Lifeguards keep our community safe. Learn lifesaving skills to ensure patron safety and protect lives. Minimum age: 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session. Prerequisite swim test must be completed for course participation. Additional Courses will be scheduled based on demand.
Community Members $235
If you are interested in working as a Lifeguard at the YMCA please contact the aquatic director, Mary Crisenbery.
Red Cross Lifeguard Prerequisite:
1. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds: Starting in the water, swim 20 yards without goggles, surface dive, feet-first or head-first in the deep end to retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
*Must attend all sessions and demonstrate competency in required skills, scenarios, and written exam for certification.
This class will develop and practice the skills to become a lifeguard. Participants will work on the crawl with rotary breathing, breaststroke, brick retrieval, treading water and towing a victim. Basic swimming skills and comfort in deep water are necessary to participate in this class. Minimum age: 12 years.