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. For more information on the path to becoming a lifeguard, click here.

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Swim Patrol: Rookie, Ranger, Star
Bronze Star with Basic First Aid
Bronze Medallion with Emergency First Aid
Bronze Cross with Standard First Aid
Pre-National Lifeguard (NL)
National Lifeguard (NL)
LSS Swim Instructor and Lifesaving Instructor
Standard First Aid with CPR 'C'

Course Materials

Materials are an optional purchase.

Canadian Lifesaving Manual $50.00  (tax included)
Alert: Lifeguarding in Action $50.00  (tax included)
Canadian First Aid Manual $15.70  (tax included)

Pocket mask



Course Cancellation

  • A minimum number of registrations is required to run the course. Course cancellation calls will be made to registered participants no later than 1 week  prior to the start date if the course will be cancelled.