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
- Aurora, Paden Brown at 720 810 7310
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 and 8 ½ hours of eLearnings. 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 on the first day including 100 yards of front crawl and then 50 yards of each (front crawl head up, breast stroke, breast stroke head up, side stroke and inverted breast with hands across chest); head-first surface dive with 15 foot underwater swim; tread water 2 minutes - legs only; and a deep water/timed swim object retrieval. The YMCA Lifeguard, First Aid and Oxygen Administration certifications are valid for 2 years. The CPR/AED certification is valid for 1 year. $250 for non-members; $200 for YMCA members.
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.