The Shepherd YMCA Firehouse, a facility of Dan McKinney Family YMCA, is open for classes, programs and events as of January 2024! Special thanks to our members, supporters and community for their patience, commitment and passion for our Y. We are grateful that you are a part of our Y community.

Shepherd YMCA Firehouse is proud to serve La Jolla and the surrounding communities. Dedicated to empowering people to be healthier in spirit, mind and body, the Y believes a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. As a leading nonprofit organization, the Y offers programs that foster youth development, promote healthy living and advance social responsibility.

We encourage you to join us at the nearby Dan McKinney Family YMCA in La Jolla for fitness activities and lap swim.

See below to find current programs and offerings at Shepherd YMCA Firehouse:

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Upcoming Events


Get ready for a night out on the town! Drop off your kids (ages 3-12) and we'll watch them for you. We will enjoy pizza and watch a movie! Registration will close the day before the event. Children must be fully potty trained! Pricing begins at $66/nonmember (Up to 25% off with select Y memberships). Limited spots available, so act fast! Register exclusively at the Welcome Center.

For more information, contact Tina Dinh, Coordinator of Child Watch and Family Programs at [email protected] or call (858) 453-3483.

  • Saturday, May 4 | 5:00-8:00pm
    • Pizza, crafts, movies and snacks!

Please note that this event will be held out of Shepard YMCA Firehouse.

Space Reservations

Interested in hosting your next event with the Y? Shepard YMCA Firehouse's Engine Room offers a large space that can accomodate your needs. This room can be used for following:

  • Programming
  • Meetings
  • Conferences
  • Special events
  • Youth programs

For questions and reservations, please contact Sean Flatow at [email protected] |(858) 453-3483 ext. 1829.


7877 Herschel Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 551-9622
(858) 459-5190

Shepherd YMCA FirehouseFull Amenities

All-Access Membership

Membership at the YMCA includes plenty of opportunities to learn, play and get healthy. That’s because when you join one Y, you join them all! When you enroll at a YMCA near you, your membership will include all the benefits at your home branch with access to the offerings at 15 locations across San Diego County.

Amenities at Shepherd YMCA Firehouse

At the YMCA, our goal is to provide our members and community with access to quality programming, attentive service, and state-of-the-art facilities — all at an affordable price. 

Where Health is Wealth

The Shepard YMCA Firehouse offers state-of-the-art group exercise studios.

  • Orientations: Learn your way around the fitness center and group fitness classes. See orientations.
  • Group fitness classes: Members have unlimited access to group fitness classes. See the schedule.

Socialize at the Y: Strengthening Our Community

The Y is a place where you can challenge yourself to learn a new skill or hobby, foster connections with friends through our lifelong learning programs, or bring your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities.

Membership and Program Assistance

The YMCA offers financial scholarships to reduce membership and program fees to those that qualify, helping ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.

Our scholarship program is based on a sliding fee scale that is designed to fit each family's financial situation, and is available thanks to our generous Annual Campaign donors.

Apply online for a scholarship here and find out if you are qualified for a membership and/or program assistance through express or traditional verification methods.

Better Together: Be a Part of Our Mission

The YMCA is a charitable, cause driven nonprofit. We are able to have the impact in our communities and on the lives of people because of those who dedicate themselves to making a difference. 

  • Join the Y: Be a part of a cause for strengthening community that is committed every day to helping you and your kids to learn, grow and thrive
  • Give to the Y: Donate vital financial resources for nurturing the potential of kids, improving your neighbor's health and well-being, and giving back and supporting the community
  • Volunteer with the Y: Take an active role in bringing about meaningful, enduring change right in your own neighborhood by volunteering
  • Advocate with the Y: Address the nation's most pressing social issues, with a nonprofit that has the long-standing track record and on-the-ground presence to not just promise, but deliver, lasting personal and social change

Did You Know?

Over 22,000 children are taught life-saving swim lessons at the Y each year.

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Take an active role in bringing about meaningful, enduring change right in your own neighborhood.

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Our Partners

It is with deep gratitude that we recognize and acknowledge our partners for their continued dedication and support of the Y's mission.

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