YMCA Specialty Certification Programs

Swimming & Water Fitness

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The YMCA is a leading provider of CPR and Lifeguard Certification classes. Membership is not required.

JUNIOR LIFEGUARD (45 MIN.)

Prerequisites: Participants must be 11-14 years old, be able to swim at least 100 yards, dive to a depth of 10 feet and tread water for 1 minute. This class provides a foundation of lifeguarding skills. For youth with swim skills, this program makes an ideal transition between swim lessons and lifeguard training. This course includes both classroom and pool time. Participants will not receive a Lifeguard certification at the end of this course.

LIFEGUARD PREP COURSE (60 MIN.)

Prerequisites: Participants must be 14 or older, be able to swim a continuous 200 yards, tread water for a least a minute and dive a depth of 10 feet. This class is designed to prepare participants to pass the pre-test for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. They will work on stroke development and strength building exercises. Life saving techniques will not be covered in this course. Participants will not receive a lifeguard certification at the end of this course.

AMERICAN RED CROSS WATERFRONT/ LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION

Prerequisites: Participants must be 15 or older (proof of age required). Pretest: Participants must be able to swim 300 yards (12 laps) continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used. They must tread water for 2 minutes using only their legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits. They then must swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to a depth of 10 feet, retrieve a 10- pound object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object. When returning to the starting point, the participant’s face must remain above water and the participant must hold the 10-pound object with both hands. (Time requirement within 1:40) This course is intended to teach lifeguard candidates the skill and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare candi­dates to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to aquat­ic emergencies and to prevent drowning or injuries. Participants will receive American Red Cross Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR and AED certifications upon successful completion of this course.

AMERICAN RED CROSS LIFEGUARD RECERTIFICATION

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION 

  • BLS for the Healthcare Provider
  • Adult/Child/Infant CPR/AED Full Course and Recertification Course

AMERICAN RED CROSS:

  • Administering Emergency Oxygen Full Course or Recertification course
  • First Aid Course
  • Responding To Emergencies