Training & Certifications

CPR & First Aid Training Calendar

July 14th, 2014

The American Safety and Health Institute CPR/AED and first aid certification classes are available to individuals who have never been certified or whose certification has expired.  Classes offered throughout the year.

Click here for the 2014 schedule.

Lifeguard Certification Course

July 11th, 2014

The Glenwood Park Y will offer a lifeguard certification course beginning July 27.  The required prerequisite swim will be July 18.  Get more information about this course here.

Kids Yoga Training

July 7th, 2014

Do you love yoga and want to get your certification for Kids Yoga? is coming to the Glenwood Holistic Center to offer their unique teacher training method to introduce yoga to young generations. Their teacher training is full of interesting and fun ways to share this ancient practice with children ages 2-17.

You will learn creative way instruction in meditation, breathing practices, relaxation, poses, games and activities, stress management for kids, how to run a kids yoga day camp, kids yoga birthday parties and so much more.

KAY has a unique approach to teaching children’s yoga and a series of original music created by their tight knit family of teachers and trainers. It is a great program for anyone who works with kids on any level.

October 11 – 12…9:00 am to 8:00 pm



Register for the training through this link:

KAY Teacher Training-Erie2014      KAY FacilityLicenseAgreement

Contact or 868-0867 ext 271 for more information.







Life Guard Crossover Course

April 29th, 2014

YMCA LIFEGUARD CROSSOVER is a modified course that acknowledges current lifeguard certifications from other agencies and provides participants with the education to become a certified YMCA Lifeguard.

Classes will be held at The Downtown Y on Thursday, May 15: 4 to 9pm, Friday, May 16: 4 to 9pm and Saturday, May 17: 1 to 6pm.

There is elearning that must be completed before the class begins. You must email Jeanne Moss at once you have registered for the course to receive the elearning.

Course fee must be paid before you will receive the elearning.

You also must bring copies of your current certification for Lifeguarding to the first class.
Members: $120  Non-Members:  $145

Click here for prerequisites.

YMCA Lifeguard Certification Course

April 1st, 2014

The YMCA of Greater Erie will host a prerequisite swim and lifeguard certification course in May.  Employment begins at age 16 and a number of positions will be available throughout the Y and community pools.

Download program information here.

YMCA Swim Instructor Training

April 1st, 2014

This is the introductory course given to YMCA instructors teaching Parent/Child, Preschool, and Youth or Adult classes.  This course will give new instructors the primary basics for teaching aquatic classes that are student centered, value oriented, safe and effective in teaching skills.  Course to be held May 12-16 from 4-9 p.m.; 100% attendance is required.  Course held at the Eastside Family Y, 2101 Nagle Road.  Registration deadline is May 3.

Cost:  Free to YMCA employees

$75.00 Member     $150.00 Non-Member

Prerequisites: Minimum age 16, Current certifications in CPR Pro, First Aid and Oxygen Administration, ability to demonstrate proficiency in Minnow level swimming skills.


Become Whistle Worthy

December 5th, 2013

Lifeguards do more than just watch the pool… They can save lives!

This course will provide individuals with all the training and information that they will need to become a YMCA Lifeguard and Whistle Worthy!  Two opportunities for certification:

Downtown Y
31 West 10th Street
Saturdays, Feb. 1-22, 1-8 p.m. & Saturady, March 1, 1-8p.m.
Pre-requisite Swim required.
Cost: Members-$30 for Prerequisite Swim
$165 after Passing Swim
Non-Members-$35 for Prerequisite Swim
$185 after Passing Swim

Please click here for all Prerequisite Information.

Contact The Downtown Y at 452-3261 for more information or to register.

Eastside Family Y
2101 Nagle Road
Saturday, Jan. 18, 9-5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 19, 9-1:30 p.m.
Pre-requist Swim required
Cost: $90 Members and $110 Non-members

Please click here  for additional information.

Contact the Eastside Family Y at 899-9622 for more information or to register.

Lifeguard Recertification

November 4th, 2013

The Downtown Y will be hosting a Lifeguard Recertification in December.
Click Here for more details.

YMCA Lifeguard Certification Class

August 21st, 2013

Devlop Physical, Mental and Emotional Maturity with The Downtown Y’s Lifeguard Certification Class.

Saturdays:  October 26, November 2, 9, 16 and 23, 1pm to 8pm

Please click here for registration and prerequisite information.

Lifeguard Certification Course

April 19th, 2013

The Eastside Family Y will offer a Lifeguard Certification Course beginning Saturday, May 4 at the Eastside Family Y.  Program includes Lifeguard Certification, CPR, First Aid, Oxygen and books.

Download program registration form.

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