Programs & Services


Become a Lifeguard & First Aid Training - Wright Crescent

Step 1

Bronze Star

Under 14 years of age

Members/Non-Members: $100.00

The Bronze Star is a transitional introductory lifesaving course. It is excellent preparation for the bronze medallion course. Participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop the lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. Includes a timed 400 m swim.

Sunday Sept. 18 - Nov. 27 9AM - 10AM

Step 2

Bronze Medallion & Emergency “B”

Must be 13 years of age or have completed Bronze Star

Members/Non-Members: $175.00+HST

Teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water-rescue education - judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn tows and carries, and defence methods and releases in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a 500 m timed swim. Sat. & Sun. Oct.15, 16 & 22, 23 9AM - 5PM

Step 3

Bronze Cross & Standard First Aid with CPR “C”

Must have completed Bronze Medallion & Emergency B or Standard First Aid (current or not current)

Members/Non-Members: $225.00+HSTBronze 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 certifications.

The Bronze Cross course includes a 600 m timed swim. Must have completed Bronze Medallion.

Nov. 12, 13 & 19, 20  Sat. & Sun.9AM - 5PM

Step 4

National Lifeguard Service

Must have completed Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid with CPR-C, 16 years of age

Members/Non-Members: $320.00+HST

National Lifeguard Standard is Canada’s professional lifeguard standard. National lifeguard training develops a strong understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment as well as a mature and responsible attitude towards the lifeguards’ role.

National Lifeguard training emphasizes prevention and effective rescue response in emergencies including first aid training. Candidates develop teamwork, leadership, communication skills.

Dec. 2, 9 Friday 5PM - 9PM

Dec. 3, 4 & 10, 11 Sat. & Sun. 9AM - 6PM

Water Safety & Instructors Courses

Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Course


October 28th 5pm-9pm, 29th & 30th 9am-5pm

November 4th 5pm-9pm, 5th & 6th 9am-5pm


Cost: $300 + taxes

The Water Safety Instructor Course prepares candidates to instruct the Red Cross Swim programs. Candidates focus on strategies to introduce and develop swimming and water safety skills. Candiates are required to attend and participate in 100% of all course components. Required Materials are included in the cost of course and will be given to candidates on the first day; WSI Instructor Work Book, Swim Deck Book, PIN and password for online components


  • 15 years or older by the last day of the Course
  • Bronze Cross (need not be current)
  • Perform the water safety skills and strokes to meet the highest level of performance criteria

Course Components:

  • Skills Evaluation
  • Online
  • Teaching Experience
  • Classroom & Pool

Candidates must bring:

  • Bathing suit, towel and change of clothes
  • Proof of pre-requisites (certification cards)
  • Whistle
  • Pens and notebook

Lifesaving Instructor (LSI) Course

Dates: November 11th 5pm-9pm & 12th 9am-5pm

Cost: $120 + taxes

The Lifesaving Instructor course prepares individuals to organize, plan, teach and evaluate lifesaving and first aid skills and resuscitation techniques. Successful candidates receive two certifications cards: Lifesaving Instructor and Emergency First Aid Instructor. Certified Lifesaving Instructors are able to teach: Canadian Swim Patrol, Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, Wading Pool Attendant, Lifesaving Fitness & Distinction. Certified Emergency First Aid Instructors are able to teach: Basic First Aid, Emergency First Aid and CPR

Required Materials are included in the cost of course and will be given to candidates on the first day; Instructor Notes, Swim Patrol Award Guide, Bronze Medals Award Guide First Aid Award Guide and binder.


  • 16 years of age by the end of the course
  • Bronze Cross

Candidates must bring:

  • Bathing suit, towel and change of clothes
  • Proof of pre-requisites (certification cards)
  • Whistle
  • Pens and notebook

WSI Recertification Course

Date: November 13th 12pm-5pm

Cost: $115 + taxes

The WSI recertification Course is designed to ensure quality and standards are maintained in the field. This course provides the opportunity for WSIs to share ideas, review skills and address areas of challenge. Required Materials are included in the cost of course and will be given to candidates on arrival to course; Water Safety Instructor Recertification Workbook

Must Bring:

  • Bathing suit, towel and a whistle
  • Previous WSI certification card

The YMCA developed the first nationally-recognized aquatics program in 1931, and has continued to train aquatics leaders ever since. By fostering relationship building, YMCA aquatics programs create a positive atmosphere where members can both strive for and achieve their personal goals.

YMCA aquatics programs teach participants how to be safe in and around water and give them the sense of accomplishment that comes from learning something new. Programs include lessons for infant through adults, classes for children with physical disabilities, aquafitness classes, swim teams, masters programs, as well as aquatics leadership and certification programs.

Learning to swim is more than just stroke development. It is about building confidence and self-esteem, and developing strong values in our participants. Our highly-qualified instructors teach children how to swim safely, and help them to overcome their fears and to develop lifelong skills.

Check out our program calendar to learn more.


Read this letter for parents which includes all sorts of helpful reminders about our YMCA of Kingston swim lessons.

Life Saving Society
Special Olympics


The YMCA of Kingston is a "community-focused"
Canadian charity dedicated to building strong kids,
strong families, and a strong community.