The recreational programs at Niagara Falls Lightning Gymnastics ranging from Advanced Kindergym on up, are based on the Canadian Gymnastics Federation Badge Program (CANGYM). This is Gymnastic Canada’s skills development program for artistic gymnastics.

They also have Developmental and Pre Competitive programs leading to participation in all levels of the Ontario Competitive Program (OCP Levels 2-9), as well as National Stream Programs.

Each year recreational gymnasts are invited to test for positions in the Artistic Competitive Program. Children who show a strong aptitude for the sport are invited to join various programs within the Artistic Competitive Program. Training hours range from 4-20 hours per week depending on age, level and program. A level of commitment is required of the gymnast and of their family who assist with fundraising and club events.