Membership Code of Conduct


SKAGIT VALLEY FAMILY YMCA CODE OF CONDUCT

COVID-19 Considerations
Due to COVID-19, reservations are required prior to your visit to the facility. Reservations and masks are required to enter our facility. Our Y has had to make extensive staffing cuts in order to survive the pandemic so we need all members to do their part by making their own reservations. Members are required to make their own reservations and may not make reservations for individuals outside of their household. Reservation spots are limited. Members may only make one reservation per day. If our staff notice that you are holding multiple reservation times, our team may terminate your membership immediately. Masks must be worn at all times except while swimming.

Harassment of staff will not be tolerated. Our team is working hard to ensure that our facility is safe for all members to use. Please respect all staff as they enforce our policies to keep you safe. If you do not have a reservation, it is within our staff’s power to choose whether or not to release the spot for another member to use. 

Note: You may enter the Y no more than 5 minutes before your reservation time and may not re-enter the facility until your next reservation.

Everyone Is Welcome 

The Skagit Valley Family YMCA is a membership organization open to all people. 

 
Your membership supports 

  • YMCA Oasis Teen Shelter, Daylight Center & Outreach Programs 
  • Financial Assistance Programs 
  • Healthy Living Programs 
  • Childcare Scholarships 

Membership Features and Benefits 

  • No contract obligation 
  • Fitness classes, including yoga, Zumba, cycling and more 
  • Aqua fitness classes, lap swims, family and open swims 
  • Family changing room 
  • Gymnasium 
  • Indoor soccer arena 
  • Weight room and cardio equipment  
  • Discounted rates for swim lessons, camps, and youth sports 
  • Each new member receives one free hour of a personal health consultation as well as one free hour of personal training to help you get familiar with the facility, equipment, and staff. 
  • Y Kids’ Corner is available for kids 4mo – 5yrs, and Y Kids’ Zone for 6-10-year olds for family memberships. 


Guests
 

The YMCA encourages adult members to bring guests to the visit our facility. Members may bring an individual guest three times for free (guests must be 19 years and older), with no limit on the number of individual guests. Members must accompany, and are responsible for, their guests.*

 

*Guests are not allowed under the current COVID-19 guidelines. 2/10/21

 

Youth Policy 

Youth under the age of 10 must be under the direct supervision of an adult in all areas of the facility or enrolled in a supervised YMCA program activity. 
 

Member Code of Conduct 

The YMCA is committed to providing a welcoming, safe and enjoyable experience to everyone who enters our doors, regardless of age, color, religion, sexual orientation, language, gender expression or nationality. Therefore, we ask all members, and guests, to exhibit behavior that follows our values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. 

Individuals who experience or observe negative or dangerous behavior are encouraged to promptly report their concerns to YMCA staff. Every effort will be made to ensure that reports are investigated and resolved promptly, confidentially, and effectively. 

The YMCA enforces its policies and practices to prevent child abuse. 

  • Not only all staff, but also volunteers, must read and follow our child abuse prevention policy. Our policy is strict: it prohibits a Y staff person or volunteer from being alone with a child where they cannot be observed by others.  
  • All staff and volunteers are required to participate in training about the prevention of child abuse, identifying the signs of abuse and reporting suspected abuse incidents. staff renew this training every year. Staff and volunteers in direct service with children are required to undergo additional child abuse prevention trainings.  
  • If any Y staff member or volunteer becomes aware of any incident of suspected child abuse, they are required to report the incident to the Washington Department of Social and Health Services immediately for investigation and follow up.  
  • The YMCA conducts regular sex offender screenings on all members, participants, and guests. If a sex offender match occurs, the YMCA reserves the right to cancel membership, end program participation, and remove visitation access.

Harassment Prevention 

Harassment of any kind toward staff, members and community members will not be tolerated at the Skagit Valley Family YMCA. Harassment includes unsolicited remarks, gestures or physical contact, display or circulation of written materials, or pictures derogatory or either gender or racial, ethnic, or religious groups including electronic exchange or posting to this end, or basing personnel decisions on an employee or volunteer’s response to sexually oriented requests. It is considered sexual harassment when verbal, written, electronic, or physical conduct is sexual in nature or is gender-based; that is, it is directed at a person because of their gender. 


All members and community members are expected to treat our staff with respect. Each member of our staff is thoroughly trained and skilled at their work. It is a safety concern when members ignore or disregard directions from employees, particularly those given by our lifeguards. In order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Y, we ask that you please listen carefully and abide by any rules or instructions given to you by our staff. Please be aware that we take harassment of our staff seriously and hold the right to take disciplinary action. 

 

Our Member’s Code of Conduct outlines prohibited behavior, but the actions listed below are not an all-inclusive list of behaviors considered inappropriate in our facilities or programs that may result in the suspension or termination of YMCA membership privileges:

  • Using or possessing alcohol or illegal chemicals on YMCA property
  • Smoking in the YMCA facility 
  • Carrying or concealing a weapon or any device or object that may be used as a weapon 
  • Use of cell phones in the YMCA’s shower and locker room areas 
  • Use of any video/picture taking equipment, including camera phones, in YMCA’s shower rooms, locker rooms, and fitness center area 
  • 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 
  • Inappropriate, immodest, or sexually revealing attire 
  • Theft or behavior that results in the destruction or loss of property 
  • Loitering within or on the grounds of the YMCA

Dress Code 

YMCA members are asked to dress in a manner which is safe and respectful of others and appropriate for exercise or other activities.  

 

Program Cancellation 

All scheduled activities, times, fees and staff may be changed or canceled by the YMCA. If a class is canceled by the YMCA, a full refund will be given to all participants or the fee will be applied to another class session. Participants must cancel before the first day of a new session to receive a refund or a full credit. Refund or credit for participants canceling after the session begins, must be approved by the program director. 

 

Locker Rooms 

Members and their guests need to provide their own lock or check-out a lock from the membership desk. The Skagit Valley Family YMCA is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. 

Children ages 5 and under are allowed, when accompanied by an adult, in the adult locker room regardless of gender. 

A family locker room is located for families and their children, and for any individual requiring more privacy.  

There is no loitering in the locker rooms at any time 


All items in lockers must be removed each day when you leave the building, locks left on lockers at the end of the day will be removed by staff and items will be placed in Lost and Found for thirty (30) days.* The YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items. 


Cell Phone usage is not permitted, at any time, in YMCA locker rooms. Violation of this policy may result in the suspension and/or revocation of YMCA membership or guest privileges. 

Note: The policy of the Skagit Y is to allow each individual to self-identify their gender. 


*We ask that you do not leave any belongings in the locker rooms so that our team can sanitize the locker rooms between each session. Please use the lockers or bring all belongings with you to the Aquatics Center, Wellness Center, or Gym.

 

Electronic Device Usage 

As a courtesy to other members, please limit cell phone conversation to the lobby and not in program areas of the YMCA. Please use headphones when playing music. 

 

Swim Test 

All children under 14 participating in recreational swim activities need to demonstrate his/her/their ability to swim in order to be in the deep center of the pool without direct guardian supervision. Lifeguards will offer a swim test to verify ability and give each child who passes a wrist band to wear.  

The swim test criteria are as follows:

  • Be able to jump into the deep center of the pool and recover to the side of the pool. 
  • Tread water for (one) 1 minute without stopping. 
  • Swim, non-stop, using an overhand stroke with your face in the water for 1 ½ lengths of the pool. 
 

*Actively engaged means that guardians are swimming with and closely watching their children at all times. Each guardian may be responsible for not more than 2 non-swimming children only. 

 

Accidents/Incidents 

Contact a YMCA staff person immediately if there is an accident or 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 guests. 

 

VIRTUAL CODE OF CONDUCT

It is important that our members, participants and guests feel welcome at the Skagit Valley Family YMCA and in our programs. The code of conduct embodies the spirit of the Y and is intended to help everyone thrive. As a YMCA staff, participant, volunteer or guest, we ask you to agree to follow this code of conduct which is rooted in our YMCA core values: honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility.


Appropriate Video Call Etiquette
When registering/signing-in for any video call or meeting, please use your First & Last Name. This helps us to ensure the privacy of our meetings. Anyone who does not enter their full name when entering a Y program or meeting may be removed. If you are able/willing to use the camera on your device, we encourage those participants to use their video function so we can see and hear you. Please do your best to keep background noise or distractions to a minimum. Photos and videos of others without their expressed consent is prohibited.

Appropriate Attire
Appropriate attire must be worn at all times. Clothing with vulgar language, obscene gestures, racial slurs, or anything that contributes to a hostile environment or would be considered inappropriate in a YMCA facility or program is not allowed.


Creating a Welcoming Environment
Always respect others. We strive to create a safe emotional and physical space. We encourage participants to honor diversity in all dimensions and respect opinions or perspectives. Any form of bullying, discrimination or racism will not be tolerated and may result in membership suspension or termination.


Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs
The use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs (including e-cigs/ tobacco-like products) is not permitted in or outside of ALL virtual calls. Participants that show, obtain, see in the background, make references to or use during the virtual calls will be removed from meeting and removed from future virtual and in-person events


Reporting an Issue

In order to maintain a space that embodies our core values, we ask that you please report any violations directly to our Human Resources Representative, [email protected] Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be subject to termination of program privileges and appropriate legal authority will be involved if necessary. The YMCA reserves the right to make situational decisions based on our policies, mission, and values.


Thank you for your cooperation!