YMCA fee at first looks onerous, then steal of a deal

I would like to add my two cents worth to a letter from Heidy Lackner in your July 1 edition: YMCA Loses Customer After All-faciliyt Fee Imposed.

To the editor:

I would like to add my two cents worth to a letter from Heidy Lackner in your July 1 edition: YMCA Loses Customer After All-faciliyt Fee Imposed.

Last September I registered my 7 year old for swim lessons at said YMCA. I was choked to find that I could not register her for swim lessons alone; I had to pay for a full child membership and then could book her swim lessons at my leisure. The cost was $25/month. I was quite annoyed as I felt that I was being forced to buy services that I did not want.

By the end of November, it became apparent that after her Saturday 11:20 to noon lesson, it might be a good thing for me to have a pool membership so we could spend some time together during the public swim time that came after her lesson. Again, I was annoyed to find that I could not get a “pool only” fee schedule, but had to purchase a full service adult membership and I could then take advantage of any and all public swimming at my leisure.

Since the start of the year, my daughter and I have started using a lot more of the YMCA resources available through our memberships—movie plus swimming Fridays, weight room any time, aqua fitness, spin classes, yoga, zuma dance fitness, and more; all as I can work into my schedule.

I agree with Heidy Lackner that at first glance the YMCA’s fee schedule may seem inappropriate. Perhaps the YMCA might look at a swimming pool punch card compromise. However, I now firmly believe that the YMCA offers the absolute best value for a family fitness facility. Anyone trying to get their kids away from the ‘vidiot’ screen would not find a better bang for their buck than the Rutland YMCA.

Andrew Mercer,

Kelowna

 

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