Find the Y in You
Many programs are available for anyone and everyone! All Programs focus on Character Development Traits: Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility. You will be sure to find the Y in You.
At the heart of the YMCA lies the power to transform—both yourself and the world around you. From our exceptional fitness, personal training, sports and aquatics programs, to our extensive preschool and school-age programs, to our fun family and community events, the Y offers an array of options focused on strengthening bodies, minds and communities. Learn more about our current offerings by exploring the sections highlighted in menu on left of page. Ready to register? Search below or call 815-433-2395 for questions and to secure your spot today.
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What is the Y, exactly?
The Ottawa YMCA is about Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.
Our Y offers high quality after school programs, swimming and gymnastics instruction, youth sports, teen programs, Day Camp and a variety of recreational experience for children and adults of all ages. What people might not know, is that the YMCA is a charity. We DO NOT turn away anyone for their inability to pay. We are proud to be able to give children an experience like swim lessons, for which they might not have had the opportunity to do.
In our current economic crisis, we have more and more people that need our help. If you have the means to give, please consider making a contribution to our Partner's in Youth Campaign.
Sponsor a child to spend a day in our daycamp where they can meet new friends and learn through play and group activities. Help a young child learn by giving them the opportunity to get a head-start on school in our preschool program. Children and teens need your help to grow up happy and strong. Families need support in their efforts to be successful in life. Our community needs support for a safer, healthier place to live and work.
Welcome to the YMCA
When you join the Y, you become part of a community that transforms lives.
Yes, we have all the state-of-the-art equipment, heated indoor pools, basketball courts, unlimited group exercise and yoga classes, free childcare and no contracts that you find elsewhere. But what's unique about the Y is that those items are so much more.
They are tools for Wellness Coaches to support you in achieving your goals. They are tools for learning safety around water. They are tools for youth development. They are tools for developing leadership skills. They are tools for connection and community. As a part of the Y, you are one of more than 3000 members working with us to strengthen our community. Your path to your best self is important to us. Join us today.
At the YMCA, we are:
- WELCOMING: We are open to all. We are a place where you can be, belong and become.
- GENUINE: We value you and embrace your individuality.
- HOPEFUL: We believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world.
- NURTURING: We support you in your journey to develop your full potential.
- DETERMINED: Above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger, beginning with you.
Learn how to swim at the Ottawa YMCA
The Y is the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning each year, and we’ve been doing it for 125 years!
Leading the fullest life possible at any age
We know that healthy lifestyles are achieved through nurturing mind, body and spirit. Well-being and fitness at the Y is much more than working out.
The Y. More than a gym.
More than just a gym, a pool, or a place for fitness; YMCA members experience a sense of belonging that can't be found anywhere else! The Y has been listening and responding to our community's most critical social needs for 125 years.