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  April 4 - June 27
Not offered in Summer.

Niagara Falls Branch
Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm   April 5 - June 28
Not offered in Summer.

Niagara West Branch
Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm   April 7 - June 30
Not offered in Summer.


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   April 7 - June 30
Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm   July 7 - September 1

Niagara Centre Branch
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00pm   April 6 - June 22
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00pm   July 6 - August 31

Niagara Falls Branch
Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm  April 7 - June 30
Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm   July 7 - September 1

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
 

Fridays, 6:00-7:00pm  April 8 - June 24
Fridays, 6:00-7:00pm  July 8 - September 2

Niagara West Branch

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00pm   April 6 - June 29
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00pm   July 6 - August 31

Port Colborne Branch
Fridays, 5:30-6:30pm  April 8 - June 24
Fridays, 5:30-6:30pm  July 8 - September 2


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
Not offered in Summer.

Niagara Centre Branch
Not offered in Summer.

Niagara Falls Branch
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm   April 12 - June 21
Not offered in Summer.

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Thursdays, 5:00-6:30pm  April 7 - June 16
Not offered in Summer.

Niagara West Branch
Sundays, 4:00-5:30pm   April 10 - June 19
Not offered in Summer.

Port Colborne Branch
Not offered in Summer.


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  April 9 - June 18
Not offered in Summer.

Niagara Centre Branch
Sundays, 3:00-6:00pm  
April 10 - June 19
Not offered in Summer.

Niagara Falls Branch
Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm  April 14 - June 23
Not offered in Summer.

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Mondays, 5:00-8:00pm   April 11 - June 27
Monday-Friday, 12:30-7:30pm  August 15 - August 19

Niagara West Branch
Sundays, 2:30-5:30pm   April 10 - June 19
Not offered in Summer.

Port Colborne Branch
Not offered in Summer.


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   April 10 - June 19
Not offered in Summer.

Niagara Centre Branch
Sundays, 4:00-6:00pm   April 10 - June 19
Not offered in Summer.

Niagara Falls Branch
Saturdays, 4:00-6:00pm  April 9 - June 18
Not offered in Summer.

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Saturdays, 10:00am-12:00pm  April 9 - June 18
Monday-Friday, 2:30-7:30pm  August 15 - August 19

Niagara West Branch
Saturdays, 4:00-6:00pm  April 9 - June 18
Not offered in Summer.

Port Colborne Branch
Not offered in Summer.


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
Not offered in Summer.
  

Niagara Centre Branch
Not offered in Summer.

Niagara Falls Branch
Not offered in Summer.

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Not offered in Summer.

Niagara West Branch
Not offered in Summer.

Port Colborne Branch 
Not offered in Summer.


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 
Not offered in Summer.

Niagara Centre Branch
Not offered in Summer.

Niagara Falls Branch
Not offered in Summer.

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Not offered in Summer.

Niagara West Branch
Not offered in Summer.

Port Colborne Branch
Thursdays, 4:30-8:30pm   April 14 - June 16
Not offered in Summer.


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
Not offered in Summer.

Niagara Centre Branch
Not offered in Summer.

Niagara Falls Branch
Not offered in Summer.

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Not offered in Summer.

Niagara West Branch 
Not offered in Summer.

Port Colborne Branch
Not offered in Summer.


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   August 20/21

Niagara Centre Branch
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm  
June 25/26
Not offered in Summer.

Niagara Falls Branch
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   June 11/12
Not offered in Summer.

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Not offered in Summer.

Niagara West Branch
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   July 16/17

Port Colborne Branch
Not offered in Summer.


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   June 12
Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   August 28

Niagara Centre Branch
Not offered in Summer.

Niagara Falls Branch
Not offered in Summer.

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Not offered in Summer.

Niagara West Branch
Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   August 21

Port Colborne Branch
Not offered in Summer.

 


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.

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.

Summer 2016 dates:

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch 
Not offered in Summer.      

Niagara Centre Branch
Not offered in Summer.

Niagara Falls Branch
Tuesday               9am to 5pm        July 26, 2016

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch 
Not offered in Summer.   

Niagara West Branch
Not offered in Summer.

Port Colborne Branch 
Not offered in Summer.

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