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Subject: Places to swim in winter
I am currently a member of a gym with a pool, but considering letting my membership lapse this year. I'm wondering what options, if any, are available for swimming over the winter. I'm in Sandown, so anything from Haverhill MA to Manchester NH would work - possibly Portsmouth or Nashua (or farther) for once a week. Anyone know what indoor pools are available for a day-use fee, and what the fees might be?

Thanks for any help.



2013-08-22 7:44 PM
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I'm in Hampstead and I'd be wondering too. Right now I swim at the Y in Haverhill, but I'm not super impressed and would love to find something else.
2013-08-25 9:31 PM
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There is a ymca in downtown Manchester and geoffstown that have decent pools. Yearly
Y memberships are not too expensive. Not sure if they have a visitor rate. When I travel. I. can
usually get into most YMCA for a swim if you tell them you belong to another y In a different town.
Sometimes you have to pay a small fee.m
2013-08-26 11:41 AM
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When you join a Y, does it give you the right to swim at any Y or just the one you join? I'm in Hampstead as well, but I work in MA (for now) but would love to have some options for swimming, particularly if I end up changing to a NH work site or working from home more.
2013-08-26 11:56 AM
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I think it depends on the Y. Goffstown and Manchester are both part of the Greater Manchester Y so you can get into both for the same membership. If you ask the Hampstead Y, they can tell you which other Y's are part of their membership. You can usually get into most others for a small daily fee. You may also be able to work something out with the one in MA. I would get the membership to the one you are most likely to use the most though.
2013-08-28 12:03 PM
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Subject: RE: Places to swim in winter
If you belong to a local YMCA you have access to any YMCA in New England. http://www.yogm.org/index.php?page=membership-my-y


2013-08-30 8:13 AM
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I think there are lots of restrictions on that. I belong to Haverhill and work in Andover, and last time I checked they weren't interchangable. There is "north shore" group and "Merrimack valley" groups which you can go back and forth, but I don't think you can cross. I'm actually going down there today at lunch beacuse it's about 2 minutes from my work to see if there is anything they can do, or I'll just straight out join Andover.
2013-08-30 8:22 AM
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I know the membership I have at the Concord Y lets me into any other Y in NH.
2013-09-03 7:09 AM
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Maybe it's different in MA, but it looks like not every Y membership is transferable between locations. My Haverhill membership doesn't let me in Andover. Since I live in Southern NH and work in Northern MA, I don't think I'd try a NH YMCA because there aren't any close enough to me. Looks like I'll join Andover and do what I can at lunch hours.
2013-09-03 11:34 AM
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Subject: RE: Places to swim in winter
The Portsmouth Y is now part of the Greater Manchester/Goffstown Y, so you can definitely use those.

I travel for work and have not run into an issue swimming at other Ys in other states. I believe some of them do restrict the number of times you can swim at them though.
2013-09-03 12:02 PM
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Subject: RE: Places to swim in winter
So I'm being told different things by different people at the Y. I went on Friday to check it out but the pool was closed for filling. I was told that with my Haverhill membership I couldn't use Andover. Today I went back to see how crowded things were and was told that the "My Y" program does indeed mean I could use Andover AND Haverhill. They did mention though that if I was at Andover 20 out of 25 times or so I'd have to pay for Andover, which is $10 more a month. I got a 3 day pass to use and see how feasible lunch time swims are for me.


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