YMCA of Niagara

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.

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 8 - April 2
Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm  April 9 - June 25

Niagara Centre Branch 
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00pm  January 7  – April 1
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00pm  April 8 - June 24

Niagara Falls Branch
Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:00pm  January 8 - April 2
Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:00pm  April 9 - June 25

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch 
Fridays, 6:00 - 7:00pm    January 9 –  April 3
Fridays, 6:00 - 7:00pm    April 10 - June 19

Niagara West Branch
 
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00pm   January 7 – April 1
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00pm   April 8 - June 24

Port Colborne Branch
-Not offered in Winter-
Fridays, 5:00 – 6:00pm   
April 10 - June 26


Bronze Star & Basic First Aid/CPR(A)

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

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch
-Not offered in Winter-
Saturdays, 4:00 – 5:30pm 
April 11 - June 20  

Niagara Centre Branch
-Not offered in Spring-

Niagara Falls Branch
-Not offered in Winter-
Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30pm 
April 7 - June 16

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

Niagara West Branch
-Not offered in Winter-
Sundays, 4:00-5:30pm 
April 19 - June 28

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: $145 + HST
Notes: 100% attendance strongly recommended

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch
Saturdays, 2:30 - 5:30pm   January 10 - March 28
Saturdays, 2:30-5:00pm  April 11 - June 20

Niagara Centre Branch
-Not offered in Winter-
Sundays, 3:00-6:00pm 
April 12 - June 21

Niagara Falls Branch
Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:30pm  January 8 - March 26
Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm  April 9 - June 18

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Fridays, 5:30-8:30pm   April 10 - June 19

Niagara West Branch
Sundays, 2:30 - 5:30pm   January 11 - March 29
Sundays, 2:30-5:30pm   April 19 - June 28

Port Colborne Branch
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 9:00pm January 13 - March 31
-Not offered in Spring-


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   January 11 - March 29
Sundays, 3:30-5:30pm   April 12 - June 21

Niagara Centre Branch
-Not offered in Winter-
Sundays, 3:00-6:00pm 
April 12 - June 21

Niagara Falls Branch
Saturdays, 4:30 - 6:30pm   January 10 - March 28
Saturdays, 4:30-6:30pm  April 11 - June 20

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Fridays, 5:30-7:30pm    April 10 - June 19

Niagara West Branch
-Not offered in Winter-
Saturdays, 4:00-6:00 
April 18 - June 27

Port Colborne Branch
Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:00pm   January 13 - March 31 
-Not offered in Spring-


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
-Not offered in Spring-

Niagara Centre Branch
-Not offered in Spring-

Niagara Falls Branch 
Saturdays/Sundays, 10am - 7pm, Tuesdays, 4:30 - 8:30pm   May 9, 10, 12, 23, 24, 26 

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

Niagara West Branch
-Not offered in Spring-

Port Colborne Branch 
-Not offered in Spring-


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 
-Not offered in Winter-
Wednesdays, 6:00-10:00  
April 8 - June 10

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
Sundays, 5:00-10:00pm  April 12 - June 7


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
-Not offered in Winter-
Sunday, 4:00-10:00pm 
April 26
Sunday, 4:00-10:00pm  May 24

Niagara Centre Branch
-Not offered in Spring-

Niagara Falls Branch
Sunday, 3:00 - 9:00pm   March 8
Sunday, 3:00-9:00pm   June 14

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Sunday, 4:00 - 10:00pm   March 22
-Not offered in Spring-

Niagara West Branch 
Sunday, 4:00 - 10:00pm   May 10

Port Colborne Branch
-Not offered in Spring-


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   March 7/8
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   April 18/19
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   May 30/31
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   June 20/21

Niagara Centre Branch

Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm  June 13/14

Niagara Falls Branch
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   May 9/10
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   June 6/7

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   June 13/14

Niagara West Branch
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   May 9/10

Port Colborne Branch
-Not offered in Spring-


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   April 12
Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   May 3
Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   June 14

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

Niagara Falls Branch
Saturday, 9:30am - 6:00pm  May 23
Saturday, 9:30am - 6:00pm  June 13

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

Niagara West Branch
Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   April 26
Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   June 21

Port Colborne Branch
-Not offered in Spring-

 


Babysitting Course

Prerequisite: Minimum age 11 years
Course Fee: $45

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Saturday, 9am - 3pm  June 6

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