  • Those 15 years and older may use the Wellness Center without a parent.
  • Youth 12-14 years must complete an orientation and be accompanied by a parent.

Goodheart Center Locker Rooms are adult locker rooms reserved for those electing Goodheart Center Memberships. Children under 16 must be directly supervised by an adult with a Goodheart Center Membership. Responsible behavior is expected.

Parents with children of the opposite gender over the age of two are asked to use the Private Locker Rooms.

Those not in compliance with the above guidelines may not be allowed to participate in Decatur Family YMCA programs and an attempt to contact parents or guardians will be made.

Thank you for your cooperation.


The Test, Mark, and Protect program is a water safety initiative to keep heads above water! Because we strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment we are implementing a new swim testing program.

Why is the Decatur Family YMCA implementing a swim testing program?
As a leading nonprofit organization focused on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, the Y strives to provide a safe and nurturing environment where children can learn, grow and thrive. Research shows that 75% of beginner-swimmer drowning injuries happen in the shallow end.
What does this mean for my child?
We will be performing mandatory swim tests for all children (members and guests) ages 0-17 years.
Each swim test will take less than 5 minutes to complete. Once a test has been completed, children will then be given a break-away necklace. Lifeguards will determine who successfully completes the swim test and will guide swimmers to the designated swim areas. Necklaces must be returned to the lifeguard prior to leaving the Aquatics Center.
What are the age guidelines for children in the Aquatics Center?

  • Ages 5 and under: A parent or guardian, 18 years or older, must be in the water within arm’s reach at all times. Proper swim attire is required.
  • Ages 6-8: A parent or guardian, 18 years or older, must be in the pool (in the water) to supervise at all times.
  • Ages 9-13: Children of this age may use the Family and Lap Pools, during scheduled Open Swim times without a parent present.
  • Ages 14 and up: May use the entire Aquatics Center including the lap lanes and water fitness classes.

What are the swim test requirements?
All swimmer’s under the age of 18 years must complete a swim test each visit in order to swim in the deep water (5’ and over). The swim test consists of swimming two lengths of front crawl in the Lap Pool and treading water for one minute. At this level, children will be given a breakaway necklace and may use the entire Lap Pool and the Family Pool during open or lap swim times.
Swimmers under the age of 18 who have not passed the swim test will be asked to stay in shallow water. If a swimmer is unable to touch in the deepest part of the shallow end, a US Coast Guard Approved Lifejacket must be worn. We encourage all swimmers who still need help in order to complete the swim test to enroll in YMCA swim lessons.


The Decatur Family YMCA is committed to providing a safe and welcome 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 Y 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 or programs.

  • Using or possessing alcohol or illegal chemicals on Y property, in Y vehicles, or at Y-sponsored events.
  • Smoking on Y property – the Y 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 inappropriate contact with another person.
  • Inappropriate, immodest or revealing attire.
  • Theft or behavior that results in the destruction or loss of property

In addition, the Y 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 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.

Video recorders, cameras, or any other visual recording devices are not allowed within the YMCA without the permission of the Executive Director.

Y staff members are eager to be of assistance. Members and guests should not hesitate to notify a staff member if assistance is needed.

In order to carry out these policies, we ask that members and guests identify themselves to staff when asked.

The Executive Director will investigate all reported incidents. Suspension or termination of Y membership or privileges may result from a determination made by the Executive Director if in his discretion a violation of the Member’s Code of Conduct has occurred.

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