Ever wanted to learn the skills to save a life? With our YMCA and American Red Cross lifeguard certification courses you can do just that. Participants will learn lifeguarding skills, how to perform CPR on an adult, child and infant, how to use an AED, and necessary first-aid skills.
Ages 15 and older. In this course, students learn about the duties and responsibilities of being a lifeguard. Students also learn how to use rescue equipment, rescue a distressed swimmer, rescue an active drowning victim, rescue a passive drowning victim, and manage a suspected head injury victim.
Students must attend all of the classes and pass all tests to become a certified lifeguard. In addition, participants must pass the pre-course test.
This test requires:
- 300 yards of free and/or breaststroke
- A surface dive to a depth of 7–10 feet
- Returning to the surface with a 10-pound object
- Swimming 20 yards back to the starting point
- Treading water without the use of arms for 2 minutes
When returning to the starting point, the candidate must hold the 10–pound object with both hands and must keep his or her face above the water. These practices require strenuous activity. People with a medical condition or disability should discuss it with staff at their local American Red Cross Chapter or at the YMCA before beginning this course. All classes meet at the YMCA. The cost of the course is $250 for members and $275 for non-members. Textbooks and resuscitation masks are included in the cost of the course.
Upon successful completion of the course, students receive an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate, which includes First Aid, and is valid for 2 years. Along with the Lifeguard Training Certificate, students receive a certificate in CPR for the Professional Rescuer, which is valid for 2 years.
Junior Lifeguard Class
Ages 11-14 – Find out what it takes to be a great lifeguard with this junior lifeguarding course! Youth will learn everything from lifesaving and leadership skills to fitness and professional development! Students will learn in-water rescues, first aid, CPR/AED, victim removal, and scanning techniques, among other skills. This course is a great way to prepare for full certification at the age of 15. Come join us for fun at the pool while you learn techniques which could save a life!
CPR & First Aid Training
Valid for one year after completion date.
Adult/Child/Infant CPR w/AED Review or Challenge
For a review, students must be currently certified. If a student’s certification is expired, the student may challenge one time.
Ages 18 and Older. CPR must be completed before taking First Aid.
For current CPR and First Aid class times, please contact Alisa Willoughby at 301-663-5131, ext. 1283.