Outdoor Pools

Outdoor pools open Memorial Day Weekend!

The YMCA of Delaware has 8 outdoor pools for members to enjoy Memorial Day – September. It’s all here – lap lanes, zero-entry pools, water slides and splash pads. Not to mention generous deck space, plenty of chairs and shade. Not a member yet? Spend your summer at the Y and join today!

Outdoor pool guest passes – Save 20% when you purchase a 5-pack in the branch!*

Want to bring a friend to the outdoor pool? No problem! Outdoor pool guest passes are available for purchase in the branch. Please purchase in advance of your pool visit. Pool guest passes can only be purchased by YMCA of Delaware members. Guests must be accompanied by a YMCA of Delaware member. Maximum 5 guests per visit, per household membership. For a full list of outdoor pool policies, view the Guest Pass tab below.

Outdoor Pool Daily Guest Fees: 

  • $25 Adult (ages 18+)
  • $15 Youth (17 & Under)
  • Ages 2 and under are free.

5 pack – Outdoor Pool Guest passes:

  • Adult –$125  $100
  • Youth$75  $60

* Offer not available at the outdoor pool. 5 packs must be purchased at the membership desk of any YMCA of Delaware location during normal operating hours.

For the most current schedules and closure information, please download our YMCA Daxko app. 


  • Memorial Day Weekend (May 25 – 27): All Outdoor Pools Open 11 am – 6 pm
  • 4th of July: All outdoor pools open 11 am – 6 pm (Western 10-lane pool closed)
  • Labor Day Weekend (August 31 – September 2): All outdoor pools open 11 am – 6 pm (Western 10-lane pool to follow main building operating hours)

May 25 – June 9 (Weekends Only)

  • Saturday & Sunday: All outdoor pools open 11 am – 6 pm

*Western 10-lane pool to follow main building operating hours.

June 10 – August 25

Monday – Friday

    • Brandywine YMCA (Hanby Outdoor Center): 3 pm – 8 pm
    • Bear-Glasgow YMCA: 1 pm – 8 pm
    • Dover YMCA (Dover Outdoor Center): 1 pm – 8 pm
    • Middletown YMCA (Silver Lake Pool): 1 pm – 8 pm
    • Western YMCA Complex: 2 pm – 8 pm *Western 10-lane pool to follow main building operating hours.
  • Saturday & Sunday
    • All locations: 11 am – 8 pm

Weekly Activities

June 10 – September 2

  • MONDAYS: Music Night – Rock the night away as you enjoy music from various genres every week.
  • TUESDAYS: Trivia/Bingo – Show off your skills with an evening of fun and friendly competition at our Trivia or Bingo Night!
  • WEDNESDAYS: Yard Games – Gather for a fun-filled evening of outdoor yard games! Bring your competitive spirit and enjoy corn hole, badminton and more.
  • THURSDAYS: Thirsty Thursdays – Enjoy a free (non-alcoholic) beverage by the pool. *One per person.
  • FRIDAYS: Freeze Pop Friday – Cool off with a free Freeze Pop. *One per person


Special Summer Events

  • May 25: Summer Launch BBQ
  • June 19: Juneteenth
  • June 20: Pizza by the Pool
  • July 6: 4th of July Celebration
  • July 13: Program Promotion & Giveaways
  • July 18: Rubber Ducky Day & Pizza
  • July 29-August 2: Olympics Week
  • August 3: Program Promotion & Giveaways
  • August 16: Superhero Day
  • August 22: Pizza by the Pool
  • August 31: End of Summer Party


  • Children 11 years of age and younger must be supervised at all times. Non-swimmers 14 years and younger must be supervised at all times.
  • All children 14 years of age and younger must participate in a swimming skills assessment and will be provided with a colored wristband based on their swimming ability.
  • Non-Swimmers must wear a life-jacket. Only U.S. Coast Guard approved lifejackets and wearable foam flotation devices are allowed. Users must remain within arm’s reach of an adult.
  • Children in diapers must wear reusable plastic pant with snug elastic legs and waistband.
  • Tobacco products and alcohol are prohibited on YMCA property.
  • Large gatherings and celebrations such as birthday parties are not allowed.
  • Please change in our locker room areas only. Diaper changing in pool area is prohibited.
  • Prolonged underwater swimming or breath-holding (and hyperventilation) is not permitted.
  • Feet-first entries only. Flips, spins or back dives are not permitted from the side of the pool. No diving is permitted in pools except in designated areas with a minimum of 9’ of water during posted times.
  • Having a catch with a soft ball may be welcome depending on the number of other bathers at the pool.  Lifeguards have the authority to make an appropriate judgement.
  • Snorkeling mask (covering only nose & eyes) with a breathing tube may be worn by children when properly supervised by a parent/guardian. Full-face snorkel masks are NOT permitted.

Inclement Weather

  • The YMCA of Delaware will evacuate indoor & outdoor pools and environments when thunder or lightning are present. Once these areas are closed, they must remain closed until 30-minutes after the last audible thunder or sight of lightning.
  • If there’s less than 90 minutes left until closing and the weather forces us to close the pool, it will remain closed for the rest of the day.
  • The air temp must be at least 69 degrees to open the pool.

Water Slide Guidelines

  • All riders must wait at the bottom of the stairs in a single file line.
  • All riders must be a green banded swimmer.
  • One rider down the slide at a time.
  • All riders must remain on their back and go down feet-first.
  • Flotation devices and/or toys are not permitted down the water slide.
  • All riders must wait to go until directed by the lifeguard and the drop-area at the bottom of the slide is clear of swimmers.

Lap Swim Guidelines

Two swimmers may share a lane without circle swimming.

  • When the second swimmer enters the lane, they should alerts/notify the first swimmer.
  • When additional swimmers are looking to enter the lane, circle swimming should begin but not before all swimmers in the lane are alerted/notified.

Youth who can exhibit the ability to swim continuous lengths of the pool without a flotation device are permitted to swim laps during posted lap swim times.


To ensure our organization is welcoming for all, WE DO NOT PERMIT:

  • Clothing that is revealing, transparent, or has vulgar content (including underwear & thong swimsuits).
  • Mermaid Tails & outfits are prohibited in any YMCA of Delaware indoor or outdoor pool as they pose a personal safety risk to the swimmer.

Acceptable clothing for our facility includes:

  • Clothing that is water repellent and lightweight, e.g. swimwear material
  • Football type jerseys (with holes)
  • Head coverings/headscarves no longer than shoulder length
  • Specialized swimsuits designed with modesty in mind – Such as a “Burqini,” which traditionally includes three separate pieces: pants, a long t-shirt, and a head cover
  • Latex or lycra running tights and shirts
  • Nylon jerseys
  • Rash-guards are commonly used under scuba wear but can also be used as swimwear
  • Swim caps


  • The YMCA periodically conducts safety drills by simulating emergencies including vigilance testing of our lifeguards. Following staff instructions during a drill is greatly appreciated.
  • Chairs and personal belongings must remain a minimum of 6-feet from the pool edge at all times.
  • To prevent the spread of disease and infection, please do not enter the pool with an open wound, GI distress or communicable disease.
  • YMCA of Delaware staff have the responsibility and authority to enforce all rules & regulations including:
    • Inappropriate or unsafe behavior
    • Limiting the number of individuals in the pool or pool area to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all

Service Animals

Service animals are permitted into the pool environment and onto the pool deck, however they are not permitted into the water. Service animals will be welcomed as long as the animal doesn’t harm or pose a threat to other guests

Breastfeeding In/Around the Pool Area

The YMCA of Delaware encourages positive interaction, at all levels, between a mother and her child. As such, mothers who choose to breastfeed their infant are welcome and supported by Y staff in our pool environments at a respectable distance from the pool edge, on the pool deck.

Outdoor Pool Locations

Brandywine YMCA (Hanby Outdoor Center)
35 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, DE 19810

Bear-Glasgow YMCA
The Bear-Glasgow Y features 2 outdoor pools!
351 George Williams Way
Newark, DE 19702

Dover YMCA (Dover Outdoor Center)
825 Kenton Road
Dover, DE 19904

Middletown YMCA 
200 E. Cochran Street
Middletown, DE 19709

Western Family YMCA 
The Western Family YMCA features 3 outdoor pools! The 10-lane pool (located next to the main building) typically follows branch operating hours. The Outdoor pool complex (located near the fields at the lower end of the parking lot) follows hours listed above. 
2600 Capital Trail
Newark, DE 19711

Daily Guest Fees

  • $25 Adult (ages 18+)
  • $15 Youth (17 & Under)
  • Ages 2 & Under are Free

Note: Outdoor pool guest passes can only be purchased by a YMCA of Delaware member. They are only available for purchase in the branch during normal operating hours. 

Outdoor Pool Guest Policy

  • Guests are welcome to visit the outdoor pools with an active member as a paid guest.
  • All outdoor pool guest passes should be purchased in advance at the branch Member Service Desk during normal operating hours. Member must have an active and up-to-date account. Only members can purchase a guest pass. Guests must visit the pool with an active member. Maximum 5 guests per visit, per household membership.  
  • All guests, 18 years and older, must present a valid ID at the pool, be run through the sex offender database Hall-Pass and sign the informed consent before being granted entrance into the pool area.
  • Passes are valid for one visit. Guests may enter and use the facility as a paid outdoor pool guest as many times as they wish within business hours for that day throughout the season while accompanying a YMCA Member. Guests may visit as often as they’d like each season, however a Guest Pass must be purchased for each visit.
  • Guests are required to follow YMCA Membership Policies and current state health and safety guidelines.
  • Members are responsible for all guest behaviors on the property. Guests not following membership policies will be asked to leave the premises and the YMCA members membership is subject to termination.
  • Large gatherings and celebrations such as birthday parties are not permitted at the outdoor pools.
  • Discounted temporary memberships purchased without pool access, members from non-Delaware Y’s participating in the reciprocity program and free guest passes do not have access to the outdoor pool.
  • All previous outdoor pool guest policies are null and void as of May 2023.
  • All guest fees & pre-paid guest passes are non-refundable.
  • Rainchecks will not be issued for guest passes.


Our Mission

To empower youth, foster healthy living, and promote strong communities.

Memorial Day 2024

YMCA of Delaware branches will be OPEN  7 - 11 a.m. on Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day. All outdoor pools will be OPEN from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Click here for updated outdoor pool hours.


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