Welcome Back! 

All facilities are currently open!

With guidance from state and local agencies, our three fitness facilities are currently open with precautions and limitations. Please read over the below guidelines so you understand how we are keeping you safe — and what we expect of you. Below you will find general guidelines as well as guidelines for specific program areas. Check back as we add more offerings.

Hours of Operation

Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA

Facility Hours
M-Th 5:00 AM-9:00 PM
Fri 5:00 AM-7:30 PM
Sat 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Sun Closed
Childwatch Hours
M-F 8:00 AM-7:30 PM
Sat 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Sun Closed
Pool Hours
M-F 5:30 AM-7:15 PM
Sat 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
Sun Closed


Niles-Buchanan YMCA

Facility Hours
M-Th 5:00 AM-9:00 PM
Fri 5:00 AM-7:30 PM
Sat 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Sun Closed
Childwatch Hours
M-F 8:30 AM-6:30 PM
Sat Call for Availability
Sun Closed
Pool Hours
M-F 5:30 AM-7:15 PM
Sat 8:30 AM-3:00 PM
Sun Closed
Therapy Pool
Hours M-F 6:30-9:00 AM; 5:00-7:15 PM
Sat 8:30 AM-3:00 PM
Sun Closed

O’Brien Fitness Center

Facility Hours
M-F 5:00 AM-9:00 PM
Sat 7:00 AM-4:00 PM
Sun 8:00 AM-2:00 PM
Childwatch Hours
M-F 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
M-Th 4:00-7:00 PM
Sun Closed

Masks Use

  • Masks are required at all times, including while exercising, and regardless of medical condition.
  • Exceptions include children under the age of 5.
  • Swimmers do not need to wear a mask while swimming, but they must wear a mask at all other times.

General Facility

Building Entry - We are currently open with limited hours to our members and the community. The Benton Harbor-St. Joseph & Niles-Buchanan YMCAs have a maximum capacity of 250 people.

COVID Screening - Members & staff will be required to receive a temperature check (100 degrees max) at Member Service and sanitize hands before entering the facility.

Locker Rooms & Showers – All locker rooms and showers are available. The Y team will clean locker rooms and bathrooms on a regular schedule. Whenever possible, members should arrive at the facility in workout clothes/swimsuit to minimize time in the locker rooms.

Childwatch – Childwatch is open for all members and guests utilizing our facilities.

Group Exercise

Group exercise classes are available at all three of our fitness facilities.
*Benton Harbor-St. Joseph & Niles-Buchanan beginning Monday, January 18*

  • No reservations required.
  • Classes will be first-come, first-served if capacity is reached. A few modifications include:
  • 6-foot physical distancing between participants
  • Masks required at all times, including while in class
  • Disinfecting equipment before and after use

Benton Harbor-St. Joseph & Niles-Buchanan members, please arrive early to scan-in and complete your COVID screening at Member Service before heading to class.

Cardio & Weight Rooms

Cardio & Weight rooms are open with modifications. Spray bottles with disinfectant are strategically placed around the facility for cleaning of machines and equipment. Y team on the wellness floor will focus on cleaning machines, dumbbells, and bar.

 Members are expected to:

  • Disinfect machines, equipment, & lockers before and after use
  • Maintain 6-foot distance both on and off machines
  • Wait to use neighboring machines that are less than 6 feet apart
  • Arrive at the facility in workout clothes/swimsuit to minimize time in the locker rooms whenever possible


  • 20-person maximum (20-person max per side at Niles-Buchanan)
  • Please use hand sanitizer before and after using equipment.
  • Masks should be worn over nose and mouth at all times.
  • Please maintain a 6-foot distance when not in play.
  • If a Y Team Member has to ask you to put on/pull up mask multiple times, you may be asked to leave.


Swim Lessons - Group, Semi-Private, and Private swim lessons are available. Group lessons are limited to 6 participants per class.

Lap & Family Swim - Lap Swim & Family Swim are available. Please see pool schedule for times. Lap and family swim are defined as:

  • Lap Swim - Children 13 and over only. Limit 2 per lane at Niles-Buchanan and 1 per lane at Benton Harbor-St. Joseph.
  • Family Swim – Niles-Buchanan Therapy Pool only. Open to all families and adults. Anyone under the age of 18 must have an adult in the water with them in order to help keep the family environment.

Open Swim – Open Swim is available at the Niles-Buchanan branch. Start date TBD at the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph branch. Open Swim is defined as:

  • Open to all families, adults, & children. Those 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the water. All children under 42” tall from the shoulder to the floor must also be with an adult.

Saunas & Steam Room – The Benton Harbor-St. Joseph branch steam room and Niles-Buchanan branch saunas are mandated to be closed and will reopen when restrictions are lifted. (Michigan Executive Order 2020-175)

Therapy Pool – The therapy pool is open with limited hours and a max capacity of 8 people at one time.

Swim Team – Swim teams at the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph & Niles-Buchanan branches are running practice. We are following guidelines USA swimming has put together for social distancing.

Aqua Greyhound Masters – Is currently running its 10th season. View times and pricing at ymcagm.org/aquatics

Pool Guidelines

  • Lap Swim available (Limit 1 per lap lane at BHSJ & Limit 2 per lap lane at NB).
    • Single lanes will be used. Swimmers living in the same household may share a lane.
  • Open Swim available.
    • Open Swim Capacity: 12 people
    • Groups should keep 6-foot distance between one another
  • No reservation required.
  • Pool Capacity: 25 people
  • Masks must be worn until you enter the pool. This includes on the pool deck.
  • Staff on pool deck are not required to wear a mask at all times, but will have one available when needed.
  • Please put equipment in designated bucket to be sanitized.
  • Please don’t take breaks in adjoining lanes at the same time.

Additional Services & Programs

Racquetball – Racquetball is available at the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA with modifications of wearing face masks, hand sanitizing between games, and a maximum of four players per court.

Parties & Building Rentals – Will be offered for group sizes up to the allowed maximum capacity. Maximum capacity will be adjusted as we receive guidance from the health department.

Massage Therapy – Massage therapy is available at the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph & Niles-Buchanan branches by appointment only.

Personal Training – Personal training is available for in-person and virtual training.

CPR & Lifeguard Certifications – Are available and will be offered as needed.

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA – Is currently running at RiverBend Cancer Services. We plan to begin classes at the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph & Niles-Buchanan YMCAs in January 2021.

Youth Sports – If restrictions are lifted at that time, we will evaluate with our local health department, how to proceed.

Services Currently Unavailable

The following services are currently unavailable. Please check back for updates.

  • Coffee service
  • Saunas & steam room
  • Drinking fountains (bottle fillers remain open)
  • Open gym

Updated 11/17/2020