Become a lifeguard at the YMCA we will help cover 90% the costs. 

A Making Waves Swimming and Leadership Bursary provides a complementary child or youth membership and access to YMCA swim lessons and aquatic leadership programs. Youth who complete Star 7 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.

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. 

For more information, or to make a donation, please e-mail [email protected]

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