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.

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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. 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.

100% participation and attendance required.

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

As per current public health guidance, face coverings are encouraged, but not required for aquatic leadership courses.

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.

As per current public health guidance, face coverings are encouraged, but not required for aquatic leadership courses.

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 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.  A current Canadian Lifesaving Manual is the required manual for this course.

100% participation and attendance required.

Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion.

As per current public health guidance, face coverings are encouraged, but not required for aquatic leadership courses.

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

As per current public health guidance, face coverings are encouraged, but not required for aquatic leadership courses.

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. As per current public health guidance, face coverings are encouraged, but not required for aquatic leadership courses.

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).

As per current public health guidance, face coverings are encouraged, but not required for aquatic leadership courses.

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 10yrs of certification), Covid-19 Instructor Update, Lifesaving Instructor Recert Online module completed, all assignments completed prior to course start.

As per current public health guidance, face coverings are encouraged, but not required for aquatic leadership courses.

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.

As per current public health guidance, face coverings are encouraged, but not required for aquatic leadership courses.

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.

Note: Following course completion, candidates are required to participate in an Apprenticeship with an approved Apprenticeship Supervisor  to receive their certification.

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 bring your own face mask/face covering to wear when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Prerequisite: Minimum 10 years of age.

Deadline for registration is 3 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 bring your own face mask/face covering to wear when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

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

Deadline for registration is 3 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.  All courses are delivered in a blended learning format – in person sessions combined with self-directed online learning.  Participants are required to have access to the internet.  100% attendance and participation required.

All courses include a written final exam as well as an apprenticeship which must be completed before final certification.  Please note: apprenticeship hours are held outside of in person sessions.

  • Prerequisites for all courses:  Minimum 16 years of age; current CPR (A) at time of certification; minimum 50 hours of participation in class type.
  • Please note: current Standard First Aid/CPR (C) required for Personal Training Certification.

YMCA Group Fitness – Strength Instructor Certification

This course is for those interested in teaching group fitness strength based classes.
Dates: February 2020

YMCA Group Fitness – Cardio Instructor Certification

This course is for those interested in teaching group fitness Cardio based classes (i.e. Cardio Dance, Step, Cardio Fit).
Dates: TBA 2020

YMCA Group Fitness – Cycle Instructor Certification:

This course is for those interested in teaching Cyclefit classes.
Dates: TBA 2020

YMCA Group Fitness – Aquafit Instructor Certification:

This course is for those interested in teaching Aquafit classes.
Dates: TBA 2020

YMCA Personal Training Certification

This course is for those interested in working one on one to prescribe exercise.
Dates: TBA 2020

YMCA Group Fitness – Older Adult Instructor Certification

This course is for those interested in teaching older adults in a group fitness setting.

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