Policies & Guidelines
UNSUPERVISED YOUOTH POLICY
Youth under the age of 13 are not allowed in the Wellness Center, Weight Room, or stretching/toning balcony. Orientation is required before use of Cybex equipment.
Children under the age of 11, unless participating in a YMCA program, must be supervised by an adult while in the building.
SWIM DIAPER POLICY
For the safety and enjoyment of all, we are instituting the following swim policies:
All children less than 4 year of age are required to wear I-Play swim wear underneath their swimsuits. NO EXCEPTIONS PLEASE. Children under the age of 4 may be toilet-trained on land, but they are not mature enough to assess when to leave the pool to find a restroom. Further, anyone who is not reliably toilet-trained (six consecutive days without ANY accidents is considered reliable), or not in control of all bodily functions are also required to wear I-Play swim wear underneath their swimsuits. This is a common practice among public pools and YMCAs which significantly reduced the incidence of pool closure due to fecal and/or urine contamination For your convenience, the I-Play brand of re-usable swim wear sizes range from infant to adult, and are available for purchase the our Member Services Desk.
Disposable diapers or swim diapers, (Huggies, combined with rubber, plastic, or vinyl pants) will not be acceptable. This combination is proven ineffective and disposable swim diapers contain materials that clog pool filters.
When fitting for I-Play swim wear, please make sure to size by weight, not age. I-Plays should fit snug on the waist as well as the thigh. It is not necessary to wear anything underneath.
Once in the pool, please take your children for regular visits to the restroom to ensure those accidents are avoided. As an additional precaution, please do not bring your swimmer to the pool if he/she is ill or suffering from diarrhea.
FAMILY/SPECIAL NEEDS LOCKER ROOM GUIDELINES
For adults with small children of the opposite gender, (father/ daughter, mother/son), children enrolled in Childcare, people with disabilities and/or needing special accommodations. This locker room is co-ed and nudity is not allowed in showers or public part of the locker room. Shower usage is restricted to one adult with or without children. We provide private showers, changing rooms, bathrooms, special needs accessible shower, changing area and bathroom. An infant changing station and vanity area is also available. Cell phone and camera usage is prohibited.
Please inform the Y during the enrollment process if you or a family member requires any special accommodation. This information enables the Y to better meet your needs within available resources and to the extent reasonable.
SERVICE DOG POLICY/GUIDELINES
A service dog must be individually trained to perform work or tasks directly related to the handler’s disability.
Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents him or her from using these devices. Individuals who cannot use such devices must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
Service dogs may be excluded if the dog is out of control and the handler cannot or does not regain control; or 2) the dog is not housebroken.
Under the ADA, “comfort,” “therapy,” or “emotional support” animals do not meet the definition of a service animal.
If so, the YMCA may ask:
- Is the animal required because of a disability?
- What work or task has the animal been trained to perform?
The YMCA may make exceptions with companion/therapy animals based on the individual situation as long as the above guidelines are followed.
No other inquiries about an individual’s disability or the dog are required. Proof of certification or medical documentation is not a condition for entry.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE
BRAINERD FAMILY YMCA
602 Oak St.
Brainerd, MN 56401
*YMCA will be closed for 4th of July and Labor Day holidays.