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.

Click the links below to see Aquatic Certification Courses that are being offered at our branches:


Making Waves Swimming & Leadership Bursary

Children who are interested in becoming a lifeguard may qualify for our Making Waves Swimming & Leadership Bursary. Making Waves Swimming and Leadership Bursaries provide Child memberships to kids and access to YMCA swim lessons and aquatic leadership programs. Youth are then able to apply for a bursary covering 90% of the cost to take the qualification courses to become a lifeguard. Supported initially through a generous donation from the Ilenchuk family, many youth have gained lifesaving skills and have successfully completed the qualifications to be employed as a swim instructor and lifeguard. Toney and Tisha Ilenchuk have made the commitment to build the sustainability of the program through a donation to match all other private or public sector donations of up to $25,000 for the current year.

Please review the application criteria. Only those applications that meet the criteria will be considered for the Making Waves Bursary. Applications for 2018 are now closed, but you may now apply for the 2019 program below.  Apply by filling out the form below. Click here for application criteria. Download a paper application here.     

Every dollar donated is a dollar matched. For more information or to make a donation please contact philanthropy@niagara.ymca.ca

Thank you to our individual and corporate donors who are ensuring the sustainability of this program.