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  April 9 - June 25
Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm  July 2 - September 3

Niagara Centre Branch 
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00pm  April 8 - June 24
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00pm  July 8 - August 26

Niagara Falls Branch
Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:00pm  April 9 - June 25
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00pm  June 30 - September 1
Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm  July 2 - September 3

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
 
Fridays, 6:00 - 7:00pm    April 10 - June 19
Fridays, 6:00-7:00pm  July 3 - September 4

Niagara West Branch
 
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00pm   April 8 - June 24
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00pm  July 8 - August 26

Port Colborne Branch
Fridays, 5:00 – 6:00pm   April 10 - June 26
Fridays, 5:00-6:00pm  July 3 - September 4


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  April 11 - June 20 
- Not offered in Summer - 

Niagara Centre Branch
-Not offered in Summer-

Niagara Falls Branch
Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30pm  April 7 - June 16
- 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-


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, 2:30-5:00pm  April 11 - June 20
- Not offered in Summer - 

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

Niagara Falls Branch
Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm  April 9 - June 18
- Not offered in Summer - 

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Fridays, 5:30-8:30pm   April 10 - June 19
Monday - Friday, 12:30-7:30pm  August 10 - 14

Niagara West Branch
Sundays, 2:30-5:30pm   April 19 - June 28
- 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: $90 + HST
Notes: 100% attendance strongly recommended

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch
- Not offered in Summer -

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

Niagara Falls Branch
Saturdays, 4:30-6:30pm  April 11 - June 20
- Not offered in Summer - 

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Fridays, 5:30-7:30pm    April 10 - June 19
Monday - Friday, 2:30-7:30pm  August 10 - 14

Niagara West Branch
Saturdays, 4:00-6:00  April 18 - June 27
- 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: $ 140 + 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 
Saturdays/Sundays, 10am - 7pm, Tuesdays, 4:30 - 8:30pm   May 9, 10, 12, 23, 24, 26 
- 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: $270 + HST
Notes: 100% attendance and participation required

St. Catharines Walker Family Branch 
Wednesdays, 6:00-10:00   April 8 - June 10
-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
Sundays, 5:00-10:00pm  April 12 - June 7
- Not offered in Summer - 


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  May 24
-Not offered in Summer- 

Niagara Centre Branch
-Not offered in Summer-

Niagara Falls Branch
Sunday, 3:00-9:00pm   June 14
-Not offered in Summer- 

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

Niagara West Branch 
Sunday, 4:00 - 10:00pm   May 10
Sunday, 4:00-10:00pm   August 16

Port Colborne Branch
-Not offered in Summer-


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   May 30/31
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   June 20/21
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   August 15/16

Niagara Centre Branch

Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm  June 13/14
Saturday/Sunday. 9:30am - 6:00pm  July 18/19 

Niagara Falls Branch
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   June 6/7
-Not offered in Summer-

Fort Erie E.J. Freeland Branch
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   June 13/14
-Not offered in Summer- 

Niagara West Branch
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   May 9/10
Saturday/Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   July 25/26

Port Colborne Branch
-Not offered in Summer-


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   June 14
Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   August 22

Niagara Centre Branch
Saturday, 9:30am - 6:00pm  May 30
Saturday, 9:30am - 6:00pm  August 8

Niagara Falls Branch
Saturday, 9:30am - 6:00pm  May 23
Saturday, 9:30am - 6:00pm  June 13
-Not offered in Summer- 

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

Niagara West Branch
Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   June 21
Sunday, 9:30am - 6:00pm   July 12

Port Colborne Branch
-Not offered in Summer-

 


Babysitting Course

Prerequisite: Minimum age 11 years
Course Fee: $45 +HST in Fort Erie / $50 +HST in Niagara Falls 

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

Niagara Falls Branch
Sunday, 9am - 5pm  June 14

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