Community Trainings & Certifications

The YMCA of Rock River Valley proudly offers training and certifications available for the community. Learn new skills with confidence to help you develop in your personal and professional roles.

Training and certification classes are available to youth & adults in the communty, who wish to gain skills personally or professionally. Course offerings are designed to help you gain knowledge and confidence in a given area.

Training sessions and certification classes are offered at various times and locations accross our association. View all upcoming offerings below.

From getting started with their business, to dealing with parents and children, to key safety, caregiving and first aid tips, the magazine-formate CABS (Childcare and Babysitting) guide and vlogger-style video makes this learning certification class fun and interactive. This HSI Babysitting Certification course is perfect for pre-teens and teens interested in babysitting as a business, or who have responsibility for younger family members. CABS stresses the priority to keep you and the children you care for safe. Babysitting is not just watching the children, but being responsible for their safety and well-being.

We proudly offers CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and First Aid classes available to the community. Learn how to perform CPR and administer First Aid to adults, children, and infants with confidence. 

This course will equip you with the skills you need to save lives, protect family and friends, and feel confident if an accident occurs.

CPR & First Aid classes teach you how to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies, such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck and back injuries, as well as heat and cold emergencies. You’ll also learn how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies, so you can be prepared to respond in any situation.

Our course is blended, including both e-learning and one classroom session. Those who pass certification will be certified in HSI Adult First Aid and CPR/AED for all ages for 2 years.

HSI First Aid | CPR AED reflects the latest resuscitation science and treatment recommendations published by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR), and it conforms with the 2020 American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC and the annual Guidelines Update.

New courses coming in 2024

Attain a YMCA Lifeguard Certification through classes offered at the Northeast Family YMCA or SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA! Classes included a blended training with e-learning that must be complete prior to the first day of training.

Successful candidates will receive certification as a YMCA Lifeguard as well as in HSI Basic Life Support, Basic First Aid, and Emergency Use of Medical Oxygen.

Cost: $235/person
New courses coming in 2024

Questions? Contact for more information.

Learn and practice the art of self-defense over the course of 4 weeks. New sessions start monthly. Participants will learn the following:

How to avoid an encounter that could lead to an attack
Where to strike to disable an attacker
How to escape a choke or hold and subdue an attacker 
Simple and effective kicks and strikes 
Martial arts experience is not required. Class is taught by Master Victor Fong, 6th Degree Black Belt with over 35 years experience teaching martial arts. 

Classes are held on Thursdays from 11-11:55am at our Northeast Family YMCA. Register