Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who can become a member of the Rye YMCA

A: The Rye YMCA is a membership organization open to all people in all neighborhoods.  Our primary service area includes but is not limited to Rye, Mamaroneck, Larchmont and Harrison areas.

We welcome all people regardless of race, age, ability, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or financial circumstance. Financial assistance is available to ensure that our Y is accessible to all members.

Q: How can I find out about becoming a member?

A: The best way to learn about the Rye YMCA is to come in, meet us, and tour our facility. Tours are given anytime our membership desk is open. In addition to showing you our facility, we’ll spend some time getting to know you better. We’ll find out more about your health and wellness needs and personal goals to be sure that you’ll get the most out of your membership.

Q: Is the YMCA a charitable organization?

A: Yes, we are a not-for-profit organization, recognized by the IRS as a 501(c) charitable organization. All donations made to the Rye YMCA are tax deductible and allow us to keep our powerful promise to our community: no one will be turned away from a Y program or activity because he or she can’t pay.
Click here for more information about making a donation.

Q.  What does the Y stand for?

A: We are focused on three key areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We believe that nurturing the potential of our youth, helping people live healthier lives and supporting our neighbors in need are fundamental to strengthening the communities we serve.

Q: What are the Y’s hours of operation?

A: Monday – Friday 5:30 am – 10:00 pm

Saturday 7:00 am – 6:30 pm

Sunday 8:00 am – 6:30 pm

Q: How do I join?

A: If you decide to become a member, you can sign-up at the front desk. You’ll complete a Membership Application Form, get your photo ID in our system, and receive your membership card. You’ll need a check to activate our bank draft system to pay your membership fee on a monthly basis, or you may pay for your annual membership by credit card (either MC,  VISA or AMEX).

Q: Can I join the Y online?

A: At the Rye YMCA, connecting with our members is extremely important to us, and we believe that a face-to-face interaction is critical to ensure that we meet your needs and help you achieve your goals. For this reason, we do not offer online registration for membership.

If you are interested in joining our Y, we encourage you to visit us and meet with a Member Services staff member to first have a tour and discuss your membership needs. Tours take about 15-20 minutes and will help ensure that you get the most out of your membership. Once you are a member, however, you can register for most individual programs either in person at our Y, or by using our online registration on this website.  Some programs, such as youth aquatics, are not available for online registration.

Q: Can I park at the Y?

A: We offer free parking in our parking lot and free assisted/valet parking, M-F, 8am-7pm and Saturdays 8am-2pm. During peak hours, our lot can become congested or full and we recommend that you park in a nearby municipal lot, free after 6 pm and on Sundays. From Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm, the municipal parking rate is $1 an hour with a maximum of 2 hours. Click here to view a map of nearby municipal lots.

Q: Are wellness classes included in the membership?

A: Yes. Over 150 classes weekly are available for adults, free-of-charge, with a membership.  Classes include Group Exercise, Spinning, Water Fitness and adult karate classes. In addition, classes at the Wainwright Yoga Center are included in your membership. Schedules of all our classes with a description of each class can be picked-up at the front desk or viewed online or through our smart phone app.

Q: What types of exercise classes do you offer?

A: Whether your goal is improving endurance, building strength, or increasing flexibility and core strength, you’re bound to find strength in numbers in one of our group exercise classes. Here’s a sampling of adult classes included in your membership: Yoga, Pilates, Spinning, Group Step, Cardio Kickboxing, Group Power, Group Active, Core Sculpt, T’ai Chi, TRX Movement, Zumba, and a number of Water Fitness classes.

Q: Do I need to be a member to participate in programs at the Rye YMCA?

A: Non-Members may participate in most of our registered programs.  Use of our wellness facilities, including the Wellness Center, pools, Freestyle Fitness Zone, racquetball court,  group ex and spinning classes are for our members only.  Please review our current brochure for specific, up-to-date listings of non-member classes. Fees for all programs and classes are reduced for our members. We also offer several classes for seniors, free and open to the community.

Q: How do I register for programs?

A: You can register for programs at our membership desk or online. Most programs at the Rye Y are scheduled for 4 sessions through the year – Fall/Winter I & II and Winter/Spring III & IV.  Summer camp is our main program during the summer, but we also offer a selection of summer classes for adults and children. You do not need to register for our large selection of free adult group exercise  and spinning classes.

Members always receive priority registration. Our Rollover system allows members who are currently enrolled in a class to continue the class for the next session at the same day and time. (Not available for Fall  I registration)  Click here to view  more details about program registration and  current dates. We recommend setting up an account online in advance of your first registration. Click here to register for our online registration system.  Also, note that many classes have limited enrollment, and all registrations are taken on a first come, first serve basis.

Q: Do my membership fees go to help others in need?

A: No. Your membership fee helps us cover our facility operating costs, but do not go towards assisting those in financial need. Donations to our annual giving campaign help fund memberships, programs and services for those members who are experiencing financial hardship and qualify for assistance. The Rye Y has made a powerful promise to our community: no-one will be turned away from a Y program or activity because he or she can’t pay.

Q: How much does it cost to become a member?

A: Our membership fees vary depending on your category of membership. There is a one-time joining fee and monthly membership fees. Our bank draft payment method allows you to terminate your membership anytime with 30 days written notice.
Click here to learn more about Membership Rates.

Q: Who can be included on a family membership?

A: Family and Single Parent Family Memberships cover one or two adults and their children aged 0-17 or students up to the age of 23 enrolled in college, living in the same household.  Senior Family Memberships are also available if you are 62 or older.

Q: What payment options are available?

A: Adult and family memberships may be paid monthly through automatic payment from your checking account to the YMCA. Not only is “bank draft” a convenient payment method, but it also provides you with a continuous membership that will never expire unless you request it. The bank draft method also gives you the freedom and flexibility to make membership changes. Should you decide to terminate, be sure to let us know in writing at least 30 days in advance. Termination forms are available at the Member Services Desk.  A one-year membership can also be purchased by paying with cash, check, or MasterCard, Visa or American Express.

Q: How can I apply for financial assistance?

A: The YMCA strives to serve everyone in our community regardless of economic circumstances. Financial aid applications for YMCA programs and membership may be obtained at the Member Services Desk or on our website. The application process is confidential and requires proof of financial need. This assistance is made possible by donor contributions to the Y’s Annual Campaign. For more information, click on GIVING tab on our website.

Q: Can I get a membership refund?

A: Membership dues are not refundable. (You may terminate your membership – if paying by a monthly bank draft, with 30 days written notice). Program fees may be refunded, less a $15 processing fee.  No refunds are available after the first week of class.

Q: Do you offer childcare while I exercise?

A: Child Watch gives parents the opportunity to participate in Y programs, classes and activities with the peace of mind that their children, aged 3 months to 12 years are being cared for in a safe, nurturing and loving environment. We also offer Tot Drop for members who wish to leave the Y for up to 3 hours.

We ask that you make a reservation in advance (the day before) at 914-967-6363, ext. 113. Punch cards may be purchased at the Member Services desk. Child Watch Hours as of fall 2014 are: Monday – Thursday,  8:30 am – 8 pm, Friday: 8:30 am-2:30 pm  Saturday and Sunday, 8:00am-12:30pm.  To learn more, view our current program guide, or click here.

Do you offer daycare?

A: We do not have a traditional daycare program.   We offer the following childcare options:

Childwatch –for children age 3 months – 12 years when parent/guardian is using the Rye Y facility.
Tot Drop – for members who wish to go offsite (up to 3 hours)
After School Adventures: After school program (transportation provided from area schools).

Fun Club and Vacation Clubs: Childcare during school holidays.

Q: Do you have WiFi?

A: Yes. We are equipped with WiFi throughout our facility. Our service is complimentary. Please ask for the password at the Member Services Desk.

Q: What do I need to bring when I come to the Y?

A: If you plan to exercise, bring a towel and a lock, a water bottle and wear comfortable clothing. We have a limited supply of daily locks at the Member Services Desk that can be borrowed in exchange for your membership card or keys.  Locker rentals are available for a yearly fee. We strongly recommend that you secure personal belongs. The Y is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Q: Can anyone use the Wellness Center or do strength training?

A: The Wellness Center is available to members age 15 and up. Members who are 14 years old may be admitted with a Teen Fitness Passport Card. (see next question)

The Freestyle Fitness Zone (on ground floor next to racquetball court) is open to adults and youth ages 12 and up or 8 and up with an adult. Members can use TRX equipment, medicine balls, ropes and kettlebells as well as the Expresso spin bikes.

Q: What is a Teen Fitness Passport?

A: The Teen Fitness Passport allows teens age 14-16, to use the Wellness Center on their own Sunday through Saturday, 3-5pm or at anytime with an accompanying adult and participate in Group exercise classes designated 16 and up.

Teens must complete one of the following to receive a Passport:
-Teen Training 101 (9 week class)
-Teen Fitness Camps: Summer Teen Fitness Camp (any 1 week session qualifies for Passport Card) or the Teen Vacation Week camps.
-10 (30 minute) One-on-One Personal Training sessions.
-10 (one hour) Semi-Private Personal Training sessions.

Q: Do you have any exercise classes for teens?

A: Teens in grades 6-12 can drop by the Rye Y after school, Tuesday through Thursday, from 3:30-5 pm and try out a group exercise class.

Q: What’s the best way for me to get started?

 A: When you join the Rye Y, you are eligible for a Facility Orientation in our Wellness Center where we’ll show you how to use our equipment and help you get started. We also offer orientations for Group Wellness and Aquatics programs as well as free 15 minute swim assessments.

If you need more support, we offer several registered programs to guide you including: Kick Start Into Fitness; The Roadmap and Healthy Lifestyles Program. (Please see program guide)

Q: Can I bring my own trainer with me to the Y?

A: No, but a variety of personal training packages are available at the Rye Y for different abilities and workout needs. Our certified personal trainers can design an exercise program to suit your individual needs.

Q: Can I “try the Y” or visit the Y for just one day?

A: Non-members may purchase a day guest pass up to 6 times a year. Adults and Seniors: $20; Youth (17 years and younger): $5. Adults must provide a photo I.D. Guest fees can be applied to membership fees, except college and youth memberships.

Q: Can I use every YMCA with my membership?

A: The A.W.A.Y. Program (Always Welcome at the YMCA) entitles a member to have limited membership visits at over 600 participating YMCAs across the country. Please contact the Y you would like to visit to learn more about restrictions and fees.

Q: I belong to another Y but would like to use this one. Can I visit whenever I’d like?

A: If you are a member of a YMCA located 75 miles away or further, there is no charge to visit the Rye Y for up to 6 visits per year. If you are a member of a Y which is closer than 75 miles, a $10 charge per visit applies for up to 6 visits per year.

Q : What are the temperatures of the pools?

A: The Pa Cope is 85-87 degrees and the Brookside Pool is 80-82 degrees.

Q:  What are the fees for the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program?

A: The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program, for adult cancer survivors, is freeClick here to learn more.

Q:  What is the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program?

A: The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes.  To find out if you are at risk,  complete our Diabetes Prevention Program Checklist.  For information about the next class, contact Tanya Stack at 967-6363, ext. 206