At the Y, you’re not just a member of a facility; you’re part of a community. We are open to everyone and embrace diversity and our programs reflect the unique needs of the community. We are constantly updating our facilities and adding to our program offerings to fit the needs of you and your family and those in the community.
We invite you to stop in – whether new to the Y and considering joining our community – or, if you haven’t been a member in a while. Take a virtual tour of our Ys too!
Fill out this form and our membership staff will be in touch to schedule a time for a personal visit.
Benefits of belonging to the YMCA of Greater Erie include:
- Membership privileges to all YMCA of Greater Erie Branches and YMCA Camp Sherwin.
- Mobile App
- Volunteer and philanthropic opportunities.
- Free health and wellness programs to include nutrition and wellness seminars.
- Get Started members-only program
- Hundreds of group exercise classes offered in facility and ON DEMAND
- Specialty fitness classes and services like Obstacle & Interval Training and Personal Training
- Free member-only benefit drop-in Childwatch while you use the Y.
- Member discount on programs that require a fee including Early Care, School-Age Enrichment, and Summer Camp
- Unlimited guest passes to share with friends and family. Be sure to review the Guest Pass Policy below.
This page is designed to help you navigate your first few weeks as a Y Member. As always, if you have any specific questions, please reach out directly to the Membership Desk for any questions you may have.
What is Get Started?
A series of three complimentary sessions with a wellness coach designed to support you in pursuit of your health and wellness goals. You’ll meet to discuss your needs and interests and develop an achievable plan for success.
What It’s Not
Your Get Started appointments are NOT a series of fitness assessments or a medical type of appointment. It’s not a cookie-cutter workout or one-sized fits all program; it is different for everyone.
Who Should Attend?
Everyone! Whether you’re new to exercise, have dabbled in it your whole life or are comfortable in your regular program, we will help you make the most of your Y membership. The Get Started experience is an opportunity for us to create your personalized road map for success.
Why It’s Important
Members who attend their first Get Started appointment within the first two weeks of joining the Y are 6X more likely to achieve their goals, whatever they may be.
What You Should Expect
Session One • PLAN
During your first session, we’ll talk about your goals and interests and help you come up with a plan
Session Two • ACT
Whether it’s attending your first group fitness class or meeting with a member of our aquatics team, whatever you decide, this is where your plan takes action
Session Three • EVALUATE
We want to hear how it’s going for you. We’ll review your progress, compare it to the goals set in the first session and make any changes necessary.
TIP: As you prepare for your first session, ask yourself what are your goals, why they’re important to you, what has helped you to be successful in the past and what tends to get in your way.
Nationwide Membership – Flexibility to use other Y facilities throughout the US at no additional cost (must use Erie Y at least 49% of your visits)
The YMCA of Greater Erie is an official training site for Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes. Athletes in the Special Olympic Programs have access to the Y facilities to train for competitive meets, improve fitness levels and build conditioning skills needed to meet the physical challenges of sports training.
Athletes, and their families, also can purchase year-round YMCA memberships. Contact your local Special Olympics or Y location for more information.
We understand that military families are under enormous strain. As a member of the Y, you and your family can spend quality time together and enjoy fun activities in a warm, supportive environment. It’s also a place to meet other military families who can relate to your unique situation.
Who is eligible for Military membership?
Title 10 personnel are eligible for a Y membership, including:
- Family members of deployed National Guard and Reservists
- Active Duty Independent Duty personnel and their families
- Relocated spouse/dependent children of deployed Active Duty personnel
Note: The Relocated Spouse category supports families/spouse who relocate away from an installation/duty station while the active duty service member is deployed. All of the following criteria must be met:
- The service member is on active duty.
- The service member is DEPLOYED for a minimum of six months (on deployment orders—NOT unaccompanied orders, NOT geographic bachelors).
- The spouse has relocated away from the military installation where the service member is assigned (most often, back home near family).
- Wounded service members assigned to a Community Based Warrior in Transition Unit (CBWTU)
What do I need to do?
- Bring your Military ID and any other required documentation (usually, your Deployment Orders or Military Service Headquarters approval letter) to the Y for verification. Please do not leave copies of these documents at the YMCA.
Option #1 – YMCA Financial Assistance Program is an income-based program that provides subsidies to reduce membership fees for those with financial needs. You apply for this via a confidential application.
Option #2 – You may qualify for a free Y membership through your medical insurance. Inquire about Active & Fit, Renew Active, Silver Sneakers or Silver & Fit.
Option #3 – Veterans Discount Program extends a 20% discount on Y membership fees for yourself and/or your family. Documentation must be provided.
Many health plans offer a “fitness center” benefit as part of their offerings. The Y participates in a handful of these to increase access and affordability of Y memberships. We currently participate in the SilverSneakers Fitness Program, Silver & Fit, Renew Active, Active & Fit and Health Plan Partners (Medicaid). For more information contact your insurance provider or the Y’s Membership Desk.
Adult and family memberships receive unlimited guest passes per year. Members may bring in 1 guest at a time. Visits are limited to three per year per guest. Guests under the age of 18 MUST have a signed waiver from their parent before entering the facility. This can be completed on a mobile device so the parent or guardian does not need to be present; save time and sign-up online as a Non-Member guest. Please call in advance to make special arrangements. The active member must accompany the guest at the time of their visit. All guests must present a valid ID. Guests must comply with the Code of Conduct of the Y during their visit.
Guests may accompany a member to the outdoor pool at our Eastside location Monday-Friday during normal operating hours and Saturdays before 3 p.m.
For the safety of all, prospective new members and guests are instantly screened against the National Sex Offender Registry Database.
Day passes are available for purchase at the Downtown, Eastside and Glenwood Park locations for $15/person/day or $30/family/day (family is any two adults and three children) Additional individuals can be added for $3/person.
Day passes are available for purchase at the County location for $10/person/day or $15/family/day (family is two adults and three children). Additional individuals can be added for $3/person.
Visitors must present photo ID at time of purchase and must be at least 18 years of age. At Eastside & Glenwood Ys, day passes only are available for purchase at the Y, before 2:30 p.m. M-F and after 2:30 p.m. Saturdays.
Members are reminded that your membership includes unlimited guest passes at no additional cost. Guest visits are limited to three per year per guest and guests under 18 must have a parent-signed wavier to use the facility. Please call in advance to make special arrangements.
All visitors must comply with the Code of Conduct of the Y during their visit. For the safety of all, prospective new members and guests are instantly screened against the National Sex Offender Registry Database.
Annual Membership Renewals
A renewal notice will be mailed to you approximately one month prior to your renewal date. Note that memberships paid for by monthly bank draft will not require a renewal notice and are continuous until cancellation.
Members who pay their monthly membership fee through a monthly automatic withdrawal need to cancel their membership by the 20th of the month in order to stop the draft that occurs on the first of the month. To cancel a membership, members must do so in person by filling out a cancellation form at the Membership Desk.
Upon joining the Y, Membership Staff will take your digital photograph and you will be given a membership tag. Your tag is valid at all Erie Y branches if you are a Metro member. Should you lose your tag, there is a $5/tag replacement fee. You may “skip” the tag and check-in using the Y’s Mobile App.
Holds will be granted for medical and seasonal reasons only. Your membership can be put on hold by bringing in a note from your doctor. Holds must be requested prior to the absence and before the 20th of the month in order to stop the automatic withdrawal for the next month. Holds are limited to 120 days and are not required to be taken consecutively.
For checks or automatic drafts returned, members will be assessed a $5 fee. Please ensure that all your personal information is current in our system, this includes current bank account information and expiration dates if applicable on your membership.
The Y does not guarantee the security of personal belongings. Therefore we ask that you leave valuables at home. If you feel you must bring valuables, secure banks of lockers are available. Locks are encouraged to be used in the locker rooms but may not be left on lockers overnight. The Y is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Safety & Protection
The YMCA of Greater Erie conducts regular sex offender screenings on all members. If a sex offender match occurs, the YMCA reserves the right to cancel membership, end program participation and remove visitation access.
The YMCA of Greater Erie is an inclusive organization open to all. We welcome all people regardless of ability, age, background, ethnicity/race, faith, gender, self-reported gender identity and/or expression or sexual orientation. In keeping with our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and to ensure everyone feels welcome at the Y, we give transgender individuals the opportunity to choose the locker room they are most comfortable with. The policy of the YMCA of Greater Erie is to allow each individual to self-identify their gender. Alternative facilities are available for all members desiring more privacy. We do ask if preoperation, transgender individuals use a bathroom stall or enclosed shower to change.
In accordance with Pennsylvania state law, mothers are welcome to breastfeed at the YMCA.
In compliance with the American Disabilities Act, the YMCA of Greater Erie welcomes service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go. Please see Y staff upon entrance to the facility.
This is a brief tutorial on setting up your online user account. Or you may stop by the Membership Desk for personal help. Adults with personal email addresses can and should set-up their own online user account.
Enjoy live or on-demand group exercise classes with your favorite instructors, explore nutrition classes, youth enrichment, fitness options and more. YMCA360 is accessed through the YMCA of Greater Erie app, ymca360.org, and Smart TV apps Roku and Apple TV.
YMCA360 is FREE for current members to enjoy. Not a member? Join online and access immediately.