Schedule is subject to change for program needs or rentals. For more information, contact the Front Desk Welcome Center at 978-686-6191.
The Merrimack Valley YMCA is dedicated to the safety and well-being of our members and program participants. Your family’s health and well-being is our primary concern. That’s why we adhere to the following safety procedures when thunder, lightning and other signs of inclement weather strike near one of our pools (both indoor and outdoor). These procedures are recommended by YMCA of the USA, The National Lightning Safety Institute and our local insurance provider Redwoods.
-When thunder or lightning is first noticed, pool activities will be suspended and all aquatic areas will be evacuated until 30 minutes after the last sign of thunder or lightning. The distance from a facility to an approaching thunderstorm can be five to eight miles away, but lightning can strike from a much farther distance.
-The entire pool area, including the pool deck, will be closed. Current policies are based on best practices identified by the YMCA of the USA, The National Lightning Safety Institute and our local insurance provider Redwoods and require that the entire aquatics area be closed.
“Indoor pool facilities are connected to a much larger surface area through underground water pipes, gas lines, and electric and telephone wiring. If lightning strikes the ground anywhere on this metallic network, it may induce shocks elsewhere. It is recommended to wait at least 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder before resuming aquatic activities.” – National Lightning Institute
-All programs will be cancelled, including swim lessons and water aerobics classes.
-The pool area will be reopened 30 minutes after the last sign of thunder or lightning.
Thank you for your understanding. We strive to provide a safe and enjoyable facility for our members.
|1 Lap||50 yards||–|
|2 Laps||100 yards||–|
|9 Laps||450 yards||1/4 mile|
|18 Laps||900 yards||1/2 mile|
|36 Laps||1800 yards||1 mile|
|1 Lap = down and back|