COVID-19 UPDATE: Branch Currently Closed

This branch is currently NOT open. Select YMCAs across San Diego County are open for outdoor fitness, group exercise classes and swimming. For an updated list of branches that are currently open and the services they offer, click here.

Check out the Virtual YMCA for helpful family resources, workout videos, fun activities for kids and more.


The Shepherd YMCA Firehouse is the newest addition to the La Jolla YMCA family. 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.

Staying connected matters. While our branch may be temporarily closed, we're still committed to help everyone in our community stay active and engaged. We hope you will continue to join us at the Y during this time by visiting our closest locations below:

Looking for more options? Visit our Virtual YMCA. We hope to see you at the Y soon. Stay safe and stay with us!


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 18 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. 

The Wellness Center: Where Health is Wealth

Shepherd YMCA Firehouse offers a state-of-the-art wellness center complete with cardio equipment, circuit training, free weights and group exercise studios.

  • Personal Training
  • KickStart
    • KickStart is a personalized wellness program consisting of three one-on-one sessions over thirty days, free for all members of the YMCA!
  • Group Exercise Class

Sports at the Y: Do More, Be More

Look at our sports, aquatics and special-interest programs, including running, dance and hiking to try a new activity or pursue one you've always loved.

Child Care at the Y: Call on Us

The YMCA is the nation's leading provider of childcare. Playful, engaging options are plentiful for young children at the Y.

  • Child Watch and Kids Club
    • Child Watch and Kids Club is a program where the YMCA provides up to two hours of free supervised playtime in a safe, enriching environment for those with family memberships while they utilize the Y's facilities
    • The hours for Child Watch, for children 6 weeks to 12 years old, are
      • Sunday 8:00 am-1:00 pm
      • Monday through Thursday 8:00 am-1:00 pm and 4:00 pm-7:30 pm
      • Friday 8:00 am-1:00 pm and 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
      • Saturday 8:00 am-1:00 pm
    • Character Builders
      • Character Builders is an on site before and after school program. For more information, contact our Character Builders Director Allison Crooks at [email protected]

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.

  • Many of our branches across San Diego offer several fun-filled birthday party options.
  • Birthday Parties with Shepherd YMCA are gymnastic themed!
  • Browse our all available birthday sessions at Firehouse on the Program Finder. 

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 lifesaving swim lessons at the Y each year.

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Get Involved

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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