Facility Updates, Restrictions and Availability

The Y team is closely following the updates for BC’s Restart plan.  The BC Restart plan is a careful, four-step plan to bring B.C. back together.  As protocols update or lighten your Y team will update this page with changes.  Please note that any changes will be implemented, however, changes take time and planning.  Check back in the days following BC Health Updates for more information before you visiting the Y.

Thank you in advance for your continued patience and kindness with staff, volunteers and each other.  We are in this together.

For information on  province-wide restrictions click here.
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Updated/New Restrictions
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Gymnasium – Group Fitness *Updated – June 21

As per Provincial Health Officer order, all group fitness classes (high and low intensity) may resume.  High intensity classes will resume at the Y on Tuesday June 22. Face masks are required to be worn at all times – including while exercising in class.  Click here  to view the Vancouver Island Y Safety Protocols for Group Exercise.

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High Intensity Classses Resume Tuesday June 22

Fitness Studio – Cyclefit Class *Updated – June 21

As per Provincial Health Officer order, all group fitness classes, including cyclefit may resume.  Classes will resume at the Y on Tuesday June 22. Face masks are required to be worn at all times – including while exercising in class.  Click here  to view the Vancouver Island Y Safety Protocols for Group Exercise.

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Cyclefit Resumes Tuesday June 22

Required Wearing of a Non-Medical Mask/Face Coverings *Updated May 27

As per BC PHO, face coverings continue to remain mandatory and must be worn at ALL times (except while participating in aquatics activities).  Please ensure that your nose and mouth are covered at all times while inside the facility including: while exercising on cardio and on strength equipment, while walking to and from showers, inside changerooms and during all group fitness classes.

Please ensure your mask does not have exhalation valves or vents which allow virus particles to escape.

Required Immediately

Outdoor Fitness Classes – *Updated April 28*

As per City of Victoria Noise Bylaw all Downtown Y outdoor fitness classes will be held without music effective immediately.

There will be limited outdoor classes as classes are able to resume inside the Y.  Outdoor classes are held outside in the Y parking lot [Downtown Y in the Quadra street parking lot] Please dress for the weather as there isn’t an inside alternative. Even though classes are held outdoors, a face covering [mask] must be worn by members and the instructor while transitioning to and from their reserved activity and may be removed once in their designated spot in their class. Bring a water bottle filled with water.  There is no option to fill your water bottle

Classes are weather dependent. We will try to provide as much notice as possible for cancellation however they may occur on short notice or even during the class. Notification of class cancellations will occur through the app.

Safety protocols for outdoor group exercise can be found here.

Line up for class:
Downtown Y:  Members line up along the bottom of the parking lot walkway [in the white grid painted area]. Green dot markers will indicate 6 feet apart.

Individual Fitness *Updated April 4*

Effective immediately in order to ensure proper physical distancing spotting in the weight rooms will not be allowed.  One person per station or equipment area at a time must be adhered to.

Required Immediately

Lane Pool – Aquafit Class *Updated – March 31*

Aquafit classes will resume Tuesday April 6.   The Y has received confirmation from the public health office, that due to the aquatic environment classes may continue under the Low Intensity Group Exercise guidelines.

Starting Tuesday April 6 Aquafit classes will resume under the Low Intensity Group Exercise Classes. Click here  to view the Vancouver Island Y Safety Protocols for Group Low Intensity Exercise.

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Resume Tues April 6

Aquafit class – access to the pool for designated Aquafit class only. Please arrive in your swim wear. Limited washroom access. No access first or second floor fitness areas, plus amenities, totes baskets or lockers. Change rooms have re-opened please review the “Change/Rooms Areas” information in the “Open” tab of this page.  Arrive for your reservation at the main entrance.

Change Rooms/Areas

Please come ready in your swimwear or workout gear, leave all unnecessary items at home or stored out of sight safely in your vehicle.

Changerooms are NOT available for Group Fitness Class participants (as per updated Ministry of Health Guidelines)

Changerooms are available for AFTER your swim/fitness centre workout on a first come first serve basis.  The change rooms have been labelled A or B.  The Plus change room will be used, however, all plus amenities continue to be closed.  The closed plus amenities include towel service, the lounge area, sauna, steam and hot tub.  Please use the changeroom that has the most available space after your workout.

There are 10 spaces in all change rooms except the Women’s Plus, which will have a maximum of 7. If all spaces are full please wait in the hallway/pool deck until a space becomes available. We ask that you limit your time to 10min max in the changeroom to allow all members the option to access the changeroom.

Change Room Cleaning Closure Times – Last entry to the change rooms is 15 minutes before closure times.

Womens A (general) and Womens B (plus):

  • Closed to accommodate aquafit participants: Monday – Friday 11:00-11:30am & Sunday 10:10-10:40am
  • Womens Change Room A – Monday – Friday 1:30-2:00pm
  • Womens Change Room B – Monday – Friday 2:00-230pm

Mens A (general) and Mens B (plus):

  • Mens Change Room A – Monday – Friday 2:30-3:00pm
  • Mens Change Room B – Monday – Friday 3:00-3:30pm

All Change Rooms

  • All Change Rooms Close at 7:30pm – Monday – Friday
  • All Change Rooms Close at 1:00pm – Saturday & Sunday

Attending the Y for a Family Swim/Kids Splash

Members will be able to access Universal Changeroom AFTER their swim reservation for rinse-off and changing; please continue to arrive wearing swim attire as access to changerooms BEFORE swim reservation is not currently available.

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Personal Fitness Coaching

Personal Coaching sessions allow members to work one on one with a qualified personal coach for 4 weeks. With four, 50-minute sessions, coaches and members will work together to create a workout plan to help the member meet their fitness goals. Extra COVID- 19 protocols are in place. Face coverings are strongly encouraged; trainers will stay 2 meters away from participant whenever possible. Members will be given sanitizer to clean equipment before and after use. Change rooms and showers are available for use after personal coaching sessions. Members have the option of booking a semi- private Personal Coaching session. Member booking Personal Coaching is responsible for registering second participant and ensuring they are present for sessions.

Review the refund/cancellation policy.

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Private Swim Lessons

Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons are for current Y members. Registration is required. Lessons are non-refundable.

Parent/caregiver (16+ yrs) participation is strongly encouraged if participant is under the age of 7yrs and/or uncomfortable in the water. Instructors will adapt teaching methods and use of pool space to ensure safety of participant while appropriate distancing is maintained. Member booking the lessons is responsible for registering 2nd participant within same swimming ability and ensuring they are present for lessons.

Review the refund/cancellation policy.

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Fitness Centre – First Floor

The Fitness Centre – First Floor includes access to the Keiser air pressure resistance machines, free weight area, squat racks, bench press decks, dual cable machine and hammer strength equipment.  Limited cardio equipment including treadmills, ellipticals, recumbent bikes, Cyclefit bikes and NuStep machines. Universal washroom access. There is no access to second floor areas, the stretching room, plus amenities, totes baskets or lockers. Change rooms have re-opened please review the “Change Rooms/Areas” info at the top of this page. No stretching space available. Arrive for your reservation at the main entrance.

Cleaning Protocols: Members will be provided cleaning supplies and are expected to clean all equipment they choose to use before and after use.

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Fitness Centre – Second Floor

The Fitness Centre – Second Floor includes access to the Atlantis selectorized machines, limited dumbbell free weights up to 50lbs and cable machine. Cardio equipment including treadmills, ellipticals, step mills, stationary bikes, recumbent bikes and summit trainers. Limited gendered washroom access. No accessibility washroom available. There is no access to first floor areas, Functional Fitness room, fitness studio, gymnasium, plus amenities, totes baskets or lockers. Change rooms have re-opened please review the “Change Rooms/Areas” info at the top of this page. No stretching space available. Arrive for your reservation at the rear of the building entrance directly to the cardio area on Courtney St.

Cleaning Protocols: Members will be provided cleaning supplies and are expected to clean all equipment they choose to use before and after use.

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Lane Pool – Lane Swim

Lane Swim – For members ages 13 years and older.  Access to single lane use. Please arrive in your swim wear. Limited washroom access.  No snorkels permitted.  No access first or second floor fitness areas,  plus amenities, totes baskets or lockers. Change rooms have re-opened please review the “Change Rooms/Areas” info at the top of this page. Arrive for your reservation at the main entrance.

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Leisure Pool – Shallow Water Walking

Shallow Water Walking – For members ages 13 years and older.  Maximum depth of 3 feet. Water walking times are for members who wish to use the warmer leisure pool for low-impact exercises, walking, or stretches. Those wishing to swim laps must reserve a spot in the lane pool. Please arrive in your swimwear. Limited washroom access. No access to first or second floor fitness areas, plus amenities, totes baskets or lockers. Change rooms have re-opened please review the “Change Rooms/Areas” info at the top of this page. Arrive for your reservation at the main entrance.

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Leisure Pool – Kids Splash

Leisure Pool. Please arrive in your swim wear. Limited washroom access.  No snorkels permitted.  No access first or second floor fitness areas,  plus amenities, totes baskets or lockers. Change rooms have re-opened please review the “Change Rooms/Areas” info at the top of this page. Arrive for your reservation at the main entrance.

View the Admission Criteria

View the calendar.

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Member Service Desks

With the limited staff working at the Y our focus is on ensuring your visit is successful, as such, staff will be available greeting and checking members in for their reservation.  In the fitness areas a staff member will be available to answer questions and assist with our shared learning of new protocols.  Members are encouraged to use the Online Service Portal to purchase or update their account online.

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Racquetball/Squash Courts

Closed

Stretching Rooms/Areas

Closed

Plus Change Rooms Amenities (such as towels, sauna, steam rooms etc.)

Closed

Water Fountains

Please ensure you bring a water bottle filled from home.  There will be no fountains available.

Closed

Towel Service

If you bring a sweat towel from home please note that you may only use this for your personal use and must use the cleaning supplies provided by the Y to clean any equipment you use.

Not Available

Lockers/Tote Basket Access

If you had previously rented a tote basket and wish to retrieve your belongings click here  or email jfornelli@vancouverislandy.ca to arrange a time.

Closed

Playcare

Closed

Children’s Programs

Limited programs will be offered at the Langford Westhills Y.

Closed

Functional Fitness Room

Closed

Swimming Lessons

Private/Semi-Private lessons are now available.  See the Open section for more info.

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Recreational Sports – Gymnasium

Closed

Boxing Area

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RESERVATION AND MEMBER CLEANING PROTOCOLS

Many protocols are in place, including but not limited to: wearing a mask/face covering is required (see above for detailed information), controlled access into Y facilities, maintaining distancing throughout Y facilities, directional walkways and enhanced cleaning protocols for both Y members and staff.  Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the facility.  As always, we will provide disinfectant for members to use on their equipment before and after use, and we will be diligent in encouraging members to do this practice. There is a built in period of time between reservations where staff will be disinfecting equipment and high touch surfaces.

One thing remains the same… our friendly and welcoming staff are ready to greet and assist you.  We are in this together.

Arrival for your Reservation

The Y will be using multiple entrances and exits.  Please check the areas below for where to arrive.

The 5 Minute Rule – Members may line up 5 minutes prior to the start of their reservation time & have access to enter the facility until 5 minutes past the start time.  The door will be locked and access closed after this period.

Upon arrival please wear your face mask/covering, line up  and maintain physical distancing of 6ft/2m.  We encourage you to introduce yourself to someone new; remember we are all in this together.  Smaller numbers in our facilities mean a great opportunity to meet new people in our Y community! Please ensure you arrive with photo ID or your previous membership card.  Y staff will need to see this to check you in for your reservation.

This will be required every visit to the Y… even after we get to know you.  We appreciate your assistance with this requirement.


Y Members Only Access By Reservation

A membership and a reservation is required to access the Y.  Drop in access without a reservation is not available.  At this time the Y is unable to accommodate access for drop ins, visiting Y members, guests or promotional members.

HOW TO BUY A MEMBERSHIP AND RE-JOIN THE Y

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Purchase a new membership using the Y’s Online Service Portal.

Join the Y

After you have purchased your membership, download the new Y mobile app.  There is a 30-60 minute delay from the time of purchase so the app and our registration software can synch together.  If you try to use the app before purchasing a membership you will not be successful. Details and how to videos about the Mobile App can be found here.

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