the YMCA of Columbia

Join the YMCA and make a difference in the community.


the YMCA of Columbia

Join the YMCA and make a difference in the community.

Experience a diverse range of benefits by joining the YMCA today. With access to our state-of-the-art facilities, you can participate in group exercise classes, utilize top-notch strength and cardio equipment, enjoy swimming and water activities, and take advantage of quality child care services. Additionally, as a member, you’ll receive special rates on various family-friendly programs. Join us and become a part of an inclusive community that welcomes everyone.

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Group Exercise Classes

With your membership, you can choose from hundreds of exercise classes for beginners up to the fitness enthusiast. Our Ys offer traditional aerobics, yoga, pilates, cycle, and many other group exercise classes, including barre, kettlebells, ZUMBA® and BODYPUMP™, all taught in a fun, welcoming environment.

Strength and Cardio Equipment

Each Y has a variety of strength and cardio equipment for members. Whether you prefer running on a treadmill, cycling beside a friend, reading while on an elliptical trainer, lifting free weights or using strength training equipment, you can do it at the YMCA. Our wellness centers have individual TV monitors on cardio equipment.

Swimming and Water Activities

Many of our facilities have year-round indoor pools with time for recreational swim and water aerobic activities. Certified lifeguards staff our pools, and our swim lessons are taught by trained instructors.

Quality Child Care

We provide quality child care in our ChildWatch and Kids’ Club while you’re working out or participating in other Y activities for up to two hours per day with a family membership. (not available at Downtown YMCA)

Special Rates on Family-Friendly Programs

As an added benefit, members receive special rates on afterschool, camps, youth sports, swim lessons, personal training and more.

Community-wide Memberships

All family memberships and individual community-wide memberships include access to all five YMCA of Columbia locations. Our membership is month-to-month, so you’re not locked into lengthy contracts. View cancellation policy

Nationwide Membership

With a YMCA membership, you’ll automatically become part of the Y’s Nationwide Membership program, meaning you are always welcome At YMCAs! Present your member ID card at YMCAs throughout the country while traveling. You just must use your home YMCA 51% of the time.

Get started in a few simple steps

Already a member or previous member and need to update your membership? Click here to log in.

Step 1: Choose your membership level

Association Wide Adult

Starting at $55/mo

Association Wide Family

Starting at $81/mo

Association Wide Young Adult

Starting at $37/mo

Association Wide Young Adult Teen

Starting at $37/mo

Program Participant

Starting at $0/mo

Orangeburg Branch Adult

Starting at $39/mo

Orangeburg Branch Family

Starting at $57/mo

Orangeburg Branch Young Adult

Starting at $23/mo

Step 2: Choose your primary location

Step 3: Sign Up - Create a Login

Already a member? Log in here.

Start by adding the primary adult information. All fields are required to sign up.

Your password needs to:

  • Be at least 7 characters long.
  • Include both lower and upper case characters.
  • Include at least one number.

Step 4: Sign Up - Create Your Profile

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Step 4: Profile - Agreements

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Discover our rich history and the profound impact we’ve made in the Columbia community for nearly 170 years. Visit our history page to learn more about the YMCA of Columbia, one of the original fifty Ys in the United States. From our humble beginnings providing affordable housing and Bible studies in the 1800s to our modern-day initiatives promoting holistic well-being and healthier lifestyles, we remain committed to our mission. Explore how we continue to uphold our core values and make a difference in the lives of individuals and families. Visit our history page and join us in our journey of community and fellowship.


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, with a family membership, you can utilize our ChildWatch and Kids’ Club services for up to two hours per day while you work out or participate in other Y activities.
As a member, you receive special rates on afterschool programs, camps, youth sports, swim lessons, personal training, and more.

Yes, all family memberships and individual community-wide memberships provide access to all five YMCA of Columbia locations. Click here to learn about our locations.

Yes, we believe in making our programs accessible to everyone. Financial assistance is available for qualified members funded by our Annual Campaign. Visit the member services desk to fill out an application.

Our branches are open from 5:00am to 9:00pm Monday to Thursday, 5:00am to 8:00pm on Fridays, 8:00am to 6:00pm on Saturdays, and 1:00pm to 5:30pm on Sundays.
Non-members can purchase a daily guest pass for $12 per visit. Guests must be 18 years or older, present a photo ID, sign a waiver, and wear a guest wristband during their visit.
Yes, with the YMCA’s Nationwide Membership program, you can use your membership at YMCAs throughout the country. Present your member ID card, and enjoy access while traveling.

To join the YMCA and start enjoying the benefits of membership, simply reach out to our friendly team or join here. We’re here to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

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