Aquatics instructor in YMCA pool

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 Medalllion

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 involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. To take this course, you must be 13 years or older, or have...

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 and CPR B certicications. Bronze Cross is a Lifesaving...

National Lifeguard (NL)

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, Standard First Aid and CPR C certifications....

Junior Lifeguard Leadership Program

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 available in Burlington, Waterdown and...