Open the door to employment and volunteer possibilities through our YMCA Aquatic Certifications programs. Certification as a lifeguard or swimming instructor can lead to exciting opportunities at the YMCA and elsewhere. You'll also develop leadership skills that can have a profound impact on your future success.

Bronze Cross

We offer Bronze Cross classes for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training, including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. In this class we focus on the principles of teamwork, procedures, and the use of special equipment. To take this 20 hour course, you must have completed Bronze Medallion. The course requires 100% attendance and participation to...

Bronze Medallion

In Bronze Medallion we emphasize the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water-rescue education: judgement, knowledge, skill, and fitness. Rescuers learn tows and carries as well as defence methods and releases, preparing themselves for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. To take this 20 hour course, you must be...

Bronze Star

You can continue to build your aquatic safety skills in Bronze Star, an advanced lifesaving course designed to prepare candidates for the next level of certification, Bronze Medallion. In Bronze Star, we emphasize rescue drills, fitness skills, and victim recognition. You will also learn CPR during this level. This course is ideal for those who have completed all levels of swimming lessons and...

National Lifeguard (NL) - Pool Option

Learn how to fulfill your role as a professional facilitator of safe, enjoyable aquatics for everyone! The National Lifeguard (NL) course emphasizes teamwork, leadership, and communication in the prevention of accidents and in first aid treatment of medical emergencies. To take this course you must be 16 years or older AND have completed Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid. The course requires...

National Lifeguard (NL) Recert - Pool Option

Continue to be certified in one of the top levels of lifeguarding and be able to work in any pool across Canada. This four hour recertification covers all the skills, knowledge and values taught in the National Lifeguard Service pool option course. To enroll in this course you must hold a National Lifeguard Award. This course requires 100% participation in order to successfully complete.

Standard First Aid (SFA) Original

Learn to identify an illness or injury in a medical emergency. Discover and practice simple techniques to care for a casualty as a first responder. After completing this 16-hour course, you will be certified in Standard Fist Aid and CPR Level C.

YMCA Swim Instructor

Share your love of swimming with others! As a leader in the pool, you can play an essential role in helping others learn to swim and improve their health in many ways. You will learn a variety of teaching techniques, lesson planning, progressions, and more. To put it all into practice, you'll also work alongside a certified YMCA Swim Instructor to teach children during a swim lesson. To take...