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Pools & Swim Programs


Indoor pools operations with limited hours:

  • Brace Family YMCA
  • Dowd YMCA
  • Harris YMCA (AM only)
  • Keith Family YMCA
  • Lake Norman YMCA
  • Lincoln County YMCA
  • Lowe’s YMCA
  • McCrorey YMCA
  • Simmons YMCA
  • Stratford Richardson YMCA

All indoor pool activities initially will be by reservation and will include:

  • Water Fitness
  • Lap Swimming
  • Swim Team (Lowe's)
  • Swim Lessons
  • Swim Clinic
  • Private Lessons

At this time, guests of members may be allowed based on capacity on a first come, first served basis.

  • Keith Family, Lake Norman, Sally’s and Simmons YMCAs: Guests are welcome at the outdoor pools while there is available capacity during open swim hours. 
  • Brace Family, Harris and Morrison YMCAs: Monday-Thursday, guests are welcome at the outdoor pools during open swim hours.
  • Check your branch’s outdoor pool hours!

For more information on visiting our Pools & Waterparks, check out our updated guidelines.





6:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Lap Swim
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.Lap Swim


7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Lap Swim



Harris YMCA


10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Water Exercise
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Lap Swim


12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Lap Swim


12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Lap Swim


Lincoln County YMCA

Mon & Wed

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.Water Exercise
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Lap Swim


Lowe's YMCA

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur

7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Lap and Member Swim
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Lap and Member Swim


9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Lap Swim
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Lap Swim


7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Lap and Member Swim


12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Lap and Member Swim


McCrorey YMCA

Mon, Wed, Fri

See Class ScheduleWater Fitness
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.Lap Swim
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Mon & Wed Only)Lap Swim

Tues & Thur

See Class ScheduleWater Fitness
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.Lap Swim
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.Lap Swim

Sat & Sun - CLOSED


Stratford Richardson YMCA

Mon & Wed

See Class ScheduleWater Fitness
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Lap Swim

Tue & Thur

See Class ScheduleWater Fitness
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.Lap Swim
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.Lap Swim


Mandatory Health Screening Upon Arrival

Before entering the pool area, all guests must answer a few health questions and have a temperature below 100.4ºF.


Pool Cleaning Policy

YMCA staff will clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces throughout the day and after closing.


Locker Room & Restroom Access

Access to changing space and showers will be limited. Please come dressed in your swimsuit if possible.

Bathrooms will be open.


Social Distancing Rules

Chairs will be placed at least 6-10 feet apart.

To help prevent crowding, we have decreased the allowed capacity for all pools and have placed a two-hour time limit for members.

If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or if you are not feeling well, please do not come to the pool.


Equipment Restrictions

Kickboards, pool buoys, weight belts, water weights, fins (if available) will be open for member use. We encourage members and participants to sanitize any borrowed equipment before and after use with disinfecting wipes.


Lifejackets & Toys

It is encouraged to bring you own U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation device; however, we will provide one if needed. It is encouraged to sanitize with provided disinfectant before/after each use. While toys will be allowed at our pools, we encourage limited sharing of toys outside of household members. Inflatable flotation devices like rafts, water wings and balls are not permitted.


Adult Supervision

We ask that all minors (under the age of 16) be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult while at the facility to help enforce social distancing.


Water Features

Maintain social distance when playing in/around water features (spray areas, mushrooms, water buckets). Parents, guardians or responsible adults should supervise children in these areas.


Lap Lane Rules

Swim lanes include both single and double lanes. A guest may use the lane for a maximum of 30 minutes while others are waiting.

Brace Family: Lap swim/walk by reservation
Dowd: Lap swim/walk by reservation, ages 16 and up
Harris: Lap swim/walk by reservation
Keith Family: Lap swim/walk by reservation
Lake Norman: Lap swim/walk by reservation
Lowe's: Lap swim/walk by reservation
McCrorey: Lap swim/walk by reservation
Stratford Richardson: Lap swim/walk by reservation



This reservation is for an individual swimmer who will share a lane with a second individual reservation not from the same household, yielding two swimmers in the lane who will start and stop on opposite ends of the pool.


This reservation is for single swimmer/household lap swim. Members of the same household may use the same lap lane during their reserved time.



  • Reservations are in 30-minute increments.
  • Reservation blocks will become available 22 hours before the reservation time.
  • Please make sure to reserve your spot via the app. If you are unable to use your reservation, please make sure to cancel as early as possible to allow others to utilize the vacated space.


Lost and Found

All lost and found items will be disposed of at the end of the day to reduce risk.


Inclement Weather

All guests must exit the pool if a lifeguard or YMCA team member hears thunder.

All guests must leave the pool deck if a lifeguard or YMCA team member sees lightning.


Additional Important Notes

Reservations will be available for members to reserve pool lanes for indoor pools and family seating areas for outdoor pools.

Updated pool schedules and reservations are found on our app. Download and select the “Reservations” tile to search for and reserve your spot in our indoor and outdoor pools. Need some help? Watch our tutorial video.