health screening tool

Health Screening Tool

We're asking that all guests to our health, fitness and aquatic centres complete a 3-question screening process before entering the facility. You can now do this ahead of time online! Just complete the questions on your handheld device and show the green screen to the staff member who greets you.

Masks are required inside all YMCA facilties once again due to recent public health orders. Learn more

Updated July 29, 2021, 12:05 PM

Registered Lane Swimming

In light of yesterdays announcements, we will not be making any changes to swim lane capacities on August 1st. Lane swimming will continue with one registered swimmer per lane and up to 3 additional swimmers who are in their bubble in the same lane (4 in total).

However, we will be moving forward with our plan that as of September 1st, no lane reservations will be required.



Updated July 28, 2021, 4:00 PM

Masks Mandatory within YMCA Facilities Once Again

The YMCA of Okanagan takes our responsibility to provide safe spaces very seriously and we continue to monitor and comply with Local and Provincial Health Officer's orders. 

Given the July 28th announcement from the Interior Health Authority, masks are required to be worn in all areas of YMCA of Okanagan facilities, including while exercising, excluding swimming. Masks must cover an individual’s mouth, nose and chin at all times. 
Details and exemptions:
  • Not required while swimming but necessary on the pool deck
  • Children under the age of 12 are exempt
  • Exemptions apply for individuals with diverse abilities and medical conditions

We encourage everyone to do their part to prevent the spread of disease and illness by practicing healthy handwashing hygiene, maintaining physical distancing, staying home and getting tested when sick, and educating themselves about the vaccine. We believe a vaccinated community is a healthy community. 

Our team will continue to enforce the current Health Orders and we appreciate the kindness and respect our community has shown our staff as we navigate and adapt to these new regulations together. 


Updated June 30, 2021, 1:10 PM

YMCA of Okanagan Moves into Step 3 of BC’s Restart Plan

With the recent announcement that the province will be moving into Step 3 of BC’s Restart Plan on July 1, the YMCA of Okanagan will be able to open their doors to more community members. This comes just in time, allowing more individuals and families to cool off in the pool during the heatwave and to access summer recreation activities in a safe, welcoming and comfortable setting. 
The health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, members, and the community remain the Y’s number one priority, with activity-specific safety plans and disease prevention measures enhanced until we are all safely through the COVID-19 pandemic.  
Staring July 1st:
  • Facility capacities will increase at the Downtown Y, H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre, and the Kelowna Family Y. 
  • Masks will be recommended inside all YMCA facilities, staff and volunteers will continue to wear masks. 
  • Members and guests are asked to maintain physical distancing throughout all YMCA facilities, to stay home and get tested if sick, and to continue practising healthy handwashing hygiene. 
Starting July 5th:
  • Hot tubs, steam rooms, and saunas will be re-opening at H2O Adventure + Fitness Center and the Kelowna Family Y.
  • Indoor group fitness classes will be offered on a reduced summer schedule. 


Updated April 30, 2021, 6:40 PM

Outdoor Fitness Classes

Though indoor classes are still suspended, we will be starting to take advantage of the lovely Okanagan weather and offer outdoor fitness classes soon. Please note that classes may be cancelled if weather conditions are poor. These classes are in addition to our virtual offerings (not replacing them).

Kelowna Family YMCA

Outdoor classes at the Kelowna Family Y will start on Monday, May 3 and include Bootcamp, TRX and Yoga.

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Classes will be held in the fenced outdoor area behind the building. Members are asked to meet outside. For those who complete the health screening questions on their mobile device, they do not need to go inside and can show the screening results to the instructor. Those answering in person can do so at the member services desk, then go out the front doors to meet outside. Members will still need to reserve their spot in the class online before attending.

H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre

Outdoor classes at H2O will start on Friday, May 14. Group Strength is the only class being offered outside so far.

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To attend class at H2O after securing your booking online, scan your membership card and answer the screening questions (or show your results on your mobile phone) inside at the member services desk, then head back outside to meet in the parking lot behind H2O by the soccer fields.

Kelowna Downtown Y

Outdoor classes will not be running at the Kelowna Downtown Y.

Virtual class schedule

Updated April 6, 2021, 4:30 PM

Modified COVID protocols for Fitness Centres

The YMCA of Okanagan takes our responsibility to provide safe spaces very seriously and we continue to monitor and comply with the Provincial Health Officer's orders. 

Members will be required to read and follow the most recent indoor individual exercise orders from the province, prior to their next visit to the Y. We have had to make changes to how our members use our fitness centres to adhere to the new guidelines.

Please note the following modifications are specific to our fitness areas: 

Masks Mandatory at the YMCA

Masks are required to be worn in all areas of the YMCA, including while exercising, excluding swimming. Masks must cover an individuals mouth, nose and chin at all times.

Fitness Centre Modifications
  • Our YMCA team members will be moving fitness equipment or making certain machines temporarily unavailable in order to meet the new distancing guidelines of 2.5 metres between each member in all directions while exercising. 
  • The use of mats are mandatory for stretching on all floors and group fitness studios, and must be sanitized before and after each use. 
  • Only one person per box/square. At this time, spotting for weight lifting or sharing of equipment will not be allowed, regardless of whether they are members of the same household.  
  • Due to limited capacity at the Downtown YMCA location, only members may use this centre (drop-in use will be temporarily suspended). 
Doing Your Part

We can't run a YMCA without our communities cooperation. Our members need to follow the rules so that we can help keep our centres safe. These include:

  • Maintaining a safe 2 metre distance from staff and other members at all times, and a 2.5 metre distance while exercising.
  • Cleaning all equipment before and after use, including dumbbells, TRX, mats, etc.
  • Following Provincial health regulations on hand washing and staying home when sick.

Our team members will continue to enforce the current Provincial Health Orders. We appreciate how well our members have adapted to changing rules while showing kindness and respect to our staff, volunteers and to each other.

Keep up the great work!

Updated March 29, 2021, 4:50 PM

In-Person Group Fitness Classes temporarily suspended until April 19

The most recent Health Order from the Province of British Columbia includes a mandatory, industry-wide cancellation of adult group physical activities until further notice. All group fitness classes at the Downtown Y, H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre, and Kelowna Family Y will be temporarily suspended beginning March 30. We expect this to be a short time period of approximately three weeks.

Our facilities will remain open, with health and safety guidelines in place, including our fitness floors, pools, health coaching and more. 

Swim lessons, lane swimming, and child & youth recreation programs will also carry on with guidelines in place.

We will continue to offer a variety of virtual health offerings to assist members in achieving their health goals, including:

  • Live streamed fitness classes directly from our centres including Fit for Life, Strength, Yoga, and much more
  • On demand YMCA Home videos including Bootcamp, Chair Yoga, Strength, Gentle Fit, and kids/ youth classes

Thank you all for your continued support and flexibility as we shift to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Please rest assured we are regularly checking with the Provincial Health Office to make sure our guidelines are aligned with their most recent recommendations and mandates.

We will inform each of you once our classes are able to resume once again.

Updated January 6, 2021, 6:30 PM

In-Person Group Fitness Classes Resume January 11

We have received updated guidelines, based on our most recent Provincial Health Order, which will allow us to restart group fitness classes on Monday, January 11. Though the way classes will operate will change, we are certain that our classes will continue to provide the encouragement, “community feel” and extra push that you love and need from your Y!

The following are some necessary changes based on the health order guidelines:

  • Class sizes have been decreased slightly due to physical distancing guidelines.
  • Our floor blocking (where to stand) will have a wider radius giving you ample space for your fitness activity during a class.
  • Members must sign up through our online class booking system prior to class (no drop-ins at this time).
  • Group fitness participants will be expected to come dressed and ready for class. As per Provincial Health Guidelines, participants will no longer have access to change rooms and showers.
  • Participants are asked to show up no more than 10 minutes before class.
  • Each participant will be let into the studio by the instructor one at a time. We ask that participants stay in their “workout box” once they have entered the studio.
  • Members on the wait list for a class are asked to only come to the facility if they have received a notification that they have secured a spot.
  • All use of fans in studio are discontinued.
  • Doors and windows will be left open wherever possible.
  • All participants must receive, read and understand the new BCCDC COVID-19 guidelines for group fitness.

You can find all of these guidelines and more on our Fitness Classes FAQ. January fitness schedules and booking instructions can be found on our schedules page.

Thank you all and we cannot wait to welcome you back in studio!

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