Aquatic Certifications Course Times

Aquatic Certifications

YMCA Swim Instructor (16+)
Upcoming Course Dates: TBA

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
Upcoming Course Dates: TBA

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 Combo Course

Upcoming Course Dates: September 26-December 5
Times: Full-Time from 3:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
Cost: YMCA Members $150 +HST Non-Members $300 +HST

Candidates will receive training and learning life-saving first aid skills. YMCA employment is guaranteed for those who go on to complete their YMCA Swim Instructor course. Certification will be awarded after candidates complete the exam at the end of the week.

Course Requirements

  • Bronze Star Certification or 13-18 years old
  • Commit fully to the duration of the course
  • Course will be instructed in English

To register, call 693-YMCA or stop by the front desk of the Saint John Regional Y. Registration begins August 31st, 2020

National Lifeguard Certification

Upcoming Course Dates: September 26-December 5
Times: Full-Time from 3:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Cost: YMCA Members $150 +HST Non-Members $300 +HST

Course Requirements

  • 15+ Years
  • Bronze Cross Certification
  • Standard First Aid (Does not need to be current)

National Lifeguard certification is Canada’s professional lifeguard standard. National Lifeguard training develops a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment, and a mature and responsible attitude towards the lifeguard’s role. National Lifeguard training emphasizes prevention and effective rescue response in emergencies including first-aid treatment. Candidates develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills. Fitness requirements include a timed object recovery, 50 m sprint challenge, 50 m rescue drill and 400 m endurance challenge.

To register, call 693-YMCA or stop by the front desk of the Saint John Regional Y. Registration begins August 31st, 2020