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YMCA Swim Instructor (16+)
This class is sponsored with a commitment to assist lessons during your course for experience and you are guaranteed a position at the YMCA with successful completion. It is the perfect opportunity to make a huge difference in the lives of children! As a leader in the pool, you can play an essential role in helping others learn to swim and improve their health in many ways.
You will learn a variety of teaching techniques, lesson planning, progressions, and more. To put it all into practice, you'll also work alongside a certified YMCA Swim Instructor to teach children during a swim lesson.
To take this course, you must be 16 years or older, hold a current National Lifeguard (NL) or Bronze Cross certification, current Standard First Aid, and you must be able to swim strokes at the YMCA Intermediate stroke standard or equivalent.
After completing this course, you will be qualified to work as a YMCA Swim Instructor and teach swimming lessons at the YMCA.
- You must be 16+ years of age
- Completion of Bronze Cross or NLS
- Must have current Standard First Aid, with CPR-C (within 1 year)
You can continue to build your aquatic safety skills in Bronze Star, an advanced lifesaving course designed to prepare candidates for the next level of certification, Bronze Medallion. In Bronze Star, we emphasize rescue drills, fitness skills, and victim recognition. You will also learn CPR during this level.
This course is ideal for those who have completed all levels of swimming lessons and who wish to continue to develop skills and prepare for lifeguarding and instruction. To take this course, we recommend you have experience in assisting with swimming lessons and with Swim Patrol.
Bronze Medallion (13+)
Learn the four components of water rescues — judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness.
Students learn self-rescue techniques; defense and release methods; and tows and carries in preparation for challenging rescues involving conscious and unconscious victims, including spinal injuries and circulatory emergencies. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim (500m in 15 min.)
Bronze Medallion is a Lifesaving Society (LS) certification offered through the YMCA.
- Participants must be 13+ years of age if they have not completed Bronze Star
- If younger than 13, participants can take this course if they have completed Bronze Star
- The Canadian Lifesaving Manual
Bronze Cross (14+)
Challenge yourself with more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities.
Candidates develop proficiency at performing patient assessments, managing aquatic spinal injuries, and preventing the loss of life in a variety of aquatic emergencies while developing stroke endurance and fitness training skills. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim (600m in 18 min.) Please bring prerequisites and Canadian Lifesaving Manual to the first day of the course.
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).
Program Requirements: Completion of Bronze Medallion
National Lifeguard (16+)
National Lifeguard training develops the basic lifeguarding skills needed to adapt to different aquatic facilities and situations. Get trained in injury prevention, public education, safety, supervision, team work, rescue, and First Aid.
National Lifeguard is a Lifesaving Society (LS) certification offered through the YMCA. National Lifeguard is the only nationally recognized lifeguard certification in Canada.
- Must be 16+ years of age
- Current CPR-C
- Completion of Bronze Cross, current Standard First Aid, or Aquatic Emergency Care (currency recommended)
- Candidates must bring awards and proof of age to the first class
- Alert Manual and Lifeguard Fanny Pack