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.


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.

To register, visit a Membership Services desk in branch or call 250-386-7511

YMCA Group Fitness – Cycle Instructor Certification:

This course is for those interested in teaching Cyclefit classes.


Location Day Time Dates
Downtown Y Sundays 1pm-5pm January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3,  2019

YMCA Group Fitness –  Aquafit  Instructor Certification:

This course is for those interested in teaching Aquafit classes.


Location Day Time Dates
Downtown Y and Weshills Y Fridays and Saturdays  4 -8pm ( Fridays )       3:30-9pm (Saturday) February 1, 2, 8,9, 15, 16, 22 2019

YMCA Group Fitness – Cardio Instructor Certification

This course is for those interested in teaching group fitness Cardio based classes (i.e. Cardio Dance, Step, Cardio Fit).


Location Day Time Dates
Downtown Y Sundays 10:30-5pm April 7, 14, 28, May 5  2019

YMCA Personal Training Certification

This course is for those interested in working one on one to prescribe exercise.
Dates: TBA 2019

YMCA Group Fitness – Older Adult Instructor Certification

This course is for those interested in teaching older adults in a group fitness setting.
Dates: TBA 2019


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.

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.


Location Day Time Dates
Downtown Y Friday 9am-12pm April 12 , 2019

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: $50 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
Downtown Y Saturday 9am-5pm February 9 2019

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.

Prerequisite: Bronze Star or 13+ years.

Cost: $133.50+gst for current Classic and Premium members; $172+gst for Basic and Non-Members.  Additional required manual cost $43.68+gst  (Please note: this manual is used for both Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross)

Deadline for registration is 5 days prior to course start.  Registration after deadline is available for an additional cost.


Location Day Time Dates
Westhills Y Tuesday – Saturday 1pm – 5pm August 14th – 18th, 2018

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: $133.50+gst for current Classic and Premium members; $172+gst for Basic and Non-Members.
Deadline for registration is 3 days prior to course start.  Registration after deadline is available for an additional cost.


Location Day Time Dates
Westhills Y Sundays 11am – 3pm July 8 – August 5, 2018

Lifesaving Instructors Course

For those wishing to teach Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion or Bronze Cross. You will be contacted before the course for your LS ID# to verify prerequisite.

Prerequisite: Bronze Cross or National Lifeguard

Cost: $250+gst for current Classic and Premium members; $295+gst for Basic and Non-Members.
Deadline for registration is Deadline for registration is 5 days prior to course start.  Registration after deadline is available for an additional cost.


Location Day Time Dates
Westhills Y Friday, Saturday 5-9:30pm, 11am-8pm July 27, 28, August 10, 11 2018

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: $75_gst for current Classic and Premium members; $95_gst for Basic and Non-Members.
Deadline for registration is 1 day prior to course start.


Location Day Time Dates
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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+gst 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 Friday 5-9pm August 17, 2018