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Aquatics

Swim Times

Lane Swim

YMCA member enjoying lane swim

Lane Swims at the YMCA HBB

Swimming is a great way to enhance and maintain cardiovascular health and an activity that can be enjoyed throughout your life.

Lane swims are reserved for members only. 

Open Swim

Public Open Swim at the YMCA HBB Open swim is an all-ages leisure swim reserved for members. It's a great way to be active and have fun together. Recreational Swimming - Aquatic Admission...

Parent and Tot Swim

Swim With Your Child at the YMCA HBB YMCA Parent and Tot swim times give you time to play, move, and splash in the pool with your infant, toddler, or preschooler up to age 3. A YMCA-certified...

Public Lane Swim

Open Swims at the YMCA HBB Swim lengths to improve or maintain your cardiovascular health. Public lane swims are open to members and non-members age 13+. Non-Member Public Swim Fees (Taxes Included)...

Public Open Swim

Members and non-members of all ages can enjoy these public leisure swims. Recreational Swimming - Aquatic Admission Criteria 0 - 6 years:Must be supervised by an adult or guardian (minimum 14 years...

Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons - Children & Youth

You're never too young to enjoy the water! For children between 6 months and 5 years old, the YMCA L'il Dippers swim lessons are developed with your child's natural growth and development...

Parented Swim Lessons

Join Your Child's Swim Lessons at the YMCA HBB Register for one of our parented swim lessons with your toddler aged 18 - 36 months old. Enjoy leader-guided water activity in a fun safe...

Swim Lessons - Adult

Learn to Swim at the YMCA HBB It's never too late to learn to swim or improve your stroke technique. The YMCA can help you achieve your goals and feel confident in the water. Registration is...

Swim Lessons - Private or Semi-private

Swim Lessons in Smaller Groups at the YMCA HBB It's never too late to learn to swim or improve your stroke technique in YMCA private or semi-private swim lessons. The YMCA can help you achieve...

Aquatics Progress Reports

Keep Informed on Your Child's Aquatics Progress Parents -- Get your child'sAquatics Progress Reports for continuous feedback on your child's progress and participation while registered in...

Masters Swim

Drop-In Swimming Class With Trained Coaches Work with a trained swim coach to strengthen and improve through stroke correction, technique tips, skills and drills. This drop-in class is suitable for...

Aquatic Fitness

Aquafit

Aquafit Classes at the YMCA HBB YMCA Aquafit is a great way to get fitness benefits and improve your circulation without stressing your joints. By pushing against the resistance of water, you can...

Aquatic Specialty

H2O Leaders

Aquatic Leadership Classes at the YMCA HBB Want to improve your aquatic skills and learn the steps to becoming a lifequard? H2O Leaders is an aquatic leadership program with a variety of aquatic...

Aquatic Certifications

Bronze Star

Excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. Participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop the lifesaving...

Bronze Medallion

Bronze Medallion Classes at the YMCA HBB In Bronze Medallion we emphasize the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water-rescue education: judgement, knowledge, skill, and...

Bronze Cross

Bronze Cross Classes at the YMCA HBB We offer Bronze Cross classes for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training, including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic...

National Lifeguard (NL)

National Lifeguard Course at the YMCA HBB Learn how to fulfill your role as a professional facilitator of safe, enjoyable aquatics for everyone. The National Lifeguard (NL) course emphasizes...

Standard First Aid and CPR C

Standard First Aid + CPR C Standard First Aid incorporates all the emergency First Aid and is designed for those who require a more in-depth understanding including: legal implications of first aid...

Camps

Overnight Camps

Family Camp

Bring the whole family together and experience an unforgettable week of fun and adventure at YMCA Wanakita Family Camp.More than just a great family vacation, YMCA Wanakita Family Camp, located in...

Weekend Getaways

Join some friends or family and experience the beauty of YMCA Wanakita in Haliburton during the fall, winter or spring. Our Outdoor Centre provides a number of opportunities to choose from including:...

Summer Overnight Camp

YMCA Wanakita Overnight Camp is the place for young campers to enjoy a traditional camp experience, build skills, and develop lifelong friendships and memories. YMCA Wanakita, located in Haliburton,...

Day Camps

Eco-Explorers

Located at Camp Chippewa, campers will learn about the environment and the world around themthrough fun activities and wilderness games. Activities focus on nature education, science and outdoor...

Laurier Brantford YMCA Camp

Jointly operated by Wilfrid Laurier University and the YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington| Brantford, Stepping Stones Camp, Kidventure Camp, and Sports Camp are all provided at the brand-newLaurier...

Helping Hands

Helping Hands offers 1:1 support for children with physical and/or developmental disabilities so they can enjoy a summer camp experience alongside their peers. All children deserve the opportunity to...

Leadership Camps

Leader in Training Level 3

In Leader in Training Level 3 your camper will improve their skills by volunteering at an indoor camp and preparing for Junior Counselor positions the following year. They willcontinue to build...

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Centre Group Bookings

YMCA Wanakita, our overnight camp in the Haliburton Highlands provides outdoor education to hundreds of students and special interest groups each year. If you are interested in bringing a group to...

Child Care

Before and After School Programs

PA Days and School Break Programs

Join us for a fun-filled day on your next PA Day or School Break! The YMCA offers full day care on Professional Development (PA) days and school break programs at select locations in Hamilton,...

EarlyON Child & Family Centre

EarlyON Child & Family Centre

EarlyON Child and Family Centres provide opportunities for children from birth to 6 years of age to participate in play and inquiry-based programs, and support parents and caregivers in their roles....

Community Initiatives

Immigrant Services

English Conversation Circles

Improve Your Spoken English in a Group English conversation circles are a helpful resource for newcomers wanting to improve their spoken English. They also provide newcomers with an opportunity to...

Youth Services

Youth In Transition - Human Trafficking Initiative

YMCA Youth in Transition Workers provide support to youth 24 years and younger that are or have been involved in a human trafficking situation. Services include one-on-one support from a case worker,...

YMCA Beyond the Bell®

YMCA Beyond the Bell®

Closing the achievement gap for school children YMCA Beyond the Bell program is a highly successful after-school and summer program, featuring literacy, numeracy, nutrition and recreation. It focuses...

Education and Training

Academic Supports

Literacy & Basic Skills

Improve Your Reading, Writing & Math Skills If you are 19years of age and over, you can participate in the free Literacy & Basic Skills upgrading program. Once your literacy level has been...

Pre-Apprenticeship Training

Looking for a great way to get into the trades? Consider a pre-apprenticeship in the thriving sector of Truck & Coach Technician. No experience is necessary. You'll receive employment...

Employment Services

Skills for Steel: A SkillsAdvance Ontario Project

Skills For Steel is a SkillsAdvance Ontario Project funded by Employment Ontario to train local people with the technical, essential and employability skills needed in the Steel Industry. Skills for...

Employee Supports for Job Seekers

Youth Job Connection Summer

Are you having trouble finding a summer job? The Youth Job Connection Summer program provides summer job opportunities and part-time job placements during the school. We're here to help high...

Skills for Steel - Job Seekers

Are you a job seeker interested in applying for Skills for Steel? Who is eligible? Unemployed or working less than 20 hours a week or living on low household income 18+ years old Not in school...

Employer Supports

Skills for Steel - Employers

Are you an employer interested in participating in Skills for Steel? Employer Benefits: Create a pipeline of skilled workers Reduce turnover and recruitment cost Reimbursed for lost productivity time...

Global Initiatives

Farah Family Youth Peace Scholarship 2020

Youth group standing on hill top

Health & Fitness

Group Fitness

YMCA Personal Trainer Certification

Body Fit

Gently stretch and tone your whole body in this well-rounded class. Work at your own pace and maintain your strength while improving your flexibility. Build stronger muscles, bones, and joints with...

Boot Camp

Boot Camp is your full body workout -- cardioand strength conditioningall wrapped in one! Class variations include drills, strength and conditioning movements, work with a partner, and a variety of...

Cardio Fit

Cardio Fit offers you variety in one workout including sport conditioning, step, high/low moves and kickboxing. Prepare to sweat! Tone your muscles and build your cardio capacity in thischoreographed...

Circuit Class

Circuit Training is a form of cardio orresistance exercises involving high intensity training. It targets strength building or muscular endurance. An exercise "circuit" is one completion of...

Cycle & Strength

A full body workout that combines CycleFit drills with BodyFit conditioning. Work your heart and lungs to capacity on the indoor bikes, then work your muscles with a selection of equipment including...

Cycle Fit

Cycle Fit gets your legs pumping with a high-powered indoor bike class set to energetic music. Working those major muscles in your legs also strengthens your most important muscle: your heart....

HIIT

When you're short on time but want an effective, full body workout that will leave you breathless, High Intensity Interval Training is your answer. HIIT workouts have been proven to improve your...

Yoga

Rediscover and improve your strength, balance, and flexibility through traditional yoga postures. YMCA Yoga class will help you relax your mind while gently challenging, stretching, and relaxing your...

Zumba®

Zumba® is your ultimate workout dance party featuring easy-to-follow moves coupled with amazing, motivating rhythms. It gives you an interval style workout; fast rhythms to get your heart...

Health Management

Balance+ - LiveWell

This free, 12-week community exercise program consists of two group exercise sessions each week to help build strength, balance, flexibility and endurance and reduce the risk of falls. The YMCA has...

Gentle Fit - LiveWell

A gentle exercise class that incorporates both standing balance movements and chair exercises that may require resistance bands and small hand weights. Appropriate for those with chronic conditions...

Hydrotherapy - LiveWell

Rehabilitative exercises at your own pace, using a variety of equipment like water weights or floatation belts. Ideal for those with hip, knee, bone & joint issues or other medical conditions....

InMotion - LiveWell

This program is designed for people with chronic bone and joint health problems such as osteoporosis and arthritis. It is also appropriate for those wanting to improve their health before and after...

YMCA Fitness Coaching

Need some advice on where to start? YMCA Fitness Coaching will give you three complimentary visits with a YMCA Fitness Coach. Your Coach will walk (or run) you through some basic fitness activities...

Fitness Centre

Personal Training

Looking for greater results, a new challenge or need some motivation? We have the skills and expertise to help you succeed. YMCA Personal Trainers are certified knowledgeable and motivated to help...

Small Group Training

Looking for greater results, a new challenge or need some motivation? Small Group Training gives individuals the opportunity to workout with a small group, while using the knowledge and program...

Sports & Recreation

Adult Sports

Drop in and participate in a pick-up game of basketball, volleyball, soccer or badminton. Watch for"Adult Sports" on the Sports and Recreation schedule. The featured sport for that time...

Birthday Parties

Enjoy your birthday or team event with fun, energetic staff at the YMCA. The kids will have a great time and you'll enjoy a fuss-free birthday celebration with no messy clean-up. Choose from:...

Family Open Gym

Enjoy some open gym time with your family. The space is open and equipment is available for you to use. Borrow our equipment for a mini-soccer game, shoot some hoops, or play a simple game of tag....

Karate - Adult

Learn self-confidence, self-defense and respect for yourself and others in YMCA Karate. As a result of learning this moving art form, you will also build discipline, core stability, agility, balance,...

Open Gym

Boy shooting basketball at net

Enjoy the use of the YMCA gym and equipment during these open periods when facilitated programs are not running. We have great gym facilities and members are welcome to use them. 

Child Minding

Infant - 10 years. The childing minding program gives infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children the chance to play together in supervised play while parents/guardians are in the...

Pickle Ball

Pickle-ball is a paddle sport which combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. The sport is played on a court with the same dimensions as a double's badminton court with a similar...

Recreational Sport Clubs

The YMCA offers a unique opportunity for members. Recreational Sport Clubs allow Laurier Brantford Members organize and manage their own clubs to enhance their recreational experience in sports and...

Indoor Playground

Spend some fun family time with your toddler or pre-schooler in this parented program. Various equipment is set up each week to encourage social interaction and stimulate gross motor skills. No...

Karate Advanced - Youth

Your child can learn self-confidence, self-defense and respect for themself and others in YMCA Karate. As a result of learning this moving art form they will also build discipline, core stability,...

Triathlon

Swim, pedal and run your way to better health! Learn the basics of triathlon training, including swim techniques & stroke correction, cycling skills and running technique & endurance, brick...

Karate Fundamentals - Youth

Your child can learn self-confidence, self-defense and respect for themself and others in YMCA Karate. As a result of learning this moving art form they will alsobuild discipline, core stability,...

Kinder Gym

YMCA Kinder Gym programs are structured fun-filled playful movement sessions designed for your toddler or preschooler. Kinder Gym sessions are also a great way for young participants to build...

Kinder Gym and Swim

YMCA Kinder Gym and Swim combines all the great benefits of the land-based Kinder Gym program plus a half-hour structured pool-based program. Like regular Kinder Gym, the swim portion allows your...

Leader Corps

YMCA Leaders Corps is a values based leadership program that helps you begin to develop skills that you will use your entire life. Training sessions, games, activities and initiatives get you ready...

Rock Wall Climbing

Challenge yourself to reach the top of the rock climbing wall. Walls have varying levels of difficulty. Supervised by qualified staff.

Y Kids

Our popular Y Kids program has a variety of activities on rotation for your child age 3 - 12 years.This drop-in program fosters social development and allows your child to experience a variety of...

Youth Night

Calling all teens, including non-members. This is your open access time at the YMCA. Come out and enjoy some sports, work out in the Fitness Centre, hang out in the Youth Centre, swim in the pool....

Babysitting Certificate Course

The Babysittingcourse is aCanada Safety Council certification offered through the YMCA.The objective of this course isto help you gain the basic skills and knowledge needed to provideresponsiblecare...

Youth Engagement

Youth Activities

Flamborough Youth Centre

The Flamborough Youth Centre is utilized in part of the Tuesday and Thursday Y-Kids program in the evening (ages 6-12). The Youth Centre is also used for a leadership development program Friday night...