Policies | Westfield Area Y

Aquatics Policies

Class Level
Please be careful in selecting your child’s swim level. Class changes may not be possible once the session begins since classes fill quickly. If you would like to have your child tested for swim level, please ask a member of the aquatics staff.

Minimum Enrollment
Classes that do not meet a minimum enrollment will be cancelled and you will be offered an alternate class if available.

Wait List
If a class is full, please contact the Welcome Center at 908-233-2700 to ask to be added to the wait list. Limited spots may become available as we do try to add classes to accommodate members. Please note you cannot simultaneously be on a wait list and registered for the same class at another day/time.

Makeup
Because of class ratios and the consistency of class structure, we cannot always arrange for a makeup session for a missed class. Makeups will be at the discretion of the aquatics directors and a doctor’s note will be required.

Swim Diapers
Swim Diapers are required for all children that are not toilet trained and for newly-trained children. 

Water Quality
In the event of water contamination of the pool, the pool will be closed for up to 24 hours. To protect against this occurrence, please ensure that your child has gone to the bathroom before entering the pool. 

Lightning
The pools will be cleared in the event of thunder or lightning. Swimming will not resume until 30 minutes have passed since the last thunderclap is heard. If a storm occurs during a scheduled swim class, safety skills will be taught outside the pool area for the remainder of the lesson. Aquatic staff will make every effort to schedule make-up classes for unscheduled closings and will contact you directly.

Supervision
Preschool and youth lessons: parent/guardian must remain within the respective pool areas (lobby area for the Rooke Pool and balcony area for the Wallace Pool). These are not “drop-off” programs for children under 10. 

Youth under the age of 8: must be accompanied and supervised by an adult in the pool during family and open swims.

Youth ages 8 & 9: must have an adult on the pool deck while they are in the pool 

Teen members ages 13+: may participate in lap swims

Open Swim: Swimmers of any age may be asked to take a swim test to determine water competency. The test requirements are as follows:

1. Swim 20 yards front crawl with face in the water (20 yards = length of Rooke Pool--if test is taken in Wallace Pool 25yds front crawl will be required)

2. Swim 10 yards back crawl

3. Tread water for one minute while keeping head above surface.

All segments of the test must be completed continuously to pass. Swimmers who pass will be permitted to swim in the deep end and shallow end, while swimmers who do not pass will be restricted to the shallow end only and/or be required to wear a float.

OUR HOURS AND LOCATIONS

 
(908) 233-2700 (908) 233-2700 (908) 223-8820 (908) 301-1616 (908) 654-8460 (908) 317-9622 (908) 233-2700
220 Clark Street,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
220 Clark Street,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
111 Ferris Place,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
500 East Street,
Garwood, NJ,
07027
170 Elm Street,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
422 East Broad Street,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
220 Walnut Avenue,
Cranford, NJ,
07016
Weekdays
5:00AM-10:30PM
Saturday 
6:00AM-8:00PM
Sunday
7:00AM-9:00PM

 

Weekdays
7:30AM-8:00PM 
Weekends 
8:00AM-6:00PM
 
Weekdays
9:00AM-5:00PM 
Weekends 
* CLOSED
Weekdays
7:00AM-6:30PM 
Weekends 
* CLOSED
Weekdays
Preschool Hours
Evenings
As Scheduled
Weekends
As Scheduled 
Weekdays
Preschool Hours
Evenings
As Scheduled
Weekends
As Scheduled 
Weekdays
As Scheduled
Evenings
As Scheduled
Weekends
As Scheduled 

 

OUR MISSION

The Westfield Area YMCA is a nonprofit human service organization dedicated to developing the full potential of every individual and family in the communities it serves through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.