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.
Perks of Certification
Earn your money back! Students in the lifeguard, lifeguard re-certification, pool operator, and lifeguard instructor classes can earn back the cost of their class by working for the Y. In order to be eligible for a refund of the course cost, students must do all of the following:
- Successfully complete the class and earn certification.
- Submit their application within 2 months of class completion.
- Become employed by the Frederick Y Aquatics Department.
- Remain continuously employed in good standing for at least 6 months.
- Submit a refund request in writing to the Aquatics Department.
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.
Pool Operator Training
Age 16 and older. 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.
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.