Certification – Bronze Star
Gain the confidence and skills you need to perform low-risk rescues. Increase your understanding of lifesaving skills and personal water safety while developing individual and group decision-making abilities. This 12-hour program also prepares you for the Bronze Medallion course. Before taking Bronze Star, we recommend you complete the Canadian Star
Patrol program. The exam is included in the course fee.
Certification – Bronze Medallion
(13Y and up or Bronze Star)
Enhance your understanding of lifesaving principles and skills. Learn tows, carries, release methods, victim assessment and emergency care through this 24-hour program. The manual is included in the course fee. To participate, you must be at least 10 years old and have successfully completed the Bronze Star award, or be 13 years or older and be able to swim. The course requires a mandatory 100% attendance to complete.
Certification – Bronze Cross
Eager to advance your lifesaving training? This 20-hour program teaches you the difference between lifesaving and lifeguarding, giving you direction on how to safely supervise in an aquatic facility. This course covers emergency procedures, injury assessment and spinal rescue. Please note: breaks are not included in instruction time. Prerequisite: completion of the Bronze
Medallion Award. The exam is included in the course fee. This course requires 100% attendance and participation to complete.
National Lifeguard Service
(16Y and up, Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid)
Advance your YMCA aquatic leadership to a peak level. This 40-hour program builds on the skills, knowledge and values taught in Lifesaving awards. To participate in this program you need to have completed the Bronze Cross Award and Standard First Aid with CPR Level C. The manuals and exam are included in the course fee. This course requires 100% attendance and participation in order to complete the core component.
Cardiovascular, strength, endurance, weight control, speed, coordination, agility, balance, posture, focus, self-esteem, energy and stress management.