Junior Lifeguard

Junior Lifeguard members work to develop and improve swimming and other aquatic skills with emphasis on: swimming skills, lifesaving skills, lifesaving knowledge, leadership, teamwork, community education, competition, and personal fitness.

The Junior Lifeguard Club (JLC) offers serious fun for kids eight years and up who can swim at least 25m and tread water for two minutes.


Canadian Swim Patrol - Rookie, Ranger, Star

The Swim Patrol provides enriched training for those who are ready to go beyond the learn to swim levels. Swim Patrol’s three levels – Rookie, Ranger, and Star – continue to develop participants’ swim strokes and provide the skill foundation that prepares them for success in the Society’s Bronze medal awards.


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

Fall I:

  • September 21, September 22 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • September 28 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Exam date to be determined.

Bronze Medallion Fees

  • YMCA Members $120 (tax included)
  • Non-members $160 (tax included)
  • Staff/Volunteer $50 (tax included)

Bronze Cross

Designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Prepares participants to be an assistant lifeguard. It is a prerequisite for all advanced National Lifeguard courses and includes a 600m timed swim.
Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion

Fall I

  • September 29 and October 5th – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • October 6 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Exam date to be determined.

Bronze Cross Fees

  • YMCA Members $120 (tax included)
  • Non-members $160 (tax included)
  • Staff/Volunteer $50 (tax included)

National Lifeguard Certification

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.

Prerequisite: Bronze Cross certification and 16+ years old by the day of the exam