• Membership Benefits
  • Member Policies & Usage
  • Reciprocity
  • Tour The YMCA

Membership Benefits

What is so great about the Greater Waterbury YMCA?

The Greater Waterbury YMCA is an exciting place to be a member! The YMCA has undergone $10 million worth of renovations and you will certainly enjoy your time in our facility.

Greater Waterbury Y Member Orientation

Tour The Wellness Center

YMCA Member Benefits

  • Personal training and nutrition counseling
  • 7,500 sq. ft. Wellness Center
    • 50 different cardiovascular machines
    • 17 Freemotion & Cybex strength training machines
    • Free weight area
  • Indoor running track
  • 10,000 sq. ft. gymnasium with 6 basketball hoops
  • Indoor, six-lane, 25 yd. pool
  • Family locker room for added privacy
  • Two racquetball courts
  • Youth and Teen Wellness Center
  • Over 58 group fitness classes including pilates, step, cardio, Zumba, yoga, muscle strengthening and Spinning®
  • 3,000 sq. ft. group fitness room with climate control and suspended floor
  • Affordable massage therapy
  • Free parking in a secure parking lot
  • FREE ChildWatch for 6 mos-12 years
  • FREE Ready, Set, Go weight loss program for all new members
  • Warm-water therapy pool for recreation and swim lessons
  • Steam rooms and saunas in locker rooms
  • Whirlpool
  • Reciprocal use of all YMCAs in the state
  • Member rates for summer camp, preschool, and programs

Membership in the YMCA means more belonging to a "gym". The YMCA is the founder of organized fitness and has a vested interest in your long-term physical well-being. Through personal attention, individualized fitness plans and creative programs, the Greater Waterbury YMCA has something for everyone! We strive to make our members feel welcome, positive and involved and our staff recognizes that service to our members is the most important part of our job.

Therefore, we make this pledge:

  • Our staff members will be friendly, attentive, and demonstrate caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
  • We will keep our facilities and equipment clean, safe and well maintained.
  • We will deliver quality programs that meet the needs of our members and guests.
  • We will provide opportunities for members to be involved as volunteers.

Membership Fees

The Greater Waterbury YMCA offers several membership options to suit your needs. YMCA Financial Assistance is available to qualifying families and individuals for YMCA membership.  Unless otherwise specified, memberships are in an annual contract for the first year.

Type Renewal New*

Monthly Payment from Credit Card or Bank Account

Youth $65 $65 N/A
Teen 12-18 years
$47 $47 quarterly only
College 18-25 full time $300 $300 $25
Young Adult 18-25 not enrolled in college $408 $458 $34
Adult $600 $650 $50
Senior (62+) $480 $530 $40
Senior Couple $636 $696 $53
Family Couple 2 adults one household $816 $876 $68
Family 2 adults and dependent children one household ** $900 $960 $75
Single Parent 1 adult and dependent children one household $756 $816 $63

*Included in the initial payment is a one-time $50 joiner fee for new adult, senior and young adult membership or a $60 joiner fee for a new family, senior couple and single parent family memberships.

** Family membership is defined as two adults and dependent children living in same house. Children 18-25 are permitted on membership so long as they are enrolled full-time in college. Proof of college enrollment is required to remain on family membership


The YMCA and its property is a smoke-free environment. Smoking is not permitted on YMCA property.

Members and guests are encouraged to be responsible for their personal comfort and safety and ask any person whose behavior threatens their comfort to refrain. If a member or guest feels uncomfortable in confronting the person directly, he or she should report the behavior to a staff person.

All reported incidents will be reviewed by Executive Management. The decision to suspend or terminate YMCA membership privileges will be made at the discretion of Executive Management if a violation of the Code of Conduct has occurred.

*Members and guests should not hesitate to notify a staff person if assistance is needed


For your convenience, a variety of clothing, towels, and sporting goods are for sale at the front desk. Locks are also for sale and are strongly recommended.



Program fees are fully refundable if withdrawal from a class occurs due to a doctor-documented illness. Letters of credit may be issued in lieu of refunds and are valid for one year. If withdrawal from a class occurs for any reason after the first or second class, a 50% refund/credit may be issued. No refunds will be issued after the third class. Memberships are non-refundable. 


Racquetball Policy

Racquetball courts may be reserved up to 48 hours in advance.


Snow Policy

Please contact the YMCA directly at (203) 754-2181, visit our Facebook page, or our homepage prior to coming in.


In case of fire

If the fire alarm sounds, all activities must STOP. Please leave the building at the nearest exit.


The purpose of a YMCA membership

As a member of the Waterbury YMCA, you have become part of a worldwide organization with over 30 million people involved as members and volunteers. We are an organization that strives to help individuals attain their greatest potential and towards this end, improve our society. Joining the YMCA signifies not only an investment in yourself but in the local mission of the Waterbury YMCA. We feel confident that our wholesome atmosphere and friendly staff can help you reach your goals and also provide opportunities to make new friends.

We have membership types to fit any lifestyle, please check our Member Benefits page to find the category that works for you.


Mission Statement

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that develop a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.


Hours of Operation

Regular Hours begin 9/9
  Summer Hours begin 5/27
5:00am - 9:00pm
7:00am - 5:00pm
7:30am - 3:30pm
5:00am - 9:00pm
7:00am - 3:30pm
7:30am - 2:30pm


Holiday Hours & Closings

  • New Years Day - Open 10am-2pm
  • Good Friday - Closing at 5:00pm
  • Easter Sunday - Closed
  • Memorial Day - Closed
  • Independence Day- Closed
  • Labor Day - Closed
  • Thanksgiving Day - 8:30am-11:00am
  • Christmas Eve - Closing at 3:00pm
  • Christmas Day -Closed
  • New Years Eve - Closing at 3:00pm 
  • Summer Hours begin Memorial Day Weekend and continue through Labor Day Weekend.



January 2 - Memorial Day
Monday - Friday
8:45am - 1:15pm & 4:15pm - 8:00pm
8:45am - 12:00pm
8:45am - 12:00pm
Memorial Day - Labor Day
Monday - Friday
8:45am - 1:15pm & 4:15pm - 7:30pm
8:45am - 12:00pm
November-December 31
Monday - Friday
8:45am - 1:15pm & 4:15pm - 8:00pm
8:45am - 12:00pm
8:45am - 12:00pm **Beginning November

Fee: Free to all full facility members, reciprocal YMCA members may not use Childwatch January-April 1st.

Age Restrictions: Children must be at least six months of age.

Drop-off Policies:

  1. Parents are to sign children in and out. Time limit is 90 minutes.
  2. Children need to utilize the bathroom before entering babysitting, including washing their hands.
  3. Children should not be left in babysitting if they are sick, had a fever in the last 24 hours, have a rash or have any infectious disease.
  4. Diapers should be changed prior to being left with the staff. If diapers need to be changed during the child's stay, the parent will be notified immediately as it is their responsibility to change the child's diaper.

Bathroom Policy: If a child is potty trained, YMCA staff will take the child to the bathroom located around the corner from the babysitting room. The staff must wait outside of the bathroom and cannot assist in toileting help. Please make sure your child has clothing on that he/she can zip and button on his/her own. If a child is not potty trained or has an accident, babysitting staff will locate parent in the building and they will be responsible for changing the child and returning them to the babysitting room.

Toy Policy: Toys from home are not permitted into the babysitting room. Movies or games that the entire group can participate in are allowed. The staff is not responsible if anything happens to the equipment.

Snack Policy: Children are allowed only water in sippy cups due to potential allergy issues. Please be sure that your baby or child has been fed prior to drop off.


Code of Conduct

The Waterbury 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 they are in our facility or participating in our programs. We reserve the right to do background checks on members in our sole discretion.

We expect persons using the YMCA to behave in a mature and responsible way and to respect the rights and dignity of others. Our Code of Conduct does not permit language or any action that can hurt or frighten another person or that falls below a generally accepted standard of conduct. Specifically, this includes:

  • Inappropriate attire; Appropriate attire must be worn at all times for the activity. Offensive wording on shirts or accessories fall under this area
  • Angry or vulgar language including swearing, name-calling or shouting.
  • Physical contact with another person in any angry or threatening way.
  • Any demonstration of sexual contact or activity
  • Harassment or intimidation by words, gestures, body language or any other menacing behavior.
  • Theft or behavior which results in the destruction of property.
  • Carrying or concealing any weapons or devices or objects which may be used as weapons.
  • Using or possessing illegal chemicals or alcohol in or on YMCA property or at YMCA sponsored programs.
  • Any other conduct of an inappropriate, threatening or offensive nature i.e. interrupting fitness classes or other structured workouts by non-participants
  • Loitering is not permitted in or outside the YMCA.



Valuables may be checked at the Front Desk. Kit lockers are available for rental for an annual fee. The YMCA is NOT responsible for personal items that are lost or stolen.


Locker Rooms

We recommend you secure and lock all of your belongings in lockers. Any locks left on full-length lockers overnight will be removed and the items in the locker will be held for one week. Kit lockers are available for an annual fee and can be used to store valuables as well as things you may forget (e.g. soap, shampoo, etc.) The Waterbury YMCA is not responsible for any personal items that are lost or stolen. Men and women's adult locker rooms are reserved for members aged 21 years and older. The family locker room is for adults with children.


Saunas and Steam Rooms

Members aged 21 years and older may use these facilities. Towels are required inside both facilities. For the health and protection of yourself and others, we recommend that shower shoes be worn in the shower, around the pool deck and in the sauna and steam rooms.


Cell Phones

Cell phones are not allowed in any program areas at any time. Camera cell phones are not allowed in any part of the building at any time.



To ensure health, safety, and enjoyment for all, we ask our members & guests to abide by the following guidelines:

• Members & guests are encouraged to go through a “Free” Wellness Center orientation with our staff. Training includes proper use and technique on the Free Motion equipment. Sign up for your session at the Wellness Center desk.
• Members 12 – 17 years old must attend a “Free” Teen Orientation prior to use. Please sign-up at the Wellness Center desk.
• Anything that cannot fit in the cubbies needs to be stored in a locker with a secure lock. The YMCA is not responsible for items left in cubbies. The Y provides small lock boxes for your valuables. Please ask the floor staff for a free token.
• Wear appropriate workout attire such as a t-shirt, closed-toe athletic shoes, sweats, or shorts.

Not permitted:
o Jeans, khakis, cargo pants/shorts, bathing suits or plastic suits
o Sandals, Crocs, flip flops or boots,
o Attire that is not safe, sanitary or appropriate.
• Cell phones are not permitted in any program area or in the locker rooms, including the Wellness Center. Please take your calls and texts in a hallway or in the lobby.
• Wipe down all equipment after use with a towel sprayed with cleaner; please do not spray cleaner directly on equipment.
• Please return all equipment to its proper place and re-rack your weights after use.
• Do not rest on the equipment. Allow others to "work-in" or take turns.
• Report any violations of rules or damage of equipment to YMCA staff.

We strive to be one of the cleanest, best equipped Wellness Centers in the area. Please help us maintain the quality, cleanliness, and consistency that our members have come to expect at the Greater Waterbury YMCA.
*Youth & Teen Wellness Center Members are not permitted to use this Wellness Center. The Youth & Teen Wellness Center is located behind the gym. Please ask for a schedule of hours at the front desk.


Teen Rules & Hours

Youth Membership: An adult must accompany any member under the age of 12 at all times.

2:00pm - 5:00pm & 7:00 pm-9:00pm
7:00am - 3:30pm/5:00pm
7:30am - 3:30pm/2:30pm
**School age/high school students are not allowed in the building during school hours unless school is not in session.
**Between 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, on Fridays ONLY, teen members may use the gymnasium. However, they are not allowed in any other part of the building.


WEllness Center Rules for Teens

  1. Must be 12 years of age to use the fitness center.
  2. Members must be 19 years of age or older to use Wellness Center from 5-7pm. Teens accompanied by their parents on family memberships are excluded.
  3. Children under the age of 12 may not use the Wellness Center under any circumstances. All teens must complete and orientation before using the center.


Pool Rules

  1. Children under the age of 12 must have an adult with them in the pool area at all times.
  2. An adult must accompany children under the age of 8 in the water at all times.


Gymnasium Policies

  1. Street shoes are not permitted on the gym floor. Members are advised to bring extra sneakers to participate in activities.
  2. Proper sportsmanship is expected when engaging in pick-up and formal league play.
  3. No foul or obscene language will be tolerated.
  4. Food or drinks are NOT allowed in the gymnasium.
  5. Have respect for all reserved gym program usage and do not delay or disrupt the program.
  6. The YMCA recommends leaving valuables at home.
  7. No hanging on the rims.
  8. Gym schedules are located at the front desk.


Teen Guest Policy

  1. Teen and youth members are not allowed to bring in guests


Pool Policies


  • A lifeguard is on duty at all times that the pool is open to the public.
  • Everyone should bathe with warm water and soap before entering the pool.
  • Any person known or suspected of having a communicable disease shall not use the pool.
  • Spitting or nose blowing in the water is prohibited.
  • Although the YMCA recommends that bathing caps be used, if a person's hair is longer than the neckline, his/her hair must be tied back.
  • Bathing caps and goggles may be purchased at the front desk.
  • Regulation bathing suits must be worn. No T-shirts or cut-offs.
  • Running, boisterous, or rough play is prohibited.
  • Designated lanes are strictly for lap swimmers.
  • Children under the age of 12 must have an adult with them in the pool area at all times. An adult must accompany children under the age of 8 in the water at all times.
  • No swimming flotation devices from home are allowed (Bubbles, etc…)
  • No diving or jumping is permitted off the deck into the shallow end of the pool.
  • Diving blocks are not to be used during open swim.


YMCA Programs

The YMCA offers a wide variety of youth, adult, and specialty programs. Schedules for all of these programs are located at the front desk. The following programs are offered to our members:


Youth & Teen Programs:

Pee Wee Basketball, Tee Ball, Soccer, Teen Nights, After School Recreation Program, Youth & Government Programs

Fitness: Group Aerobics, Cycling, Senior exercise programs, Personal Training, Nutritional Assistance, Polar Body Age System, Massage Therapy, Youth Fitness Classes

Child Care: School Readiness, Pre-K Program, Full Day Preschool, Before & After School Care

Aquatics: Swim Lessons (Youth & Adult), Aquacize, Water Walking, Aerobics

Day Camps: Mataucha (Watertown), Oakasha (Southbury) & Summer Sunshine (Waterbury)


Payment Options

Payments for membership dues may be made by cash, check, MasterCard or Visa. Fees may also be paid through payroll deduction if employed by the City of Waterbury or the State of Connecticut. Monthly payments are by draft only. Annual and quarterly plans are available.


Membership cards

Membership cards must be presented at the Front Desk for admittance into the building. If you do not bring your card, you may be held at the desk until a computer becomes available to verify your membership. A $5.00 fee will be charged for replacement cards. Misuse of membership cards is grounds for immediate termination of your YMCA membership.


Financial Assistance

The YMCA is for everyone regardless of economic status. Financial Aid forms are available at the Front Desk.


Temporary Stop/Freeze

YMCA memberships can be put on hold due to illness or injury and must provide doctor documentation. A membership may also be placed on hold for military deployment and “Snowbirds”, our members who spend a large amount of time out-of-state.


Bank Draft Cancellation

The Waterbury YMCA requires a written 30-day notice and membership card relinquishment in order to terminate your membership.


Guest Policy

YMCA members are allowed to bring 2 guests per year, guests must stay with the member throughout their visit. Teens are not allowed to bring guests. Teens under family memberships may not bring guests unless there is parental supervision.




The New England YMCA Membership Reciprocity Program allows full facility/full privilege Y members (those holding adult, family and senior memberships) whose home Y is located in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut to use their Y membership at other Y locations throughout New England at no additional cost.  

Members from other YMCA's may use our facility up to 8 times a month and are not permitted to use ChildWatch or Group Fitness from January 1 to May 1.  Reciprocal members must bring their ID and membership card.  

Restrictions may apply at certain YMCAs. Please check the Y website that you plan to visit prior to your first visit.

View the New England Reciprocity Guidelines




Another great reason to belong to the YMCA!

The Y is for healthy living and we want you to stay active and keep moving wherever you travel in New England.

Just present your membership card* and a photo ID to enjoy free access to almost every Y in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

To find a Y near you, visit ymca.net or download our Y Finder app, available on the App Store.  

Members of other YMCA's are allowed up to 8 visits at the Greater Waterbury Y.  Reciprocity members must show proof of membership and a photo ID.  They are permitted to use ChildWatch and Group fitness classes from May- November.  Other restrictions may apply, the Waterbury Y reserves the right to restrict a class or program at any time if space becomes limited for Waterbury members.   If members of other Y's decide to join the Greater Waterbury Y, their joiner's fee will be waived. 

*Full facility members only (Adult, Family or Senior memberships)

Tour The YMCA

Find out what we’re all about!

The best way to discover the Y is to come downtown and take a tour of our facility anytime. Bring the whole family so that they can experience all of the great things the Y has to offer for all ages.

Schedule a Tour

Appointments are not required for tours.

How to find us:

Parking and Directions 

Have more questions before your visit?

Contact: Angie Matthis or Chelsea Ambrozaitis

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday    5:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 7:30am - 3:30pm


Holiday Hours & Closings

  • New Years Day - Open 10am-2pm
  • Good Friday - Closing at 5:00pm
  • Easter Sunday - Closed
  • Memorial Day - Closed
  • Independence Day - Closed
  • Labor Day - Closed
  • Thanksgiving Day - 8:00am-11:30am
  • Christmas Eve - Closing at 3:00pm
  • Christmas Day - Closed
  • New Years Eve - Closing at 3:00pm