Code of Conduct

The Ottawa YMCA is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all members and guests. Conduct that does not support the YMCA mission or core values is not acceptable. You are responsible for your behavior. Violation of these guidelines may result in suspension or revocation of membership. If you have a concern or problem, please contact a YMCA staff person.

Be Responsible – You are responsible for your behavior. The YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Caring – Please be considerate when using YMCA equipment. Return free weights to their designated spot and wipe down workout machines after use

Be Respectful – Intentional damage to another person’s property or YMCA property will not be tolerated. Mistreatment or harassment of YMCA members or staff is strictly prohibited.

Be Honest – You are expected to be honest and professional with other members and staff.

Be Healthy – Unsafe or dangerous behavior will not be tolerated. Your YMCA is a safe zone. Use or possession of drugs, alcohol, or weapons is not allowed in YMCA programs or facilities. No smoking is allowed in YMCA facilities or on YMCA property.


Age Guidelines

9 & Younger: Members under age 10 are required to be under direct supervision of a parent or guardian (over the age of 18) at all times, unless registered for and participating in a supervised YMCA program or activity. 

10 +: Can be in the facility and participate in activities without supervision in the following areas: Basketball Gyms, Open Swim (Must pass a lifeguard administered swim test for deep end of pool),  and Racquetball Court. Children 10 and over must complete the Blue Card Training through Smart Start; may use the cardio room with a parent but not allowed in the weight rooms.

High school children under 16: Must take the Weight Room Orientation with a fitness staff to gain access without supervision to the Weight Room, Junior High students are encouraged to take orientation but must still be accompanied by parent when using weight room.

Pool Guidelines
Children under 10 years old need to have an adult (18 and over) in the pool area. Jr High and younger children must exit the pool by 8:00pm Monday -Friday. Children who are not toilet trained must wear a swim diaper. The lifeguard has final authority in pool area. All posted rules must be followed.