YMCA of Niagara

Advanced Aquatics

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. All prerequisites listed as current must be current within 2 years of last day of the course. Participants must be of age by the last day of the course. Non-members are welcome unless otherwise stated.

Cancellations can be made by fax, email or 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.

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  September 11 - December 18
Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:00pm  January 8 - April 2

Niagara Centre Branch 
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00pm  September 10  – December 17
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00pm  January 7  – April 1

Niagara Falls Branch
Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:00pm  September 11 - December 18
Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:00pm  January 8 - April 2

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch 
Fridays, 6:00 - 7:00pm    September 12 –  December 12
Fridays, 6:00 - 7:00pm    January 9 –  April 3

Niagara West Branch
 
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00pm   September 10 – December 17
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00pm   January 7 – April 1

Port Colborne Branch
Fridays, 5:00 - 6:00pm   September 12 – December 12
-Not offered in Winter-


Bronze Star & Basic First Aid/CPR(A)

Prerequisite: recommended completion of Star 6 or equivalent
Course Fee: $70 + HST

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch
Saturdays, 4:00 - 5:30pm   September 27 - December 6
Saturdays, 4:00 - 5:30pm  
January 10 - March 28

Niagara Centre Branch
-Not offered in Winter-

Niagara Falls Branch
Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30pm  September 23 - December 2
Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30pm  January 13 - March 31

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

Niagara West Branch
Sundays, 4:00 - 5:30pm   September 21 - November 30
Sundays, 4:00 - 5:30pm   January 11 - March 29

Port Colborne Branch
-Not offered in Winter-


Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid/CPR(B)

Prerequisite: 13 years of age (birth certificate required) or Bronze Star certification
Course Fee: $145 + HST
Notes: 100% attendance strongly recommended

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch
Saturdays, 2:30 - 5:30pm   September 27 - December 6
Saturdays, 2:30 - 5:30pm   January 10 - March 28

Niagara Centre Branch
Sundays, 3:00 - 6:00pm   September 28 - December 7
-Not offered in Winter-

Niagara Falls Branch
Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:30pm  September 18 - November 27
Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:30pm  January 8 - March 26

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

Niagara West Branch
Sundays, 2:30 - 5:30pm   September 21 - November 30
Sundays, 2:30 - 5:30pm   January 11 - March 29

Port Colborne Branch
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 9:00pm January 13 - March 31


Bronze Cross

Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid/CPR(B) Certificate
Course Fee: $90 + HST
Notes: 100% attendance strongly recommended

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch
Sundays, 3:30 - 5:30pm   September 28 - December 7
Sundays, 3:30 - 5:30pm   January 11 - March 29

Niagara Centre Branch
Sundays, 4:00 - 6:00pm  September 28 - December 7
-Not offered in Winter-

Niagara Falls Branch
Saturdays, 4:30 - 6:30pm   September 20 - November 29
Saturdays, 4:30 - 6:30pm   January 10 - March 28

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Fridays, 5:30 - 7:30pm   September 26 – December 12
-Not offered in Winter-

Niagara West Branch
Saturdays, 4:00 - 6:00pm   September 20 - November 29
Saturdays, 4:00 - 6:00pm   January 10 - March 28

Port Colborne Branch
Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:00pm   January 13 - March 31 

YMCA Swim Instructors & LSS Lifesaving Instructors

Prerequisite: 16+ years and Bronze Cross
Course Fee: $ 140 + HST
Notes: 100% attendance and participation required.

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch
Wednesdays, 5:30 - 9:30pm   January 14 - April 1

Niagara Centre Branch
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 10:00pm   January 13 - March 31

Niagara Falls Branch 
Tuesdays, 4:30 - 8:30pm   September 23 - December 2
-Not offered in Winter-

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Thursdays, 5:30 - 9:30pm   January 15 - March 27

Niagara West Branch
Thursdays, 5:00 - 9:00pm   September 25 - December 4
-Not offered in Winter-

Port Colborne Branch 
Tuesdays, 4:30 - 8:30pm   September 23 - December 2
-Not offered in Winter-


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: $270 + HST
Notes: 100% attendance and participation required

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch 
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 10:00pm   September 24 – November 26
-Not offered in Winter-

Niagara Centre Branch
-Not offered in Winter-

Niagara Falls Branch
Sundays, 4:00 - 10:00pm   November 2 - December 14
-Not offered in Winter-

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

Niagara West Branch
-Not offered in Winter-

Port Colborne Branch
-Not offered in Winter-


NL Recert
(Following the 2012 updated National Lifeguard standards)

Course Fee: $70 + HST
Notes: Must bring proof of certification to recert.

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch
Sunday, 4:00 - 10:00pm   November 23
Sunday, 4:00 - 10:00pm   February 22

Niagara Centre Branch
-Not offered in Winter-

Niagara Falls Branch
Sunday, 3:00 - 9:00pm   October 26
Sunday, 3:00 - 9:00pm   March 8

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Sunday, 4:00 - 10:00pm   March 22

Niagara West Branch 
Sunday, 4:00 - 10:00pm   March 1

Port Colborne Branch
-Not offered in Winter-


First Aid

Standard First Aid + CPR(C)

Course Fee: $95 + HST
Notes: 100% attendance and participation required. Certification issued through Lifesaving Society.

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   November 22/23
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   January 10/11
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   February 7/8
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   March 7/8

Niagara Centre Branch
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm  February 21/22

Niagara Falls Branch
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   January 24/25

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   February 7/8

Niagara West Branch
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   January 17/18

Port Colborne Branch
-Not offered in Winter-


Standard First Aid + CPR(C) Recert

Course Fee: $65 + 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   February 1

Niagara Centre Branch
-Not offered in Winter-

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

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm    March 1

Niagara West Branch
Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   February 8

Port Colborne Branch
-Not offered in Winter-

 


Babysitting Course

Prerequisite: Minimum age 11 years
Course Fee: $45

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Saturday, 9:00am - 3:00pm  October 25

Contact your branch for details.

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