CPR/Lifeguard Training

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Lifeguard, CPR, and Pool Operator Training

Learn lifeguarding skills, how to perform CPR, how to use an AED, and necessary first-aid skills

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 life-guarding skills, how to perform CPR on an adult, child and infant, how to use an AED, and necessary first-aid skills.

Lifeguard Training

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. This course requires 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.

Prior to enrollment in the course, participants must successfully complete the pre-course skills assessment.

This assessment requires:

  • Swim 300 yards of freestyle and breaststroke
  • A 10-pound brick retrieval including
    • Swim 20 yards to location of 10-pound object
    • Surface dive to a depth of 7–10 feet
    • Return to the surface with a 10-pound object
    • Swim 20 yards back to the starting point
  • Tread water without the use of arms for 2 minutes

To schedule a pre-course skills assessment, please contact our Aquatics Department.


A digital textbook and resuscitation mask are included in the cost of the course. (Mask included only with registration for full lifeguard course. Re-certification course participants are expected to come prepared with their own mask.)

Students must attend all class dates and pass all tests to become a certified lifeguard. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate, which also includes CPR, AED, and First Aid certification, and is valid for 2 years.

Lifeguard Instructor Training

Age 17 and older. Want to take your lifeguard skills to the next level? Become an instructor and help train the next generation of aquatics professionals. All Lifeguard Instructor candidates must possess a current American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification (Must be a full [not shallow water] lifeguard certification). Lifeguard instructor course participants are expected to come prepared with their own resuscitation mask and lifeguard manual. Pre-course skills assessment required (as outlined above) prior to registration.


Lifeguard Perks

Earn your money back! Students in our lifeguard classes can earn back the cost of their registration by working as a lifeguard at the YMCA. Students who successfully complete the class must submit their application within 2 months of class completion, and remain employed in good standing by the YMCA Aquatics Department for at least 1 full year in order to receive a refund of their class cost.

Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid

Valid for two years after completion date, this is a blended learning training. Participants are required to complete an online learning module prior to attending the in-person portion of the class. A link to the online learning module will be emailed to you upon registration for the class.
For current CPR and First Aid class times, please contact our Aquatics Department.

Pool Operator Training

Pool Operator certification at the YMCA meets Maryland State requirements to become a Frederick County Pool Operator. Certification can be transferred to other counties, check the guidelines for your county as needed.

Students will learn about Maryland State laws regarding pool operation, as well as pool maintenance skills including safe chemical handling and adjustment, and basic pump mechanics and operation.

a lifequard taking a picture near a pool

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