Training & Certifications

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.
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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.

YMCA Group Exercise Certifications Offered

March 25th, 2013

Healthy Lifestyle Principles

This is the prerequisite course for all other YMCA of the USA Health and Fitness certifications.  It provides practical and theoretical information for instrucotrs of all YMCA health and fitness programs, including information on effective leadership, basic physical activity, program safety guidelines and  healthy lifestyle principles.  The course also covers YMCA mission, philosophy and national program training and certification system.  Course held on Friday, April 12, 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Glenwood Park Y.

Download registration form.

Foundations of YMCA Group Exercise

This course is designed to train staff members in the basics of conducting all varities of group exercise classes.  Course conten includes the practical application of cardio, respiratory and neuromuscular exercise science, leadership and teaching skills for group exercise selection and execution.  This course is the required prerequisite for all other courses in the YMCA of the USA Health and Fitness Group Exercise track.  Course held Saturday, April 13, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Glenwood Park Y.

Download registration form.


March 7th, 2013

group of lifeguardsPrerequisite Swim: April 6, @ 12pm                                                               
$30 members, $40 Non-members (non-refundable)                                               
 Registration: Open and available now.                                    

Prerequisites: Complete Physical Competency Requirements                                                      
o         Tread water for 2 minutes using legs only
o         Swim 100 yards of front crawl               
Phase 2
o         Swim 50 yards of each front crawl with head up, breaststroke, breaststroke with head up, elementary backstroke kick with hands on the chest.
o         Perform a feet-first surface-dive in 8-10 feet of water (or maximum depth of training facility).  Then swim underwater for 15 feet.                            
Phase 3
o         Starting in the shallow end of the water, sprint for a distance of approximately 60 feet then perform an arm-over-arm surface dive in 8-10 feet (or maximum depth of training facility).
o         Pick up an object from the bottom of pool, surface and tread water for at lease one minute with legs only, replace the object back to the bottom of the pool where it was found.
o         Swim the remaining length to the end of the pool and hoist yourself out of the water.
o         Immediately begin compression on an adult manikin for one minute or 100 compressions, stand and listen to directions for instructor.

*Note* if you pass the prerequisite swim you will be able to register for the lifeguard course following the prerequisite swim.  If you do not pass you will not be permitted to sign up for the lifeguard course.

Sat., May4, 18, 9am-6pm
Mon., May 6, 13th, 4-8pm
Wed., May 8, 15th, 4-8pm

Cost: $160 member, $185 Non-member
Cost will include: CPR, First Aid, Oxygen, and Lifeguard certifications along with books.
Registration begins: April 6th
100% Attendance is required.

For more information call Emily Irwin at the Eastside Y. (814) 899-9622

YMCA Lifeguard Course

February 18th, 2013

This course provides individuals with all the training and information that they will need to become a YMCA Lifeguard.  Course begins on April 19 at the Downtown YMCA.  Class meets:

Friday, April 19, 4-9p.m.
Saturday, April 20, 1-8 p.m.
Saturday, April 27, 2-8 p.m.
Saturday, May 4, 1-8 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 1-5 p.m.

 Click here for more information.

Course Prerequisites >> click here.

Lifeguard Cross-Over & Renewal Prerequisite Swim

February 7th, 2013

The Downtown Y will offer a Life-guard Cross Over and Renewal  Prerequisite swim on Saturday, March 23 starting at 9 a.m.  Cost for Prerequisite swim for Y members is $30
and $40 for non-members.

If the Pre-requisite Swim is passed then the participant may take part in the class on April 6 8:30am to 7pm and April 13 from 12Noon- 5PM!

Cost for the class is $120 for members and $145 for non-members!

For more information please contact Jeanne Moss at 452-3261 (Ext. 274).

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