The Bronze Medallion course 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 increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim. Includes CPR Level A.
Prerequisite: Bronze Star or 13 years old
Bronze Cross is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. This course is the prerequisite for all advanced training programs including the National Lifeguard and instructor certifications. Includes CPR Level C.
Prerequisites: Bronze Medallion
This is a combined Bronze Medallion & Bronze Cross Original training course. Those participants unable to complete Bronze Medallion will not receive the Bronze Cross award.
Bronze Cross is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. This course is the prerequisite for all...
This is a recertification course for Lifesavers who currently hold or have held a Bronze Cross award. This is the prerequisite for all advanced-training programs including the National Lifeguard and...
The Bronze Star course is a pre-Bronze Medallion training standard and excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. In Bronze Star, participants develop problem-solving and decision-making...
Our training programs are offered by trainers from both the Lifesaving Society and YMCA Canada. These organizations have been training people for over 100 years.
Lifeguard and Swim Instructor Courses
Certification can lead to employment opportunities at the YMCA and elsewhere. You'll also develop leadership skills that can have a profound impact on your future success.