certification classes

Lifeguard Training

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training is to present the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of a lifeguard. The program is based on sound decision-making, proper use of rescue equipment, knowledge of water safety, and proficiency in rescue skills.

For the training received to be of the most value, lifeguards need facility-specific training and orientation. For the equipment-based lifeguard-training program, each lifeguard must have a rescue tube/buoy whenever on duty.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) (infant, child, adult), First Aid, and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) certifications must be completed prior to the lifeguard certification and are included in this class. The CPR training must include two-rescuer CPR, modified jaw thrust, and use of pocket and bag-valve mask resuscitator.


  • Participants must be 15-years old on or by the last day of training.
  • Participants must be able to swim 300 yards with a combination of freestyle and breaststroke without rest.
  • Participants must have proof of ID on 1st day of class.
  • Participants must be able to tread water without arms for 2 minutes straight.
  • Participants must complete a timed brick test.



CPR/AED Training

The purpose of this American Heart Association course is to teach those with a duty to act (professional rescuers) the skills needed to respond appropriately to breathing and cardiac emergencies. This includes the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to care for a victim of cardiac arrest.


  • Participants must be 14-years old on or by the day of training.



Water Safety instructor Training

This American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certification course provides participants with the basic knowledge and skills to teach American Red Cross swim lessons to parent-child pairs, preschoolers, youth, and adults. It includes both land and pool sessions and lesson planning, teaching methodology, class organization, class components, and skills for the ARC progressive program. The course also covers the Y's expectations for instructors and outlines their responsibilities for teaching YMCA Aquatics classes that are student centered, values oriented, and safe and effective in teaching aquatic skills.



  • Participants must be 16-years old on or by the last day of training
  • Participants must be able to swim 25 yards (in good form) the following strokes: Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Breaststroke, Elementary Breaststroke, Sidestroke.
  • Participants must be able to swim 15 yards (in good form) of Butterfly.
  • Participants must be able to back float or back skull and tread water for 1 minute straight.