* As we navigate the COVID 19 pandemic, our offerings are evolving. We are currently working on a reopening plan for our Adult programs for fitness and aquatics members. Please see updates and ongoing response plans to COVID-19, under the Information Tab; UPDATED 9/16/2020 *

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September 16, 2020

Fitness/Aquatics FAQ:

The Club has been significantly impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency. As we work on our recovery and reopening, there are many factors that need to be assessed including significant health and safety measures that require the Club to shift and in some cases, redesign a new norm for operating.

While this planning and redesigning process takes time and we are anxious as with many of you to reopen our doors. In the meantime, we have created an FAQ below to help our community stay up-to-date on the process.  As this COVID-19 health emergency remains fluid, this FAQ will be updated as needed.

  • Why are other fitness centers and pools open but the Club is not?
    • The Club is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). Up until the beginning of September, EEC regulations prohibited individuals other than Club staff, registered youth members and emergency personnel to be on premises. EEC regulations were recently updated to include allowing non-essential visitors on premises but not allowing them to share or enter any child care space. While this update offers more flexibility, the Club needs to reconfigure the space to prevent sharing of entryways, hallways and stairwells.
  • How are other organizations such as the YMCA able to reopen to serve both children and adults but the Club is not?
    • While we cannot speak for other organizations, we recognize the layout of the Club is unique and different from other organizations. Our fitness room is located right alongside several youth program spaces which creates the challenge of shared hallways and exposure between children and non-essential guests. We are exploring options to address this challenge and actively fundraising to support this effort.
  • If there are conflicts with the child care programs, can the fitness room and/or pool be open during days/hours that the child care programs are not operating?
    • We are exploring this as an option but there are two main challenges to overcome:
      • State mandates require fitness facilities to space equipment 14 feet apart. This poses a significant challenge as our fitness room is only 1,200 sq. ft. and would require us to block off much of the equipment.
      • In addition to the physical constraints, there are significant reopening costs that the Club needs to consider. The Club has been committed to being as accessible as possible to our community and thus has historically subsidized membership fees to cover the true costs of operating our fitness and aquatics programs. Due to the pandemic, operating costs have risen while the Club’s fundraising efforts have been impacted. The Club is thinking outside the box and redesigning our program infrastructure to ensure its sustainability.
  • What actions has the Club taken thus far to prepare for reopening?
    • The Club is actively monitoring state mandates as well as the health and safety guidelines for all of our programs. We also leveraged the closure to drain the pool, do a complete acid wash and make some necessary tile repairs. This project was just completed at the end of August.
  • What are the Club’s current priorities and concerns about reopening?
    • The reopening of all of our programs is done safely with all our members and staff in mind.
    • In addition to fundraising, the pool is actively going through a recertification process with the local health department. This is a requirement before we are able to reopen.
    • The community, like many across the Commonwealth are adapting to a new school year with remote learning. This change presented a significant challenge for many working families who are not able to stay home to facilitate learning with their child. The Club made a decision to step up and create a Remote Learning Support Program to provide a safe place for children to go on their remote learning days and enable parents to return to work. This was and continues to be a large undertaking but we felt was necessary and beneficial to families in addition to our community at-large.
  • When does the Club anticipate reopening for fitness and/or aquatics?
    • While we do not have a definitive date to announce, we are diligently working on removing the barriers that are keeping these programs closed. We anticipate reopening the pool first and hope for an early fall welcoming date. We truly regret not being able to be more specific.
    • We will be sharing updates on our website and Facebook page and we will also contact current members individually when a more concrete date is determined.



Pool Fitness Class Schedule


Adult and Open Swim Cost:

Adults (18+): $ 5.00 per person
Children (2+): $3.00 per person
*SUNDAY SPECIAL* All Resident Swimmers: $1.00
OPEN SWIM: All Ages: Section of the pool made for swimmers.
LAP SWIM: 18+ only: Lanes designated for lap swimmers.

Pool Rules and Regulations

  • Swimming is only permitted when the facility is open and lifeguards are on duty.
  • All persons must shower with water before entering the pool.
  • Personal flotation devices must be Coast Guard approved and used with an adult swimmer within arms length of the swimmer.
  • Infants and persons without bowel control must wear specially designed swim diapers
  • Urinating, spitting, blowing the nose, spouting of water, or depositing foreign matter into the pool is prohibited.
  • Boisterous or rough play, shoulder rides, dunking, and running is prohibited.
  • No jumping or diving is permitted from anywhere in the pool or off the pool deck.
  • Playing or hanging on lane lines and safety buoys is not permitted.
  • No person under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be permitted.
  • Use of the pool shall be prohibited during an electrical storm.
  • Abusive or profane language will not be tolerated. Swimmers using offensive language, tones, or gestures will lose their swimming privileges.
  • Staff is not responsible for valuables. You are encouraged to bring a lock to secure your personal items in a locker. Locks must be removed daily, if left overnight they will be removed.
  • Anyone under the age 12 must take a swim test.
  • It is mandatory that all children under the age of 12 wear a level identification band.
  • No food or drink in pool area.
  • All training equipment including kickboards, buoys, gloves, etc. are to be used only by adults or during supervised instruction.
  • Swim suit and towel are required in order to swim. No shorts and/or tee shirts will be permitted.
  • Any child 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Any child under the age 6 must be accompanied by an adult in the water. Parent must remain within arms reach.
  • No cell phone use in locker rooms.

Patrons must obey and respect the lifeguards at all times. All rules must be followed. In case of violation of any of these rules, patrons will be asked to leave the pool.

Adult Swim Lessons

Program Dates and Times: September 19 through November 8, 2019

 Level 1 Swim Basics Thursdays 10:00 - 10:45am (Learn basic swimming skills to keep yourself and others safe in and around the water.)

 Level 2 Stroke Improvement: Fridays 5:30-6:15pm (Students will gain proficiency and skills in the six basic swimming strokes.)

Registration: August 27, 2019-Septmember 13, 2019

American Red Cross Adult Swim is intended for teens and adults who wish to improve their knowledge and skill for many reasons. It may be to overcome their fear of the water and to learn the basic skills, achieving a minimum level of water competency; or perhaps to improve their skill and technique to increase their level of safety; to improve their health and fitness; or to perhaps compete in triathlons or to join a masters team.


Member: $70

Resident: $80

Non Resident: $90


Aqua Zumba

Aqua Zumba® is the "pool party" workout for all ages. This safe, effective and challenging water-based workout integrates the Zumba® formula and philosophy into traditional aqua fitness disciplines. Aqua Zumba® is low-impact, cardio-conditioning, body-toning & fun, making it a great class for all fitness levels. Join instructor Lizz for this fun pool workout!

Thursdays, June 28 - August 30 7:30-8:15am

Fees: Members FREE / Non Members $10 class or use a Fitness Class Punch Card (5 classes for $35)

Private Swim Lessons

Private Swim Lessons and Semi-Private Swim Lessons are available for various times and days. We offer morning and night lessons as well as some weekend hours. All private lessons are a ½ hour long, semi-private lessons are 40 minutes long, 1-on-1 with instructor. All lessons must be scheduled 1 week in advance. Three Class minimum with payment required at the time of registration.

Fees per private lesson: Members: $25.00 / Residents: $30.00 / Non-Residents: $40.00

Fees per semi-private lesson: Members: $15.00 per person / Residents: $20.00 per person / Non-Residents: $30.00 per person

Please contact Vivian Wells, Aquatic Director for registration at 583-2072 or vwells@ludlowbgc.org


Water Aerobics

Tone and sculpt your body with no impact to your joints. This popular water aerobics workout is a swimming blend of cardio and resistance training, and may incorporate resistance tools such as buoyant water weights and noodles.

Fee: Members, FREE / non-members, $5 each class
Times: see pool schedule