The Y strives to help all ages learn how to swim, so they can stay safe around water and learn the skills needed to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for healthy living. Whether you’re looking for swim classes, want to learn water safety, or just enjoy swimming laps, you’ll find what you’re looking for at one of our pools.

YMCA Updates Health and Safety Protocols

The Y is updating health and safety protocols to stay consistent with state and CDC guidelines including no longer requiring reservations at Pierce County Y Aquatics Centers and changes to mask policy starting Tuesday, May 17. Check out our blog post for the full update on the Y's health and safety commitment.


All Posted Pool Rules Apply to Maintain a Safe Aquatic Environment
Age Guidelines For Lap Swim and Water Aerobics
  • Ages 8-14 must be able to pass a lap swim test to swim in the lap pool
  • We recommend teens and adults ages 15 and older for water aerobics. Youth ages 8-14 may join but must be able to pass a lap swim test and be continuously exercising
Masks and Social Distancing
  • Masks should be worn upon entering our Community Centers and should remain in place until a member is entering the water. When exiting the pool, a facemask should be on. Facemasks are not required to be worn in the pool while working out
  • Maintain six feet of distance from swimmers in adjoining lanes
  • Members who would like to sit and watch family members and friends must wear a mask at all times while on deck
Coming Prepared and Showers
  • Members must bring their own towel, bathing suit, cap, and goggles
  • Personal items should be kept on the pool deck within sight as the locker room lockers are limited
Other Safety Considerations and Borrowing Pool Equipment
  • Be mindful that lane one has the chair lift accommodation for members with disabilities. Members may be asked to either move a safe distance away or to another vacant lane
  • Water walking is permitted as long as the member stays within their lane
  • If members borrow items (kickboard, fins, waist belts, etc.) please disinfect the items and place them on their corresponding shelves. Staff members are available to assist when needed
All Posted Pool Rules Apply to Maintain a Safe Aquatic Environment
  • Split Lane swim times are scheduled to share a lap lane with another swimmer
  • Swimmers will be assigned opposite ends of the pool to enter or exit on, and for any rest breaks
  • Swimmers must be continuously lap swimming or maintaining a minimum of six feet distance from the other member
  • Y staff will do our best to honor requests to split lanes with certain members if possible
  • Family members may occupy the same lane without maintaining 6 feet of distance from one another and must book two reservations
  • Lanes hold a maximum of two people regardless of family or household status
  1. Activate your YMCA membership or join online.
  2. Review safety and etiquette guidelines for the facility and/or aquatics center above.
  3. Stay home if you're experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health officials encourage seniors and members of vulnerable populations, including those with underlying health conditions, to stay at home.