Policies

GUESTS AT THE YMCA – Updated June 12, 2019

The YMCA of Easley, Pickens & Powdersville is a membership organization and our first priority is to serve our members who have made a commitment to the YMCA by joining as members. The primary purpose behind our guest policy is to enhance service to current members who are encouraging a friend to join and when needed, make reasonable accommodations for out-of-town family and visitors.

GENERAL BRANCH GUEST POLICY & FEES

Guest access may vary by branch and/or during high member usage. Please check with your branch before visiting.  
Guests accompanied by a YMCA member pay $10 per visit, per person. 
Guests with children age 4 and under do not have to pay the guest fee for that child.
If guests are 17 or younger, someone 18 years old or older must also sign the YMCA waiver as the responsible party.
There is a maximum of 2 guests, per member, per visit. 
Each guest may only visit a total of 3 times per year, no matter which branch attended.
Individuals on the Sex Offender Registry may not visit the YMCA as a guest.
The YMCA has the right to restrict or revoke access of individuals who violate our Member Code of Conduct.

GUEST CHILDWATCH

Guests are welcome in YMCA Childwatch.
Please allow extra time during the first visit so that each child may be entered into our secure check-in system.  This can take 5-20 minutes depending on how busy each branch is at the time.
All other Childwatch rules apply to guests, the same as members.

RESTRICTIONS/EXCLUSIONS

Some branches may have restrictions on guest access due to heavy member usage of that branch or space.  Each branch has full authority to set those limitations. We recommend contacting each branch before you arrive with your guest to see if any restrictions are in place but please know that each branch will make decisions on guest restrictions in real time.  There are no guarantees that the branch will be available to guests. Examples of areas that may be closed to guests due to overcrowding are the swimming pools during open swim time, the basketball gym during pick-up games, Childwatch is at or close to capacity, a popular group wellness class is taking place or during special events hosted at the YMCA.

UNIQUE OR SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

We know that there are always unique and special circumstances that may arise from time to time for our members.  Please contact your branch leadership 3-5 days in advance so that they can better understand your circumstances and needs. Please complete this form to request special access for your guests. Examples of unique or special circumstances:

  • Grandchildren visiting during the summer for an extended period of time.
  • Out of town friends or family that are visiting for a short period of time.
  • Family members that have a nanny.
  • Caring for another family’s children in time of crisis.

Membership Code of Conduct

Updated 10/26/2019

The YMCA expects you to observe basic rules of conduct.  In the YMCA, as in any group, rules are necessary. These rules apply to all.  They list certain practices, which cannot be tolerated; however they are not all inclusive.  Common sense, what is reasonable under the circumstances, will be used as the guideline in all cases. The protection of our members and guests participating in our programs and/or using our facilities is a paramount interest of the Pickens County YMCA.  The Pickens County YMCA reserves the right to deny access or membership to any person who has been convicted of any crime involving sexual misconduct; is a registered sex offender; habitually or excessively uses narcotics or dangerous drugs; has ever been convicted of any offense relating to the use, sale, possession, or transportation of narcotics or habit forming and/or dangerous drugs; or continuously or excessively use intoxicating beverages.  All YMCA members are screened against the Sex Offender Registry.

One of the main goals of the Pickens County YMCA is to encourage exercise and good health among children and adults.  To achieve this goal, each child and adult must feel comfortable at the YMCA. These policies are subject to change. The CEO determines interpretation and enforcement of these policies.  Appeals of the CEO’s decision can be made to the Membership Committee in writing. (Refer To: Membership Grievance Policy)

CHECK IN SYSTEM
All members are required to bring their membership cards when using the facilities.

DRESS CODE
Each member is expected to dress in a manner deemed appropriate for the YMCA, for being in a co-ed environment and among children.  Shirt and shoes are to be worn at all times throughout the building. Shirts and shoes are not required in areas where bathing suits are permitted.

ALCOHOL, DRUG & TOBACCO USE
Alcohol, drug and tobacco possession or use is not permitted on YMCA grounds or during YMCA programs as we promote healthy lifestyles.  Persons suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be asked to leave the YMCA property.

LOCKER ROOMS
Members must be 12 & older to use the locker rooms unsupervised.  Children 6 or older cannot enter into the opposite sex locker room.   Locks will not be provided. You may use your own lock. Locks which are left on overnight are subject to removal.  Please lock up your belongings while visiting the Y. The YMCA is not responsible for items in lockers.

AGE REQUIREMENT
Children ages 14 and under may not be left unsupervised in the facility or in the pool areas.  A supervised child is defined by active supervision by a parent/guardian age 18 & up. Children ages 15 and up must have their membership card with them in order to access the facilities.  Wellness & Strength Centers: Children ages 11-14 are allowed in the Wellness & Strength Center but must be actively supervised by a parent or guardian. Children 10 and under are prohibited from entering the Wellness & Strength Centers.

FIREARMS, WEAPONS & CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
Firearms and weapons of any kind, including concealable weapons, are not permitted on YMCA property or during YMCA programs at any time.  Crimes committed on YMCA property, misdemeanor or felony, may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law if deemed necessary by the CEO and Membership Committee.

EQUIPMENT CHECK-OUT
Some recreation equipment is available at the Member Services desk.  A driver’s license should be presented to check out equipment and will be retained until return of equipment.

FACILITY USAGE POLICY
Members and guests are expected to follow posted facility rules and follow staff instructions while at the YMCA.   
i.e.: Treadmill time limits, Gym closing for YMCA programming, Swimming Pool Scheduling, etc.  Loitering is prohibited on all YMCA property.

PET POLICY
Pets are not permitted on YMCA property.

YMCA POLICY
All of the acts below are prohibited:

  • VERBAL ABUSE:  Profane language, racial, ethnic or cultural slurs
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE:  Intimidation, attacking another’s self-esteem and/or threats     to another person.
  • SEXUAL HARASSMENT:  Verbal or physical
  • SEXUAL BEHAVIOR: Any forms of sexual behavior
  • PHYSICAL VIOLENCE:  All forms; including consented acts of perceived violence

ENFORCEMENT
Anyone containing ANY of the above referenced acts will be subject to sanctions including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Removal from the YMCA facility
  • Suspension of up to one year from the facility
  • Suspension of up to one year from participation or attendance in all YMCA sponsored programs and functions
  • Termination of membership privileges or employment with the YMCA

We keep your private information private by

  • Not selling your information. You have entrusted the National Council of Young Men’s Christian Associations of the United States of America and its independent and autonomous member associations (collectively “The Y”) with your personal information, and we’re committed to using it wisely. The Y will not sell, share or otherwise transfer your personal information to anyone without your consent.
  • Restricting who has access to your information. The Y takes reasonable precautions to restrict access to your Internet account and personal information only by employees who are authorized to have such access for business purposes. If you have any questions or concerns about our privacy policy, please contact us at [email protected] | 201 Burns Rd, Easley SC 29640

Please refer to this policy regularly. The Y may need to change this policy from time to time to address new issues and reflect changes on our websites or within YMCA branches. We will post material changes here on this page on our website so that you will always know our policies regarding what information we gather, how we might use that information, and whether we will disclose that information to anyone.

Scope of Privacy Policy

This policy applies to the personal information that you provide to The Y, either through our websites and mobile applications or in person at a YMCA branch or program site. This policy does not apply to your use of unaffiliated sites to which our websites link.  This policy does not apply to Personal Health Information (“PHI”) collected through the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program or any other program offered by The Y that requires the collection of PHI or other HIPPA protected information.

Collection of Personally Identifiable Information

The Y collects personally identifiable information (PII) from you when you voluntarily submit such information to us. The collection of PII may occur in person or on a website or mobile application operated, provided or otherwise controlled by The Y. This information may include your name, home address, email address, telephone number, date of birth, demographic information, sex-offender status, membership status, emergency contact information, and other information that we may need to collect in connection with certain events, including but not limited to:

  • registration for, or participation in, events, classes, camps, and other activities or programs offered by The Y;
  • participation in YMCA Nationwide Membership  
  • registration for surveys, forums, content submissions, chats, bulletin boards, discussion groups, requests for suggestions, or other services or activities offered on our website;
  • answering your inquiries about our websites, organization, membership, or other services or activities;
  • registration as a member of The Y

Use and Disclosure of PII

If you do provide us with PII, The Y may contact you based on the information you provide to communicate with you about YMCA activities that may be of interest to you and your family.

The Y will use its best efforts to never disclose any PII about you to any third-party for purposes unrelated to the YMCA without having received your permission except as provided for herein or otherwise as permitted or required under applicable law.

We do not rent or sell PII, including information provided about children, to third-parties. The Y may share PII with trusted service providers, such as payment processors, technology partners or other providers that need access to your information to provide operational or other support services while you are a YMCA member or program participant. In certain circumstances, we may also share information with select similar nonprofit organizations that may offer activities of interest to you.

We may also provide PII to regulatory authorities and law enforcement officials in accordance with applicable law or when we otherwise believe in good faith that the provision of such information is required or permitted by law, such as in connection with the investigation or assertion of legal defenses or for compliance matters.

Collection of Payment Transaction Information

When you make a payment or donation, we collect information to process the financial transaction and may use that information to contact you in the future about The Y and its programs. Your payment information is transmitted to us, using a secure Internet method that helps maintain the privacy of this information. During the time your payment information resides on our computers, it is in an encrypted format and can only be accessed by authorized personnel.

Collection of Non-Personally Identifiable Information

We may collect non-personally identifiable information without limitation, through the use of the following types of methodology:

  • Cookie” technology: A cookie is an element of data that a website can send to your browser, which may then store it on your system to help enhance your experience in using our sites and to provide us with technical information about your usage.
  • IP address tracking: An IP address is a number that is assigned to your computer when you are on the Internet. When you request pages from our Sites, our servers log your IP address.
  • Web beacons: A web beacon, or “clear gif,” is a small graphic image on a webpage or web-based document that a website can use to determine information about a user.

Non-personally identifiable information might include the browser you use, the type of computer you use, technical information about your means of connection to our websites (such as the operating systems and the Internet service providers utilized), and other similar information. Our systems may also automatically gather information about the areas you visit and search terms you utilize on our websites and about the links you may select from within the sites to other areas of the World Wide Web or elsewhere online.

Although an industry-standard do-not-track (DNT) protocol has not yet been established, The Y’s information collection and disclosure practices and the choices it offers to consumers will continue to operate as described in this Policy.

Use of Non-Personally Identifiable Information

We use non-personally identifiable information for our purposes related to running YMCAs and their programs, and, in particular, to administering websites, and, in the aggregate, to determine what technologies are being used.   We may also share aggregate, non-personally identifiable information with third-parties.

Collection of Sensitive Information

Where necessary, The Y may collect certain sensitive information from you, including

  • payment card or bank account information to process fees or donations;
  • health information in connection with various fitness programs, programs in which we are responsible for supervising children, health screenings, or other health service events that we may provide from time to time

Access to sensitive information is restricted to those individuals who have a legitimate need for access. We will not use or disclose your information to third-parties unless such disclosure is necessary to accomplish the purpose for which the information is collected.

Privacy of Children

We are mindful that young people need special safeguards and privacy protection. We realize that they may not understand or be able to meaningfully consent to the provisions of our policy or be able to make thoughtful decisions about the choices that are made available to our adult users. We strongly urge all parents or legal guardians to participate in their children’s exploration of the Internet and any online services and to teach their children about protecting their personal information while online.

To provide the services we offer, we sometimes need to collect certain information about children in both online and offline contexts. If we ask for PII from children under 13 in connection with our online services, where required we will comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), including taking additional steps to protect the privacy of such information, including

  • obtaining verifiable consent from the parent or legal guardian of the child before collecting or using the child’s PII;
  • notifying parents about what PII is being requested and how that PII will be used and/or shared, such as through this policy;
  • limiting the online collection of PII from children to no more than is reasonably necessary to accomplish the purpose of the collection;
  • giving parents a description of and access to the PII we have collected from their children;
  • offering them the opportunity to request that such PII be changed or deleted;
  • offering them an opportunity to prevent any further use or collection of information about their children; and
  • maintaining reasonable procedures to ensure the confidentiality, security and integrity of the personal information collected.

We may also need to collect certain information about children and minors in an offline context, such as when

  • a parent or legal guardian of a minor signs up for a membership including the child at a local YMCA, or for a program or camp we offer at one of our locations; and
  • minors visit our facilities without a membership, where we may collect information about them to be able to contact their parent or legal guardian to notify them of an injury or other issues involving the minor.

Links to Other Sites

Users may find other content on our websites that link to the sites and services of other third-parties. We do not control the content or links appearing on these sites. Third-party sites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing and may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of any third-party sites or services before providing any of them with your personal information.

Choice/Opt-Out

If you opt-in to receive information from us, you can change your mind later. If at any time you would like to stop receiving such information or opt out of a feature, you may change your options by contacting [email protected] You should be aware, however, that it is not always possible to completely remove or modify information in our databases and servers, although we will make reasonable efforts to do so upon your request, and we are unable to have your information removed from the records of any third-party who has been provided with your information in accordance with this policy.

Personal Data Access and Accuracy

You may contact The Y with inquiries or complaints regarding the use of information about you. We will use reasonable efforts to grant reasonable requests to access data about the requester. We will also make reasonable requests to correct any incorrect or misleading data about the requester.

YMCAs take appropriate administrative, technical, and physical measures to safeguard against unauthorized processing of personal information, and against the accidental loss of, or damage to, personal data.  However, The Y cannot provide an absolute guarantee of the security of any of our websites or any other site on the Internet.

Consent to Transfer

YMCA websites are operated in the United States. If you are located outside of the United States, please be aware that any information you provide to The Y will be transferred to the United States By using YMCA websites, participating in any YMCA services, and/or providing us with your information, you consent to this transfer.

Updating your Personal Information

You can update your personal information by emailing us at [email protected] or via written request mailed to YMCA, 201 Burns Rd, Easley SC 29640.  Please do not send Social Security numbers or other sensitive information to us via unencrypted email.

WEBSITE TERMS & CONDITIONS OF USE

Please read the following terms and conditions relating to your use of this website carefully. By using this website, you are deemed to have agreed to these terms and conditions of use. We reserve the right to modify them at any time. You should check these terms and conditions periodically for changes. By using this website after we post any changes to these terms and conditions, you agree to accept those changes, whether or not you have reviewed them. If at any time you choose not to accept these terms and conditions of use, please do not use this website.

Scope of Terms and Conditions

These terms and conditions apply to your use of this website. These terms and conditions do not apply to your use of unaffiliated websites to which the Pickens County YMCA website only links.

Restrictions on Use of Materials

The contents of the Pickens County YMCA’s website (the website) are protected by copyright and trademark laws, and are the property of the Pickens County YMCA. Unless we say otherwise, you may access the materials located within the website only for your personal use. This means you may download copies of posted materials for personal, noncommercial use only, so long as you neither change nor delete any author attribution, trademark, legend or copyright notice. When you download copyrighted material, you do not obtain any ownership rights to that material.

You may not modify, copy, publish, display, transmit, adapt or in any way exploit the content of the website. Only if you obtain prior written consent from us — and from all other entities with an interest in the relevant intellectual property — may you publish, display or commercially exploit any material from the website.

Content

For the convenience of our vendors, we may display catalogs of stock images, descriptions and product specifications. While we try to offer reliable data, we cannot promise that the catalogs will always be accurate and up-to-date. You agree that you will not hold our vendors responsible for inaccuracies in their catalogs. The catalogs may include copyrighted, trademarked or other proprietary materials. You may use the catalogs only for informational purposes. You may not use catalog content in a way that infringes or violates the proprietary rights of another.

Links

These terms and conditions apply only to the website, and not to the websites of any other companies or organizations, including those to which the website may link. We are not responsible for the availability of any other website to which the website links. We do not endorse or take responsibility for the contents, advertising, products or other materials made available through any other website. Under no circumstances will we be held responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any loss or damage that is caused or alleged to have been caused to you in connection with your use of, or reliance on, any content, goods or services available on any other website. You should direct any concerns to that website’s administrator or Webmaster. We reserve the right, however, to rescind any permission granted by us, and to require termination of linking to the website, at our discretion at any time.

Disclaimers

The services materials on the website are provided “as is” and without warranties of any kind, either express or implied.  We disclaim all warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.

We do not warrant that any functions contained in the website will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that the website or the server that makes them available are free of viruses or other harmful components.

We do not make any representations regarding the use or the results of the use of the services or materials in this website in terms of their correctness, accuracy, reliability, or otherwise.  You assume the entire cost of all necessary servicing, repair or correction to your system.

Applicable law may not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so the above exclusion may not apply to you.

We do not endorse, warrant or guarantee any products or services offered on the website. We are not a party to, and do not monitor, any transaction between users and third-party providers of products or services.

Limitation of Liability

Under no circumstances, including but not limited to negligence, will we be liable for any special or consequential damages that result from the use of, or the inability to use, the materials on the website, or any products of services provided pursuant to the website, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.  Applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages (including but not limited to lost data), so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.  In no event shall the total liability to you by us or any of our licensors or suppliers for all damages, losses, and causes of action (whether in contract, tort, or otherwise) exceed the amount paid by you to us, if any, for accessing the website.

No Personal Advice

The information contained in or made available through the website cannot replace or substitute for the services of trained professionals in any field, including, but not limited to medical or legal matters. In particular, you should regularly consult a doctor in all matters relating to physical or mental health, particularly concerning any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention. We make no representations or warranties concerning any treatment, action, or application of medication or preparation by any person following the information offered or provided within or through the website. We will not be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, exemplary or other damages that may result, including but not limited to economic loss, injury, illness or death.

Privacy Policy

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Indemnity

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold us harmless, and our officers, directors, employees and agents, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees) arising from: (i) any breach by you of any of these terms and conditions, (ii) your content and materials, (iii) your use of materials or features available on the website (except to the extent a claim is based upon infringement of a third party right by materials created by us) or (iv) a violation by you of applicable law or any agreement or terms with a third party to which you are subject.

Jurisdictional Issues

We control and operate this website from our offices in the United States of America. We do not represent that materials on the website are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Persons who choose to access this website from other locations do so on their own initiative, and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable.

Miscellaneous

These terms will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of South Carolina, without regard to any principles of conflicts of law. You agree that any action of law or inequity that arises out of or relates to these terms will be subject to binding arbitration in accordance with the South Carolina Law.  If any of these terms and conditions is found unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision will be considered severable from the remaining terms and conditions, and will not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions. This is the entire agreement between you and us relating to the subject matter it contains. This agreement may be modified only by our posting of changes to these terms and conditions, or by a writing signed by both parties.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) Notice

Materials may be made available via the website by third parties not within our control. We are under no obligation to, and do not, scan content used in connection with the website for the inclusion of illegal or impermissible content. However, we respect the copyright interests of others. It is our policy not to permit materials known by us to infringe upon another party’s copyright to remain on the website.

If you believe any materials on the website infringe upon a copyright, you should provide us with written notice that at a minimum contains:

i. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;

ii. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online website are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that website;

iii. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material;

iv. Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted;

v. A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and

vi. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

All DMCA notices should be sent to our designated agent as follows:

Pickens County YMCA
201 Burns Rd
Easley, SC 29640

It is our policy to terminate relationships regarding content with third parties who repeatedly infringe the copyrights of others.

USDA NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html or at any USDA office, or call 866.632.9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax 202.690.7442 or email at [email protected]

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800.877.8339; or 800.845.6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.