American Red Cross Lifeguard Training 

The American Red Cross Lifeguarding course provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to recognize, prevent, 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 include: Attend and participate in all class sessions, demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities, demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios, and pass two final written exams with a minimum grade of 80%. Certificates are valid for two years.

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American Red Cross lifeguard Re-certification includes CPR, First Aid and AED update. Must be 15 years old by the end of the class and hold a current American Red Cross Lifeguard certification.

YMCA Swim Instructor Certification Class

This introductory course teaches the basics of instructing aquatic classes that are student-centered, value-oriented, safe, and effective. 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 below for dates and times.

American Safety and Health Institute Classes

Classes on Standard First Aid, CPR-PR, AED, Oxygen Administration, Babysitting may be available. Contact the Aquatic Director (below) at your branch for more information.

Contact your local branch for more information

  • Arvada, Holly Thorpe at 303 422 4977

  • Littleton and Southwest, Correen Cool at 303 761 7530

  • Schlessman Y in University Hills, Aurora, Erie, Brighton, Commerce City, Lakewood and other outdoor pools, David Lee