YMCA Aquatic Leadership/Certification Courses

YMCA Aquatic Leadership/Certification Courses

Steps to Becoming a Lifeguard

  1. Complete Standard 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, 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
7/13/22 - 12/11/22
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Bronze Medallion

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.

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

Prerequisite(s): Bronze Star or 13 years or older


 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding registration, including full sessions, please feel free to reach out to our Aquatic Leadership Team at [email protected]

 


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
Members & Non-Members 1/1/22 12/31/22 Online / Front Desk $ 150.00$ 165.00

Available Sessions

Date(s) Spots
Available
07/13/22 - 07/14/22
Bronze Medallion - We,Th - 9:00 am - 8 hrs
- Session is Full
10/22/22 - 10/23/22
Bronze Medallion - Su,Sa - 9:00 am - 8 hrs
12 / 12 Available Register  
Closes
10/15/2022
12/10/22 - 12/11/22
Bronze Medallion - Su,Sa - 9:00 am - 8 hrs
12 / 12 Available Register  
Closes
12/03/2022

3. Bronze Cross

Cor Van Raay YMCA
7/18/22 - 12/18/22
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Bronze Cross

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 Standard First Aid

 

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

 


If you have any questions or concerns regarding registration, including full sessions, please feel free to reach out to our Aquatic Leadership Team at [email protected]


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
Member & Non-Member 1/1/22 12/31/22 Online / Front Desk $ 150.00$ 165.00

Available Sessions

Date(s) Spots
Available
07/18/22 - 07/20/22
Bronze Cross - Mo,Tu,We - 9:00 am - 8 hrs
1 / 12 Available Register  
Closes
07/11/2022
10/28/22 - 10/30/22
Bronze Cross - Su,Fr,Sa
12 / 12 Available Register  
Closes
10/21/2022
12/16/22 - 12/18/22
Bronze Cross - Su,Fr,Sa
12 / 12 Available Register  
Closes
12/09/2022

4. National Lifeguard Pool

Cor Van Raay YMCA
8/29/22 - 9/2/22
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National Lifeguard Pool trains lifeguards in safety supervision and rescue in a pool environment.

Prerequisite(s): Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid and minimum 16 years of age by the end of the course

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

 


If you have any questions or concerns regarding registration, including full sessions, please feel free to reach out to our Aquatic Leadership Team at [email protected]


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
Members & Non-Members 1/1/22 12/31/22 Online / Front Desk $ 350.00$ 400.00

Available Sessions

Date(s) Spots
Available
08/29/22 - 09/02/22
National Lifeguard - Mo,Tu,We,Th,Fr - 9:00 am - 8 hrs
11 / 12 Available Register  
Closes
08/22/2022

5. Swim and Lifesaving Instructor

Cor Van Raay YMCA
8/22/22 - 8/26/22
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This course is to facilitate learning of participants to Teach lessons and become knowledgeable in Lifesaving Society Leadership Programs.

This Course will run the weekends of May 6, 7, 8 and May 13, 14, 15

Friday course hours 5:00PM – 9:00PM

Saturday and Sunday hours 10:00AM – 6:00PM

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

 

Prerequisite(s): 16 years or older and Bronze Cross or higher


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
Members & Non-Members 1/1/22 12/31/22 Online / Front Desk $ 350.00$ 400.00

Available Sessions

Date(s) Spots
Available
08/22/22 - 08/26/22
LSI - Mo,Tu,We,Th,Fr - 9:00 am - 8 hrs
8 / 12 Available Register  
Closes
08/15/2022

Lifesaving First Aid Instructor

Cor Van Raay YMCA
9/8/22 - 9/9/22
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Come join us as you advance your instructor career, make connections, use teamwork, and progress your skills, knowledge, and attitudes in this Level 1 Competency course.

This course is designed for members with previous instructor experience and a current Standard First Aid.


100% attendance is mandatory.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding registration, including full sessions, please feel free to reach out to our Aquatic Manager, Jillian Johnston at [email protected]


Available Sessions

Date(s) Spots
Available
09/08/22 - 09/09/22
First Aid Instructor - Th,Fr - 10:00 am - 8 hrs
12 / 12 Available Registration
Closed

National Lifeguard Instructor

Cor Van Raay YMCA
11/4/22 - 11/5/22
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The National Lifeguard Instructor course prepares Instructors to apply level 3 leadership competencies and strategies while teaching and evaluating.

Prerequisite(s): Current National Lifeguard (any option), Lifesaving Instructor (need not be current), National Lifeguard (any option) held for a minimum of two (2) years. Experience teaching Lifesaving Society certification programs is recommended


100% attendance mandatory.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding registration, including full sessions, please feel free to reach out to our Aquatic Manager, Jillian Johnston at [email protected]


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
Members and Non-members 7/4/22 12/31/22 Online / Front Desk $ 275.00$ 285.00

Available Sessions

Date(s) Spots
Available
11/04/22 - 11/05/22
National Lifeguard Instructor - Fr,Sa - 10:00 am - 8 hrs
12 / 12 Available Register  
Closes
10/28/2022