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Achieve your pool lifeguard practising certificate and so much more

  • gain 20 Level 3 NCEA credits
  • open employment pathways
  • get practical, hands-on experience in an aquatic environment
  • develop your CV
  • learn about health and safety, customer service and more!

The YMCA is excited to join forces with Invercargill City Council to offer this free, seven-week course which will help you achieve your pool lifeguard practising certificate, gain NCEA credits and so much more.

This course is seven hours per week, and also includes 20 hours placement poolside under direct supervision of a lifeguard. It’s open to anyone aged 16-years-old or over.

It will offer you practical, hands-on experience in and out of the pool, equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to be an effective lifeguard.

More than that, you’ll learn key skills in customer service, construct a work-ready CV and cover letter, develop your swimming skills including side stroke and diving techniques, and get to know all about the health and safety procedures of an aquatic facility.

It will set you up for employment opportunities in more ways than one.

Starts: 05 July, 2022

Days and times: Days will be confirmed on registration, hours will be between 4pm-7pm and 4pm-8pm

Commitment: Seven hours per week for seven weeks, and 20 hours placement poolside under direct supervision of a lifeguard

Venue: YMCA, 77 Tay Street and Splash Palace

Cost: FREE!

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Students have this to say

“I was struggling at school with gaining credits and not attending. When I first started at the YMCA I had no credits, now I have 42 credits and I pretty much have perfect attendance.”

“I have achieved credits in Level 1. Before I came to the YMCA I didn’t have any credits. I was shy when I first came here, now I’m more open and honest. I love this course, the tutors encourage me to do more.”

“I see myself as a future farmer. At Y Rural I have a great opportunity to start getting the experience and skills to be a farmer. Learning great skills, lots of practical work, e.g. - maintaining farm vehicles, treating and handling livestock. I am currently working on fencing, mainly electric fencing. During this time, we are learning and experiencing farm health and safety. By doing this our community kids and farmers are happy and safe.”

“When I started the YMCA Connect course three months ago I was failing NCEA Level 1, but after a couple of months I gained Level 1 and I’m well on my way to get NCEA Level 2. I have made quite a few friends and it’s weird because I never had many friends my whole life. I am able to keep up my physical fitness and even gained an award for this.”

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