YMCA Older Adult Fitness Certification Course


Update – Sept. 21, 2016:

Victoria County Leaders Nearing Completion of YMCA Older Adult Fitness Certification

The last meeting of the YMCA Older Adult Fitness Certification was last night (Sept. 20, 2016) and it all went smooth. They have a plan in place to finish up the final assessments in the next few weeks and then their certifications will be complete

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Thanks Verna McLean, YMCA for her time, commitment, leadership, passion and expertise benefiting our leaders and residents & visitors

Victoria County is proud to be a Partner and Host for the 1st rural, outreach course and looks forward to the program growing now and in the future in Cape Breton.


Location: Baddeck Academy

Certified National Instructor: Verna McLean <vmclean@cbymca.com>

Min # of Participants Required: 6 / Max # of Participants: 12

Fee: Only $225 – Victoria County Leaders will be supported by Naturally Active Victoria County (Est. 2011) Physical Activity Strategy with Leadership Development Assistance Funding. Participants from other areas of Cape Breton are asked to check with their local Municipality, Mi’Kmaw First Nation Community and/or Your Community for Leadership Development Assistance to support your participation in this beneficial course.

Naturally Active Victoria County Proud To Host 1st Rural NEW YMCA Older Adult Certification Course

We are Certifying YMCA leaders for the delivery of older adult fitness programs in rural Cape Breton communities

The fee will be only $225 per participant (HST included). This covers all costs & course materials (Leaders of Victoria County Programs are encouraged to contact Vince Forrestall for Leadership Assistance Funding to participate supported by the Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy)

The training programs would have a maximum of 12 candidates, with a minimum of six registrants required. The certification requires 40 hours of instruction, which will be spread over 3-4 weekends, and individual study

To be fully certified, instructors will also require first aid & CPR certification, offered separately

*** Endorsed by the Cape Breton Chronic Rural Health Working Group

Partners in Your Health:

  • Naturally Active Victoria County
  • NS Health Authority
  • NS Health & Wellness Active Living Branch
  • Cape Breton University
  • Cape Breton Heart Lung Wellness
  • NS Heart and Stroke
  • YMCA of Cape Breton


  • Participants do not need to know anything as long as they meet the requirement of participation in at least 50 hours of fitness training or classes. 
  • We really do not need that much as far as equipment. A lot of the exercises can be demonstrated without any equipment. I will make whatever we have access to work! 

Please note – May 21st is the long weekend, So I think I will be able to cover enough just with the other days and just cancel that one, or I could use June 4th for material and we can figure something else out for the final assessments.