Lake Norman YMCA
Great scenic view area in rear with stationary bikes to ride while enjoying the view. Outdoor pool has lots of room on the outside for events and seating. Staff is great and friendly.
Their swim lessons for kids are great. They have an indoor and outdoor pool.
Y classes have a great variety with content & teachers. Every staff member greets you when you arrive or just walking around. If you are new, they help you find what you need. I like how the instructors introduce themselves. They are encouraging & always say, listen to your body; do what you can do! They are motivating & make me want to come back. I am always happy to go every day.
My review is only for the lake access, not for the gym or workout facility. I saw on Instagram they have lake access on Saturdays from 11am-4pm so I came today to check it out. My membership is at the Dowd YMCA in Charlotte but I had no problem visiting this location! If you drive to the left past the main building, you'll see the lake access area and there is a small parking lot where you can park. There is a covered pavilion with picnic tables so you can bring a picnic lunch. There are also bathrooms and dressing rooms available for changing. Nothing fancy but it's nice that they are there! There is a small cove area where you can kayak, canoe, stand up paddle, or play on two inflatable climbing things in the water. They require everyone to wear a life vest which they can supply if you don't have your own. There was no cost to use any of the equipment! On a crowded day they ask you to limit the time you have the equipment to an hour, but on a slow day they don't care how long you use it. For the swimmers and kids, every hour they call everyone out of the water for 15 minutes, but kayakers can stay in the water. There are also plenty of lifeguards on duty. I counted at least 7. They station 2 lifeguards in kayaks at each of the inflatable things to watch the kids from both sides. One lifeguard stands on the dock and watches the kayakers in the cove. They even have a lifeguard ski boat that they send out to watch the kayakers who paddle outside of the cove. I felt very safe when I was there! This is definitely an activity place and not a beach for laying out and tanning. (Lake access is during the summer months, first day was mid-June 2020, Saturdays 11am-4pm)
Just came to drop my kids off for their first day of camp. We parked and walked in not knowing exactly where to go. We were redirected to the drop off area, but because by then it was 9:01 they wouldnt take my kids despite everyone being in an unorganized group 20 yards away. The e-mail we received said nothing about a black out time for drop offs. Its natural to assume we couldnt drop off early because we didnt pay for the longer day w/ an earlier drop off time. I had to search through the site for the handbook for this specific YMCA, then find a little section on the 6th page regarding this. There is a whole line of parents who had no idea and now will be late for work because the only thing they received in an email was the general camp time 7-6. Camp is from 9-5 for us, but you cant drop off between 9 and 9:30. The poor communication on and apparent inability to handle drop offs or least have the sense to have a window that doesnt sharply cut off when the kids are suppose to be there is just gross incompetence.