Our Policies and Code of Conduct
Please see our Schedules page for the latest information on schedules and facility rules following all COVID-19 Safety Protocols.
On the occasions when weather conditions may make traveling unsafe, the YMCA may choose to alter or cancel classes. In this case, class cancellations or closings will be aired via local radio/TV stations. For the most up to date information, call our Welcome Center directly at 860.229.3787.
YMCA programs and events are often photographed and videotaped for promotional purposes. If you do not wish to be included in YMCA promotional materials, please indicate this to YMCA event and/or program staff.
The use of cell phones and other electronic devices are prohibited in all locker rooms and restrooms throughout our main and program facility buildings.
Abuse Prevention Statement
Your child’s safety is our priority. That is why, as a part of the New Britain-Berlin YMCA established abuse prevention program, background checks and references are completed on all employees and volunteers. View the YMCA Code of Conduct below to learn more about how the YMCA takes steps to protect children or contact our Branch Executive Director Marci Moskal with any questions.
Code of Conduct
The New Britain-Berlin YMCA is a family organization. It is therefore important that our members and guests behave in a manner consistent with a family atmosphere and the YMCA’s four core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. Inappropriate behavior, such as foul language, dangerous play, etc., is unacceptable and may result in a suspension or termination of your membership. To view our full Code of Conduct, click the button below.
Safe Gyms Have Rules
Click on the links below for our policies and rules.
Safe Pools Have Rules
- A lifeguard must be on duty in order for the pool to be open to the public.
- An adult (18+) must be present on the swimming pool deck or in the water for those children 13 years of age and under who wish to swim.
- Any child 5 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult (18+) in the water.
- Those 14+ years of age and older may use the lap lanes but must perform laps to remain in them. Lap lanes are strictly for lap swimmers.
- A non-swimmer must be within arm reach of an adult (18+).
- Adult/children who must use the aid of a swim belt will not be allowed in the water greater than 5 feet. An adult/child must be able to swim 25 yards comfortably without the assistance of an aid (swim belt, noodle, etc) in order to be allowed in the water greater than 5 feet (swim lessons excluded).
- All swimmers shall bathe with warm water and soap before entering the pool.
- Any persons known or suspected of having a communicable disease shall not use the pool.
- Spitting or nose blowing in the water is prohibited.
- Although the YMCA staff recommends that bathing caps be used, if a person's hair is longer than the neckline; his/her hair must be tied back.
- Regulation bathing suits must be worn. Male bathing suits must be worn above the knee. No t-shirts, no jeans and no cut-offs. Underwear and sports bras are not acceptable for bathing suits.
- No gum is allowed in the pool facility.
- No swimming aids or boats, etc. are allowed. (swimmies, inflatables, boats, etc.)
- Children are not allowed to bring masks, fins or snorkels. Masks can be worn if the nose is not covered. Adults (18+) may bring in their own masks,fins and snorkels.
- No repetitive breath holding (competitive/non-competitive)
- A 1:25 lifeguard to swimmer ratio is strongly enforced. The ratio may be lessened if the attendance of swimmers warrants it.
- No diving is permitted off the deck into the pool.
- Diving blocks are not to be used during public swims.
- STORM POLICY: At the first sight and or sound of a thunder and lightening storm; the lifeguards are to clear the pool immediately for 30 minutes. Within those 30 minutes, if the lifeguards do not hear or see anything storm related; swimmers will be allowed back in the swimming pool. If the lifeguards do see lightning and/or hear thunder within those 30 minutes, the lifeguards must start the 30 minute time period all over again.