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YMCA Aquatic Certifications at the Kelowna Family Y

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Additional YMCA Aquatic Certification programs are available at the Kelowna Family YMCA.

Bronze Star

The Lifesaving Society Bronze Star program helps to prepare 8-12 year old skilled swimmers for success in Bronze Medallion. Candidates are taught about how to make WaterSmart®choices and learn basic lifesaving and resuscitation skills needed to be their own personal lifeguard. Includes a 400 metre timed swim. Program Requirements Ability to swim 25 metres

Bronze Medallion & CPR-A

Learn the four components of water rescues — judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Students learn self-rescue techniques; defense and release methods; and tows and carries in preparation for challenging rescues involving conscious and unconscious victims, including spinal injuries and circulatory emergencies. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim (500m in 15...

Bronze Cross & CPR-C

Challenge yourself with more advanced training including an introduction to safety supervision in aquatic environments. Candidates develop proficiency at performing patient assessments, managing aquatic spinal injuries, and preventing the loss of life in a variety of aquatic emergencies while developing stroke endurance and fitness training skills. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and...

Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Combo

Complete both bronze lifesaving levels in one exciting course! Bronze Medallion | Bronze Cross Program Requirements Participants must be 13+ years of age if they have not completed Bronze Star If younger than 13, participants can take this course if they have completed Bronze Star The Canadian Lifesaving Manual

Standard First Aid, CPR-C and AED Public Access

This is a comprehensive course covering all aspects of first aid and CPR. Whether you need training for employment or simply want to be prepared to respond to life-threatening emergencies, this course will give you the skills and knowledge to act with confidence. Taught by a certified Lifesaving Society First Aid Instructor, using practical activities and hands-on training, you will learn to...

Standard First Aid, CPR-C and AED Recert

Recertification is recommended every 3 years. Program Requirements Completion of Standard First Aid Certificate or Aquatic Emergency Care within 5 years.

National Lifeguard Award (Pool Option)

Learn how to fulfill your role as a professional facilitator of safe, enjoyable aquatics for everyone!Get trained in injury prevention, public education, safety supervision, team work, rescue, and First Aid. The National Lifeguard (NL) course emphasizes teamwork, leadership, and communication in the prevention of accidents and in first aid treatment of medical emergencies. National Lifeguard is a...

NL Pool Option Recert

NL Pool Option expired? Get recertified. Program Requirements CPR-C (currency strongly recommended) Candidates must bring awards (NL Pool Option and CPR-C) to the first class.

National Lifeguard (Waterpark Option)

The NL Waterpark certification is designed to develop the lifeguarding skills, principles and practices, and the decision-making processes which will assist the lifeguard to provide effective safety supervision in waterpark environments. It builds on thefundamental values, judgment, knowledge, skills and fitness developed in the NLS Pool certification. In order to lifeguard at H2O, you must be...

NL Waterpark Option Recert

NL Waterpark Option expired? Get recertified. Program Requirements CPR-C (currency strongly recommended) Candidates must bring awards (NL Waterpark Option and CPR-C) to the first class.

YMCA Swim Instructor

Share your love of swimming with others! As a leader in the pool, you can play an essential role in helping others learn to swim and improve their health in many ways. You will learn a variety of teaching techniques, lesson planning, progressions, and more. To put it all into practice, you'll also work alongside a certified YMCA Swim Instructor to teach children during a swim lesson. To take...


The focus of this program is safety supervision training for guardians (e.g, day camp counsellors, counsellors-in-training and others) who accompany groups of young people to pools or waterfronts. The course stresses the responsibility undertaken by these group leaders for safeguarding the young people in their care even when under lifeguard supervision. Program Requirements 12+ years Ability to...

Lifesaving Instructor

Candidates are trained in aspects of learning as well as various approaches required to teach water rescue, first aid and related aquatic skills. Candidates also learn about long-range/short-term planning, class management, safety supervision and the principles of evaluation. Lifesaving Instructor is also the base for all other Instructor certifications. Prerequisites Bronze Cross 16 years old by...

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