YMCA Aquatic Enrichment Summer Programs 

Open the door to employment and volunteer possibilities 

Certification as a lifeguard or swimming instructor can lead to employment opportunities at the YMCA and elsewhere. You will also develop leadership skills that can have a profound impact on your future success.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines 

We are offering our courses in-person at the Port Colborne YMCA pool with enhanced safety protocols and cleaning, physical distancing requirements and reduced class sizes. Individual equipment will be available for each participant.

  • Mask use: Participants must bring a face mask or face covering. Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times in the facility and classroom, except in the water.
  • Health screening: Participants will be screened upon entry prior to admission into the course each day. If a participant displays any COVID-19 symptoms, they will not be permitted to participate in the class.
  • Changerooms: Participants will have limited access to the changeroom before and after class
  • Participants will use mannequins where possible to practice skills
  • Participants will stay with the same group throughout the course in order to limit interactions between candidates

Session dates may change depending on provincial government COVID-19 restrictions.

Aquatic Enrichment Programming 

CourseDay and timeStart DateEnd DateCourse Fee
Bronze Medallion and EFAMonday-Friday,
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
July 12July 16$176.00
Bronze CrossMonday-Friday,
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
July 26July 30$125.00
National Lifeguard Monday-Friday,
9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Aug 9Aug 13$300.00
National Lifeguard Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Aug 16Aug 20$300.00
National Lifeguard RecertTuesday,
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
June 22June 22$85.00
National Lifeguard RecertSaturday,
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
June 26June 26$85.00
National Lifeguard RecertWednesday,
4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
July 14July 14$85.00
National Lifeguard RecertThursday,
4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
July 29July 29$85.00


  • Bronze Medallion, EFA: 13 years of age 
  • Bronze Cross: Bronze Medallion, EFA 
  • National Lifeguard (NLS): SFA, Bronze Cross, 15 years of age  

Please note:

  • 100% attendance mandatory 
  • Registration begins June 7, at 9:00 a.m. 
  • All classes will be held at the Port Colborne YMCA 
Refunds and Cancellation 

To receive a full refund, Cancellations must be made in person a minimum of four (4) business days before the start of the course. Cancellations made less than 4 business days before the start of the course will be refunded, less an administration fee of 35% of the full course fee. Cancellations will not be refunded after the course begins unless a medical note is provided. All enrichment course refunds will be mailed within fourteen (14) business days of submission.