Welcome Back!

We are so excited to welcome back our members for indoor workouts at all our branches!

Read on to learn more about what you can expect when you return to the Y, and the protocols and procedures we have in place to keep you safe!

Vaccine Requirement:

All members age 12+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter YMCA fitness branches.
You can expect a quick review of your vaccination info at the front desk when you arrive at your YMCA branch and we'll keep your info on file so you'll only need to show us once.
We will accept your Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record, your original vaccine card, or a copy of your card.

Masks Now Optional Indoors:

We are excited to share that all of our fitness branches meet county requirements for vaccinations and capacity management. This means that masks are now optional for members working out indoors.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our communities safe. See you at the Y!

Albany YMCA

Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 1:00pm
Monday - Thursday, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday, 8:00am - 12:00pm

Downtown Berkeley YMCA

Fitness Hours:
Monday - Thursday 6:00am - 7:00pm
Friday, 6:00am - 1:00pm
Saturday, 8:00am - 12:00pm

Pool Hours (Reservation Required):
Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Monday - Thursday, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday, 8:00am - 11:45am

Oakland Y

Fitness Hours:
Monday - Thursday , 6:00am - 8:00pm
Friday, 6:00am - 1:00pm
Saturday, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Sunday, 8:00am - 12:00pm

Pool Hours (Reservation Required):
Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Monday - Thursday, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday, 8:00am - 11:45am

Pleasant Hill YMCA

Fitness Hours:
Monday - Thursday, 6:00am - 7:30pm
Friday 6:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday - Sunday, 8:00am - 12:00pm

Pool Hours (Reservation Required):
Monday - Friday, 6:00 am - 7:15 pm
Saturday-Sunday, 8:00 am - 11:45pm

Richmond Parkway YMCA

Fitness Hours:
Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 11:00am
Monday - Thursday, 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, 8:00am - 12:00pm

Indoor Lap Swimming

Indoor pools at Downtown Berkeley and Oakland Y branches are now open for Lap Swimming and Water Walking! Downtown Berkeley and Oakland Y members age 13+ can reserve 30-40 minute swim sessions.

Downtown Berkeley Lap Pool Hours:
Mon - Fri, 7:00 am - 1:00 pm | Mon - Thurs, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Sat, 8:00 am - 11:45 am

Oakland Lap Pool Hours:
Mon - Fri, 7:00am - 1:00pm | Mon - Thurs, 4:00pm - 8:00pm | Sat, 8:00 am - 11:45am

Grace’s Pool Hours (Downtown Berkeley):
Mon - Fri, 7:15 am - 11:00 am | Sat, 8:15 am -11:10 am

Key Details to Note:

  • Please plan to arrive in your swimming attire
  • Please bring your own towel
  • Lap Pool lanes will be shared between two members
  • Lap Pool reservations will be specifically designated as either Lap Swim or Water Walking lanes. Members must sign up for the type of reservation they will be using. Swimming in water walking lanes or walking in swimming lanes will not be allowed. For members that exercise using both swimming and walking should reserve the type that they primarily use.
  • Only one swimmer per lane is permitted in Grace’s Pool right now.
  • Grace’s Pool is a warm water pool and is appropriate for low-to-moderate exercise only. Full lap lanes will not be available in Grace’s Pool
  • Grace’s Pool reservations will be specifically designated as Shallow Lane or Deep Lane. Please select the appropriate pool depth for your ability and desired workout.

Find the full rundown of our current lap swimming guidelines here:
Oakland Lap Swim Guidelines | Berkeley Lap Swim Guidelines | Grace's Pool Guidelines

Reserve Your Swim Session:
Reserve your session using the YMCA of the East Bay App or through the schedules page on our website. Sessions can be booked 24 hours in advance.

Reserve Swim Session

For safety purposes right now, members may only reserve swim sessions at their home branch.


Outdoor Lap Swimming

The outdoor pool at the Pleasant Hill YMCA is open for Lap Swimming and Water Walking and Pleasant Hill members age 13+ can reserve a 30 minute swim session.

The outdoor pool is open Monday - Friday from 6:00 am - 6:45 pm and Saturday - Sunday from 8:00 am - 12:15 pm.

Reserve Swim Session

Before You Arrive

Member Waiver and Agreement:
Before your first workout session at the Y, please review and sign this electronic member agreement and waiver.

If you run into any trouble, don't hesitate to reach out to ymember@ymcaeastbay.org with questions or give our Virtual Membership Team a call at (510) 255-6682 for assistance.

Staying Safe Together

Social Distancing
We will be strictly adhering to social distancing protocol. In most cases the equipment is spaced 10 ft apart and we ask members to workout 10 ft from others.

We have cleaned every single surface within the Y, and every piece of equipment during our closure.  Cleaning materials will be given to members to sanitize their equipment prior to and after use. Staff will also clean all equipment throughout the day.

Additional Safety Measures
All staff will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times. In accordance with CDC guidelines regarding travel, we are asking members to stay home from the Y if they have traveled out of state in the last 14 days. Showers will be closed during this time. Bathrooms and water bottle refill stations will remain open. We encourage you to bring as few non-essential items into the gym as possible.

We're Ready When You Are

Whenever you're ready to return to the Y, we're ready to welcome you back safely. If you're not yet comfortable returning to the Y for indoor workouts, we have plenty of options for staying active!

Explore our Online Fitness options for live and on-demand fitness classes! You can also check out our Outdoor Fitness and Lap Swimming options. And for premium classes that offer a higher level of support, take a look at our Virtual Small Group Training classes.