Become a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor

Getting certified is the first step towards working as an aquatics leader. After you have finished your courses, you will be qualified to work at the YMCA (and many other organizations that recognize our Lifesaving Society credentials). Throughout the aquatic leadership courses, you will receive the knowledge you need to guard or teach effectively and you will also have opportunities to increase your leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving skills.

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Our Aquatic Leadership Programs:

Junior Lifeguard Club 
A fun, fast-paced opportunity for swimmers to stay active in the water while learning rescue skills from experienced lifeguard role models. Participants will be tested for and receive their bronze star and bronze medallion - at no extra cost.
Prerequisite: Must be able to swim 25m of the pool continuously.

Bronze Star-LSS 
An advanced lifesaving course designed to prepare participants for Bronze Medallion. Emphasis is placed on rescue drills, fitness skills, and victim recognition.
Prerequisite: Ability to swim 25m, tread water for 45 seconds, no age requirement (recommended 12 years).

Bronze Medallion/Emergency First Aid - LSS 
This program teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water-rescue education: judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness. Rescuers learn tows and carries, defense methods, and releases in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a 500m timed swim.
Participants must be a minimum of 13 years of age OR have Bronze Star certification.
This course includes Emergency First Aid, CPR-B certification, and AED training.

Bronze Cross - LSS 
This program is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for all advanced training programs including National Lifeguard Service certification.
Prerequisite is Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid with CPR B.


National Lifeguard Service - LSS 
This course is required to become a certified lifeguard. You learn various lifesaving techniques and take part in practical situations.
Prerequisite: Bronze Cross, Current Standard First Aid with CPR 'C', 16 years of age and older. Please note there is an additional charge for the manual.

National Lifeguard Recertification - LSS 
This recertification clinic is for certified NLS lifeguards. You must bring your NLS Card and photo identification to the course, as well as proof of your current Standard First Aid with CPR-C. This is a re-exam situation and involves lifeguarding, first aid, fitness skills and situations.

Swim Instructor - YMCA 
Complete your qualification to teach swimming, lifesaving, and aquatic activities for YMCA L'il Dippers, Learn to Swim, Star, Masters Swimmer, and Adult Programs.