this place is my second home pretty much and people need to realize its a great place for your children and to just hang out with the family
The pool has seen its better days, it really needs some TLC. But in the Florida summer heat it is nice to get a dip in a pool. There are a lot of rules at the Y pool, but it is needed to ensure safety.
Love the pool and super nice staff. Members are friendly.
The weight room is large, well stocked and rarely busy. They have nearly every weight room equipment one would ever want. They have a set of weight machines for kids 8 and up. Boxing, when they offered it, was excellent (not currently offered, hope they bring it back). My kids liked parkour. They look to add capoera. Pool is comfortably heated but in need of resurfacing.
The YMCA has had some significant issues in the past, but they have really turned things around and made this a good place to be. The "performing arts center" is especially good, gymnastics and other movement classes for all ages of athletes, they put together great competition teams that often do very well. Their instructors are sometimes too young to really handle the demands of teaching children, which can be problematic, but you can tell they are genuine and mean well.
Do not let the price of summer camp fool you, this is indeed no such thing as "summer camp". There are no lesson plans, no coordinated activities, just a schedule of changing locations. The counselors make minimum wage, receive no proper training (CPR, first aid, etc.), have groups of 25 kids each, and have no supplies. Pay the extra money and go else where. "Summer camp" at the Y is more like glorified babysitting. Management really needs to step up and take control.
Clean, nice, quiet.
I can't speak for much of the rest of the YMCA facilities as I've not really been to most of them, but the gym is great (despite the building itself needing a bit of love and repair)
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