Facility Updates, Restrictions and Availability

The Y team is closely following the updates for BC’s Restart plan.  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.
Current PHO Orders/Restrictions

Effective September 13 & October 24

* Updated September 11*

Public Health Order – Proof of Vaccine Requirement to Access the Y

To comply with the new PHO order, all members ages 12+ will be required to show proof of vaccination status along with government-issued photo ID for all activities when attending the YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island.  Government-issued photo ID can be one of: drivers license, health services card, passport or National Defence ID Card. A Y membership card can also be used (as we have previously verified your ID).  A student card can be used for those teens without Government-issued ID.

Failure to provide proof will result in you being unable to attend the Y.  From September 13 – October 23 you need to show you are partially vaccinated with one dose.  Beginning October 24 you need to show you are fully vaccinated with two doses.

At this time visual verification will be checked.  We are working to have a system to scan your QR code and for members to be able to provide consent and have their status stored for easier return access.  We appreciate your patience as we comply with this new order.  For the details of the order click “Learn about the BC Vaccine Card” below.

Public Health Order – Masks Required

Starting August 25, masks are required in all public indoor spaces (for those aged 12+ years) when not engaged in physical activity.

Downtown Y Facilities & Services

Open

Fitness Centre

The 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. The 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. In this transition period, equipment that was removed will be added back and spacing will be decreased.  The boxing area and stretching areas are also included in the fitness centre.

At this time, there is no access to plus amenities, totes baskets or lockers. Change rooms are available for use after your visit – please review the “Change Rooms/Areas” in the “Open” tab on this page. Arrive for your reservation at the main entrance. Physical distancing is not required and members may work out together.

Cleaning Protocols: Cleaning supplies are provided throughout the fitness centre. Buckets may continue to be used for your belongings.

Individual Fitness Workouts

At this time, you are still required to make a reservation to attend the Y. During high volume times, we ask that you limit your workout to 1 hour. During quiet times you are welcome to stay over the 1 hour time frame. Reservations are limited to 1 activity per day to ensure that all members have an opportunity to participate at their Y. In this transition period, equipment that was removed will be added back and spacing will be decreased. Members may now workout together as distancing is no longer a requirement.

Group Fitness Classes

All group fitness classes, including cyclefit, will enter through the main entrance on Broughton St. Group fitness classes are held in the fitness studio.  Cyclefit classes are held in the gymnasium.

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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 available for AFTER your visit 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.

Lane Pool – Lane Swim

For members ages 13 years and older. Nine reservation spaces are available in each timeslot. Each lane (25 yards) in the Lane Pool will accommodate a maximum of three swimmers per lane divided into Fast (one lane), Medium (one lane) and Slow (one wide lane). Circle swimming will be in effect; members are asked to follow directional signage posted at each lane. Aquatics staff will endeavour to ensure there is an appropriate distribution of abilities throughout the available lanes and may request that members relocate to another lane to ensure like abilities are in the same lane. Washrooms and water bottle fill station will be available upon entry.  No drinking fountains will be available on the pool deck.  Members must take all belongings with them on deck while they use the pool area.  Arrive for your reservation at the first floor entrance. 

Lane Pool – Aquafit Class 

Washrooms and water bottle fill station will be available upon entry.  No drinking fountains will be available on the pool deck.  Members must take all belongings with them on deck while they use the pool area.  Arrive for your reservation at the first floor entrance.

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Leisure Pool – Shallow Water Walking

For members ages 13 years and older.  Maximum depth of 3 feet. Three reservation spaces are available in each timeslot. Water walking times are for members who wish to use the warmer leisure pool for low-impact exercises, walking, or stretches. Please arrive in your swimwear. Limited washroom access. No access to first or second floor fitness areas, plus amenities, totes baskets or lockers. Arrive for your reservation at the first floor entrance.

Leisure Pool – Kids Splash

Kids Splash is an opportunity for parents/guardians and children to enjoy and takes place in Leisure Pool.   You must reserve a space for each person in your family who will attend.  Washrooms and water bottle fill station will be available upon entry.  No drinking fountains will be available on the pool deck.  Members must take all belongings with them on deck while they use the pool area.  Arrive for your reservation at the first floor entrance.

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Leisure Pool – Family Swim

Family Swim is an opportunity for parents/guardians and their families to enjoy and takes place in the Leisure Pool and one wide lane in the Lane Pool, water slide will be open.  You must reserve a space for each person in your family who will attend.

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Racquetball and Squash

Please read carefully the information below to learn how to book your court.

Court bookings will be done using the Y App or online, to learn more about the app and how to reserve click here.  For your reservation time only 1 member is required to book a time online for your court.  The 2nd member will be checked in and reserved by staff upon arrival at the Y.

Court bookings are 60 minutes in length allowing for members to get to their court and have approximately 45 minutes of play.   There are no forfeit times if a member is late.  Member reservations are limited to 1 activity per day to ensure that all members have an opportunity to participate at their Y.

At this time access to the courts and the Y is limited to members only and those actively playing. Spectators are not allowed.

At this time there is no equipment available for rent or loan.  Bring your own racquet, ball and eye protection.

Personal Fitness Coaching

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Private Swim Lessons

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Closed

Member Service Desks

Due to staff shortages the Member Services Desks have not re-opened.  Interested in working with us, check out our career opportunities here. Members are encouraged to use the Online Service Portal to purchase or update their account online.

Plus Change Rooms & Amenities

Water Fountains

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

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.

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.

Playcare

Available at the Langford Westhills Y.

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Children’s Programs

Limited programs are being offered at the Langford Westhills.

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Functional Fitness Room

Swimming Lessons

At this time private and semi private lessons are available. More Info

Westhills Y Facilities & Services

Open

Pools

The pools will reopen Monday September 20.

Hot Tub, Sauna and Steam Room

The hot tub, steam room and sauna will be open starting September 20thavailable for use after your reservation to any facility area or class.

View Hot Tub/Sauna/Steam Schedule

View Swirlpool, Steam Room & Sauna Rules

Fitness Centre – Second Floor

The Fitness Centre – Second Floor includes access to treadmills, upright and recumbent bikes, ellipticals, free weight area, hammer strength equipment, selectorized weight equipment & step mills. In this transition period, equipment that was removed will be added back and spacing will be decreased.  In addition, members have access to the Fitness Studio on the 3rd floor during their reserved timeslot (when fitness classes are not in session).

Washrooms and water bottle fill station will be available. No drinking fountains will be available. Arrive for your reservation at the main entrance. Change rooms have re-opened please review the “Change Rooms/Areas” info. Physical distancing is not required and members may work out together.

Cleaning Protocols: Cleaning supplies are provided throughout the fitness centre. Buckets may continue to be used for your belongings.

Individual Fitness

At this time, you are still required to make a reservation to attend the Y. During high volume times, we ask that you limit your workout to 1 hour. During quiet times you are welcome to stay over the 1 hour time frame.  Reservations are limited to 1 per day to ensure that all members have an opportunity to participate at their Y. In this transition period, equipment that was removed will be added back and spacing will be decreased.  Members may now workout together as distancing is no longer a requirement.

Fitness Studio – Group Fitness

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Activity Room 1 – Cyclefit

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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 available for AFTER your swim/workout on a first come first serve basis.  Up to 14 spaces in the mens and womens for fitness participants and up to 13 spaces in the universal changeroom for pool participants. 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 Change Room – Monday – Friday 2:00-2:30pm
  • Mens Change Room – Monday – Friday 2:30 – 3:00pm
  • 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 Changerooms AFTER their swim reservation for showering and changing; please continue to arrive wearing swim attire as access to changerooms BEFORE swim reservations is not currently available

Lane Pool – Lane Swimming

For members ages 13 years and older. Fifteen reservation spaces are available for each timeslot. Each lane (25 metres) in the Lane Pool will accommodate a maximum of three swimmers per lane divided into Fast (one lane), Medium (two lanes) and Slow (two lanes). Circle swimming will be in effect; members are asked to follow directional signage posted at each lane. Aquatics staff will endeavour to ensure there is an appropriate distribution of abilities throughout the available lanes and may request that members relocate to another lane to ensure like abilities are in the same lane. Members must take all belongings with them on deck while they use the pool area. Arrive for your reservation at the main entrance.

Lane Pool – Aquafit Class

Aquafit Class is offered in the Lane Pool only, the Leisure Pool is not available to class participants. Members must take all belongings with them on deck while they use the pool area. Arrive for your reservation at the main entrance.

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Leisure Pool – Water Walking

For members ages 13 years and older. Nine reservation spaces are available in each timeslot. Divided lanes are not available and members are expected to share the space. Members must take all belongings with them on deck while they use the pool area.  Arrive for your reservation at the main entrance.

Leisure Pool – Kids Splash

Kids Splash is an opportunity for parents/guardians and children to enjoy and takes place in Leisure Pool (waves and lazy river are unavailable, unless otherwise noted in the activity name, splash features will be operating). You must reserve a space for each person in your family who will attend. Members must take all belongings with them on deck while they use the pool area. Arrive for your reservation at the main entrance.

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Leisure Pool – Family Swim

Family Swim is an opportunity for parents/guardians and their families to enjoy and takes place in the Leisure Pool (waterslides, lazy river, waves and all splash features will be operating, unless otherwise noted in the activity name) and one double-wide lane in the Lane Pool. You must reserve a space for each person in your family who will attend. Members must take all belongings with them on deck while they use the pool area. Arrive for your reservation at the main entrance.

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Childminding, Preschool, Children and Family Recreation Programs

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Activity Room 3 – Family Playground

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Playcare

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Personal Fitness Coaching

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Private Swim Lessons

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Healthy Living Programs

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Closed

Therapy Pool – Therapy Use or Slow Water Walking

The therapy pool is closed indefinitely due to mechanical issues.  Updates will be posted when they are available.

Member Service Desks

Due to staff shortages the Member Services Desks have not re-opened.  Interested in working with us, check out our career opportunities here. Members are encouraged to use the Online Service Portal to purchase or update their account online.

Water Fountains

Water fill stations will be available.

Lockers

Swim Lessons

At this time private and semi private lessons are available. More Info

Reserve a Class