The Bath Area Family YMCA’s 58,000 square foot facility offers a gymnasium with bleacher seating, two raquetball courts, an indoor track, an indoor climbing wall, an eight lane lap pool, therapy pool, and whirlpool, fitness room and aerobics studio, child care center, community rooms, and youth, adult and family locker rooms and saunas.
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Understanding your family's needs, we offer three private family locker rooms with showers. We also offer two youth (girls' and boys') and two adult (men's and women's) locker rooms with showers. Plenty of full-size lockers are available for day use (bring your own lock), and we offer small lockers for rent for a nominal monthly fee. Cedar-lined saunas are located in the adult locker rooms.
- Do not leave valuables in the locker room. The Y is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
- Keep food/drink confined to designated areas.
- Only the small size lockers are available for rent, all others are designed for daily use.
- Remember to walk, as the floors may be slippery when wet.
- Help us keep the locker rooms clean by picking up after yourself.
ADULT LOCKER ROOMS (MENS AND WOMENS)
Adult lockers rooms are for adults only. Each adult locker room has a sauna. Youth members and participants (defined as those eligible for a Youth Membership: high school students and younger) should use the Youth Locker Rooms. Please note that infants/children are not allowed in adult locker rooms even when accompanied by an adult.
FAMILY/HANDICAP-ACCESSIBLE LOCKER ROOMS
These three individual locker rooms are handicap-accessible and include showers, sinks, and toilets. Lockers are available just outside the locker rooms.
YOUTH LOCKER ROOMS (BOYS AND GIRLS)
Youth locker rooms are for kids and young adults in high school. Younger children often need a parent to go in the locker room to help. When the Family (individual) locker rooms are full parents can change their children in the youth locker rooms. The correct locker room to use is based on the gender of the parent, not the child. Fathers can go in the boys locker room and Mothers can go in the girls locker room.
and Aerobics Room
The air-conditioned fitness room contains a Cybex strength training circuit, assorted aerobic conditioning stations, a stretching area and free weight equipment. Televisions and music enhance the workouts and the view over the gyms and pools creates a spectacular setting. A suspended wood floor aerobics studio/group exercise room with mirrors and dance barre is perfect for aerobics, dance, spinning, boxing and martial arts classes. Members age 18 and older may have full use of the Fitness Center. Members age 14 through 17 may use the Fitness Center after completing an equipment orientation with one of our staff. Members age 12 and 13 may use the Fitness Center after registering for the Youth and Family Workout Program.
Fitness Center Orientation - The objective of this 60-minute orientation is to introduce members to the fitness center and start them on their first fitness program in the facility. Members learn proper settings on strength training equipment and how to operate cardiovascular equipment. Recommendations for amount of weight and number of repetitions will also be discussed. This session is free to members and is recommended for all new members. Orientation is mandatory prior to Fitness Center use by youths age 14 through 17 and strongly encouraged for adult members new to the Fitness Center. Please call 443-4112x27 or stop by the Fitness Center to make an appointment.
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Fitness Center Guidelines and Etiquette -
- Proper attire must be worn. Shirts and athletic closed- toed shoes must be worn at all times.
- No food or drink (except for water in a sealable, non-breakable container).
- Please wipe off machines after use. Spray and cleaning towels are provided. We do not provide towels for personal use—please bring your own workout towel.
- Please put weights away after use.
- Allow other members to work in between sets on exercises. Please do not rest on machines.
- We ask that you limit your time on the cardiovascular machines to 20 minutes when other members are waiting.
- For safety, children under 14 are not allowed in the fitness center by themselves. Children ages 12 and 13 may use the Fitness Center through the Youth and Family Workout Program (only when accompanied by an adult).
- Cell phone use is NOT allowed while in the Fitness Center.
The Duncan McGinnis Memorial Gym
Our gymnasium is a suspended wood floor field house with a regulation basketball court that can be divided for cross courts, a climbing wall that accommodates beginners and accomplished climbers, a dedicated gymnastics center, two racquetball courts with an observation area and a banked rubber- surfaced two-lane track. Bleacher seating can accommodate 400 spectators easily.
The Edwin Gamble Aquatic Center
Our aquatic center contains an eight lane lap pool, a warm water pool for instruction and therapy and an in-deck whirlpool. Second story stadium seating allows for easy observation and large crowds for swim events.
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Community rooms include a Teen Center fully equipped with music, television, computers and table games. The community room is ideal for classes, quiet activities and meetings. There is a kitchen, a number of lounge areas and a fully equipped conference room.
History of the Bath Area Family YMCA
The Bath Area Family YMCA had its beginnings in May 1856 at the Central Church in Bath, Maine (now the Chocolate Church). We are one of the oldest YMCAs in the country. The first meetings consisted of religious exercises, Bible classes, debates, lectures and essay readings. Meetings were held at various locations in the city, primarily churches. In 1894 the YMCA moved to its own building on Summer Street. The building was financed by Galen Moses, who was president of the Association at the time.
Basketball was the primary activity at the YMCA for many years. All of the basketball in town was played at the Y until a gym was added at the high school. Other programs included roller skating, bowling, pool and volleyball. The Y also had social and service clubs as well as a hotel. It wasn’t until 1962 that the swimming pool was added to the Y facility. A new addition of a larger gym and fitness room was completed in 1973.
Through all of the changes over the past 150+ years, the most important component of the Y has been its members. They are the ones who have shaped the Y to what it is now—a integral part of the community.
We’ve come a long way since the first meeting of the Bath Young Men’s Christian Association on May 30, 1856 in the vestry of Central Church (now the Chocolate Church). One hundred fifty years later, the Bath Area Family YMCA is still serving the community, still helping youth and still providing activities and services to everyone in the area, regardless of one's ability to pay.
When the Association started over 150 years ago, the town of Bath was much smaller, but the needs of its residents were similar to those of today. The Y provided a safe place where youth could go, where character and values were instilled. The services have changed…from essay readings to basketball games, from prayer meetings to child care, from Bible study to yoga, from religious exercises to aquatic exercises. What has remained the same, however, is the commitment of the Y to the community. The willingness to change with the times and offer what the community wants and needs. Volunteers, members and staff working together to create a valuable resource for the community. This is what the Y is about. Building strong kids, strong families, strong communities.
Though change is a certainty in the community and at the Y, one thing will be constant --the Y will continue to proudly serve its members and the community as it has for the past one and one-half centuries.