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Welcome Back To Your YMCA

Member and employee safety is our top priority. Here are some of the ways we have stepped up our safety measures:


"It's great to be back in the pool. Well done YMCA for  taking every step to ensure that the pool and gym experience is COVID-friendly, safe, and fun. A big shout out to the Welcome staff at the the front desk, cleaning staff and the Aquatic team who have gone above and beyond to be responsive and caring to the member's fitness and safety needs. Glad to have the Y in my life again."

— Glenda Kerr, YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce Member


September 1, 2020 Update:

New Schedule Starts September 8

Our new schedule will continue from September 8th to 27th. During this time we will see what is working and what needs to be adjusted. As more members reactivate their membership and return to the Y, we will be able to offer more programs and longer hours.

Check out the schedule for September 8-27, 2020

Change Rooms

A big thank you to our members! You are doing a great job in keeping 2 meters apart and wearing your mask at all times when not exercising.

Now that change rooms are open, it is a bit more challenging to stay 2 meters apart in those rooms. Please remember that there are five change rooms in total, so if the Men’s and/or Women’s change room is busy, you can also use the Boy’s, Girl’s or co-ed Family change rooms.


Each day it is important to assess how you feel and if you are feeling ill, to stay home. The screening questions are posted at the entrance and there is hand sanitizer on the wall by the north entrance, and throughout the building, for your convenience.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi resumes the week of September 8th, with practice times for Tai Chi 3 practitioners who know the whole set. The classes will take place on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10:00 am in the Gymnasium, to help ensure physical distancing. You must be a new member or have a reactivated membership.  Please phone 519-376-0484 or email to reactivate and to register for the classes. Tai chi for all other practitioners will resume in October 2020.  

Drop-In Sports

Check out the schedule for new times for pickleball, badminton and Hoops Shoot Around. Due to physical distancing, basketball games are not allowed at this time,  however, you can book a spot to practice your shots during the Hoops Shoot Around. 

Booking, Drop-in and Registration 

A reminder that programs taking place in the Pools and Gymnasium require you to book ahead, up to a week in advance. The Fitness Centre is drop-in for members. As we introduce lessons and the Program Rooms, these will need to be pre-registered in advance.

YMCA Child Care Now Hiring

Various full-time and part-time positions available in our Early Learning and Before and After School Child Care locations in Owen Sound, Port Elgin, Hanover, Kincardine and Ripley. Please visit our Careers page for job descriptions and details on how to apply.


Many members have reached out to ask how they can help. Donations to our Y are most welcome as we work to serve our community. Please click the red Donate Now button at the top of the page to make a donation.


Frequently Asked Questions 

Still have questions? For more information, please read our FAQs.


Our Safety Commitment To You

The health and safety of our members, staff and participants is of utmost importance! We are following all regulations and guidelines from our government and public health officials to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Safety measures in our Health, Fitness & Aquatics Centre include:

  1. All staff, members and volunteers will be self-screened before entering the facility.

  2. During the pilot phase of our re-opening, only members of our YMCA can use the facility. During the first week, only Teen, Adult and Senior members may access the facility. NOTE: Teen members under 16 MUST have a toe tag to enter the conditioning centre/weight training area. We will re-assess after the first week, with the possibility of adding some designated family swims where parents and children participate together. This is only a temporary measure and we are working towards welcoming all members back into the centre soon.
  3. Numbers of members accessing the facility will be monitored to ensure we are staying within the 50 person limit in our pool and our conditioning centre/weight training pods as per public health.
  4. All pool activities, gym fitness classes and pickleball require the booking of time slots. Use of the conditioning centre/weight training areas do not require booking.
  5. To promote physical distancing, we have modified the layout to ensure equipment is at least 2 meters apart, or 3 meters for high intensity cardio machines
  6. We have signage and floor markers to indicate appropriate physical distancing space and directional flow for walking traffic.
  7. We have installed plexiglass barriers at the Welcome Desk and Conditioning Centre Desk to support physical distancing.
  8. Staff will wear masks in the public areas of the facility and whenever the 2-meter distance may not be maintained.
  9. Members are required to wear a mask when indoors at the Y, except when exercising. For example, when a member is walking through the facility to the exercise area or utilizing a change room they must wear a mask.


Members Get Ready!

  1. Get your Y membership card out. Members must scan their card at the desk. If you cannot find your card, please email Customer Service at or call 519-376-0484 and press “0” to leave a message so we can print a new card for you and have it ready when you arrive. NOTE: Members must have their card or one waiting for them to access the Y. Please ensure you have received confirmation your card will be ready before attending the facility.
  2. Get out your face mask. Everyone is required to wear a mask indoors at the Y, except when exercising.
  3. Fill your water bottle. Water fountains will not be available.
  4. Change rooms and showers are available. Pool users are encouraged to shower at home just before attending the Y and then again at home after their swim.
  5. As a reminder, only clean indoor shoes are permitted in the conditioning centre/weight training areas. Please ensure you change into your indoor shoes before going upstairs.
  6. Outdoor shoes are not permitted on the pool deck, so please ensure you remove your shoes before entering the pool area or bring a pair of indoor flip-flops.
  7. You are welcome to bring and keep a small bag with you to hold your clean indoor shoes, membership card, mask, and water bottle


Accessing The Pool


For now, all aquatics programs will require pre-booking due to capacity restrictions.

To reserve a spot for lane swim, aquafit, leisure/adult swim, please email or call (519) 376-0484 and press “0”.
Classes may be booked one week in advance with a maximum of 2 lane swims per week.

AQUAFIT PARTICIPANTS: When booking for an aquafit class, please ensure you specify if you require a space in the leisure or lane pool, shallow or deep end.

If you are unable to reach a Customer Service Representative, please leave a message in the general mailbox. Please choose one method of contact. Multiple messages are not necessary.

These protocols may be adjusted or changed according to Health Regulations or YMCA Protocols.

Accessing the Conditioning Centre/Weight Training Area

Fitness Class Bookings

Initially all fitness classes will require pre-booking due to capacity restrictions.

To reserve a spot for fitness classes please email or call (519) 376-0484 and press “0”.

When booking for a class, please ensure you specify the class, date and time you are booking. Classes may be booked one week in advance only.

If you are unable to reach a Customer Service Representative, please leave a message in the general mailbox. Please choose one method of contact. Multiple messages are not necessary.

Members are also encouraged to bring their own stretch mats as mats will not be available initially. Each member MUST bring their OWN sweat towel to use.

Conditioning Centre/Weight Training Area

Pre-booking is not required for the Conditioning Centre/Weight Training area. However, please leave the workout area promptly when you are finished, to give other members their time to work out.

Please note, due to physical distancing requirements our previous stretch areas now contain equipment. We have provided a small stretch area on the southeast side of the track along the east windows. Members are encouraged to conduct pre and post workout stretches at home or outside (weather permitting) due to limited spacing. Members are also encouraged to bring their own stretch mats as mats will not be available initially.

Senior Fit (for ages 60+)

Seniors 60+ are welcome to use the conditioning centre at any time, but a special “Seniors Only” time slot is provided on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Staff will have completed a thorough clean prior to your arrival.

Equipment in the conditioning center/weight training area will be available for seniors 60+ only during this time.

The track will be available for walking only during this time.

These protocols may be adjusted or changed according to Health Regulations or YMCA Protocols.

Member Etiquette

By attending the YMCA, members are committing to follow public health guidelines and YMCA protocols, as we all work together to keep each other safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19. These guidelines include:

  1. Staying home if you are feeling ill.
  2. Participating in screening before entering the Y.
  3. Wearing a mask when at the Y, except when exercising.
  4. Keeping a minimum of 2 meters distance from others at all times.
  5. Washing hands regularly with soap and water or using hand sanitizer.
  6. Using proper sneeze and cough etiquette.
  7. Cleaning equipment before and after use.
  8. In keeping with our Y values, being kind, considerate and patient with other members, staff and volunteers as we support each other with these new behaviours and protocols.

As always, our Etiquette Statement below applies:

Etiquette Statement

The YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce is a shared experience for everyone to enjoy. Each of us can make it better for all by being considerate to others. YMCA members, staff, participants, guests and volunteers pledge to treat one another with respect and dignity. The YMCA reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to suspend or refuse services for inappropriate behaviour.

We do our best to weave our values into all of our programming. We believe each person is valuable and can make a difference!

Any member that consistently breaks public health guidelines and YMCA protocols and policies, including etiquette expectations, will be asked to leave immediately and may be denied future access to the facility.

Thank you for being so patient and Staying With Us! If you would like to make a donation you can do so HERE. Donations to the YMCA help us deliver programs that improve health, reduce social isolation and inspire hope. Thank you for helping build healthy, happy communities.

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