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 certification CPR for the Professional Rescuer, which is valid for 2 years.
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 by the YMCA Aquatics Department for at least 1 full year in order to receive a refund of their class cost.
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 our Assistant Aquatics Director.
CPR & First Aid, Lifeguard Documents