YMCA of Greater Erie

CPR and First Aid CertificationBeing healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. The Y is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself to learn a new skill or hobby. At the Y, it’s not about the activity you choose as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside.

A few of our health education programs include:

  • Fitness Instructor Trainings (land and water)
  • Swim Instructor Trainings
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Lifeguard Trainings
  • Babysitting

Health Education Programs

CPR/AED And First Aid Certification Classes

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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 2018 schedule and registration information.

View Schedule for: County Y, Downtown Y, Eastside Y, Glenwood Y

Diabetes Prevention Program

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Are you at risk for developing type 2 diabetes? This small-group program helps people with prediabetes eat healthier, increase their physical activity, and lose weight, which can delay or even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. Diabetes affects more than 29 million people. A condition called prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. More than 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes. Diabetes has no cure, but prediabetes can be reversed.

Chances are you know at least one person with diabetes and probably more than one with prediabetes. To find out if you are at risk, take this quick test. Then share the test with friends and family.


Lifestyle coaches help participants reach the following goals:

  • lose a minimum of 7% of your starting weight
  • increase your physical activity to 150 minutes a week

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must have a BMI of 24 or greater
  • Have NO previous diagnosis of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes
  • Either have a blood test result in the prediabetes range in the last year or score a 9 or higher on the CDC diabetes risk assessment
  • Previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes

If you feel you meet one or more of the eligibility requirements please contact: Lana Kunik, Prevention Services Coordinator at the Sight Center of Northwest PA at (814) 455-0995 ext. 101 or lanak@sightcenternwpa.org.

The program is limited to 20 class participants and meets for one year.


View Schedule for: Eastside Y

Healthy Family Home

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Every family can be a healthy family. By focusing your family’s efforts to live healthier around the Y’s pillars of a healthy family home and taking small steps using the information and tools we provide, your family will soon be feeling stronger and living healthier.

Healthy Family Home is a virtual program offered by the YMCA of the USA.  Click here for additional resources including a newsletter and a Healthy Family Home Starter Kit

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Lifeguard Course

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This certification course is designed to give participants basic skills and knowledge to be a lifeguard in the pool, lake, river, surf and waterparks. This comprehensive course offers up-to-date information on how to guard, anticipate and prevent problems and take action to help those in danger. Participants must be 16 years old before the completion of the course.  A prerequisite swim is required.   Register Online>>

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Recreational and Educational Activities for Cyber & Home School Students (REACH)

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Recreational and Educational Activities for Cyber & Home School Students (REACH) is an excellent way to meet your homeschool or cyber school Physical Education requirements. The 8-week session meets twice a week and will be divided into age groups to accommodate for physical development. For 4- weeks, the students will participate in gym classes that focus on physical fitness, skill development and sportsmanship. The other 4- weeks, students will participate in water safety
education and quality swim instruction that promotes swimming as a lifelong activity for
healthy living. Program designed for students 1-8 grade. Class meets for 45-minutes.

View Schedule for: Eastside Y

YMCA Aquatic Safety Assistance (YASA)

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This certification course is designed to prepare participants with the skills and knowledge needed to recognize aquatic risks and assist a lifeguard in the emergency response of an accident or injury. Minimum age: 14 years and must be able to swim 100 yards and tread water 2 minutes, legs only.

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YMCA Swim Lesson Instructor Course

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Become a swim instructor at the YMCA. Commit to 3 hours per week and receive a free adult membership, or pay the difference of $27.07/month for a family membership.  This introductory course is given to YMCA instructors teaching Swim Starters, Preschool, School Age, Teen and Adult classes.  This course will give new instructors the primary basics for teaching aquatic classes that are student centered, value oriented and safe and effective in teaching skills.

Prerequisites:  Ability to complete 4 of the 6 strokes in good form (front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke, elementary backstroke and butterfly), tread water 2 minutes with 2 different kicks.

Course Cost: Free for YMCA of Greater Erie staff, members $100, non-members $120 Cost includes Basic Life Support, Oxygen, First Aid and Instructor certifications along with two online trainings required for the course.


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