January 28 | First Aid & CPR Information Session | Please note that the First Aid & CPR information session scheduled for January 28 at the Saint John Free Public Library will only be offered from 10:00am to 11:30am.

January 29 | Early Pool Closure: Please note that both pools will close at 9:00 pm on Wednesday, January 29, for regularly scheduled cleaning. They will re-open at 5:30 am on Thursday morning.

Monday: Open Gym/PARE Test | Please note that PARE testing will take place in the Full Gym from 1:00 - 3:00pm every other Monday beginning January 20th. At this time the Gym is reserved for PARE testing only.

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

The YSI course is the perfect way to make a difference in the lives of children. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates are guaranteed a swim instructor position at the YMCA. Sponsorship options and financial assistance are available for those in need. 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):
$300.00 (or $150 with commitment to assisting with swim lessons)
Upcoming Course Dates: Beginning October 11
(Friday 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Saturday 1:00 - 3:00 pm)

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

Candidates must complete 20 sessions to graduate from all three levels. The structure of this course is flexible and will be running continuously, candidates can begin any time after October 11. Exams will be given on an individual basis. 
For those who are only interested in the Bronze Cross certification, candidates must complete 10 sessions.
YMCA employment is guaranteed for those who go on to complete their YMCA Swim Instructor course.