Lifeguard Training

Red Cross Certification in Lifeguard Training, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED and First Aid upon successful completion. The course focuses on the skills and knowledge required to become a lifeguard. Participants must complete a prerequisite skills test which includes swimming 300 continuous yards, 2 minutes of treading water, and a timed brick retrieval. Course graduates ages 15 and older are encouraged to apply for YMCA employment. All participants will receive a PDF copy of the Red Cross Lifeguard manual and a resuscitation mask.

  1. Swimming
  2. Lifeguard Training

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training

More information will be available as training registration opens.


Participants must be at least 15 years old, able to swim 300 yards continuously, tread water for 2 minutes (legs only), surface dive to a 9-foot depth and carry a 10-pound weight 20 yards.

Age:  15+
Date: TBD
Day/Time: TBD
Fee: Member/$230 or Non-Member/$280
*If hired on by SWC YMCA, fees can be reimbursed.

Upon the successful completion of the written and practical tests, participants will be certified in the following:

  • Lifeguard Training | 2-Year Certification
  • First Aid | 2-Year Certification
  • CPR for Pro Rescuer | 2-Year Certification



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