Fitness Workshops

Fitness Workshops are designed for members who are interested in learning more about specific health and exercise related topics. Registration is required in advance for fitness workshops.
For specific information on the workshops, please talk to a memberships services or fitness staff in the branch.

Cost: Included in memberships for current Classic and Premium members; $10/workshop for Basic and Non-Members.

Working with Kettlebells


Location Day Time Dates
Downtown Y TBD TBD October 2017

Pre and Post Natal Fitness


Location Day Time Dates
Westhills Y TBD TBD October 2017

Y Canada Fitness Leadership

Fitness Leadership courses are for those who are interested in teaching group fitness classes or providing personal training.  All courses are delivered in a blended learning format – in person sessions combined with self-directed online learning.  Participants are required to have access to the internet.  100% attendance and participation required.

All courses include a written final exam as well as an apprenticeship which must be completed before final certification.  Please note: apprenticeship hours are held outside of in person sessions.

Prerequisites for all courses:  Minimum 16 years of age; current CPR (A) at time of certification; minimum 50 hours of participation in class type.  Please note: current Standard First Aid/CPR (C) required for Personal Training Certification.

Cost: $235+tax/course for current Classic and Premium members; $295+tax/course for Basic and Non-Members.

YMCA Group Fitness – Cycle Instructor Certification:

This course is for those interested in teaching Cyclefit classes.
Dates: TBA 2018

YMCA Group Fitness – Strength Instructor Certification:

This course is for those interested in teaching group fitness Strength classes.
Dates: TBA 2018

YMCA Group Fitness – Cardio Instructor Certification:

This course is for those interested in teaching group fitness Cardio based classes.
Dates: TBA fall 2017

YMCA Group Fitness – Aquatic Fitness Instructor Certification:

This course is for those interested in teaching Aquafit classes.
Dates: TBA fall 2017

YMCA Group Fitness – Older Adult Instructor Certification:

This course is for those interested in teaching older adults in a group fitness setting.

Dates: TBA fall 2017

YMCA Personal Training Certification:

This course is for those interested in working one on one to prescribe exercise.
Dates: TBA


Child and Teen

Home Alone Course

Your child will learn what to do in case of an emergency, how and when to call 911, basic first aid skills, and internet safety. This course is offered through Canada Safety Council. 100% participation and attendance required.

Prerequisite: Minimum 10 years of age during this calendar year.

Cost: $35 for current Classic and Premium members; $54 for Basic and Non-Members.
Deadline for registration is 3 days prior to course start date.


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Babysitter Training Course

Learn the business of babysitting, creating safe environments and handling emergencies. This course is offered through Canada Safety Council. 100% participation and attendance required.

Prerequisite: Minimum 12 years of age during this calendar year.

Cost: $48 for current Classic and Premium members; $68 for Basic and Non-Members.
Deadline for registration is 3 days prior to course start.


Location Day Time Dates
Westhills Y Sat & Sun 12pm-4:30pm Summer 2017

Location Day Time Dates
Downtown Y Sat & Sun 12:00pm-4:30pm June 24 & 25


Advanced Aquatics

They Y offers Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross programs. To register candidates must be the correct minimum age by the last day of the course, no exceptions. Proof of pre-requisites are required to be presented on the first day of the course.

Bronze Star

The Bronze Star program helps to prepare swimmers for success in Bronze Medallion. Candidates are taught about how to make WaterSmart® choices and learn basic lifesaving and resuscitation skills needed to be their own personal lifeguard. Includes a 400 metre timed swim. 100% participation and attendance required.

Prerequisite: Recommended completion of Star 7 or equivalent.

Cost: $55 for current Classic and Premium members; $75 for Basic and Non-Members.
Deadline for registration is 3 days prior to course start.


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Bronze Medallion

The first step in becoming a swim instructor and lifeguard, Bronze Medallion teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgment, knowledge, skills and fitness. Candidates learn advanced lifesaving techniques for challenging rescues of increased risk, involving conscious and unconscious victims in varying water depths. Cost includes required manual.

Prerequisite: Bronze Star or 13+ years.

Cost: $140 for current Classic and Premium members; $165 for Basic and Non-Members.
Deadline for registration is 10 days prior to course start.


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Bronze Cross

The second step in becoming a swim instructor and lifeguard, Bronze Cross is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced lifesaving training and an introduction to safety supervision.
Candidates develop proficiency at performing patient assessments, managing aquatic spinal injuries, and preventing the loss of life in a variety of aquatic emergencies.

Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion.

Cost: $140 for current Classic and Premium members; $165 for Basic and Non-Members.
Deadline for registration is 3 days prior to course start.


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National Lifeguard – Pool RECERT

For those wishing to recertify their award.  Course includes precert and recert – you are required to attend both sessions.  Please bring pocket mask and whistle to the course.  You will be contacted before the course for your LS ID# to verify prerequisite.

Prerequisite: National Lifeguard – pool option

Cost: $70 for current Classic and Premium members; $90 for Basic and Non-Members.
Deadline for registration is 1 day prior to course start.


Location Day Time Dates
Westhills Y Saturday & Sunday 4:00pm-8:00pm Fall 2017

Lifesaving Instructors RECERT

For those wishing to recertify their award. You will be contacted before the course for your LS ID# to verify prerequisite.

Prerequisite: Lifesaving Instructors

Cost: $100 for current Classic and Premium members; $120 for Basic and Non-Members.
Deadline for registration is 1 day prior to course start.


Location Day Time Dates
Westhills Y tba tba Fall 2017