YMCA Aquatic Leadership/Certification Courses

YMCA Aquatic Leadership/Certification Courses

Steps to becoming a Lifeguard

  1. Complete Intermediate First Aid (click here)
  2. Complete Bronze Medallion
  3. Complete Bronze Cross
  4. Complete National Lifeguard

After these four courses are complete you can stop there and apply to local pools to work as a Lifeguard, however most pools in Alberta require an Instructor Certification as well.

  • Swim and Lifesaving Instructor

The YMCA offers a variety of Advanced Lifesaving Courses! Curious about more courses or have any questions or concerns regarding registration, including full sessions, please feel free to reach out to the Aquatic Leadership Team [email protected].


To secure your place in this program, payment is due at the time of registration.  If you are unable to make a full payment at the time of registration, please contact our Membership Services department by calling 403-942-5757 or by email us at [email protected].


In order to receive member pricing, the membership must remain in effect for the duration of the program.  Should the participant cancel their membership prior to the end of the program, the YMCA of Lethbridge requires the participant to pay the difference between the member and the non-member pricing to continue in the program.

1. Bronze Medallion

Cor Van Raay YMCA
10/19/24 - 10/5/25
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Bronze Medallion teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness. Rescuers learn tows, carries, and defense and release methods in preparation for challenging rescues of conscious and unconscious victims.


Prerequisite(s): 13 years or older and CPR – C


What to Bring: Lunch, Snacks, Bathing suit(s), Towels, Pen and Paper.


Dates and Times: 

October 19th-20th 2024

  • All dates – 9:00AM-5:00PM

Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
Members & Public 3/1/23 12/31/25 Online / Front Desk $ 150.00$ 165.00

Available Sessions

Date(s) Spots
Available
10/19/24 - 10/20/24
Bronze Medallion - Su,Sa - 9:00 am - 8 hrs
2 / 12 Available Register  
Closes
10/18/2024
01/11/25 - 01/12/25
Bronze Medallion - Su,Sa - 9:00 am - 8 hrs
12 / 12 Available Register  
Closes
01/10/2025
03/01/25 - 03/02/25
Bronze Medallion - Su,Sa - 9:00 am - 8 hrs
12 / 12 Available Register  
Closes
02/28/2025
05/03/25 - 05/04/25
Bronze Medallion - Su,Sa - 9:00 am - 8 hrs
12 / 12 Available Register  
Closes
05/02/2025
07/07/25 - 07/08/25
Bronze Medallion - Su,Sa - 9:00 am - 8 hrs
12 / 12 Available Register  
Closes
07/06/2025
10/04/25 - 10/05/25
Bronze Medallion - Su,Sa - 9:00 am - 8 hrs
12 / 12 Available Register  
Closes
10/03/2025

2. Bronze Cross

Cor Van Raay YMCA
11/1/24 - 10/19/25
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Bronze Cross is 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.


Prerequisite(s): Bronze Medallion and Intermediate First Aid CPR-C/AED


What to Bring: Lunch, Snacks, Bathing suit(s), Towels, Pen and Paper.


Dates and Times:

November 1st-3rd 2024

  • Friday November 1st – 2:00PM-6:00PM
  • Saturday November 2nd – 9:00AM-5:00PM
  • Sunday November 3rd – 9:00AM-5:00PM

Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
Members & Public 3/1/23 12/31/24 Online / Front Desk $ 150.00$ 165.00

Available Sessions

Date(s) Spots
Available
11/01/24 - 11/03/24
Bronze Cross - Su,Fr,Sa - 9:00 am - 8 hrs
- Session is Full
01/17/25 - 01/19/25
Bronze Cross - Su,Fr,Sa - 9:00 am - 8 hrs
12 / 12 Available Register  
03/07/25 - 03/09/25
Bronze Cross - Su,Fr,Sa - 9:00 am - 8 hrs
12 / 12 Available Register  
05/09/25 - 05/11/25
Bronze Cross - Su,Fr,Sa - 9:00 am - 8 hrs
12 / 12 Available Register  
07/09/25 - 07/11/25
Bronze Cross - Su,Fr,Sa - 9:00 am - 8 hrs
12 / 12 Available Register  
10/17/25 - 10/19/25
Bronze Cross - Su,Fr,Sa - 9:00 am - 8 hrs
12 / 12 Available Register  

3. National Lifeguard Pool/Waterpark

Cor Van Raay YMCA
12/6/24 - 12/15/24
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National Lifeguard Pool trains lifeguards in safety supervision and rescue in a pool environment.


Prerequisite(s): Bronze Cross, Intermediate First Aid CPR-C/AED and minimum 15 years of age by the end of the course


What to Bring: Lunch, Snacks, Bathing suit(s), Towels, Pen and Paper.


Dates and Times:

December 6th – 15th 2024

  • December 6th 2:00PM-6:00PM
  • December 7th 9:00AM-5:00PM
  • December 8th 9:00AM-5:00PM
  • December 13th 2:00PM-6:00PM
  • December 14th 9:00AM-5:00PM
  • December 15th 9:00AM-5:00PM

 


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
Members & Public 11/28/22 12/31/24 Online / Front Desk $ 425.00$ 475.00

Available Sessions

Date(s) Spots
Available
12/06/24 - 12/15/24
NL Pool & Waterpark - Su,Fr,Sa - 9:00 am - 8 hrs
- Session is Full

4. Swim and Lifesaving Instructor

Cor Van Raay YMCA
11/15/24 - 11/24/24
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This course is to facilitate learning of participants to Teach lessons and become knowledgeable in Lifesaving Society Leadership Programs.


Prerequisite(s): 15yrs or older and Bronze Cross or higher


What to Bring: Lunch, Snacks, Bathing suit(s), Towels, Pen and Paper.


Dates and Times: 

November 15th-24th 2024

  • November 15 & 22 – 2:00PM-6:00PM
  • November 16, 17, 23, 24 – 9:00AM-5:00PM

Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
Members & Public 11/28/22 12/31/24 Online / Front Desk $ 350.00$ 400.00

Available Sessions

Date(s) Spots
Available
11/15/24 - 11/24/24
Swim and Lifesaving Instructor - Su,Fr,Sa - 9:00 am - 8 hrs
- Session is Full