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Here is what's new:

COVID 19 Update: April 6, 2021 - YMCA Calgary is making plans now to fully comply with new directives from Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Government of Alberta to protect our members and participants. A full description of changes will be forthcoming. Please watch your email, our website, our YMCA Calgary app and our social media channels for updates.

 

Under the new guidelines, we can confirm that unsupervised exercise appointments will be cancelled effective Wednesday April 7. People with these current appointments will be contacted directly by YMCA staff.

 

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Memberships

Currently, YMCA Calgary is offering “pay as you go” opportunities to access our facilities. That’s because the current offerings and number of appointments we are able to offer is limited based on government-imposed restrictions. As an example, we are currently restricted to around 15% of the appointments we were able to offer in the fall of 2020.

 

We have not reactivated YMCA memberships at this time. We do not believe it is fair or practical to reactivate tens of thousands of YMCA memberships due to these ongoing restrictions on capacity and availability of appointments.

 

However, we realize that the current YMCA “pay as you go” model is not working for everyone.

 

New Payment Option for Members

We are doing our best to make our members’ experience better. In that spirit, here is an additional option for our members to consider:

 

If you would like to OPT-IN to turn back on your YMCA membership, that option is now available to you.

 

If you choose to OPT-IN to turn back on your YMCA membership, please click the button below to fill out the membership activation request form.

 

Click here to access the membership activation request form

 

Please note: You will be contacted within 3 business days of informing us that you are interested in this ‘opt-in’ membership opportunity so we can have a conversation with you about this option, including anticipated availability of appointments. Completion of the form does NOT automatically activate your membership.

 

This change is not a relaxation of YMCA compliance to government restrictions. It is an additional payment option for YMCA members in this interim period.

 

Remember, all memberships are currently paused and no membership payments are being taken unless you choose this option.

 

Other Membership Options

  • Pay as you go: - No action Required
    Those who choose NOT to opt-in to membership are still welcome to book “pay as you go” appointments to access the YMCA’s current offerings. To book or learn more about those offerings, please click here.
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  • Membership Hold Extension: - Action Required
    If you would like your membership to remain on hold, we will extend your hold until June 30, 2021. This date has been chosen in alignment with the Government of Alberta’s published mass vaccination timeline. To place your YMCA membership on hold, please click here.
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  • Membership Cancellations: - Action Required
    If you would like to cancel your YMCA membership at this time, please click here

 

 

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Current Offerings

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Swimming Appointments
Program Description Registration Locations
Supervised Lane Swim Book a swimming lane for an hour. Provincial health regulations require 1-to-1 supervision of all high intensity activities and that includes lane swimming. Under current guidelines, we must have a YMCA staff member present and actively supervise each individual during each appointment. Each lane will have one participant per appointment. Open and on-going

 

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Swimming Programs
Program Description Registration Locations
Private Swimming Lessons Book a 30 or 60 minute private swimming lesson with a YMCA Calgary swim instructor. The curriculum is crafted specifically to your needs and ability level to achieve your swimming goals and may include increasing comfort in the water, learn to swim, stroke improvement, competitive training and more. Registration CLOSED – To inquire please call your preferred YMCA location. Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge and Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton
Swimming Lessons Register your and/or your child for a group swimming lesson! Progress your swimming skills over the course of 8 weeks in a group of 4-6 participants. Available for preschool ages (parented and unparented) to adult. Read full description for each level on our registration portal. Registration CLOSED – To inquire please call your preferred YMCA location. Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge, Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton, Saddletowne YMCA, and Shawnessy YMCA
Fitness Appointments
Program Description Registration Locations
Low Intensity Weight Floor This appointment is intended for people engaging in low intensity exercise on the walking track or weight floor which does not significantly increase heart rate or breathing rate/depth. Participants should be able to speak in full sentences while engaging in this type of exercise without pausing to catch their breath. Use of the track, free weights, and weight training equipment is permitted for low intensity activities. Use of cardio equipment is not permitted. Open and on-going

 

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High Intensity Weight Floor and Cardio This appointment is intended for people who want to do cardiovascular, interval style or conditioning workout that raises the heart rate and makes you breathe heavier for any portion of or all of your session. Any exercise that causes you to feel out of breath or have trouble speaking in full sentences is considered high intensity. This may or may not include cardio or weight training equipment. These sessions are supervised by a fitness trainer in accordance with current government guidelines. Open and on-going

 

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Low Intensity Group Fitness Classes Currently we are offering Yoga, Gentle Fitness, and Full Body Strength. Open and on-going

 

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Family Appointments
Program Description Registration Locations
Family Rec Swim Book an hour in one of our pools for your family (up to 6 household members) to use. Recreational Swim is self-directed, allowing adults, children, and youth to utilize the pool for games, physical activity, and fun. Open and on-going

 

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Family Gymnasium Family Gym provides opportunities for family members, living in the same household, to engage in play and physical activity.  Activities are self-directed allowing adults, children and youth to utilize gymnasiums for games, skill development and fun. Maximum 6 participants. Open and on-going

 

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Family Skate Book the leisure ice at Shane Homes YMCA or Arena B at Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton for your family (up to 8 household members). Book up to 1 hour maximum. A CSA approved helmet is mandatory for all ages. Open and on-going

 

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Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge and Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton
Family Lounge Family Lounge allows families, living in the same household, to rent a multi-purpose space within the YMCA. Each family can choose to bring their own activities and/or supplies to make the experience their own! Maximum 6 participants. Open and on-going

 

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Sport Programs
Program Description Registration Locations
Youth Badminton Badminton is a blast! Explore the foundational skills of badminton and develop a love for this fast-moving game. Each week you will start with a warm-up, then move into a skills session and wind things up with an informal game to apply your new skills. Badminton coaching and equipment is included, and all skills and abilities are welcome. Registration opens March 22 & 24. Six week session runs April 5 – May 16

 

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Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge and Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton
Private Skate Lessons Need a little-one-on-one practice to feel more comfortable and confident on the ice? Private lessons will help to make you a stronger skater through personally tailored instruction. Both private and semi-private lessons are available for ages five and older. Registration opens March 22 & 24. Six week session runs April 5 – May 16

 

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Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge and Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton
YMCA Basketball Skill Development Set down some skills! In this once-a-week program, participants will develop individual skills through a series of structured games and drills – learning how to “own the ball” before they share the ball. Players will gain an understanding of the game of basketball and learn how to apply newly developed skills to become an effective team player. Registration opens March 22 & 24. Six week session runs April 5 – May 16

 

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Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge and Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton
YMCA Girls Only Basketball Skill Development Set down some skills! In this once-a-week program, participants will develop individual skills through a series of structured games and drills – learning how to “own the ball” before they share the ball. Players will gain an understanding of the game of basketball and learn how to apply newly developed skills to become an effective team player. Registration opens March 22 & 24. Six week session runs April 5 – May 16

 

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Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton
Youth Sport Conditioning Come get fit with us! In this once-a-week program, participants will develop and gain experience in fun, age appropriate exercises and activities that help deliver the agility, balance, coordination and skill training that young players need to compliment their sport play! Registration opens March 22 & 24. Six week session runs April 5 – May 16

 

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Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge and Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton
Preschool Programs
Program Description Registration Locations
Family Rec Swim Help your child get a great start in learning! In this program, preschoolers will be introduced to physical activity, literacy, mathematics and science through play-based learning experiences. Your child will have fun in the preschool room participating in story time, art, drama and music activities, as well as enjoy lots of active time working on gross motor, spatial awareness and movement fundamentals. Registration opens March 22 & 24. Six week session runs April 5 – May 16

 

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How to Book

 

Q: How can I book an appointment?

A: All appointments can be booked using our Online Registration Portal.

 

YMCA MEMBERS:
  • Visit our online portal at https://ymcacalgary.force.com/ Click on “Log in to the Portal” to begin
  • Activate your previous YMCA Online account by clicking “Activate your account with Avocado” You will need your YMCA Membership Barcode in addition to one of the following options: Family PIN (eConnect), Street Address, or Date of Birth.
  • Complete filling in your personal information and create a password.
  • You will receive a confirmation email confirming your account activation.
NOT A MEMBER?
  • Visit our online portal at https://ymcacalgary.force.com/ Click on “Log in to the Portal” to begin
  • Create a new account by clicking “Get Started” on the Online Portal
  • Complete filling in your personal information and create a password.
  • You will receive a confirmation email confirming your account activation.

 

Q: When can I book an appointment?

A: To ensure we can adhere to capacity standards at all times, all users, including YMCA members, must pre-book an appointment to access YMCA facilities and to use amenities including the weight floors, the swimming pools and other areas that are available for use. Appointments can be booked up to three days in advance. For example, if you want to visit on a Monday, you can book your appointment on Friday through Sunday. Users must pre-book an appointment for themselves or individuals in their party here: www.ymcacalgary.org/appointments

 

Q: How can I pay for my appointment?

A: All appointments are paid online during the checkout process on the Online Registration Portal. Acceptable payment methods include Credit or Debit.

 

Q: I am having issues with my online registration account. Can someone assist me?

A: If you are experiencing issues with your account or having trouble booking an appointment, staff can assist you during operating hours. Please call the location you are booking an appointment for.

 

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Hours of Operation

Location Hours M-F Hours Sat Phone Numbers
Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton & Shane Homes at Rocky Ridge YMCA 11:30am - 7:30pm Sat&Sun 7:00am - 3:00pm Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton: 403-351-5262

 

Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge: 403-351-6673
Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot & Shawnessy YMCA 6:00am - 2:00pm 7:00am - 3:00pm Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot: 403-547-6576

 

Shawnessy YMCA: 403-256-5333
Remington YMCA in Quarry Park & Saddletowne YMCA 2:00pm - 10:00pm 7:00am - 3:00pm Remington YMCA in Quarry Park: 403-351-6678

 

Saddletowne YMCA: 403-237-2393

 

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Keeping You Safe

YMCA Calgary is actively monitoring and complying with all directives from Alberta Health Services, the Government of Alberta, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and other relevant health authorities.

 

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General FAQs

 

Q: What's changed in this stage of re-opening?

A:

  • Thank you for your patience as we took a bit of time to understand the updated health guidance provided by the Government of Alberta and Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health under Step 2 of the “The Path Forward” plan.
  • Upon further consultations with the province on restrictions, we now know more and so we can safely offer you more. We’ve also heard from you on how much you are missing your YMCA. We believe that the Y has an obligation to provide safe and quality experiences to our community, especially in moments of great need.
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    YMCA Calgary is now open, with restrictions, in order to meet these new government guidelines and welcome you back.

     

    The timing and mix of services offered allows us to:
    • recall staff with appropriate notice as we expand offerings
    • prepare our facilities for a continued safe, responsible and efficient re-opening after many months of closure
    • communicate with you the latest information despite frequent changes in government guidelines due to the pandemic

 

Q: Why can’t you just switch on my membership payment?

A: Provincial Health Regulations for indoor fitness significantly limit what we can provide and how you access it. Much of what a membership includes will not yet be available. For example, much of the weight floor equipment and most opportunities to swim as normal are not available under the existing guidelines. Capacity on our weight floors will be much smaller throughout the day, and there will be limited appointments at first. We do not believe it is right to charge a monthly membership when access will be restricted in this way. It is unlikely you will be able to attend daily due to appointments available – pay-as-you-go is a much fairer alternative during this period. The reality is it is unlikely you will be able to attend daily due to the shortage of appointments – pay-as-you-go is a much fairer alternative during this period.

 

Q: How many appointments are available each day?

A: The number of certified instructors available limits the quantity of High-Intensity Weight Floor or swimming appointments. Government regulations are specific on the supervision required, and who may carry them out. On average each day you can expect to see:

  • Low Intensity appointments= 20-30 appointment slots/per hour/per location
  • High Intensity appointments=3-5 appointment slots/per hour/per location
  • Lane Swimming appointments= 15 appointment slots/per day/per location
  • Schedules for Group Fitness Classes will be posted in each YMCA location and available on the YMCA Calgary App

 

Please know this is only temporary under the current government restrictions. Your cooperation will help us keep our doors open, and to expand our facilities, programs and services as quickly as possible.

 

Q: Why are there so few appointments?

A: Provincial health regulations require 1-to-1 supervision of all high intensity drop-in bookings and swimming. Under current guidelines, that means a YMCA staff member must supervise you individually as you carry out those activities. The number of certified instructors available limits the quantity of High Intensity Weight Floor or Swimming appointments. Government regulations are specific on the supervision required, and who may carry them out.

 

Q: Why open at all if the number of appointments are limited?

A: YMCA Calgary decided to re-open despite significant restrictions because the Y has an obligation to provide safe and quality experiences to our community, especially in moments of great need. This will give more members of our community safe access to quality recreation opportunities to support both their physical and mental health. It will also put us in a better position to re-open more thoroughly and more quickly when restrictions are loosened.

 

Q: Why is it so expensive?

A: Before COVID-19, “Drop In Access” to the YMCA has been priced at $16 for adults for many years. This price has not changed. Many of the current appointments must also be staffed 1-to-1 to comply with the provincial regulations. Everyone will have access to the same amenities and level of service. Therefore, we are charging one rate for all. Reduced pricing is available for ages 12+ to access High & Low Intensity appointments and Supervised Lane Swim. To book these appointments for youth please contact Member Services directly, as they are not available online. As in all YMCA programs and drop-in bookings, financial assistance is available to those requiring it. At the YMCA, no one is turned away.

 

Q: What if I can’t afford the listed price?

A: YMCA Calgary provides financial assistance for those who wish to register for membership, programs, or camps, but cannot afford the full registration fee. Any individuals and/or families that were receiving financial assistance before prior to the closure of the YMCA will continue to have that honoured for the remainder of their membership term. For individuals and families whose financial circumstance have changed in light of the COVID 19 pandemic, they will be able to apply for financial assistance by either providing proof that they have been approved through any of our partner organizations (City of Calgary, AISH, Health Benefits card etc.) or by providing documentation showing they received or qualified for EI benefits. All individuals and families who meet this criterion will be approved for three months and then will need to re-apply to continue their assistance.

 

Q: How long will this service scenario last?

A: We all hope this is for a concise period. Membership will be re-activated, and YMCA facilities will extend hours as soon as we can provide a service-level equal to that seen in late 2020 or better. That includes unsupervised access to the weight floor and swimming opportunities. We will return to this level of service very quickly following a change in health regulations.

 

Q: Why can’t we access as normal and make our own decisions?

A: YMCA Calgary is a health and wellness organization. Throughout the pandemic, we have committed to put people first and to follow the guidance of the Provincial Government and Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. Allowing unsupervised access to our weight floors and pools would be in breach of the current regulations and would not be putting the safety of our members, participants, or staff first.

 

Q: I thought “Drop-In” wasn’t allowed?

A: Provincial health regulations specifically forbid “drop-in” bookings. However, the provincial definition of “drop-in” means no appointment is necessary. All our current activities require appointments. The long-standing YMCA definition of “drop-in” effectively means “service not accessed through membership” – i.e., you pay-as-you-go.

 

Q: Why are other gyms doing this differently?

A: Some may be interpreting the rules differently. YMCA Calgary believes it is responsible to follow the guidelines set forth by Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health to keep our members, participants, staff, and volunteers safe.

 

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Access FAQs:

 

Q: What equipment will be available for low intensity drop-in bookings?

  • Track (walking only)
  • Free weights & benches
  • Selected strength equipment (Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Cybex)
  • Cables
  • Squat racks
  • Platforms (no Olympic Lifting)
  • Stretching area
  Signage will be placed throughout the facility to guide you on what equipment is available.

 

Q: What equipment will be available for high intensity drop-in bookings?

  • Cardio machines (treadmill, elliptical, stair climber, stationary bikes, recumbent bikes, rowers, assault bike, Airdyne bike, Sci-Fit, etc)
  • Keiser & Life Fitness Bikes
  • Box jump/plyometrics
  • Jump rope
  • Floor space for Tabata/Interval Training/HIIT style workouts
  Signage will be placed throughout the facility to guide you on what equipment is available.

 

Q: What does “supervised” appointments mean?

A: Supervised appointments are bookings that require a YMCA staff member to accompany you 1-on-1 to comply with current Provincial Guidelines. On the Weight Floor a qualified Personal Trainer will provide one-on-one guidance on exercise technique, form correction and proper use of equipment as well as general fitness advice as required. For Lane Swim, a qualified Swim instructor will provide one-on-one stroke correction, help formulate swim workouts and provide active feedback of swim technique.

 

Q: What does “independent” appointments mean?

A: Independent appointments are bookings where participants can use designated recreation areas without 1-on-1 supervision. These bookings will include low-intensity strength floor and low-intensity group fitness classes. YMCA staff will be monitoring our guests on the strength floor to ensure low-intensity exercises are being performed and educating our guests on restrictions if they are not being followed.

 

Q: What is “low intensity” exercise?

A: Low intensity fitness includes exercises not focused specifically on cardio that have a low depth and rate of respiration. “Low intensity” will look different for everyone based on several factors such as fitness, health, and type of activity. To keep activity at a low intensity for you personally, there’s a simple measure. It’s the TALK test. If you can speak comfortably or carry on a conversation during your workout without sounding breathless, you are exercising at an acceptable low intensity level. Appointments can be made for the following Independent Low Intensity bookings:

  • Group Fitness Classes
  • Independent Low Intensity Weight Floor

 

Q: What is “high intensity” exercise?

A: High intensity fitness is often focused on cardiovascular exercises that have a high depth and rate of respiration. Using the TALK test – you will not be able to say more than a few words without pausing for a breath during high intensity exercise Appointments can be made for the following Supervised High Intensity bookings:

  • Supervised Lane Swimming
  • Supervised High Intensity Cardio and Weight Floor

 

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