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.

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:

  1. Successfully complete the class and earn certification.
  2. Submit their application within 2 months of class completion.
  3. Become employed by the Frederick Y Aquatics Department.
  4. Remain continuously employed in good standing for at least 6 months.
  5. Submit a refund request in writing to the Aquatics Department.

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.

For more information, complete this certification interest form.

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.

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.

For more information, complete this certification interest form.

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, complete this certification interest form.

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