The YMCA is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all members and guests. To promote safety and comfort for all, all individuals are asked 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. In consideration of all members and to ensure your own safety while at the YMCA, we ask that you respect our facility regulations and membership policies:
- Youth ages 11 and under must be accompanied by a SupervisingAdult (ages 18+)at all times.
- The YMCA is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is not permitted on any of the YMCA premises.
- Members must show their membership IDs at the Member Service Desk upon entering the facility and keep the identification card with them at all times.
- Members should use only the front door when entering or exiting the building.
- The handicapped spaces in the parking lot are for cars with appropriate handicapped parking stickers only. Members without the appropriate handicapped parking stickers, displayed on their cars, are not permitted to park in these spaces at any time.
- Sexual misconduct and/or harassment is not tolerated.
- Abusive, foul language, and/or fighting is not tolerated.
- Weapons (i.e. firearms and knives) are prohibited at the YMCA.
*Sex Offender Screenings: 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.
Failure to comply with the above regulations may result in the termination of your membership or guest privileges. Violators will be asked to leave.
Membership Registration and Payment
Change in Membership Status
Membership Payment Options
The YMCA offers two membership fee payment options. Members can remit the entire annual fee once a year, or choose our popular EZ Pay monthly bank or credit/debit card draft. You confirm the payment withdrawal date, amount, and account when you sign up. It’s that easy!
Please present your membership card each time you visit the YMCA. Members without membership cards will be asked to show photo ID before entering the facility.
Please inform the Member Service desk staff if you have lost your membership card. There will be a replacement fee of $2.00.
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In order to protect the privacy of program participants, we cannot provide information about course rosters. If you or your child would like to be in a class with another person, please check with them regarding the specifics of their registration prior to enrolling. Requests to be on a sports team with another person can be requested on the Sports Registration Card at the time of registration. Thank you for your understanding and for helping us to respect the privacy of everyone.
Nationwide Membership enables you to visit any participating Y in the United States and Puerto Rico through membership at your home YMCA (your home location is the facility that enrolled you as a member and that collects your membership dues).
What You Need to Know
- Valid for active, full facility YMCA members only
- Program-only participants and special memberships (i.e. Teen Summer Fun pass, Silver Sneakers, etc.) are not eligible for Nationwide Membership
- Nationwide member visitors must use their home Y at least 50% of the time (on a monthly basis)
- Bring a photo ID with you for your visit
- You will be asked to sign a waiver when visiting another Y location
- Nationwide memberships do not include access to YMCA of Delaware outdoor pools. Guest passes are available for purchase.
- The policy at each Y is different but the first visit to your non-home YMCA may require an intake process including a membership form, photo taken, ID check and national sex offender registry check. Membership at your home YMCA will also be verified at that time.
- Make sure the Y you are visiting offers Nationwide members the services and amenities you plan to use prior to your arrival.
Sussex Family YMCA – The Sussex Family YMCA welcomes all Nationwide Y members from Labor Day to Memorial Day only. The summer months bring a large influx of vacationers, and our small facility simply cannot handle the large volume of people wanting to attend the Y. Additionally, June – August we host summer day camp at our facility and have more than 100 youth on-site during the week. Although we would like to welcome Y members from other areas year-round, we must limit visitors during the summer months to keep everyone safe, while being fair to our paying members and summer campers. We do offer day passes as well as weekly and monthly memberships and we also have summer memberships for those who are staying in our area for an extended time.
- All guests entering the YMCA will be required to pay a daily guest fee ($25 Adult, $15 Child) unless they are a program spectator, they are visiting the Y for the first time or attending a community event hosted by the YMCA of Delaware.
- Guests will be allowed to visit the YMCA for free one time per 12-month period (this does not include access to outdoor pools).
- All guests, including program spectators, 18 years and older must present a valid ID. Only physical ID’s will be accepted for entry.
- All guests are required to follow all rules and regulations as outlined in the Membership Agreement and follow all requirements as outlined in state health and safety guidelines.
- All guest fees & pre-paid guest passes are non-refundable.
Guests 12 – 17 years of age
- Guests 12-17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult (18 years of age or older) on their first visit. Adult must present a valid physical ID and sign a consent waiver for the minor at Member Services. Signing adult will be responsible for all liability of the minor guest.
- Consent waivers will not be sent over the phone or via email.
- Once the consent waiver is signed, guests Ages 12 – 17 can visit the branch unaccompanied by an adult granted they pay the guest fee and follow all rules and regulations of the YMCA of Delaware.
- Minor guest must check in at Member Services on each visit and provide their contact details.
- Minor guests attempting to gain access to the YMCA without following the policy will not be allowed access on future visits.
Guests under 12 years of Age
- Guests under 12 years of age must always be accompanied by an adult (18 years or older) throughout their branch visit.
Spectators of programs do not have to pay a daily guest fee but will be required to check-in at our Welcome Center where they must present a valid ID. All visitors, including children, must follow mask requirements as outlined in state guidelines. Spectators’ access to the building is limited to the program area only.
Outdoor Pool Guests
- Guests are welcome to visit YMCA outdoor pools with an active member as a paid guest. Maximum 5 guests per visit, per household membership.
- All outdoor pool guest passes should be purchased in advance at the branch Member Service Desk during normal operating hours. Only adult members can purchase a guest pass. Member must have an active and up-to-date account.
- All guests, 18 years and older, must present a valid ID at the pool, and sign in before being granted entry into the pool area.
- Guests are required to follow all rules and regulations outlined in the Membership Policies as well as state health and safety guidelines.
- 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 guest fees & pre-paid guest passes are non-refundable. Rainchecks will not be issued for guest passes.
Billing and Cancelations
Program Credits & Refunds
that set is complete, allow another member to use the equipment before beginning another set.
- Children 11 years of age and younger must be supervised at all times. Non-Swimmers 11 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 Wear Must Wear Lifejackets.
- Alcohol and smoking are prohibited.
- Lifeguards have ultimate authority in the aquatics area at all times.
- When taking photos, please be respectful of the privacy of others.
- Swim lessons taught by YMCA staff only, outside instructors NOT permitted without prior approval
- Shower with soap and water before entering the pool.
- Protective covering required for infant diapers and adult under-garments.
- Change infant diapers in locker room only – not on pool deck.
- No diving in pool head first unless water is at least 9 feet deep.
- No prolonged breath holding under water or wearing full-face snorkles.
- Consult physician before use if you have seizure, heart disease, diabetes, or circulatory problems and do not use alone.
- Do not use pool if you are ill, or have had symptoms of illness in the past week.
- No inflatable toys except US Coast Guard approved flotation devices.
- No horseplay or running on pool deck.
- No profanity.
- No pool use if under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- No food, drinks, or gum on pool deck – water bottles okay (non-glass) *Indoor Pool Only.
- Shoes worn on the pool deck or in shower areas should be water safe and have a gripping sole *Indoor Pool Only.
- Report any issues directly to a Y staff member.
- Call 911 in an emergency. Phones and first aid kit are located at aquatics office and front desk.
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 on the pool deck, at a respectable distance from the pool edge.
To ensure the safety of our members and guests, 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.
Youth with a green wristband may swim in any designated open swim area and use any water slide or pool climbing wall where available. Youth aged 11 and under must have a supervising adult present in the pool area but not required to be in the water.
Youth with a yellow wristband may only swim in a yellow designated open swim area due to swimming only half the pool length without a parent/guardian in the water. Youth aged 11 and under must have a supervising adult present in the pool area but not required to be in the water.
Those 14-years of age or younger not wearing a swim band will be considered a non-swimmer. Non-Swimmers must always remain within arm’s reach of a parent/guardian and must wear a coast guard approved life jacket when in water above “arm-pit” height. Infants who are held by a parent/guardian are not required to be in a life jacket.
The Y is a place where all people of all walks of life can learn and love to swim, wearing a spectrum of colors, fabrics, and accessories. To ensure everyone throughout our community can enjoy swimming in a safe manner, the YMCA of Delaware recommends the following best practices in our pools:
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
- Swim Diapers (Required for individuals who are not toilet trained.
Our Y is a family-friendly organization committed to everyone’s health, safety, and wellbeing. Thank you for practicing modesty throughout our facilities and in the pool. 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).
In order to maintain aquatic safety, we discourage:
- Pants, denim, cotton or other heavyweight materials as well as loose-fitting attire which could get caught on railings or drains.
- Head coverings/headscarves longer than shoulder length
- Swim attire which has metal buttons, buckles, rivets, zippers or sharp objects
- Aqua shoes when riding on our waterslides
- 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.
- Exit the plunge area immediately
Inclement Weather Makeup Policy
In the event of pool closure due to inclement weather, the below policy will go into effect regarding swim team and/or group swim lessons:
- Group Swim Lessons which miss more than 10-minutes will be provided a make-up lesson at a future date/time.
- Group Swim Lessons which miss less than 10-minutes should be provided a water safety lesson in an area off the pool deck.
- Credits or refunds will not be provided for group swim lessons and/or Swim Team practices missed due to inclement weather.
- Credits or refunds will not be given for outdoor pool passes.
high/low blood pressure, or a history of stroke should consult a physician before using.
The safety and well-being of children in the care is, and always will be, our top priority. As an organization, we have taken the following actions to keep kids safe in our Y facilities, camps and programs and maintain the reputation of safety we have built during our 135-year history.
- Sex Offender Screenings: 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.
- Our Y completes a child abuse prevention self-assessment, administered by a Y-USA–approved vendor, at least every two (2) years.
- Criminal background checks for staff and volunteers.
- Extensive Staff and Volunteer Training: All Y staff members and volunteers are required to complete annual training in child abuse prevention and workplace safety. All child care, camp and aquatics are are trained in first aid and CPR.
- Mandatory Reporting: Delaware law mandates any person, agency, organization or entity to make an immediate oral report to the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families, Division of Family Services, when they know of, or suspect, child abuse or neglect under Chapter 9 of Title 16 of the Delaware Code and to follow up with any requested written reports (16 Del. C. §903).