Sarasota YMCA Member Guide  

Rev. 11-10-16


The YMCA is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all members and guests. To promote safety and comfort for all, we ask individuals to act appropriately at all times when in our facility or participating in our programs.

We expect persons using the YMCA to act maturely, to behave responsibly and to respect the rights and dignity of others. Our Member Code of Conduct outlines prohibited action, but the actions listed below are not an all-inclusive list of behaviors considered inappropriate in our facilities or programs.

  • Using or possessing illegal chemicals or alcohol on YMCA property, in YMCA vehicles or at YMCA sponsored programs.

  • The YMCA and its property is a smoke-free, tobacco product-free environment. This includes electronic cigarette/smoke devices and chewing tobacco.

  • Carrying or concealing a weapon or any device or object which may be used as a weapon.

  • Harassment or intimidation by words, gestures, body language, or any type of menacing behavior.

  • Physical contact with another person in an angry, aggressive or threatening way.

  • Verbally abusive behavior, including angry or vulgar language, swearing, name calling or shouting.

  • Sexually explicit conversation or behavior; any sexual contact with another person.

  • Theft or behavior that results in the destruction or loss of property.

  • Loitering within or on the grounds of the YMCA.

  • No cellular phone usage is allowed in the locker rooms, bathrooms, sauna and steam room.

The protection of our members and guests participating in our programs and/or using our facilities is a paramount interest of our YMCA. The YMCA reserves the right to deny access or membership to any person who has been convicted of any crime involving sexual abuse, is or has been a registered sex offender or predator.

Members and guests are encouraged to take responsibility for their personal comfort and safety by asking any person whose behavior threatens their comfort to refrain from such behavior. Anyone who feels uncomfortable in confronting a person directly should report the behavior to a staff person or the building supervisor on duty. YMCA staff members are eager to be of assistance. Members and guests should not hesitate to notify a staff member if assistance is needed.

In order to carry out these policies, we ask that members and guests identify themselves when asked.

The Branch Executive (or designee) will investigate all reported incidents. Suspension or termination of YMCA membership privileges may result from a determination by the Branch Executive if, in his or her discretion, a violation of the Code of Conduct has occurred.

The hours of operation vary from branch to branch and may change without prior notice. Always check with your YMCA for details. We make every effort to give 24 hours advanced notice whenever we must change our hours of operation, however there may be situations outside our control where advanced notification will not be possible.


Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Branch
Monday-Friday 5:00am-10pm
Saturday 7:30am-8pm
Sunday 10am-6pm

Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch
Monday-Friday 5:30am-10pm
Saturday 7am-6:30pm
Sunday 10am-5pm

Hardee County Family YMCA
Monday-Friday 5am-9pm
Saturday 9am-9pm


Medical Checkup
A pre-participation medical checkup and an annual medical evaluation by your physician are strongly recommended for participation in YMCA physical fitness activities.

Special Needs
The YMCA provides opportunities for people with physical and mental disabilities to participate in our programs. So that we may provide a positive experience, please contact the YMCA about any accommodations needed for participation.

Special Events
YMCA facilities may be reserved for private parties (birthday parties, meetings, etc.). Reservations should be made at your YMCA Branch.

Fitness Orientation & Wellness Advisor Consultation
The free orientation & consultation are educational tools that assist YMCA members in implementing safe and effective exercise guidelines. We highly recommend that new members make an appointment for their fitness orientation & wellness advisor consultation that will explain the general components of exercise, proper use of equipment, fitness area procedures, and get them started on their fitness journey with the right first step.

Personal Training Safety
Our certified Personal trainers will instruct you on how to safely and effectively perform exercises suitable for your age, fitness level, physical limitations and desired fitness goals. Recommendations – Our Certified Personal Trainers will develop a program that suits your individual goals and schedule. The trainers will recommend exercises and stretches that may help improve your game in golf, tennis, basketball, baseball or help with any other conditioning needed.

Personal Training Policy
Based on the recommendations of the National YMCA of the USA, and because personal training services are offered by the YMCA, only Sarasota Family YMCA certified personal training staff members will be allowed to utilize YMCA facilities for personal training services. YMCA Personal Training services are available to members only.

As a family oriented organization, the YMCA encourages members and their guests to maintain an appearance that is not disruptive, distracting, nor offensive in any regard.

  • Appropriate shirts, shorts and athletic footwear are required. Clothing should cover the midriff and chest, undergarments should not be shown and shorts should provide adequate coverage.

  • Inappropriate, immodest or sexually revealing attire is not permitted, including attire that carries sexual, vulgar, or offensive messages.

  • Proper athletic footwear (closed-toe, closed-heel) should be worn. Only non-marking shoes are permitted on wood floors.

  • Swim suits are required in the swimming pool and spa. Thong type bathing suits, cut-offs and gym shorts are not permitted in the pool.

  • For your safety, it is strongly recommended that eye guards be worn in the racquetball courts.

Lockers are available for daily use during your visit to the YMCA. We strongly advise the use of locks to protect your personal items. Please use your own lock to secure your clothes and valuables in your “daily use” lockers while you are working out at the YMCA. Locks left on overnight are subject to removal without notification due to safety and health concerns. Valuables are best left at home.

Lost and Found
The YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen property, however, we do keep lost and found items whenever possible. Please check at your YMCA for the location of the lost and found.

Contact a YMCA staff person immediately if there is an accident, injury or unusual incident. We are here to assist you. However, please be advised that you are participating in all activities at your own risk and are fully responsible for yourself, your children and your guest. The Sarasota Family YMCA does not carry accident insurance on its members or participants. All expenses at the YMCA or through involvement in YMCA programs and activities are the responsibility of the member/participant and his/her own insurance carrier.

Service Animals
ervice animals are allowed to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go. (For example, service animals may go into the locker room, but NOT in the shower area.) Service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices.


  • For your safety, glass containers, open containers and food are not permitted.

  • Water bottles are recommended.

  • For our members’ safety, no bags should be on the fitness floor.

  • There is a time limit on each piece of cardiovascular equipment of 30 minutes.

  • Be courteous. If doing more than 1 set, allow waiting members to work in.

  • Please wipe off perspiration from equipment when finished and return weights to racks.

  • Please do not drop or slam weights, nor do curls in the squat rack.

  • In respect for the workout time of all our members, please refrain from talking on your cell phone while on the fitness floor.

  • For safety reasons, no strollers are permitted on the indoor track.

  • For the health of all our members, no person having skin lesions, sores, inflamed eyes or mouth, nose or ear discharge, or who is known to the local health office as a carrier of microorganisms for any communicable disease, shall participate in group contact activities.


  • Youth ages 14 and up are allowed on the fitness floor.

  • Youth ages 10-13 may be permitted to use the fitness floor and cardio equipment once they have successfully completed the Fit Kids orientation, subject to some restrictions. A complimentary Fit Kids orientation is offered with a fitness instructor or a personal trainer. Members can sign up at the front desk.

  • Children ages 10+ may attend family friendly group exercise classes with adult supervision. See group exercise schedule for more details about our family friendly group classes.

  • Youth ages 10-13, at the parents’ discretion, can utilize the YMCA facility for up to 3 hours at a time, in youth approved program areas limited to: indoor/outdoor track, basketball and racquetball courts.

  • Children ages 9 and under in the YMCA building or on the campus are required to be registered and participating in a YMCA program or accompanied by parent/adult to utilize youth approved program areas limited to: indoor track, basketball and racquetball courts. Youth must be supervised while using these areas and following all policies.

  • Children age 5 years and younger may use the same locker room with their parent/guardian. Children age 6 years and older must use gender appropriate locker rooms. Please note we also have Family Locker Rooms available.

  • Child Watch is available for children of YMCA members while parent(s) is/are on the premises using the facilities. We provide this as a free service to our YMCA Members. Child Watch is open to children 6 weeks to 9 years old with a daily cumulative two-hour maximum. Additional rules and restrictions apply. For more information, please visit our member services desk.

Pool Use Guidelines

  • Shower before using the pools.

  • Children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult fully in the water and must remain within arms reach of children at all times. Swimmers ages 6-9 need to have parent/guardian on deck. Swimmers ages 10-12 need parent in the YMCA.

  • ALL non-swimmers must be accompanied by an adult in the water and must never be left unattended.

  • Youth ages 16 and under must swim 25 yards unassisted on top of the water and tread water for 20 seconds. Lifeguards have final say in swimming ability. A band will be issued upon passing the swim test. If a child does not pass the swim test, an adult must stay in the water with him/her.

  • Infants and non-toilet trained children are required to wear waterproof swim diaper with plastic over pants.

  • Blocking or playing on ropes, rails, & ladders is prohibited.

  • Urinating, spitting, or nose blowing in the pool, hot tub or on the deck is prohibited.

  • Smoking, alcoholic beverages, glass containers, gum, food or drinks are not permitted in pool area.

  • More than 2 swimmers per lap lane must circle swim. To avoid collisions when sharing lanes always make sure that the other swimmer knows you are in the lane.

  • No person having skin lesions, sores, inflamed eyes or mouth, nose or ear discharge, or who is known to the local health office as a carrier of micro-organisms for any communicable disease, shall use the swimming pools.

  • All flotation devices must be U.S. Coast guard approved.

  • No running on the pool deck.

  • No diving, or horseplay allowed in the pools or on the deck.

  • No prolonged breath holding in the pools.

  • Pool will close due to inclement weather, fecal contamination and maintenance procedures.

  • Appropriate swim attire must be worn in pools. Thongs and other immodest swim attire are not allowed.

Sauna, Steam Room and Spa Guidelines

The sauna, steam room and spa are not recommended for people with the following conditions: pregnancy, high blood pressure, heart conditions and circulatory conditions.

  • Shower before entering.

  • Patrons must be at least 16 years old.

  • Lockers in Family Locker Rooms are for family use.

  • Use a towel to sit on.

  • Appropriate swim attire must be worn in the spa.

  • No long sleeved shirts, pants or street shoes.

  • No lying down.

  • No food or drinks.

  • No reading materials or electronic equipment allowed.

  • Do not leave clothing in the sauna.

  • No eucalyptus in the sauna as it is flammable.

  • No shaving or exfoliating.

  • No sexual behavior.

  • Do not exceed a maximum of 10 minutes.

  • If you feel dizzy or light headed, leave the room immediately and report your condition to the Lifeguard.

  • The Y is not responsible for the theft of personal belongings. Bring a lock and use a day locker in the locker room to store valuables.

Diving Board Guidelines (CJ Lofino Family Complex)

  • Divers are to follow posted diving board rules.

  • One person on the diving board at a time.

  • Only one bounce per dive.

  • Diver must wait until the person in front of them reaches the wall before diving.

  • No swimming under or hanging on diving boards.

  • Use closest ladder to exit the water.

  • Dive/Jump only off the front of the board.

  • No inward dives or backward dives without permission of a diving coach or head lifeguard. Divers may be required to pass a swim test at the request of the lifeguard.