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Aquatic Leadership Courses

Junior Lifeguard Club
Age: 8+
Pre-Requisites: Swim 25 meters, Tread water for 2 minutes
Description: This program allows children who have finished all Red Cross Swim Kid levels to stay active within the YMCA aquatics department.  Instructors create a positive and energetic learning environment allowing participants to develop important skills such as stroke improvement, lifesaving skills, and team building skills. 


Bronze Star
Age: - 12 +
Pre-Requisites: Swim Patrol Recommended  
Description: This course prepares candidates for Bronze Medal awards by developing lifesaving skills, problem solving skills, the ability of making appropriate decisions individually and in a group. The course is 10-12 hours and certifies the candidate in Bronze Star for 24 months.


Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid with CPR B
Age: 13+
Pre-requisites: 12 and under must have completed Bronze Star
Description: This course is the first step to achieving the National Lifeguard Service certification. In this course candidates focus on judgment, general knowledge of first aid, and fitness. The Emergency First Aid portion covers treatment of CPR, choking, external bleeding, heart attack, stroke, and wounds/burns. Bronze Medallion covers how to protect themselves, the different tows and carries of unconscious or conscious victims, spinal injuries, and the appropriate treatment of victims. This course is 18-20 hours and certifies candidates in Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid with CPR B for 24 months.


Bronze Cross & Standard First Aid with CPR C
Pre-Requisite: Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid (Does not need to be current)
Description: This course is the final step before enrolling in the National Lifeguard Service certification and instructor certifications. The Standard First Aid portion covers CPR with complications, spinal injuries, heat and cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, chest injuries, and medical emergencies. The Bronze Cross course expands on Bronze Medallion skills and introduces safe supervision at aquatic facilities. This course is 18-20 hours and certifies candidates in Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid with CPR C for 24 months.


National Lifeguard Service (NLS)
Age: 16+
Pre-Requisites: Bronze Cross & Standard First Aid with CPR C 
Description: This course is the final step to becoming a lifeguard. This course is designed to develop an understanding of lifeguard principles including good judgment, effective rescue responses in emergencies, fitness, and prevention. Candidates will develop teamwork skills, leadership skills, and communication skills. This course is 40 hours and certifies the candidates with National Lifeguard Service for 24 months.
Assistant Instructor
Age: 15+
Pre-requisites: Bronze Cross or Higher
Through classroom learning and in-water practice, the Lifesaving Society Assistant Instructor course prepares candidates to help instructors with swimming and lifesaving classes. Candidates are introduced to key principles of learning and teaching while they master basic progressions. The roles and responsibilities of instructors and their assistants are emphasized.

Swim Instructor
Age: 16+
Pre-requisites: Assistant Instructor & Bronze Cross or higher
The Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor course prepares the instructor to teach and evaluate the swimming strokes and related skills found in the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program. Candidates acquire proven teaching methods, planning skills, and a variety of stroke development drills and correction techniques.

Standard First Aid & CPR-C with AED
Age: 14+
Pre-requisites: None
Standard First Aid provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid and CPR. Standard First Aid incorporates all of Emergency First Aid and is designed for those who require a more in-depth understanding of first aid including: legal implications of first aid treatment, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, chest injuries, and medical emergencies. Includes CPR-C certification. The first aid program is not restricted to aquatic candidates. You can use the Lifesaving Society's first aid awards to train non-aquatic staff (camp, playground, maintenance, etc.) and the general public. 


If you are interested in becoming a leader in group fitness, a wellness coach or a Personal Trainer and you have passion to help people achieve there goals. Please connect with your branch Health & Wellness Manage or Supervisor. 

Click here to find more information on how to become a Lifeguard

Contact the Aquatics department for Advanced Leadership course information.

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