Greater Lowell YMCA
35 YMCA Drive | Lowell, MA 01852
P.978-454-7825 | F.978-454-8982

Rules & Policies

Family Swim Rules

Family Swims

  • Open swim time (not lap time) available to all ages.  Times vary, see the pool schedule.
  • Family members may attend at a discounted, per visit cost with a YMCA member or with a non-member child who is currently enrolled in swimming lessons.
  • There can be no more than 5 children with any one adult

An adult must be in the water with children AGE SIX AND UNDER.

In the Pool

  • Children Under 16 yrs old must be accompanied
  • No child under the age of 16 shall be left unattended in the pool area
  • A person 18 yrs or older must be IN the POOL WITH the CHILD (6 AND UNDER) at arms length.
  • Children must KNOW the RULES and FOLLOW them
  • No Flipping, Twisting, or Backwards jumps
  • Use of the Diving Board and blocks is prohibited
  • Children unable to swim without assistance must wear an approved floatation device
  • All family swim participants must be swim tested by the lifeguard on duty

>>the LIFEGUARD on duty is in charge<<

Rules may be changed or added if a situation requires it.

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Lap Swimming Guidelines

All lap swimming and swimming rules may be altered at the discretion of the lifeguards at any time.

  • Lap lanes are available for lap swimming by all members 13 years and older
  • Lap lanes can support up to 6 swimmers
  • Swimmers are encouraged to swim side by side or use circle swimming
  • Lap lanes may be available for lap swimming by members younger than 13 years old under the following guidelines:
    an adult should be present while the child is in the pool, and must be in the YMCA building

Younger swimmers are asked to avoid ‘high volume’ times. This is typically during the work week:

  • Before work hours (7:30AM to 9:00AM)
  • At lunch time (12:00PM to 1:00PM)
  • Immediately after work hours (4:30PM to 6:30PM)

If a younger swimmer wishes to swim during adult lap times, please try to ‘match’ adult lap manners:

  • Quieter voices
  • Do not splash swimmers in adjacent lanes
  • Avoid leaping from the starting blocks
  • Enter the water ‘gently’ – especially when an adjacent lap swimmer is approaching you.

If  lap lane use is especially heavy, (all lanes full, adults waiting) the younger swimmers are asked to defer to the adult swimmers.

Some Lap Lanes are now Adult Only

  • Adult Only lap lanes are for those 13 years and older
  • Adult Only lap lanes are marked on the Pool Schedule by @
  • Adult Only lap lane times are subject to change

Private Lessons by a YMCA Instructor

  • May be given at any time the pool is open
  • May be given for any age group
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  • ALL guest passes and membership registrations REQUIRE a PHOTO ID
  • High School ID cards are acceptable for students with no government issued ID

Children under the age of 14 years old can NOT be in the building without adult supervision.  They MUST have an adult, over the age of 18 with them at ALL times.

These policies will be strictly enforced starting APRIL 15, 2015


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No Solicitation

The Greater Lowell Family YMCA restricts individuals and organizations from soliciting
(a) employees,
(b) members and or
(d) customers
for  business opportunities from another company or organization.

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Under Age Use of Facilities Policy

Youth 13 years old & under will not be permitted in the YMCA building without an adult over 18 years old, and the adult must be with the child at all times.

Regarding the Youth Drop In Program
An adult must enter the building and escort the child to the program registration.
If children are dropped off without an adult coming in to escort them to the Drop In Program, the parent will be called to pick the child up.

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Membership Cancellation & Program Cancellation Policy

Memberships require a 2 week written notice for cancellation. You can visit our welcome desk in person or visit our website @, under schedules and forms, to print a cancellation form.

Cancellations must be mailed to
Greater Lowell YMCA
35 YMCA Drive
Lowell, MA 01852
Attn: Membership Director

If you have a monthly deduction and do not give 2 weeks written notice prior to your payment date you will have one final deduction after notice is received.
We will be happy to put any membership on hold for up to 3 months per calendar year.

Program cancellations are done by the director that is responsible for the department in which your program is held. You will need to the contact the director or fill out a credit/refund form with the Welcome Desk to be submitted to the director of that department.

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Locker Room Guidelines

Locker Rooms (Girls and Boys)

For use by all members
Lockers are for day use ONLY, belongings should not be left in lockers overnight.
Members must supply their own lock.
Children ages SIX or younger may use either locker room when with a parent/accompanying adult
Children ages SEVEN or older must use the gender appropriate locker room
NO Adult nudity. This guideline is to protect the children.

Health Centers (Women and Men)

For use by adult members, 18 years and older
Lockers are for day use ONLY, belongings should not be left in lockers overnight.
Members must supply their own lock
TOTE LOCKERS are available for rental $44.00 per calendar year.

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