Lifeguard Training

The YMCA offers certification classes year-round, contact your local branch for more information

  • Arvada, Teresa Hill at 303 422 4977
  • Littleton, Tana Wacholz at 303 797 9622
  • Southwest, Correen Cool at 303 761 7530
  • Schlessman in University Hills, Dana Wedlick at 720 524 2750

YMCA Lifeguard Certification

This comprehensive course offers up-to-date information on how to guard by anticipating and preventing problems before they occur and by taking action to help those in danger when necessary. It also covers the safety and survival skills every swimmer needs to know, accident prevention, guarding techniques, emergency systems, rescue skills, first aid in aquatic environments, spinal injury management, weather and open water dangers, legal responsibilities, pool management, and information on how to get a job as a lifeguard. Certification will depend on successful completion of all skills (100%), 32 hours of class work, a 2 hour practical experience, and passing scores (80%) on all written tests. The book will be included in the course fee. All classes must be attended for certification! Participants must be at least 16 years of age by the course end date and have strong swimming skills. A prerequisite swim test will be administered including a 500 yard swim (combining head-up front crawl, head-up breast stroke, one-arm sidestroke, sidestroke and elementary backstroke); head-first surface dive with 15 foot underwater swim; tread water 2 minutes - legs only; and a deep water/timed swim object retrieval. The prerequisite certification courses of American Red Cross CPR/AED-PR with Oxygen Administration and First Aid will be taught separately prior to course date. The YMCA Lifeguard certification is valid for 2 years. The First Aid certification is valid for 3 years. The CPR/PR/AED/O2 certifications are valid for 1 year.  $250 for non-members; $200 for YMCA members. 

  • Available at the Schlessman YMCA on March 30-April 5 and June 1-6, register here.
  • Available at the Littleton Family YMCA on April 18-25, register here. 
  • Re-certification class at Schlessman Y, March 2-22, register here. 

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training at the Arvada YMCA

The purpose of the Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency services (EMS) personnel take over.  Students must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course.  Students must also pass a skills test on the first day of the course.  Certification requirements are:  attend and participate in all class sessions, demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities, demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios, pass two final written exams with a minimum grade of 80%.  Certificates are valid for two years. Click here to register for Red Cross Lifeguard Training at the Arvada Y. 

YMCA Swim Instructor Certification Class

This is an introductory course teaching the basics of instructing aquatic classes that are student-centered, value oriented, safe, and effective in teaching aquatic skills. Participants must be at least 16 years of age with strong swimming skills. Minimum prerequisites include current certifications in CPR/AED-PR, First Aid, and AED/Oxygen Administration. Participants must successfully complete the written test, perform all practical skills, demonstrate the ability to lead and teach swim lessons and be fully involved in the course. Contact the Aquatic Director for dates and times.

Are you interested in American Health and Safety Institute classes such as Standard First Aid, CPR-PR, AED, Oxygen Administration and/or Babysitting?

Please contact the Aquatic Director at your branch for more information on classes that are available.