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Lifeguard Training

YMCA Year-Round Lifeguard Certification Classes

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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 RE-CERTIFICATION 

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.

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Lifeguard Readiness Class

This class will work with potential lifeguard candidates' skills in the water to help get them ready for the life guarding pre-test. Instructors will work on freestyle and breaststroke; swimming to the bottom of the pool; retrieval and carrying of the brick. Attendance in this program does not guarantee success in the pre-test or in the life guarding class.

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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 how to get a job as a lifeguard.

Certification requires successful 100% completion of all skills, 32 hours of class work, a 2-hour practical experience, and passing scores (80%) on all written tests and 8 ½ hours of eLearning. 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 of the following: 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 using legs only
  • 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. The book is included in the course fee. 

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 above 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 (above) at your branch for more information .