Become a lifeguard at the YMCA. We can help cover the costs. 

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.

As a result of the current state of emergency and closure of YMCA program sites, the application process for Making Waves is currently on pause.  Please check back for updates. 

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

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