Aquatics instructor in YMCA pool
The Leisure Pool at the Laurier Brantford YMCA will be closed all day on Sunday, September 22. Please enjoy a swim at one of our other YMCA locations.

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.

Bronze Star

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. Includes a timed 400 m swim. Prerequisite:None (Swim Patrol experience recommended.) Where: Ron Edwards Family YMCA When:Sundays (September 22 - November 24) at...

Bronze Medallion

Bronze Medallion Classes at the YMCA HBB In Bronze Medallion we emphasize the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water-rescue education: judgement, knowledge, skill, and fitness. Rescuers will learn tows and carries as well as defence methods and releases, preparing themselves for challenging rescues involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. To take this...

Bronze Cross

Bronze Cross Classes at the YMCA HBB 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 and CPR B...

National Lifeguard (NL)

National Lifeguard Course at the YMCA HBB 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,...

Junior Lifeguard Leadership Program

Junior Lifeguard Leadership at the YMCA HBB The Junior Lifeguard Leadership Program is a free lifeguard-training program for youth aged 16 to 24. The program will provide participants with the required lifeguard trainings and certifications along with a session-long paid practical placement. The lifeguard placements will offer participants 2-3 shifts of paid work experience a week and will be...

Advanced Aquatics

Advanced programs for lifesavers, such as Bronze Cross, National Lifeguard, and Bronze Medallion.

Standard First Aid and CPR C

Standard First Aid + CPR C Standard First Aid incorporates all the emergency First Aid and is designed for those who require a more in-depth understanding including: legal implications of first aid treatment, spinal injures, heat or cold injuries, bone, joint or chest injuries, and medical emergencies. Includes CPRC certification. Standard First Aid + CPR C is aLifesaving Society(LS)...

Swim Instructors' Course

The Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor course prepares the instructor to teach and evaluate theswimming strokes and related skills found in the Lifesaving SocietySwim for Lifeprogram. Candidates acquire proven teaching methods, planning skills,anda variety of stroke development drills and correction techniques. Swim Instructor courseis aLifesaving Society(LS) certification offered through the...