Leadership and Learning Courses

Learning is a never-ending journey…one that can take you wherever you want to go! Leadership and learning opportunities are available for all ages at all Vancouver Island Y Health, Fitness and Aquatic Centres. Become a Fitness Instructor, take the Babysitter course or enhance your health-related knowledge to help improve your overall health.

Advanced Aquatics
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Y Canada Fitness Leadership

They Y offers Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross programs. To register candidates must be the correct minimum age by the last day of the course, no exceptions. Proof of pre-requisites are required to be presented on the first day of the course.

Bronze Star

Bronze Star is a pre-Bronze Medallion training program that helps to prepare candidates for success in Bronze Medallion. The Lifesaving Society’s Bronze Star develops swimming proficiency, lifesaving skill and personal fitness. Candidates refine their stroke mechanics, acquire self-rescue skills, and apply fitness principles in training workouts. Bronze Star is excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion and provides a fun introduction to lifesaving sport.

100% participation and attendance required.

Prerequisite: Recommended 10-12 years of age and completion of Star 7 or equivalent.

Deadline for registration is 3 days prior to course start.

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Bronze Medallion

Bronze Medallion teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness. Bronze Medallion challenges the candidate both mentally and physically. Candidates acquire the assessment and problem-solving skills needed to make good decisions in, on and around the water.  A current Canadian Lifesaving Manual is the required manual for this course and is included in the price.

100% participation and attendance required.

Prerequisite: Bronze Star or 13+ years.

Deadline for registration is 3 days prior to course start.  Registration after deadline is available for an additional cost.

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Bronze Cross

Bronze Cross is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training, including an introduction to safety supervision.

The Lifesaving Society’s Bronze Cross begins the transition from lifesaving to lifeguarding and prepares candidates for responsibilities as Assistant Lifeguards. Candidates strengthen and expand their lifesaving skills and begin to apply the principles and techniques of active surveillance in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross emphasizes the importance of teamwork and communication in preventing and responding to aquatic emergencies. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for advanced training in the Society’s National Lifeguard and leadership certification programs.

To be employed as an assistant lifeguard, an individual should be a minimum of 15 years of age and hold (at a minimum) a current Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross certification and a current Emergency First Aid certification.

100% participation and attendance required.

Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion.

Deadline for registration is 3 days prior to course start.  Registration after deadline is available for an additional cost.

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National Lifeguard – Pool Option

The National Lifeguard Pool certification is designed to develop the fundamental values, judgment, knowledge, skills and fitness required by lifeguards. The National Lifeguard course emphasizes the lifeguarding skills, principles and practices, and the decision-making processes which will assist the lifeguard to provide effective safety supervision in swimming pool environments.

A current Alert Manual is required for this course and is included in the price. Completion of Airway Management & Oxygen Administration (AMOA) certification is included as part of the NL course and is included in the price.

100% participation and attendance required.

Prerequisite: Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid (from one of 5 recognized agencies), Lifesaving Society AMOA Fast Track online module, 15+years

Note: although candidates can complete their National Lifeguard certification at 15+ yrs, they will not be eligible for employment as Lifeguards until they are 16 yrs (as per health regulations).

Note: information for AMOA Fast Track online module, facilitated through the Lifesaving Society, will be provided during the first class. There is an additional $3 charge upon registration for this online module.

Deadline for registration is 3 days prior to course start. Registration after deadline is available for an additional cost.

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National Lifeguard – Pool RECERT

For those wishing to recertify their award.  Course includes precert and recert – you are required to attend both sessions.

Prerequisite: National Lifeguard – pool option, Lifesaving Society Airway Management & Oxygen Administration (AMOA)

Please bring a whistle and an extra towel.

Deadline for registration is 1 day prior to course start.

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Airway Management and Oxygen Administration (AMOA) – Practical Skills Assessment

This course is the practical assessment of skills learned during the Lifesaving Society online AMOA Fast Track for Lifeguards.

Prerequisite: National Lifeguard – pool option, Lifesaving Society AMOA Fast Track for Lifeguards (proof of completion of online component must be shown).

Deadline for registration is 1 day prior to course start.

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Lifesaving Instructors RECERT

In person session for those wishing to recertify their award.

100% participation and attendance required.

Prerequisite: Lifesaving Instructors (current within 5yrs of certification), Lifesaving Instructor Recert Online module completed, all assignments completed prior to course start.

Please note: those who have not completed their assignments will not be able to participate in this portion of the recert and will not receive a refund.

Deadline for registration is 1 day prior to course start.

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Lifesaving Instructors Course

Lifesaving Instructors are trained to teach the three Canadian Swim Patrol Program awards, as well as the Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, Lifesaving Fitness, and Distinction awards. Candidates are trained in and must demonstrate skills, knowledge and attitudes at Competency Level 1 to include all aspects of learning as well as various approaches required to teach water rescue, first aid and related aquatic skills in the Canadian Lifesaving Program. Candidates also learn about long-range and short-term planning, class management, safety supervision and the principles of evaluation.

100% participation and attendance required.

Prerequisites: Bronze Cross, completion of pre-course Lifesaving Instructor Online Module, 15+ yrs.

Note: Although candidates can complete their LS Lifesaving Instructors at 15+ yrs, they will not be eligible for employment as a Lifesaving Instructor until they are 16 yrs (as per health regulations).

Note: Once course registration is complete, please contact registration@vancouverislandy.ca to arrange for course materials pick-up. Course manuals are required to complete the pre-course online module (there is no additional cost for this online module). Canadian Lifesaving Manual (CLM) is required for the course but not included in the course materials provided (manual for Bronze courses); those without a CLM will be required to purchase the manual, available for $40.00 +gst.

Deadline for registration is 5 business days prior to course start.  Registration after deadline is available for an additional cost.

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YMCA Swim Instructor Course

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.

After completing this course, you will be qualified to work as a YMCA Swim Instructor and teach swimming lessons at the YMCA.

100% participation and attendance required.

Prerequisite: 16 years of age, Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid and CPR C. Proof of age and certification required.

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S.E.E. Auditor Course

The Supervision Evaluation and Enhancement [S.E.E.] course is designed to give participants the knowledge, training and tools required to evaluate the effectiveness of lifeguard and instructor supervision.  Please bring deck shoes and a writing utensil to the course.  You will be contacted before the course for your LS ID# to verify prerequisite.

Prerequisite: National Lifeguard Certification– need not be current; minimum 100 hrs guarding experience

Deadline for registration is 1 day prior to course start.

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Safeguard Course

The Lifesaving Society’s Safeguard certification provides 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.

Safeguard focuses on water safety awareness, accident prevention and the principles of aquatic safety supervision. Safeguard teaches participants how to identify hazards and at-risk behaviours, how to recognize potential victims, and how to respond safely in an aquatic emergency.

Safeguard does not require an in-water session. However, where time and facilities allow, an in-water session is beneficial for practicing victim recognition and low-risk, non-contact rescue response in shallow water.

Prerequisites: None. Safeguard training is designed for swimmers and non-swimmers alike. Ideally, guardians are at least 12 years of age, able to swim, and have some lifesaving experience.

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Home Alone Course

Your child will learn what to do in case of an emergency, how and when to call 911, basic first aid skills, and internet safety. This course is offered through Canada Safety Council. 100% participation and attendance required. Please meet your instructor in the Westhills Y lobby.  Pick up will also be in the lobby.

Prerequisite: Minimum 10 years of age.

Deadline for registration is 2 days prior to course start date.

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Babysitter Training Course

Learn the business of babysitting, creating safe environments and handling emergencies. This course is offered through Canada Safety Council. 100% participation and attendance required. Please meet your instructor in the Westhills Y lobby.  Pick up will also be in the lobby.

Prerequisite: Minimum 12 years of age during this calendar year.

Deadline for registration is 2 days prior to course start.

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Fitness Workshops are designed for members who are interested in learning more about specific health and exercise related topics. Registration is required in advance for fitness workshops.
For specific information on workshops content, please talk to a fitness staff in the branch.

Dates: On hold

Fitness Leadership courses are for those who are interested in teaching Group Fitness classes or providing Personal Training. Certification consists of 3 steps:
Step 1: YMCA Basic Fitness Theory
Step 2: YMCA Applied Theory (Stream specific module in your specialty area)
Step 3: Apprenticeship and Practicum
Step 4: Evaluation and Certification

Prerequisite for all courses:
Minimum 16 years of age; minimum 50 hours of participation in the last two years of your desired stream; current CPR (A) required at time of evaluation (opportunities will be provided to participate in a CPR (A) course at the Y)

YMCA BASIC FITNESS THEORY

This is the first step in completing your YMCA Certification and includes 6 modules (Leadership and Program Planning, Basic Anatomy and Physiology, Principles of Training, Respiratory, Cardiovascular and Energy Systems, Mindfulness and Nutrition, and Safety.

Course delivery is online self-directed and must be completed by specified course date.
To complete this course a minimum of 85% is required on the final exam.
YMCA Trainers are available throughout the course to answer any questions.

Prerequisite: Minimum 16 years of age

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YMCA CARDIO & STRENGTH INSTRUCTOR (Applied Theory)

This course is for those interested in teaching YMCA group fitness classes that fall into the category of cardio (e.g. Cardio Fit, Step, Cardio Dance, etc.) or strength (e.g. Strength, TBS, Interval Express, etc.)

Course delivery is in person, 100% participation and attendance required.
To complete this course all course requirements and Demonstrate and Describe evaluation must be completed by specified course date.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of YMCA Basic Fitness Theory within the past 1 year or current Group Fitness Instructor certification in another stream, minimum 50 hours participation in Cardio & Strength classes within the past year.
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YMCA CYCLE INSTRUCTOR (Applied Theory)

This course is for those interested in teaching YMCA indoor cycling classes

Course delivery is in person, 100% participation and attendance required.
To complete this course all course requirements and Demonstrate and Describe evaluation must be completed by specified course date.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of YMCA Basic Fitness Theory within the past 1 year or current Group Fitness Instructor certification in another stream, minimum 50 hours participation in indoor cycling classes within the past year.
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YMCA AQUATIC FITNESS (Aquafit) INSTRUCTOR (Applied Theory)

This course is for those interested in teaching YMCA Aquatic Fitness (Aquafit) classes

Course delivery is in person, 100% participation and attendance required.
To complete this course all course requirements and Demonstrate and Describe evaluation must be completed by specified course date.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of YMCA Basic Fitness Theory within the past 1 year or current Group Fitness Instructor certification in another stream, minimum 50 hours participation in aquatic fitness classes within the past year.
Course dates TBD

YMCA OLDER ADULT MODULE (Applied Theory)

This course is for those interested in working with older adults

Course delivery is in person, 100% participation and attendance required.
To complete module, all course requirements must be completed by specified course date.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of YMCA Basic Fitness Theory within the past 1 year or current Group Fitness Instructor certification or current Personal Training certification.
Course dates TBD

YMCA PERSONAL TRAINER (Applied Theory)

This course is for those interested becoming a personal trainer

Course delivery is in person, 100% participation and attendance required.
To complete this course all course requirements, Case Study, Demonstrate and Describe evaluation, and Practise and Feedback sessions must be completed by specified course date.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of YMCA Basic Fitness Theory within the past 1 year
Course dates TBD

APPRENTICESHIP AND PRACTICUM

This is the last step before certification. Apprenticeship and course assignments must be successfully completed before final evaluation.

Dates and times of your apprenticeship will be arranged in your Applied Theory course

Prerequisite to apprenticeship: Successful completion of Applied Theory course stream

EVALUATION AND CERTIFICATION

Dates and times of your evaluation will be arranged during your apprenticeship

Prerequisite to evaluation and certification: Successful completion of apprenticeship, current CPR (A)

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