Welcome to the Community

When you join the Y, you automatically become a part of a brand new community. We're the place where children, adults and families thrive together.

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

At the YMCA, you can choose from a variety of certifications:
- YMCA Assistant Swim Instructor
- YMCA Swim Instructor
- Lifesaving Society Swim (LSS) Instructor
- Lifesaving Society Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross (pre-requisites for National Lifeguard certification)
- National Lifeguard (NL)
- Lifesaving Society certification (the Lifesaving Society is Canada’s authority in drowning prevention, lifesaving and lifeguard training)

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 course, you must have completed Bronze Medallion AND Emergency or Standard First Aid. Bronze Cross is a Lifesaving Society...

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 course, you must be 13 years...

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...

Junior Lifeguard

A program for 11-16 year olds who are interested in learning about aquatic emergency care and improving their technical swimming ability and endurance. This program is designed for those interested in becoming a lifeguard.

National Lifeguard

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. National Lifeguard is...

YMCA Assistant Swim Instructor

You can begin to develop your aquatic teaching skills by becoming a YMCA Assistant Swim Instructor! This course is an introduction to teaching swimming lessons at the YMCA. The course includes a minimum of 10 hours of hands-on experience working beside a certified YMCA Swim Instructor. To take this course, you must be 13 years or older, hold a current Star 7 or Bronze Star certification (or...

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...