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Swimming Lesson: Fall 2 Session

Give your child the gift of confidence around the water. Our swimming lesson program focuses on instructing children on the safety skills when being in...

Intramural Sports Registration Dates

Registration | September 14-October 5 $20 person (Basketball and Volleyball only) Register before September 21 to...

Fall Parking Permits

Don't forget to pick up your Fall Parking Permit from our Welcome Center today! ...

Making Change Stick

Making change "stick" is hard. Designed to offer tools to support life change in spirit, mind, and body, this workshop will help participants create lasting...

Dance Yoga

Coming in October!  Dance Yoga: Control breathing through a series of flowing movements designed to strengthen and lengthen muscles while developing...

Community Prayer Group

All denominations are welcome for a quiet time of prayer and reflection in the upper lounge every Wednesday. We pray for our nation, our community, our...

Teen Late Nite

Come compete in our Friday night basketball tournaments, break dance, workout, swim, hang out with friends, and more. Membership is not required, bring photo identification...

Teen Late Nite

Come compete in our Saturday night basketball tournaments, break dance, workout, swim, hang out with friends, and more. Membership is not required, bring photo identification...

Journey To Healthy Living

Find freedom from food issues, eating disorders, and negative body image. This group provides support to help you achieve peace with your body and lifestyle...

More than a century ago, Sonora Smart Dodd aspired to to create a holiday to honor fathers like her own, who, after the loss of his wife, did the painstaking work of raising six children of his own. With the support of some ministers in her hometown of Spokane, Washington, her idea came to fruition when the first official Father's Day was celebrated at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.

Father's Day is just around the corner. Stop by and write a Thank You card to a Father figure in your life.

Just remember, a father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.

Summer is just about here! We welcome the sun-and your visitors.
Be sure to familiarize yourself with our guest pass policy before bringing your friends and family in to see us.

As a reminder, all guests under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by a parent/legal guardian on file prior to using our facility. Forms are available on our website. Looking forward to a great summer!

"A Farewell to Arms."
From time to time, the question arises, "What's the Y's policy on weapons in the facility?"

Because of the nature of our work, especially our youth programs, weapons (knives, brass knuckles, guns, etc.) are prohibited in our facilities. If you arrive at the Y in possession of one of the aforementioned items, please alert the Manager on Duty, who will be happy to help you store in our lock box while you exercise.

Thank you for helping us create a safe environment for all!

Our swimming lesson children are professionals when it comes to hopscotch.

Test your hopscotch abilities the next time you are in the Tacoma Center YMCA and challenge your workout partner to a round of hopscotch as well.

#tbt We love this sweet image from the archives at the YMCA of San Francisco.

Together we build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.

Today we celebrate another wonderful member on her birthday, Futaba!

Futaba, you are someone very special
and you should know it today
You are wished the nicest things
That life can bring your way.

Wishing you a Happy Birthday from the Tacoma Center YMCA!

A Safety Soundbite from our Risk Manager:

Hold the Phone. Just a gentle reminder that the use of mobile devices and cameras is restricted in our locker rooms as a safety measure to protect your privacy and the safety of our kids.

Also, as a courtesy to your fellow members, please refrain from taking personal phone calls while using exercise equipment. It's a little awkward and can be a distraction. Thank you!

Our Safety and Risk Manager shares some safety soundbites in honor of National Safety Month.

First on the list- Beat that heat! Maintain your health during the rising temperatures:
1.) Drink a quart of fluids per hour.
2.) Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can speed dehydration.
3.) Take it easy- limit your time directly in the sun, and remember not to overexert yourself.
4.) Never leave children or pets alone in the car, even for a minute.
5. Wear sunscreen!

Stay tuned for more safety soundbites throughout the month.

What are you doing this summer?

If you are looking to fill your schedule with fun, outside activities, join us Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays at 12:15pm for our Bootcamp class.

As the weather gets nicer, the more the class will be venturing out into Downtown Tacoma.

#tbt The Y has been making waves in water safety for over a hundred years. The nation's first "swimming bath" was housed in a New York YMCA in 1884. Just 24 years later, the first group swimming lesson occurred at a YMCA in Detroit.

Last year, the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties alone collectively taught more than 74,268 swim lessons!

What's happening at tacoma center Ymca

Read our bi-annual Insights Newsletter

View our October Newsletter 
Making Waves Aquatic Newsletter
Creative Connection Arts Newsletter 
Summer Donor Newsletter
Check out our 2015 Program Guide 

Fall Parking Permit
Visit the Welcome Center and pick up your Fall Parking Permit today! 
Questions? KJ Moren at 253-460-8866

Journey to Healthy Living
Register today for this eight week course beginning October 12. This course is for those who are searching to create peace with their bodies and lifestyle. This course provides a nurturing environment to address food and body image issues related to weight loss, eating disorders, and food addictions. 
Questions? Carol Ann Briggs at 253-460-8871

Making Change Stick
This workshop is designed to offer tools to support lief change in spirit, mind, and body, and help participants cerate lasting change in their lives. 
October 14 | 5pm
October 15 | 12pm 
Questions? Carol Ann Briggs at 253-460-8871

Floating Beyond Fear
Register for this innovative class for adults that combines group discussions and pool time designed to address fear of the water. This class begins October 14 and runs for eight weeks. 
Questions? Carol Ann Briggs at 253-460-8871

Register your children today for our Preschool and Youth Swimming Lesson Program.



  • REGISTRATION: December 13 
  • SESSION: January 3-31


  • REGISTRATION: January 31
  • SESSION: February 14-March 13


  • REGISTRATION: March 14
  • SESSION: March 28-April 25


  • REGISTRATION: April 25
  • SESSION: May 9-June 6


  • SESSION: June 20-July 25


  • SESSION: August 8-September 5


  • REGISTRATION: September 5
  • SESSION: September 19-October 17


  • REGISTRATION: October 17
  • SESSION: October 31-November 28



  • ActivTrax
  • Basketball courts
  • Cardio Theater with MP3 player connectors
  • Free weights and Weight Equipment
  • Group cycling studio
  • Group exercise rooms
  • Gymnasium
  • Handball, Raquetball, Squash Courts
  • Hot tub
  • Indoor Track
  • Locker Rooms with vanity areas
  • Pilates Studio
  • Pool
  • Secure storage lockers
  • Steam Room
  • Stretching Area
  • Toning Studio
  • Volleyball Courts


The Y is a cause for strengthening community. That’s why we’re here working with you every day, making sure that you, your family, and community have the resources and support you need to learn, grow, and thrive. Learn more about becoming a member.

At every age and every level of activity, you will find people just like you looking to become a little healthier. The Y has the facilities, equipment, programs, staff, and dedicated membership to support you as you choose your path a healthier lifestyle. 

The Tacoma Center YMCA offers a variety of fitness classes for all levels and abilities. All classes are included in your YMCA membership and available on a drop-in basis.


  • New Years Day | 9am-6pm
  • Easter | CLOSED
  • Memorial Day | 7am-3pm
  • July 4 | 7am-1pm
  • Labor Day | 7am-3pm
  • Thanksgiving | 7am-1pm
  • Friday After Thanksgiving | 7am-9pm
  • Christmas Eve Day | 4:45am-3pm
  • Christmas | CLOSED
  • December 26 | 7am-10pm
  • New Years Eve Day  |  4:45am-5pm

The pool closes at 9pm Monday-Friday, and 30 minutes prior to closing on Saturday and Sunday.

Tacoma Center offers programs and services for adults ages 15 and older Monday-Friday. Youth are allowed on Saturdays and Sundays when they are accompanied by an adult.


Looking to get connected to the Y? Make sure to follow Tacoma Center YMCA on Facebook. Click here to "like" our Facebook page for program spotlights, facility communication, and other helpful ways to get you set on the path to healthy living. 


FitPath is an appointment designed specifically for members ages 10 and older who want to have a tailored, progressive fitness plan. Our Health and Well-being staff will meet with you to discuss your goals to create a program that's right for you. 


Our certified personal trainers will use their knowledge of current research concepts, principles of sound exercise, and state-of-the-art equipment to design and implement a program tailored just for you. Contact Deb Delong at 253-906-9945. 


Group exercise classes are an excellent way to get active and stay motivated. Browse our classes by location and category. 


We offer a variety of programs for all ages. Browse our program offerings by category.