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The YMCA is pleased to provide an Advanced Aquatics Leadership Bursary to support young leaders as they progress through advanced aquatic certifications, from Bronze Medallion to National Lifeguard. 


What is the bursary?

Youth ages 13+ have the opportunity to gain lifesaving skills and complete the qualifications to become employed as a YMCA swim instructor and lifeguard at no cost to the participant.

Who can apply?

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone ages 13 years and older, with a specific commitment to remove any barriers to participation and support equity deserving groups. Current YMCA staff may also apply for a bursary in support of recertification to maintain National Lifeguard standards.

These bursaries are made possible through the generosity and commitment of donors and funders to the YMCA.

Please apply below.

Application for Bursary

Contact Information

Experience and Qualifications

Letters would be used to help encourage others to donate to the bursary. Your name or identifying information would not be shared without your permission. Saying 'no' will not affect your chances of getting a bursary.


Please provide the name and contact information for a reference (e.g. caregiver, teacher, employer, YMCA staff).

Demographic Information

Demographic information is voluntary. The YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford uses this data for internal research purposes and to support funding requirements where funds have been designated to support equity deserving groups. Non-identifiable demographic information may be shared with funding agencies for the purposes of fulfillment of grant funding requirements. This data will not be used for discriminatory purposes. All data will be safeguarded in alignment with our YMCA Privacy Policy. 

Thank you to our funders!

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