YMCA Swim Instructor:
(16+)Upcoming Course Dates: (Friday 5:30-9:30pm, Saturday 8:30am-5:30pm)
October 4 & 5, 2019
October 18 & 19, 2019
November 1 & 2, 2019

To register call 693-YMCA or stop by the front desk of the Saint John Regional Y

Share your love of swimming with others! 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.

Preparing future YMCA swim instructors to effectively teach people how to swim and improve swimming techniques. Ensuring preparedness to create a positive member or participant experience that furthers the YMCA mission, as well as the instructors own competencies with regards to: vision and values, communication, planning and organizing, quality focus, facilitation and coaching.

Program Requirements

  • 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)


Bronze Star

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, Bronze Cross and Emergency First Aid(Bronze Cross Bootcamp):
Upcoming Course Dates: (Tuesday 7:30-8:30 pm, Saturday 12:00 - 5:00pm)
August 20, 24, 27, 31
September 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28

To register call 693-YMCA or stop by the front desk of the Saint John Regional Y

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 and Instructor certification. Teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the 4 components of water-rescue education - judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn tows and carries, and defence methods and releases in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types.

Bronze Cross is recognized as an Assistant Lifeguard certificate.
Prequisites: Minimum 13 years of age 

- To be able to support a 4.5kg (10lb) object for 3 minutes. (Item: Object support – BS 6)
- To be able to swim head-up for two sets of 6 x 25m (Item: Fitness Challenge – BC 2)
- To be able to swim 600m in 18 minutes or less (Item: Endurance Challenge – BC 3)

Candidates who do not achieve the recommended prerequisites can still be accepted to the combined course, but need to know what will be expected of them in this course.

National Lifeguard (16+)
Upcoming Course Dates: (Monday to Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm)

August  12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22

Lifeguarding is an exciting and rewarding job that carries great responsibility. Guards take courses and train hard for events they hope will never happen and which they work hard to prevent. There may be the opportunity to include standard first aid if needed. If this is the case, please contact Alex Coffin.

Prerequisites: Minimum 16 years of age. Bronze Cross certification. Standard First Aid.