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Continue advancing your swimming skills by enrolling in a YMCA Aquatic Course. Click on the course of your interest below for descriptions, dates, times and fees.

Aquatic Certification & First Aid Course (information, dates, fees and online registration):

For more information download the Program Guide: YMCA Programs

Bronze Star (10-12hr)

Excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. Participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop the lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. This program includes a timed 400 m swim.

  • Prerequisite: None (Swim Patrol experience recommended.)
  • Candidate recognition: Bronze Star medal, Bronze Star Award crest, certification card.


Bronze Medallion

Teaches an understanding of the four components of water-rescue education: judgement, knowledge, skill, and fitness. Learn tows, carries, and defense methods in preparation for more challenging rescues. An endurance swim of 500m is timed.
  • Prerequisite: 13+ years of age or completed Bronze Star

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YMCA Swim Instructor (YSI)

This course is the foundation for building strong leaders in YMCA aquatics.  Content covers YMCA Healthy Child Development, planning effective lessons using progressions and activities, and an understanding of the YMCA E.G.G.S. (E – Explanation/Demonstration, G – Group Practice, Group Feedback, S – Specific Practice and Feedback teaching method.  Instructors will also review skills and strokes, different learning styles and temperaments, and how to react to emergency situations in a class setting.  Participants will also learn to deliver the Lifesaving Society Canadian Swim Patrol and Bronze Star.  The fee includes manual and certification.
  • Prerequisite: Must be at least 15 years of age, Bronze Cross or NLS Certification Recommended
  • Prerequisite: Proficient Swimmer in multiple strokes


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National Lifeguard Certification (48hr+ exam)

National Lifeguard certification is Canada’s professional lifeguard standard. National Lifeguard training develops a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment, and a mature and responsible attitude towards the lifeguard’s role. National Lifeguard training emphasizes prevention and effective rescue response in emergencies including first aid treatment. Candidates develop teamwork, leadership, and communication skills. Fitness requirements include a timed object recovery, 50m sprint challenge, 50m rescue drill, and 400m endurance challenge.


Assistant YMCA Swim Instructor (AYSI) (27 hr) *New

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.
  • Prerequisites: To take this course, you must be 13 years or older, hold a current Star 7 or Bronze Star certification (or equivalent), and be able to swim strokes at YMCA Intermediate stroke standard.
    After completing this course, you will be qualified to volunteer as a YMCA Assistant Swim Instructor during swimming lessons and help children learn to love the water. It’s a great way to practice your skills towards becoming a certified YMCA Swim Instructor.
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