YMCA Pools Around the United States Beginning to Reopen

The YMCA, one of the first organizations in the United States to begin canceling meets and closing pools amid the COVID-19 pandemic, is starting to reopen pools throughout the nation.

Outside of school-based pools, YMCA pools are probably the biggest singular lifeblood of competitive swimming, with hundreds of teams across the country based out of Y pools and Y-run pools.

In early March, this year’s YMCA Short Course National Championships, originally scheduled for March 30-April 3, were canceled for the first time since 1947. At that time, all YMCA of the USA staff was informed in an email obtained by that it must cancel all Y-hosted in-person events through April 30, which was obviously extended as the pandemic progressed.

That meet was expected to draw 1,400 swimmers from around the nation. Short Course YMCA national championships have been held yearly since 1923, with the only prior cancelations coming in 1942-45 for World World II, and in 1947.

Later in March, YMCA Long Course Nationals (originally scheduled for July 28th-August 1st) was canceled as well..

Now, pools have opened in at least 30 locations, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Topeka, KS
  • Indiana, PA
  • Victoria, TX
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Albemarle, NC
  • Ashland, OR
  • Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Prescott, AZ
  • Chesapeake, VA
  • Multiple in greater Indianapolis, IN
  • Multiple in Knoxville, TN area
  • Multiple in greater Cincinnati, OH
  • Multiple in St. Louis County, MO
  • New Bern, NC
  • Summerville, SC
  • Jackson, MS
  • Lincoln, NE

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I swim for a YMCA, which was completely shut down. The owner of our branch won’t even let the coaches contact anyone, so we haven’t heard anything from the team since March. Currently, we’re not even sure if we still have anything to go back to


No email/phone contact?! That’s absurd. Were they afraid covid would spread through the phone?


More aware that having staff who have been laid off work is the wrong thing to do


They reason they can’t contact you is because they are laid off. It would affect their unemployment and perhaps even re-employment.


Same situation here for our YMCA and our kid’s team. The aquatics director – who was NOT furloughed – sent out a dryland workout in late April but there has been no other communication. The Y reopening plan doesn’t include sports or group activities during the initial stage of reopening, and we don’t know how long that stage will last. We also don’t know what policies and procedures will be in place to use the lap pool for solo swim workouts, although to be fair that’s because the state is late on releasing those requirements. We’ve continued paying our dues this entire time – it would be nice to know if will be a swim team to go back to.

Will Caldwell

Pennsylvania opening with many YMCA’s in Central and Western part of state. Eastern part of state is about 2 weeks away from opening


Prattville, AL has opened

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