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Welcome to the ymca of greater birmingham

Throughout the Greater Birmingham area, the Y is engaged in every neighborhood, nurturing the potential of teens, improving the community's health and well-being, and providing opportunities to give back and support others. The information on this website will provide you with valuable information about the benefits of a membership at the YMCA of Greater Birmingham and how our programs and services can benefit you and your family. 

Thank you for being a part of the YMCA of Greater Birmingham.


The YMCA of Greater Birmingham serves over 60,000 families and individuals throughout the Greater Birmingham area through memberships, programs such as Afterschool Academy, youth sports, and community health initiatives such the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, LIVESTRONG® AT THE YMCA, and Blood Pressure Management. 


As a YMCA of Greater Birmingham volunteer, you can lead an exercise class, read to a preschool class, coach a basketball team, greet people at the front desk, be a part of a group working on an important neighborhood issue, or serve as a role model for young people. No matter how you help, you'll make a big difference as you work with others to connect to your community. 

If you are interested in volunteering at the YMCA of Greater Birmingham, please fill out the contact form at your preferred location


  • • The YMCA has 37 swimming pools offering swim lessons, recreational swimming, competitive swim team, and fitness swimming year-round. 
  • • The YMCA is the largest provider of swim lessons in Birmingham, offering instruction to everyone, from children as young as 6 months old to older adults who want to finally learn to swim. 
  • • The YMCA offers tennis programs on 24 courts at three locations, including 3 indoor courts, the only publicly accessible indoor courts in the area. 
  • • The YMCA has 9 cycle studios offering classes for beginners, intermediates, and experienced class participants. 
  • • Our Y has 17 group exercise studios offering close to 500 classes each week. 
  • • The YMCA has a 30-foot indoor climbing tower at the Youth Center and provides additional outdoor climbing activity at Hargis Retreat and YMCA Camp Cosby. 
  • • The YMCA of Greater Birmingham is open 90 hours each week to serve you, including Sundays at most locations. 

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