Certifications

The YMCA is dedicated to offering high quality enrichment courses to help individuals develop in spirit, mind and body. The exam date (where applicable) is the last day of the course. Prerequisites are to be presented on the first day of the course. Participants must be of age by the last day of the course. Non-members are welcome unless otherwise stated.

Cancellations must be made in person a minimum of 4 business days before the start of the course to receive a full refund. Cancellations made less than 4 business day before the start of the course will be refunded less an administration fee of 35% of the full course fee. Cancellations will not be refunded after the course begins unless a medical note is provided. All enrichment course refunds will be mailed within 14 business days of submission.

The YMCA of Niagara offers a comprehensive selection of Advanced Aquatics programs including Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, Instructors and NLS. We also offer Standard First Aid courses and recertification.

Please note: Classes are not offered on holidays.

Aquatic Leader Corps (Members only)

Prerequisite: Completion of Star 7 or equivalent
Course Fee: $0

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch 
Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm  January 4 - March 28
Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm  April 4 - June 27

Niagara Falls Branch
Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm   January 5 - March 29
Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm   April 5 - June 28

Niagara West Branch 
Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm   January 7 - March 31
Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm   April 7 - June 30


Lifesaving Fitness Bronze, Silver, Gold
(Members only)

Prerequisite: 10 years of age and completion of Star 6 or equivalent
Course Fee: $0

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch
Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm  
January 7 - March 31
Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm   April 7 - June 30

Niagara Centre Branch
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00pm   January 6 - March 30
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00pm   April 6 - June 22

Niagara Falls Branch
Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm  January 7 - March 31
Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm  April 7 - June 30

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
 

Fridays, 6:00-7:00pm
  January 8 - April 1
Fridays, 6:00-7:00pm  April 8 - June 24

Niagara West Branch
 

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00pm
   January 6 - March 30
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00pm   April 6 - June 29

Port Colborne Branch
Fridays, 5:30-6:30pm  January 8 - April 1
Fridays, 5:30-6:30pm  April 8 - June 24


Bronze Star & Basic First Aid/CPR(A)

Prerequisite: recommended completion of Star 6 or equivalent
Course Fee: Members - $66.50 + HST
                     Non-Members - $77.25 + HST

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch
Saturdays, 4:00-5:30pm    April 9 - June 18

Niagara Centre Branch
Sundays, 4:00-5:30pm   
January 10 - March 13
-Not offered in Spring-

Niagara Falls Branch
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm   January 12 - March 29
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm   April 12 - June 21

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Thursdays, 5:00-6:30pm  April 7 - June 16

Niagara West Branch
Sundays, 4:00-5:30pm  
January 10 - March 13
Sundays, 4:00-5:30pm   April 10 - June 19

Port Colborne Branch
-Not offered in Spring-


Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid/CPR(B)

Prerequisite: 13 years of age (birth certificate required) or Bronze Star certification
Course Fee: Members - $137.75 + HST
                     Non-Members - $152.25 + HST
Notes: 100% attendance strongly recommended

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch
Saturdays, 3:00-6:00pm  January 9 - March 12
Saturdays, 3:00-6:00pm  April 9 - June 18

Niagara Centre Branch
Sundays, 3:00-6:00pm  
April 10 - June 19

Niagara Falls Branch
Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm  January 14 - March 31
Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm  April 14 - June 23

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Saturdays, 10:00am-1:00pm  January 9 - March 12
Mondays, 5:00-8:00pm   April 11 - June 27

Niagara West Branch
Sundays, 2:30-5:30pm   April 10 - June 19

Port Colborne Branch
Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00pm   January 12 - March 29
-Not offered in Spring-


Bronze Cross

Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid/CPR(B) Certificate
Course Fee: Members - $85.50 + HST
                     Non-Members - $94.50 + HST
Notes: 100% attendance strongly recommended

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch
Sundays, 3:30-5:30pm   January 10 - March 13
Sundays, 3:30-5:30pm   April 10 - June 19

Niagara Centre Branch
Sundays, 4:00-6:00pm   April 10 - June 19

Niagara Falls Branch
Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm  January 14 - March 31
Saturdays, 4:00-6:00pm  April 9 - June 18

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Saturdays, 10:00am-12:00pm  January 9 - March 12
Saturdays, 10:00am-12:00pm  April 9 - June 18

Niagara West Branch
Saturdays, 4:00-6:00pm  January 9 - March 12
Saturdays, 4:00-6:00pm  April 9 - June 18

Port Colborne Branch
Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm   January 12 - March 29
-Not offered in Spring-


YMCA Swim Instructors & LSS Lifesaving Instructors

Prerequisite: 16+ years and Bronze Cross
Course Fee: Members - $133.00 + HST
                     Non-Members - $144.75 + HST
Notes: 100% attendance and participation required.

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch
Tuesdays, 5:00-9:00pm   April 5 - June 14   

Niagara Centre Branch
-Not offered in Spring-

Niagara Falls Branch
-Not offered in Spring-

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Tuesdays, 4:30-8:30pm   January 12 - March 29
-Not offered in Spring-

Niagara West Branch
-Not offered in Spring-

Port Colborne Branch 
-Not offered in Spring
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National Lifeguard - NL

(Following the 2012 updated National Lifeguard standards)

Prerequisite: 16 years of age (birth certificate required), Bronze Cross and current Standard First Aid/CPR(C) – Standard First Aid must be from organizations recognized in Ontario public pool regulations. (Lifesaving Society, Canadian Red Cross, St. John Ambulance)
Course Fee: Members - $256.50 + HST
                     Non-Members - $283.50 + HST
Notes: 100% attendance and participation required

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch 
Tuesdays, 6:00-10:00pm   January 19 - March 29
-Not offered in Spring-

Niagara Centre Branch
-Not offered in Spring-

Niagara Falls Branch
-Not offered in Spring-

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
-Not offered in Spring-

Niagara West Branch
-Not offered in Spring-

Port Colborne Branch
Thursdays, 4:30-8:30pm   April 14 - June 16


NL Recert
(Following the 2012 updated National Lifeguard standards)

Course Fee: Members - $66.50 + HST
                     Non-Members - $83.50 + HST
Notes: Must bring proof of certification to recert.

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch
Sunday, 4:00-10:00pm   March 20 or April 24 or May 29

Niagara Falls Branch
Sunday, 4:00-10:00pm   May 15

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Sunday, 4:00-10:00pm   May 1

Niagara West Branch 
Sunday, 4:00-10:00pm   June 5


First Aid

Standard First Aid + CPR(C)

Course Fee: Members - $90.25 + HST
                     Non-Members - $99.75 + HST
Notes: 100% attendance and participation required. Certification issued through Lifesaving Society.

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   April 16/17
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   May 7/8
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   June 4/5

Niagara Centre Branch
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm  
April 2/3
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm  
May 28/29
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm  
June 25/26

Niagara Falls Branch
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   April 30/May 1
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   June 11/12

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   May 14/15

Niagara West Branch
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   May 28/29

Port Colborne Branch
-Not offered in Winter-


Standard First Aid + CPR(C) Recert

Course Fee: Members - $61.75 + HST
                     Non-Members - $69.50 + HST
Notes: Must bring proof of certification to recert. You must hold certification from the Lifesaving Society (blue card) dated no more than 3 years from date of issue to attend this recertification. You may only recertify once, then subsequently you must repeat the full course. Thereafter, you may renew by alternating recertification and full course.

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch
Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   April 24
Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   June 12

Niagara Centre Branch
Saturday, 9:30am - 6:00pm  April 23

Niagara Falls Branch
Saturday, 9:30am - 6:00pm  May 7

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Saturday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   April 30

Niagara West Branch
Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   April 10

Port Colborne Branch
-Not offered in Spring-

 


 

Home Alone
This course provides young people with the necessary skills and knowledge to be safe and responsible when home alone.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate what to do in case of an emergency
- How and when to call 911 
- Demonstrate through role play how to call 911 
- Demonstrate basic first aid skills
Participants must be 10 years of age or older.
This is a 2 hour course, 100% attendance is required.
Registration is available at all YMCA of Niagara Health, Fitness and Aquatics Centres and online.
Registration will close 48 hours prior.  A minimum number of participants must be met in order for the program to run.
Program fee is $25 for current YMCA of Niagara members and $35 for non-members.
Winter 2016 dates: 
St. Catharines Walker Family Branch 
Friday 6pm to 8pm February 5, 2016
Niagara Centre Branch
Saturday 1pm to 3pm February 13, 2016
Niagara Falls Branch
Saturday 1pm to 3pm February 6, 2016
Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch 
Tuesday 6pm to 8pm February 23, 2016
Niagara West Branch
Friday 6pm to 8pm February 26, 2016
Port Colborne Branch 
Saturday1pm to 3pmMarch 5, 2016
Registration for Winter 2016 Home Alone dates will be available by January 11, 2016.
Red Cross Babysitting
This course provides young people with the necessary skills and knowledge to be help them learn child care, injury prevention and basic first aid skills.
At the end of this course, participants will understand:
-  Business of babysitting
-  Caring for babies
-  Caring for toddlers
-  Caring for preschoolers
-  Caring for school-aged children
-  Creating safe environments
-  How to handle emergencies and first aid
Participants must be 11 years of age or older.
This is a 8 hour course, with a lunch break.  100% attendance is required.
Registration is available at all YMCA of Niagara Health, Fitness and Aquatics Centres and online.
Registration will close 48 hours prior.  A minimum number of participants must be met in order for the program to run.
Program fee is $50 for current YMCA of Niagara members and $65 for non-members.
Winter 2016 dates: 
St. Catharines Walker Family Branch 
Saturday 9am to 5pm January 23, 2016
Thursdays5pm to 9pmMarch 3 & 10, 2016
Niagara Centre Branch
Saturday9am to 5pm March 19, 2016
Niagara Falls Branch
Tuesday 9am to 5pm March 15, 2016
Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch 
Saturday 9am to 5pm January 30, 2016
Saturday9am to 5pm March 5, 2016
Niagara West Branch
Saturday 9am to 5pm February 6, 2016
Port Colborne Branch 
- not offered in Winter - 
Registration for Winter 2016 Babysitting dates will be available by January 11, 2016.

Home Alone

Course fee: Current YMCA of Niagara members - $25
                      Non-members - $35

This course provides young people with the necessary skills and knowledge to be safe and responsible when home alone.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate what to do in case of an emergency

- How and when to call 911
- Demonstrate through role play how to call 911
- Demonstrate basic first aid skills

Participants must be 10 years of age or older. This is a 2 hour course, 100% attendance is required.
Registration is available at all YMCA of Niagara Health, Fitness and Aquatics Centres and online.
Registration will close 48 hours prior.  A minimum number of participants must be met in order for the course to run. 

Winter 2016 dates:

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch 
Friday                   6pm to 8pm        February 5, 2016

Niagara Centre Branch
Saturday              1pm to 3pm        February 13, 2016

Niagara Falls Branch
Saturday              1pm to 3pm        February 6, 2016

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch 
Tuesday               6pm to 8pm        February 23, 2016

Niagara West Branch
Friday                   6pm to 8pm        February 26, 2016

Port Colborne Branch 
Saturday              1pm to 3pm        March 5, 2016   

Red Cross Babysitting

Course fee: Current YMCA of Niagara members - $50
                    Non-members - $65

This course provides young people with the necessary skills and knowledge to be help them learn child care, injury prevention and basic first aid skills.

At the end of this course, participants will understand:
-  Business of babysitting
-  Caring for babies
-  Caring for toddlers
-  Caring for preschoolers
-  Caring for school-aged children
-  Creating safe environments
-  How to handle emergencies and first aid

Participants must be 11 years of age or older.This is a 8 hour course, with a lunch break.  100% attendance is required. Registration is available at all YMCA of Niagara Health, Fitness and Aquatics Centres and online.
Registration will close 48 hours prior.  A minimum number of participants must be met in order for the course to run.

Winter 2016 dates:

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch 
Saturday              9am to 5pm        January 23, 2016
Thursdays            5pm to 9pm        March 3 & 10, 2016
        

Niagara Centre Branch
Saturday              9am to 5pm        March 19, 2016 

Niagara Falls Branch
Tuesday               9am to 5pm        March 15, 2016

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch 
Saturday              9am to 5pm        January 30, 2016

Saturday              9am to 5pm        March 5, 2016   

Niagara West Branch
Saturday              9am to 5pm        February 6, 2016

Port Colborne Branch 
- not offered in Winter -

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