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Aquatic Certification Courses

We will be offering Y Swim Instructor course beginning December 28th and Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross and NLS classes beginning January 2nd, 2019. Click here to learn more about the programs and dates. 

Unfortunately we are experiencing a lack of hot water at the Saint John Regional Y. Our team is hard at work to fix the issue and ensure hot water is up and running early next week. We will keep you updated! Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

YMCA Swim Instructor (16+)
Upcoming Course Dates:

December 28th & 29th 2018
January 11th & 12th 2019
January 25th & 26th 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 and Emergency First Aid:
Dates: January 2nd, 3rd and 4th
Exam: Jan 6th
Register: Call 693-YMCA or stop by the front desk of the Saint John Regional Y

Description: 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. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a 500 m timed swim.

Prerequisites: Minimum 13 years of age or Bronze Star certification (need not be current)

Bronze Cross and Emergency First Aid:

Dates: January 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.
Exam: Jan 6th
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. Includes a timed 600 m swim.
Bronze Cross is recognized as an Assistant Lifeguard certificate.

Prerequisites: Bronze Medallion. Emergency First Aid. Certifications need not be current


National Lifeguard (16+)

Dates: March 4th - 8th as well as another Saturday in March.
Exam date TBD.
Call 693-YMCA or stop by the front desk of the Saint John Regional Y

Description: 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.

Prerequisites: Minimum 16 years of age. Bronze Cross certification and Standard First Aid certification (need not be current) from one of the following: Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Ski Patrol.