Bainbridge Island Recreation Center

Youth Fitness

BIRC staff wants you and your family to experience activities and exercise that will help create lifelong memories and healthy habits. While the possibility of injury in any action is always possible, we want to minimize any risks wherever possible. Youth users must adhere to our policy of safety and facility use.

General Facility Use Access

  • All youth users under 18 must have a liability waiver filled out by a parent or guardian before entering the facility. User policies regarding area usage and adult supervision bind youth.
  • While inside the main building, youth ages 10-13 who have not undergone a Youth Orientation must be within direct sight and easy reach of a responsible adult (18 years or older) at all times.


Fitness Floor Access

Before using any BIRC equipment:

  • All youth ages 10-12 must attend a youth orientaion.
  • All youth ages 13-15 must meet with a BIRC trainer for their Junior Fitness Certificate.
  • Youth must be at least ten years of age to be on the fitness floor, regardless of whether they are working out or not.
  • Youth ages 10-12 must be directly supervised (in direct eyesight) by a responsible adult (18 years or older).
  •  Youth ages 10-12 will be removed from the fitness floor if a responsible adult member (18 years and older) is not actively monitoring them.
  • Youth must be 16 years of age to be in the free-weight area unless they work with a BIRC personal trainer in a specified class or have prior approval from a BIRC personal trainer.
  • For safety concerns, all youth are limited to the equipment personally approved by a BIRC personal trainer.



Youth Orientation Checklist
Junior Fitness Certification Checklist

Youth Orientation and Junior Certifications can be scheduled for Mondays at 2:30pm.

Youth Orientation and Junior Fitness Certifications are accessible to Monthly Users and are one-time certifications. If you would like to schedule one for your child, you can contact the front desk at 206-842-5661. For more info, please get in touch with Marie Figgins via email at


Gymnasium Access

  • All guests must check in before entering the gymnasium.
  • Youth ages 10-12 may use the gym with direct adult (18 years or older) supervision after completing a Youth Waiver and signing a Code of Conduct.
  • Youth ages 13 may use the gym with an adult (18 years or older) present within the BIRC after completing a Youth Waiver and signing a Code of Conduct.
  • All youth aged 14 and over may use the gym without adult supervision after completing a Youth Waiver and signing a Code of Conduct.


Steam Room and Sauna Access

  • Must be 16 years or older to use the steam room or sauna


Youth Regulations

  • All youths must check in at the Front Desk.
  • No running loud behavior, or congregating in large groups on the fitness floor.
  • No cell phone use in the locker rooms.
  • No video/picture taking in the locker room or on the fitness floor.
  • Wipe down equipment after use.
  • Do not sit on equipment or benches if others are waiting.
  • Do not drop weights.
  • No food on the fitness floor or in the gymnasium.
  • Only water on the fitness floor and in the gymnasium.
  • No horseplay or improper use of equipment that could damage or cause injury to oneself or others.
  • Adding or “trying out” equipment is not allowed until you have been adequately instructed and approved by a BIRC trainer.
  • Shirts and closed-toed shoes are required at all times outside of the locker room.
  • All personal property must be stored in a locker or brought out to the gymnasium (if using that space).
  • No sneaking in other youth or adults without proper payment.
  • No lending your keyfob for others to use.
  • Youth not adhering to the guidelines and rules will get one warning. A second offense will result in a month’s suspension from BIRC.
  • Anyone caught sneaking a guest into any area of BIRC or lending their keyfob to others to use will be sent home and suspended from BIRC for one month. The guest will also be banned from entry to BIRC for one month. A second offense will result in suspension for three months. A third offense will result in membership termination and an indefinite ban from using BIRC.