Your path to becoming a life guard or swim instructor:

steps to become a lifeguard or swim instructor
Become a Lifeguard through aquatic certification courses at the YMCA

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Open the door to employment and volunteer possibilities through our YMCA Aquatic Certifications programs. Certification as a lifeguard or swimming instructor 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.

Steps to becoming a lifeguard

Step Course Session Start Location Learn more
1 Bronze Medallion & CPR A Mar 16 Kelowna Family Y Learn more
May 22 H2O Learn more
Jun 29 Kelowna Family Y Learn more
2 Bronze Cross & CPR-C Mar 23 Kelowna Family Y Learn more
Jun 5 H2O Learn more
3 Standard First Aid, CPR-C, AED Mar 21 Kelowna Family Y Learn more
Jun 21 H2O Learn more
Recertification Mar 08 H2O Learn more
CPR-C Full Course/Recert Combo Mar 13 H2O Learn more
Apr 25 H2O Learn more
4 National Lifeguard (Pool Option) Mar 16 H2O Learn more
Recertification May 24 H2O Learn more
5 National Lifeguard (Waterpark Option) Mar 25 H2O Learn more
Recertification TBA    
6 YMCA Swim Instructor TBA   Learn more

Register today

Register for aquatic certification courses by calling 250-491-9622.

High School Credits

Did you know that students in B.C. can use Bronze Cross, Lifesaving Instructor and NLS certifications for credit toward high school graduation? Learn more

  • H2O Lifeguards Mentorship
    We're Hiring!

    Finished your certifications and looking for work? The YMCA is always ready to welcome passionate people to help ensure our community is water-safe.

  • Become a Lifeguard: Aquatic Certifications at the YMCA
    Spring Aquatic Certifications (PDF)

    Become a lifeguard! Check out the aquatic certification training happening this spring at the Kelowna Family Y and H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre.