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

Swim Patrol: Rookie, Ranger, Star

This Lifesaving Society course 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.

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August 7-10Tue-Fri8:30 am - 4:30 pm$240$260Register Online
August 13-17Mon-Fri8:30 am - 4:30 pm$240$260Register Online
August 27-31Mon-Fri8:30 am - 4:30 pm$240$260Register Online
Bronze Star with Basic First Aid

This Lifesaving Society course prepares candidates for the Bronze Medallion program. Candidates 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.

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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.

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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.

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Pre-National Lifeguard (NL)

This course is to prepare candidates in physical standards, rescue management and treatment of medical emergencies. No formal exam is conducted in this course, NLS instructor/examiner will provide the evaluation on candidates performance at the end of the last day. No certification is issued.

Prerequisite: To take this course you must be 15 years or older AND have completed Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid and CPR C certifications.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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CPR 'C'

CPR “C” covers all aspects of CPR skills and theory for adults, children and infants including two-rescuer CPR skills. CPR “C” includes the importance of early defibrillation and how to use an AED. It also contains treatment for conscious and unconscious choking emergencies for infants, children and adults.

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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.