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.

Have any questions about Aquatics Lifesaving Courses? Please email Wendy Huang at wendyhu@oakville.ymca.ca

Summer Leadership Courses

Aquatics Lifesaving Leadership Courses are held at the Peter Gilgan Family YMCA and run from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day over the week. Canadian Lifesaving and Canadian First Aid manuals are not included in the course fees but can be purchased for an additional fee. Certifications obtained are valid for two years.

Swim Patrol (Rookie, Ranger, Star): focuses on stroke improvement, endurance and develops First Aid skills and rescues to prepare participants for the Lifesaving society course.

Pre-requisite: participants must be able to swim 25m and tread water in deep end.

Bronze Star + Basic First aid prepares candidates for the Bronze Medallion program. Candidates will learn rescue skills, First Aid, resuscitation, and self-rescue techniques, while improving stroke technique and endurance.

Pre-requisite: participants at least holds the Ranger award in Swim Patrol

Bronze Medallion + Emergency First Aid with CPR “B”  

Bronze Medallion course teaches participants responses to complex water rescue situations. It develops physical fitness, decision-making and judgment skills. 100% attendance is required by lifesaving society. Additional materials may be purchased on first day of lesson.

Pre-requisite: participants must be 13 yrs and over OR hold Bronze Star award.

Emergency First aid course covers the general knowledge of First Aid principles and the emergency treatment of injuries. Skills include victim assessment, rescue breathing, CPR, choking, and what to do for external bleeding, heart attack, and stroke.

Bronze Cross + Standard First aid with CPR “C”

Bronze Cross course challenges Lifesavers with more advanced training and introduces safe supervision in aquatic facilities, the principles of teamwork, procedures and use of special equipment. 100% attendance is required by lifesaving society.

Pre-requisite: participants must hold Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid with CPR B

Standard Frist aid is a continuation of the Emergency First Aid course with a more detailed understanding of First Aid including: legal implications of First Aid treatment, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns, and medical emergencies

National Lifeguard Services (NLS) is a nationally recognized Lifeguarding program. The course emphasizes teamwork, leadership and communication in prevention of accidents and treatment of medical emergencies. 100% attendance is required by lifesaving society.

Pre-requisite: participants must be at least 16 yrs old by the date of exam; hold Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid + CPR “C”

LSS Swim Instructor and Lifesaving Instructor

This course contains two certifications: LSS swim instructor and LSS lifesaving instructor/Emergency First Aid instructor certification. The Swim Instructor portion prepares the instructor to teach and evaluate the swimming strokes and related skills found in the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program. The Lifesaving Instructor portion prepares individuals to organize, plan, teach and evaluate lifesaving and First Aid skills and resuscitation techniques in the Society`s lifesaving and First Aid awards. 100 % attendance is required by Lifesaving Society.

Pre-requisite: participants must be at least 16 yrs old by the date of exam; hold Bronze Cross or NLS

PLEASE NOTE: A physical standards exam is scheduled for the last day of Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, NLS, LSS swim and lifesaving instructor course, Emergency First Aid and Standard First Aid. Exam dates cannot be re-scheduled. Anyone who fails to attend the exam date must re-take the full course.

** For a list of all other aquatics leadership programs being offered, please visit our website at ymcaofoakville.org**

Aquatics Leadership CoursesWeek(s) OfferedMemberNon-MemberRegistration
Swim Patrol: Rookie, Ranger, Star1,3,4,5,7,8,9$250$270Register Online
Bronze Star + Basic First Aid2,4,5,7,9$250$270
Bronze Medallion + Emergency First Aid1,3,6,8$260$280
Bronze Cross + Standard First Aid1,4,6,9$280$300
NLS2,5$360$380
LSS Swim and Lifesaving Instructor7$320$350
Bronze Medallion with Emergency First Aid

In the Lifesaving Society’s Bronze Medallion course 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.

Prerequisite: participants must be at least 13 years old OR have completed Bronze Star. Bronze Medallion is a Lifesaving Society (LS) certification offered through the YMCA.

Requirements: 100% attendance is required by the Lifesaving Society. A physical standards exam is scheduled for the last day of the course. Exam dates cannot be re-scheduled. Anyone who fails to attend exam date must re-do the FULL course.

SESSIONDAYTIMEMEMBERNON-MEMBERREGISTRATION
Holiday sessionDec 27-309:00-5:00 pm$220$240Register Online
Spring 2019
EFA
Bronze Med

Feb 23
Feb 24 & Mar 2, 3, 9

9:00-5:00 pm
12:30-5:30 pm
$260$280Register Online

Bronze Cross with Standard First Aid

We offer the Lifesaving Society’s Bronze Cross course 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.

Pre-requisite: participants must hold Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid with CPR “B“. Bronze Cross is a Lifesaving Society (LS) certification offered through the YMCA. It is a prerequisite for all LS advanced training programs, including National Lifeguard and Instructor certifications (YMCA, Lifesaving Society and Red Cross).

Requirements: 100% attendance is required by the Lifesaving Society. A physical standards exam is scheduled for the last day of the course. Exam dates cannot be re-scheduled. Anyone who fails to attend exam date must re-do the FULL course.

SESSIONDAYTIMEMEMBERNON-MEMBERREGISTRATION
Holiday sessionDec 27-309:00-5:00 pm$240$260Register Online
Spring 2019
SFA
Bronze Cross

May 25-26
June 1-2 & 8-9

9:00-5:00 pm
9:00-5:00 pm

$240

$260
Register Online
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.

Pre-requisite: participants must be at least 16 yrs old by the date of exam; hold Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid + CPR “C” . National Lifeguard is a Lifesaving Society (LS) certification offered through the YMCA. National Lifeguard is the only nationally recognized lifeguard certification in Canada.

Requirements: 100% attendance is required by the Lifesaving Society. A physical standards exam is scheduled for the last day of the course. Exam dates cannot be re-scheduled. Anyone who fails to attend exam date must re-do the FULL course.

SESSIONDAYTIMEMEMBERNON-MEMBERREGISTRATION
March BreakMar 11-159:00 am - 5:00 pm$360$380Register Online
LSS Swim Instructor and Lifesaving Instructor

This course contains two certifications: Swim Instructor and Lifesaving Instructor/Emergency First Aid Instructor certification. The swim instructor portion prepares the instructor to teach and evaluate the swimming strokes and relations skills found in the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program.

The lifesaving instructor portion prepare individuals to organize, plan, teach and evaluate lifesaving and First Aid skills and resuscitation techniques in the Lifesaving Society’s lifesaving and First Aid awards. 100% attendance is required by the Lifesaving Society.

Pre-requisite: participants must be at least 16 yrs old by the date of exam; hold Bronze Cross or NLS.

Requirements: 100% attendance is required by the Lifesaving Society. A physical standards exam is scheduled for the last day of the course. Exam dates cannot be re-scheduled. Anyone who fails to attend exam date must re-do the FULL course.

SESSIONDAYTIMEMEMBERNON-MEMBERREGISTRATION
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Standard First Aid with CPR 'C'

13+ years

This course is a continuation of Emergency First Aid + CPR ‘B’ providing an in-depth understanding of first aid including: legal implications of first aid treatment, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone an joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns and medical emergencies.

Re-certification takes place on the last day.

SESSIONDAYTIMEMEMBERNON-MEMBERREGISTRATION
No session information currently available

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)
Whistle

Pocket mask

$8.00

$10.00

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.